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Rehabilitation Equipment
Item Number: Rifton TRAM
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The Rifton TRAM Transfer and Mobility device

An innovative device intelligently engineered to provide quick, safe, dignified transfers and mobility, the Rifton TRAM features:

  • 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
  • NEW! Two TRAM frame models:
    Standard or Low-base



Click to get a quote and shop for the Rifton Standard (K310)  TRAM. Click to get a quote and shop for the Rifton Low-base (K320)  TRAM.
Standard TRAM (K310) Low-base TRAM (K320)
A comparison showing the difference in caster height between the Standard and Low-base TRAM models.

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 4.25" clearance.



More than a patient lift system.

The Rifton TRAM combines five and more powerful functions in one device:






A therapist helps a patient to walk with the Rifton TRAM transfer and Mobility device











Features of the Rifton TRAM patient transfer device

View a list of accessories available to customize the TRAM for your client or facility's needs, and consult a dimensions & tech specs chart to determine suitability of the device for your facility.

Body support system

Rifton’s 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.

The Rifton TRAM body support system consists of two thigh straps and a trunk support.


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.

The optional scale, mounted on top of the lifting column, weighs the client during transfer.

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.

A close-up of the up and down switch that activates the Rifton TRAM.

Three stage riser

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.

The lifting column of the Rifton TRAM telescopes and rises in 3 stages.

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.

The legs of the Rifton TRAM expand to fit around most wheelchairs.

Color-coded clips

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

A caregiver's hands demonstrate clipping a leg strap onto one of the colored clips of the Rifton TRAM's trunk support lifting arm.

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 4.25" clearance. This option was designed for care environments where hospital bed floor clearance would hinder use of the standard TRAM.

The Low-base TRAM caster shown next to a standard TRAM caster to illustrate the difference in clearance height.


Rifton TRAM accessories

Details on the function of each accessory and how each can be used during a medical transfer or early mobilization of your clients. Consult a dimensions & tech specs chart to check the TRAM's compatibility with your needs, and read about specific TRAM features.



The TRAM’s optional scale allows the caregiver to weigh a patient easily during a routine transfer, eliminating that special transfer just for the purpose of weighing. In addition to providing medical transfers, the TRAM with scale, during supported ambulation, can measure how much weight the client is bearing, allowing the caregiver to measure and track weight-bearing capability and progress. More than just a disability scale or transfer scale, the TRAM with the optional scale becomes an extremely valuable piece of equipment.

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


A close-up of the scale which allows for in-transfer weighing.



Walking saddle


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

A diagram of the walking saddle indicating that the key user dimension is half of the client's thigh circumference.

Key User Dimension:


Half of thigh circumference
Small: 4" - 8"
Large: 8" - 14"

  The walking saddle shown with straps crossed diagonally over each other, which is the recommended method of use.

Forearm supports

Forearm supports are used to give extra lifting support for clients who have low tone or for clients who need their arms secured. The supports allow adjustments in every direction and angle to accommodate numerous positioning requirements. Forearm supports would also be an appropriate accessory if the TRAM is going to be used as part of ICU physical therapy after a stroke.

Forearm support dimensions:

Forearm prompt dimensions in inches: K305 small Forearm prompt's padded surface area is 4½ x 7 and its range of adjustment (elbow to fist) is 8-12½. K315 large Forearm prompt's padded surface area is 5 x 8½ and its range of adjustment (elbow to fist) is 10½-16.


Forearm prompts shown with arrows highlighting the multiple ways they can be adjusted.

Directional lock

Directional locks for the casters make it possible to roll the TRAM straight down the hall without drifting laterally. The locks can be inserted into any or all of the four casters, although two should be sufficient to ensure a straight path. With the lock released the casters are free to swivel, allowing for maneuvers in tight spaces. If the TRAM is going to be used for early mobilization in the ICU, directional locks would be advisable.

A close-up of the directional lock that can be added to the TRAM frame to aid with steering and ambulation.

Additional thigh straps

Thigh straps are used to make seated transfers. One set comes standard with each TRAM. Additional sets can be purchased to accommodate cleaning schedules. Made of water-resistant, coated nylon the straps are quickly attached to the TRAM’s color-coded clips. The thigh straps should be used to lift the patient completely when using the TRAM as a disability scale for weighing.

Additional thigh straps could be handy with the Rifton TRAM while one pair is being cleaned.

Additional battery

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

An additional battery can be purchased; battery is shown here.






Rifton TRAM  technical specifications

Lifting speed 1.5 inch/sec with no load
Batteries 12V, 2.9 Ah valve-regulated lead-acid gel-type batteries. (Replacement batteries available from Rifton.)
Battery charger Wall-mounted charger, 100 - 240 V AC, max 650 mA
Motor 24V, 6A, permanent magnet motor
Emergency lowering Electrical
Wheels Front: 100mm dual with brake; Rear: 100mm dual
Motor duty cycle Two minutes continuous use followed by 18 minutes idle





Rifton TRAM dimensions


Use these charts to determine which Rifton TRAM is the right choice for your client or facility.

A photograph of the Rifton Standard TRAM, K310, with basic components A photograph of the Rifton Low-base TRAM, K320, with basic components
Standard TRAM (K310) Low-base TRAM (K320)


Rifton TRAM side view dimensions diagram


Rifton TRAM top view dimensions diagram

Item Dimensions (Inches)

Standard (K310)

Low-base (K320)

Maximum user height
(When standing or ambulating)
76 (6'4) Same
Minimum user armpit height
(When standing or ambulating)
30½ Same
Overall product length 45½ Same
Overall product width 27½ Same
Overall product height 43½ (min) — 58 (max) Same
Floor to top of base leg for furniture clearance
Turning diameter 50 Same
Total product weight 70 lbs Same
Maximum working load 350 lbs Same



User Dimensions

The shadow of a person with red arrows around his torso indicating that girth is the key user dimension of the Rifton TRAM.












Key User Dimension:


Girth in inches:

22 (min) — 60 (max)

Maximum user height in inches:

76 (6'4")


Important: User's girth and height must not exceed these maximum dimensions.





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