Wheelchair frames are now made of chrome, aluminum, aircraft aluminum, titanium, an alloy of chrome and other materials, or other lightweight composite materials. The materials used in the frame determine the wheelchair’s strength and capacity. Frames are generally available in folding and rigid styles. Wheelchair frames should be crashworthy and tie down points need to be standardized to establish safety. Titanium chairs are available that weigh in the high “teens” to accommodate the rider’s needs. Titanium is light and strong. In fact certain titanium alloys are 50% lighter than steel and twice the strength of 6061 aluminum.
Rear-wheel, mid-wheel, and front-wheel drive models are available. In a rear-wheel chair, the big wheels that drive the unit are positioned behind the rider’s center of gravity. Rear- wheel drive is the traditional type that is readily available. Front-wheel drives are becoming more common and provide tighter turning than rear-wheel drives.
Mobility Scooters can be customized to fit the user’s exact needs. Depending on the model of scooter and the user’s requirements, additional products can help you get even more out of your mobility scooter. There are also numerous websites catering to mobility accessories for wheelchairs and scooters. These retailers allow you to create a mobile environment compatible with your lifestyle.