April 21, 2023 | Terry Smith

Felgains GZS Bed Mover vs StaminaLift TS5000 Bed Mover; An Honest Comparison

When looking at implementing powered bed movers in your hospital to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injury, you’re likely to come across multiple brands of bed movers on the market. The purpose of this article is to compare two of the most popular models; the StaminaLift TS5000 and the Felgains GZS Bed Mover.

In principle, these 2 bed movers are very similar; they both attach to a large variety of beds and stretchers, have high safe working loads, and are controlled similarly, however, this article will dive deep into the positives and drawbacks of each and reveal where they differ from each other. 

What is the StaminaLift TS5000 Bed Mover?

The StaminaLift TS5000 is a bed mover that attaches to a large number of beds and stretchers via a jaw system that grips onto the castor wheels of the bed or stretcher. 

Key Features of the TS5000

  • 600kg safe working load (SWL)
  • Keyless control with safety lockout – to prevent unauthorised use
  • Jaw mechanism adjusts to capture wheel widths from 550 mm to 840 mm and wheel diameters from 125mm to 200mm
  • Ergonomically adjustable handle position for comfortable use by all operators
  • Automatic braking for safe operation on slopes or inclines up to 7 degrees

Key Benefits of the TS5000

  • Compatible with a large range of beds and stretchers. The StaminaLift TS5000 attaches to the bed’s castor wheels, which are largely universal and subsequently the TS5000 is able to be fitted to most beds and stretchers. 
  • 360-degree turning radius, for easy manoeuvring through even the most challenging hospital corridors and doorways.

Drawbacks of the TS5000

  • Bulky. The StaminaLift is one of the bulkier bed movers on the market, adding significant length to the bed when attached. This will likely present problems if your hospital has lifts or narrow corridors. 
  • Risk of damage to beds and stretchers. The jaws of the TS5000 grip the castor wheels of the bed very tightly and then the bed is lifted by the TS5000 via the castor wheels. The castor wheels of beds and stretchers aren’t designed for this type of use and subsequently can get damaged when the StaminaLift is used. 


What about the Felgains GZS Bed Mover?

The Felgains GZS Bed Mover is powerful enough to transport up to 600kg around the hospital, keeping portering and nursing staff safe from musculoskeletal injuries.

The GZS fits around your beds and stretchers, rather than underneath them, so no under-bed clearance is required. This enables the GZS to work with a wide range of hospital beds and stretchers.

Key Features of the GZS

  • 600kg safe working load (SWL)
  • Ergonomically adjustable handle position for comfortable use by all operators
  • Automatic braking for safe operation on slopes or inclines
  • 3-speed control, plus reverse and emergency stop
  • Toolless attachment to the frames of beds and stretchers

Key Benefits of the GZS

  • Very wide compatibility. Because the GZS requires no under-bed clearance and doesn’t rely on attachment to castor wheels, the GZS is compatible with the vast majority of hospital beds and stretchers, reducing the need for buying multiple pieces of equipment to suit the different beds in your trust. It also means the Portering team have a single go-to bed mover, rather than having to decide which bed mover to use for each bed or trolley. 
  • Compact design. The two arms of the GZS go underneath the main mattress platform, meaning no additional width is added to a standard hospital bed. 
  • Easy and intuitive to manoeuvre. The GZS is powered by wheels at the end of the two tines, making steering and manoeuvering a bed or stretcher much easier when compared to bed movers that are powered at the end of the bed, or via a joystick.  This reduces the risk of the Portering team not using the product because it is difficult to use. 
  • Fast attachment to beds and stretchers. The GZS attaches to the main frame of a bed or stretcher using a toolless ratchet system, which allows porters to attach it to beds and stretchers more quickly compared to bed movers that attach to caster wheels or under the main structure. 

Drawbacks of the GZS

  • Bulkier than the GZ10SL. The GZS adds more overall length to the bed when compared to the other bed mover from Felgains, the GZ10SL, which may mean it won’t fit into all hospital lifts. When compared to the StaminaLift, however, it adds less overall length to the bed. 


Which bed mover should you choose for your hospital? 

Which bed mover you choose for your trust and hospitals will depend on your requirements and the hospitals you operate in, however, I trust this article has given you a good overview of the StaminaLift TS5000 and the Felgains GZS Bed Mover, and the positives and drawbacks of each. 

Most hospitals would look to arrange a demonstration or trial of a bed mover before going ahead with a purchase, and this is something we are happy to arrange for you. Feel free to contact us on 01473 741144, or via the contact form below, to get the conversation started. 



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