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What Do Mobility Scooters Consist Of?

No Comments 17 September 2010

What Do Mobility Scooters Consist Of?

What Do Mobility Scooters Consist Of?

Mobility Scooters usually consist of a base unit, the drive chain, the seat, and tiller, as well as the batteries and wheels. The base unit is the chassis that the other components are attached to. This chassis provides the area where the feet go in between the tiller and the batteries or drive chain. The drive chain is the part that powers the scooter. The tiller is the handlebar that steers the mobility scooter.

Front wheel drive mobility scooters have the drive train just over the front wheel. These sorts of scooter have a smaller weight capacity and are much more suited to indoor use than outdoor use compared to a rear wheel driver mobility scooter. They directly drive the front wheel, and so are not as good up hills as rear wheel drive scooters. Front wheel drive scooters also tend to be small/boot scooters rather than larger pavement or road legal scooters. Rear wheel drive mobility scooters use a chain, belt or transaxle mechanism to drive the rear wheels. Rear wheel drive scooters “push” the rider whereas front wheel drive scooters “pull” the rider. This offers more power and efficiency and so provides a better ride, and allows the scooter to go up steeper hills.

Mobility scooters use electro magnetic regenerative brakes which work by slowing and then stopping the scooter as soon as the user releases the controls. When the brakes are applied, the batteries are recharged by the excess power from the motor. This type of brake means that a separate hand brake is not necessary, and that the scooter can be left on a slope without fear of it rolling away. Most mobility scooters have a freewheel mode so that the scooter can be moved with out it being switched on, perhaps for storage, or in case of an emergency.

The batteries on a mobility scooter are not the same as car or motorcycle batteries, and should not be substituted. Car and motorcycle batteries are starter batteries, designed to provide short bursts of power. The batteries should be charged and looked after as per the mobility scooter manual.

The number of wheels and size and type of tyre affect the stability and ride quality of the mobility scooter. Smaller scooters tend to have small solid tyres, which don’t offer the same ride quality as bigger scooters with larger pneumatic tyres. Three wheel scooters offer more legroom and a smaller turning circle compared to a four wheel scooter, but the stability can be compromised.

Mobility scooter seats often have folding armrests, and swivel to aid getting on and off the scooter. The seat is often padded to provide more comfort. Some models have a larger Captain or Admiral seat, which is more like a car seat, and may offer more adjustment than a standard seat. The larger, more comfortable seats are normally found on the larger scooters as the scooter has a larger range, so the distance travelled could be almost double that of a small scooter. Almost all seats are adjustable for height, some adjust for reach, and some even recline like a car seat.

The tiller controls the direction, and speed of the mobility scooter, and is like a bicycle handle bar. The scooter moves by either pulling or pushing the lever on the tiller (called a wigwag). Some models of scooter have a Delta tiller meaning that the user can either pull with the fingers (like a bicycle brake) to make the scooter move, or push with the thumb. This tiller is ideal for people with limited hand mobility or who have one hand much better than the other. This means they can use the same hand for both moving forward and reversing. The control panel on the tiller includes the battery gauge, the speed control, and the horn and light controls, where fitted.

The scooters speed is usually controlled by a rotary control, which ranges from low speed to high speed. On some 6 and 8mph mobility scooters there is a switch that lowers the top speed from 6/8 mph to 4mph to make it pavement legal.

Mobility Scooters are designed to be simple to understand and operate, and so shouldn’t be intimidating.

For more information about mobility scooters, please visit www.scootamart.com


Just over 2 mins long so hold on till the end but what a blast we had…enjoy. Big shout out to all involved in the project.

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WHEELCHAIR SCOOTER MOBILITY CARRIER MEDICAL RACK RAMP

No Comments 14 September 2010

WHEELCHAIR SCOOTER MOBILITY CARRIER MEDICAL RACK RAMP

  • Integrated solid ramp for quick loading and unloading
  • Usable Dimensions: 48.25 x 28
  • Weight Capacity: 500 lbs.
  • Maximum chair width: 27 inches
  • Weight: 84 lbs

This mobility carrier has everything you need for loading and hauling your expensive mobility device.

The wheelchair and scooter carrier features an integrated ramp which fold up and out into 3 different positions.

The first position keeps the ramp folded flat to the carrier surface and held down with a spring pull pin.

The folded flat position is to keep the ramp self stored and secured when the carrier is folded up.

The second ramp position allows the ramp to stand up straight when a mob

Price: $ 125.00

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Lastest Mobility Equipment News

No Comments 11 September 2010

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BY LISA PAINE 810-452-2626 LPAINE@MIHOMEPAPER.COM AREAWIDE Hunting and enjoying the shooting sports is something many of us take for granted. For some, though, its a challenge that is insurmountable without a little help from friends or adaptive equipment. read more
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Mobility Scooter Battery Charger Cable 24V 2A New

No Comments 09 September 2010

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Can I use one of those power converters you plug into the car to recharge the battery for my mobility scooter?

3 Comments 08 September 2010

Question by bridesfan: Can I use one of those power converters you plug into the car to recharge the battery for my mobility scooter?
The scooter takes (2) 12V/12AH batteries and I usually plug the charger into the scooter then into a 3 prong outlet at home. Would I be able to safely plug this into a converter in my car when not in use to keep the battery charged and ready?

Best answer:

Answer by Team Crayons
Yes, it would be safe, just make sure to unplug it after it’s done so the converter doesn’t overheat.

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