There are many types of used wheelchairs. Some of them are electric wheelchairs that use belts or gears and sometimes both of them. If you want to buy this type of used wheelchairs you have to know that they vary in ruggedness. For example, there are low-end electric powered wheelchairs with light frames, which are perfect for indoor use.
Nonetheless, their frames may break, fronts forks bend and their motors die if they’re used excessively in the outdoors. Modern and high-priced electric wheelchairs are more reliable and rugged, having frames that are designed to handle more weight. Some have also spring suspension, so they provide a smooth ride over various types of areas.
Electric wheelchairs are available in three basic models such as:
1. Rear-wheel drive wheelchairs are traditional and most popular. They are faster and offer poor capabilities compared to front-wheel and mid-wheel models.
2. Front-wheel drive wheelchairs are more common as they provide tighter turning functions and have a slightly lower top speed than rear-wheels as they turn too fast at high speeds.
3. Mid-wheel drive wheelchairs have the tightest turning of all types. Nonetheless, they have the tendency to become unsteady when start and stop. Additionally, they feature caster wheels in their rear and an extra set of anti-tip wheels in front. Thus, they are limited when used on uneven surfaces.
These wheelchairs may have additional features such as power tilt. It tilts the entire seat assembly and can footrests to a 45-degree angle. Another feature is the recliner, which is a feature that tilts the seat back and raises the leg. Both of these new features help people feel more relief and prevent pressure sores.
Although electric wheelchairs are usually more expensive, if you buy used ones, their price will be lower and you’ll save a lot of money. You can find them in various health care facilities or on the Internet.