Macdonald’s Best Mid-Wheel Drive Power ChairsNovember 30, 2015
For those required to use a wheelchair to get around, there are plenty of options available on the market today. Wheelchairs or power wheelchairs are designed to come in three positions; front, rear, and mid-wheel drive, all of which have their own various benefits.
Here, we take a specific look at mid-wheel drive power chairs, which are designed to align with one’s center of gravity to provide a sturdy, comfortable ride. The drive wheels on mid-wheel drive power chairs are typically located directly under the user, with equal parts of the chair placed both in front and behind the body to improve balance.
Mid-wheel drive chairs work well in tight spaces, and usually offer a turning radius between 24-26 inches, although that may vary depending on the manufacturer. Keep reading for a list of some of our most popular mid-wheel drive power wheelchairs:
With its new and improved 6 mph motor, the Q6 Edge 2.0 provides users with improved performance, and some of the best control and responsiveness available on the market today. Offering a 20.5-inch turning radius, the Q6 Edge 2.0 has been redesigned to improve user comfort while still maintaining the usability that people have come to expect from all the Q6 Edge models. The patented iLevel option is available with up to 10 inches of elevation in as little as 24 seconds. The Q6 Edge 2.0 also has a host of add-ons, including four-inch-wide, extended traction tires, a full LED lighting package, upgraded motor packages, and more.
Considered a next generation model of motorized wheelchairs, the Invacare TDX SP is a simple yet superior mid-wheel power chair. New improvements have given it a quieter chassis and an incredible movability. Built-in technology, such as the Enhanced SureStep, allows the front casters of the power chair to travel six inches. This power wheelchair is designed for those users who expect their power wheelchairs to be both comfortable and strong performance-wise. The TDX SP’s four pole motors offer speeds of up to 5.8 mph, and its MK6i electronics provide up to 90 amps of power. While driving, its Quiet Stability technology creates a smooth ride, providing a “damping” effect in tandem with its True Center Wheel drive technology. The Invacare TDX SP is also available for rental from Macdonald’s HHC, so be sure to contact us with any questions.
If you’re looking for a highly versatile power chair that lets you handle some more difficult terrain than the average mid-wheel drive, then the Ranger MDX2/MDX6 is the right power wheelchair for you. This chair is designed with a front suspension allowing for more movability; when the chair encounters an obstacle the suspension kicks in, but in the case of a sudden stop or unexpected slope, the weight of the chair shifts to hold the user in place. The front wheel casters on the MDX2 don’t rotate, which allows users to deftly maneuver tighter spaces than most mid-wheel drive power chairs. Additionally, this top-of-the-line model comes with a two-year warranty.
Manufactured entirely in Canada, the Quickie Xperience Power Chair is truly unique, allowing the user to experience mobility as has never before been available in a mid-wheel drive power wheelchair. Its G3 Technology provides a three tiered-system of user control, offering ground and gravity compensation and gravity control. When riding over rougher terrain, vibrations are controlled by the chair rather than absorbed by the user. Additionally, the cutting-edge suspension used by the Quickie Xperience redistributes weight over a larger area to improve control and stabilize the chair while going up and down hill. This mid-wheel drive is a true power wheelchair, allowing users to get speeds of up to 6.5 mph, and the Quickie Xperience comes with a host of customizable features and colour options.
If you’re looking for a more affordable mid-wheel drive power chair that still allows you the maximum movability and comfort you’d expect from the Invacare brand, then this is the power wheelchair for you. The Pronto M61 has an elevated seat that will provide anywhere from zero to five inches of elevate, perfect for those hard-to-reach spots. It also allows users to have a sturdy, reliable ride with six wheels on the ground for maximum balance and stability, and boasts a 19.5-inch turning radius. This mid-wheel drive power chair also comes with a host of warranties to ensure customer satisfaction, including a five-year warranty for the base frame, and a three-year warranty for the seat frame. The Pronto M61 is also capable of driving over thresholds and transitions of as much as two inches.
These are just of few of the top mid-wheel drive power wheelchairs available from Macdonald’s HHC. We also carry a wide range of other mobility options, including standing and front wheel drive wheelchairs, medium to large power scooters, canes, walkers, crutches and more. If you’re suffering from limited mobility, Macdonald’s will work with you and your caretaker to explore your options and find the perfect solution for your situation
For more information about power wheelchairs, contact Evan. He’ll be happy to assist you with all your questions.