Chances are that at some time in your life you will be challenged with using or buying a mobility aid product. Thanks to my conversation with medical devices provider Mike Messer, I was able to compose this very informative article on manually operated wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs, and powered scooters. Knowing the difference between these units is crucial if you are preparing a purchase so with any luck this knowledge will be quite helpful.
The two major types of manual wheelchairs are folding frame wheelchairs and rigid frame wheelchairs. Rigid frame wheelchairs include a seat back that folds up for transportation. The wheels have axles that can be quick released making it easy to enable them to fit into a automobile. Most people are able to load up their rigid wheelchair into a vehicle without help, because they are made of lightweight aluminum and generally weigh a mere 10 to 20 pounds without wheels. Folding frame wheelchairs are standard wheelchairs or sometimes referred to as conventional wheelchairs. They are often heavy and sometimes difficult for a user to load up into a motor vehicle. They are created with a frame which is easy to fold, but as described before, these sorts of chairs may call for you to need assistance loading them into your vehicle.
Electric wheelchairs typically make use of belts and gears in order to operate. They are typically quiet in their functioning. Belt drive types require more routine maintenance than gear drive models. These models come in all shapes and forms and greatly differ in their toughness. Light frame units usually are wonderful for in house use while the heavy frame units fair better outside the house. There are back wheel drive models which are the most traditional and popular. They provide inferior turning abilities but have quicker speeds. There are Front wheel drive models which provide improved and tighter turning attributes. Because of the easiness of turning however, these types have a slower speed to insure safety. Mid wheel electric wheelchairs have the tightest turning abilities but also have the tendency to be unsteady when halting and starting. They use additional castor wheels and tip proof wheels but this might make it harder to use these on difficult terrain.
Mobility scooters are the most desired type of motor-driven chair. They come in three and four wheel versions and are obtainable with front and rear wheel drive. They are more reasonably priced than electric wheelchairs and many are designed for their ease of mobility and ease of transportation. They steer just like a bike and have controls that allow you to manage acceleration. They are much lighter in weight and can be disassembled easily to transport around town. Front wheel Drive models can typically hold up to 160 lbs. and are designed more for indoor use while back wheel drive units can carry a maximum of 250 to 500 pounds depending on the model, and can better handle the outdoor terrain if necessary.
Thanks a lot and I hope you discovered some beneficial information from this write-up. Best of luck and I hope you are able to make an well informed decision when buying the mobility equipment that is best for you.