Local vs Imported LiftsLeave a Comment
Why should you choose a locally designed and built lift?
What is the lead time up to delivery?
From the date of contract signing you can expect to have your Aussie Lift delivered within 8 weeks.
A typical timeframe to import is from 18 to 30.
What is the installation time?
Aussie Lifts products are designed with a self-supporting shaft, completely assembled and rigorously tested and commissioned at our factory prior to delivery to site, as such the installation time is minimal and typically from 1-3 days depending on the model and specifications. Any additional parts or modifications required to suit the application can be quickly accommodated.
Imported products are typically delivered to site in their component form flat-packed, this requires additional space for unpacking and assembling, you can expect from 7 to 14 days to complete the installation. Any modifications required at this stage may result in additional parts being sent from the overseas supplier and project delays while waiting for delivery.
Once my lift arrives will it fit?
Our Aussie Lifts sales consultants will work with you every step of the way, from an initial site visit to working with your builder and the provision of site-specific engineering drawings and 3D modelling with your cosmetic selections. We understand that your requirements can change, we can quickly accommodate any alterations to pit depths, landing heights or door swings.
Conversely, once an order has been placed for an imported product the waiting begins while it is transported by sea, during this time any last minute changes are not possible.
Will parts and support be available into the future?
Aussie Lifts has been designing and building lifts for over 25 years, we support every model built over this period and will continue to do so with parts always available. Our technical support team is available 24hours a day and understand every aspect of our product, more often than not we are able to address any issues over the phone without the expense of sending a technician.
The range of imported lifts coming into Australia is consistently changing and it is not always possible to keep a full stock of parts for each model nor are there guarantees that parts will be available into the future. Should a technical issue not be able to be resolved by the local agent, it can take time to get a resolution from the overseas manufacturer. Many service companies may refuse to maintain any lifts aside from their own.
Does the lift meet Australian Standards?
Each Aussie Lift product has been designed and built from the ground up to meet and exceed the Australian standards and Building Codes. Our products have also undergone extensive engineering to provide a certified wind category rating to include a C4 cyclone rating.
Imported products are typically designed to a range of international standards and sometimes modified to meet Australian requirements. It is worth asking what standard the lift has been design registered to and is this the correct standard for my premises? It is also worth determining if your building certifier will sign off on a product that does not meet the building code requirements that may be better suited for residential use.
What are the costs?
Because the Aussie Lifts product is pre-built and tested prior to arriving at your premises, our installation costs are comparatively low. We are not subject to fluctuations in exchange rates and do not need to pass on the high transportation costs of delivering products from overseas.
Typically, as a complete turnkey solution, our products are a more cost-effective option and because Aussie Lifts can custom build a lift to suit your premises rather than your builder undertaking additional building works to fit a lift with set dimensions, the project costs can be minimised. Additionally, our lifts are all contained within a self-supporting shaft, therefore, no structural walls are required to the lift shaft.
Aussie Lifts products are proudly certified as Australian Made and you can be confident you are supporting the local economy and jobs.