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Front or Rear Wheel Drive Power WheelChairs?

By Chass Armstrong

So you’re in the market for a brand new power wheelchair. With many options and features, it can be difficult to know which the right power wheelchair is for you. With all of the options, it’s almost like buying a car. Like cars, power wheelchairs also offer front, and rear wheel drive.

What does this mean for the consumer though? How do front and rear wheel drive wheelchairs benefit those driving? Hopefully in this blog we can help clear some of that up for you!

Rear Wheel Drive Chairs:

Rear wheel drive chairs are sort of the staple in the industry. Most chairs are rear wheel drive, and they are known for having higher top end speeds than other types of wheelchairs. Though rear wheel drive chairs can max at around 6 miles per hour, they also have the wider turning radiuses, and they will have to rely on their anti-tip tubing when going up steep hills. That being said they are very stable for general day to day use.

Front Wheel Drive Chairs:

This setup is excellent for rough terrain. With the wheels facing slightly ahead of the body weight on the chair, compared to rear wheel drive chairs, you can more easily navigate up steep hills. Because much of the weight is behind the driving force, you must be careful when turning these chairs when going your max speed. Because of this, front wheel drive chairs usually only go around 5 miles per hour, but they have a shorter turning radius, as low as 25 inches in some instances.

Either way, whichever power wheelchair you decide to go with, Aeroflow mobility has front wheel drive and rear wheel drive chairs for you to choose from. We can also help answer any questions that you have about power wheelchairs or getting your power wheelchairs through insurance. Feel free to give us a call at (888) 345-1780 or qualify through insurance here!

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