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Rifton TRAM

Lift. Ambulate. Transfer.

The TRAM is a transfer and mobility device designed to deliver three powerful functions in one compact unit: gait training, sit-to-stand transfers and seated transfers. The TRAM offers far more utility than a standard patient lift at a remarkably low price.


Versatile and powerful.

  • An ultralight compact frame that’s easy to maneuver in tight spaces
  • Intuitive controls and adjustments, making it simple for a single caregiver to operate
  • A body support system that eliminates any lifting by the caregiver, reducing back strain and workplace injuries
  • 350-pound weight capacity and a powerful battery drive that can deliver over 70 lifts on a single charge
  • An optional built-in scale, allowing you to weigh your client while performing a routine transfer

Capable of lifting and transferring patients of varying abilities and body types, the TRAM features an innovative, patented support system that secures the patient with a simple buckle. This enables the caregiver to quickly prepare the patient for a safe transfer.

At just over seventy pounds, the TRAM’s compact, ultralight frame is maneuverable in small or confined areas, as well as simple to transport or store. Quickly adoptable by multiple caregivers, the TRAM’s intelligent engineering significantly reduces back strain and stress – providing a smarter and safer environment for workers.

Colour Options

The Rifton Pacer Gait Trainer is available in five colours: Pink, Red, Blue, Lime or Grey

I am blown away with the results of the Rifton TRAM. I have seen patients with severe strokes, spinal cord injuries, Guillain–Barré syndrome and CIDP come to our facility paralyzed and leave walking. This piece of technology has been key to discharging patients not to long-term care but home and into the community.”

Linda Rusiecki, DPTCertified Brain Injury Specialist
Acute Rehab, Spectrum Health
Grand Rapids, MI


Use the slides below to learn more about the features and multiple functions of the TRAM patient transfer device.

Body support system –

The TRAM features an innovative support system that secures the patient with a simple buckle. This simplicity enables the caregiver to prepare the patient quickly for a safe transfer. Unlike other patient transfer devices, the TRAM has no slings and requires little or no preparation to transfer clients

Optional scale –

The TRAM’s optional scale allows the caregiver to weigh a patient easily during transfer, as well as measure weight-bearing capability and progress, during supported ambulation.

Note: Purchasers must decide on the scale option at the time of purchase.

Built-in up & down switch –

Raise and lower the TRAM using the single button built into the right steering handle. When the TRAM is being used as a sit to stand device, the caregiver can pull back on the handle to help raise the patient.

Telescoping Lift Column –

The carefully engineered, telescoping lift column gives the TRAM its low profile providing patients in the transfer device with the security and dignity of unobstructed eye contact with their caregivers and surroundings. The TRAM can be raised high enough to support a 6’4″ walking client and then retract down to 43.5″ for compact storage.

Expanding legs –

Compact and low-profile, the TRAM can pass through a 28″ doorway with ease. Transfer in and out of the new, wider wheelchairs by rotating the leg expander. Lockable front casters make the TRAM a mobile yet secure piece of patient transfer equipment.

Color-coded clips –

Caregivers can quickly hook the metal rings into one of the TRAM’s four color-coded clips. The clips have been color-coded for positive identification in written protocols.

Low-base option –

With a 3″ caster and lower frame base, the low-base TRAM does everything the standard Rifton TRAM does, plus it slides under beds with as low as 4¼” clearance. This option was designed for care environments where hospital bed floor clearance would hinder use of the standard TRAM.

The standard TRAM caster as compared to the low-base TRAM caster.



The TRAM’s optional scale allows the caregiver to weigh a patient easily during a routine transfer, as well as measuring the weight they’re bearing during gait training.

Note: The scale must be included in the original purchase. It cannot be added later.


If the scale is paired with a tablet or phone via Bluetooth, the Gait Tracker App can track the client’s weight bearing progress. Available for Android or iOS devices.

Watch the Gait Tracker App video to learn more.

A smartphone or tablet can then be attached to the E-Pacer’s handhold using a bike handlebar mount, allowing the client to see their progress.

Switch pole

The switch pole lets a caregiver operate the electric lift without bending down (when not using the front handle).

The switch pole can also be turned around to give the client control of the lift.

Arm prompts

Arm prompts provide lifting support for clients who have low tone or need their arms secured. The arm prompts allow adjustments in every direction and angle to accommodate numerous positioning requirements.

Arm prompt dimensions:
Padded surface area: small: 4½” x 7″ large: 5″ x 8½”
Range of adjustment (elbow to fist):
small: 8″–12½” large: 10½”–16″

Arm platforms

Arm platforms offer a simple alternative for clients who need less arm positioning. They attach to our adjustable arm prompt base and are made of integral skin foam for padded comfort and easy cleaning. Arm platforms are available with or without handgrips.

Padded surface dimensions: 13½”x 5½”

Arm platforms with handgrips

Hip positioner

The hip positioner is designed to encourage good positioning for gait training. It enables natural pelvic movement and lower extremity weight-shifting, and provides good abduction.

A pad is available for extra comfort.

Pelvic support

The pelvic support, available in three sizes, is used for sit-to-stand transfers and supported ambulation. Quickly hook up the pelvic support by attaching the rings to the color-coded clips. Note that the pelvic support may fit the patient best when the straps are crossed as shown in the photo. As well as providing support for ambulation, the pelvic support makes the TRAM an excellent device to provide early mobility in the ICU and for ICU physical therapy after a stroke.

Key user dimension: (indicated by the u-shaped arrow in the photograph)

Half of thigh circumference:
Small: 6″ – 10″
Medium: 8″ – 14″
Large: 10″ – 18″

Thigh straps

Thigh straps are used to make seated transfers. Choose either narrow (5″) or wide (7″), depending on the needs of your client. Additional straps can be purchased for individual clients. Made of water-resistant nylon, the straps can be quickly attached to the TRAM’s color-coded clips.

Swivel locks

Swivel locks keep the TRAM traveling in a straight line. The locks can be inserted into any or all of the four casters, although two are suffi cient to ensure a straight path. With the locks released, the casters are free to swivel for maneuvering in tight spaces.

The swivel lock on a standard TRAM.

The swivel lock on a low base TRAM.

Removable back belt

For settings where infection control is critical we offer an alternative back belt with a clip at both ends for easy removal and sanitation.

Users should note however, that the removable belt adds approximately 4″ to the body support circumference at its smallest (from 22″ to 26″).

Maximum circumference remains at 60″.

Additional battery

An additional battery may be needed in settings where frequent transfers are being made each day. A fully charged battery should deliver approximately 70 complete lift cycles depending on user weight.


Dimensions & technical specifications

Use these charts to determine which TRAM is the right choice for your client or facility.
Important: User’s weight must not exceed the maximum working load.

Pelvic Support

Hip Positioner

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