Bessler Stairways Questions

IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

Where can I find a date on the product?

Both on the door panel, and under the bottom tread on the inside of the stringer. Model numbers are also placed there. Only since 1980.

How can I tell the difference between the two?

Cast Iron will look like a poured cast, and a stamped drum will be made with 16Ga steel and you will see tabs coming through the face of the drum and bent over. The cast drums will also look thicker.

Where should I look for them. How many could it have?

First version is 2 drum stairs are usually mounted on either side of the stringer and at the header. (next to the top tread when open) (Model 50,65,75)

Second version is 3 drum stairs. These come in various locations. Typically the 2 panel drums are located away from the header and mounted just above the floor inside the jamb with the stringer drum laying flat under the center of the ladder. (Model 35,45)

Third version has a solid axel that runs under the top tread when open and has 2 drums on either side and a non-springed drum under the center of the ladder. (Model 89)

Fourth version has panel drums out away from the header mounted just above the floor inside the jamb with a single stringer drum mounted on the left side by the top tread in the open position. (Model 20)

Fifth version has two small drums mounded on the right side of the well to allow the door to open to the right of the ladder and a stringer drum mounted flat under the top tread in the open position.(Model 29 and 39)

Sixth version has all four drums mounted at the header end of the jamb with 2 drums on either side of the ladder. (current design of Bessler models.)

Seventh version has a split axel under the top tread in the open position with 2 drums on either side of the ladder. One drum has springs and is inset to the non-springed drum, both having cables. (Model 89A)

Eighth version has 2 drums mounted at the opposite end of the jamb from the header and top of ladder. (One drum in each corner at the wellend.)

Measure the distance from the floor of landing to floor of attic.

Model 22 is 14”

Models 26,30,40 are 17-1/16”

Models 70 and 100 are 18-7/8”

What is the outside width measurement of your ladder?

Model 22 is 14”

Models 26,30,40 are 17-1/16”

Models 70 and 100 are 18-7/8”


How many steps/treads does your stair have?


Is your stair installed?


What is the measurement of your house trusses?


What is the angle of your stair? (53, 57, 66 degrees)

Model 100 is 53*

Models 30,40,70 are 57*

Models 22 and 26 are 66*

(Degrees do not change with the lengths of the ladders)


What is the measurement (LxW) of your rough opening?

Bessler Stairways Attic Stair Systems

With Bessler’s one-piece design and counterbalanced assembly, opening and closing the Bessler is smooth and easy. The stairway glides into position almost effortlessly. With ratings up to 800 lbs., and a range of ceiling heights & opening widths, most residential or commercial applications can be accommodated.

800 lb Rating

Model 100

400 lb Rating

Model 20

600 lb Rating

Model 26

600 lb Rating

Model 26T

600 lb Rating

Model 30

600 lb Rating

Model 40

600 lb Rated

Model 70