What Makes a Good Heavy Duty Manual Wheelchair
What should you be looking for in a heavy duty wheelchair? There are many different features to consider, but we’re broken down the most important things to consider before making your purchase.
Even if the manufacturer claims that their chair is heavy duty, it’s worth doing your own examination. You should see additional welds or ferrules at the joints of the chair to prevent breakage, plus extra fabric on the seats and backs to avoid ripping.
This chair should feel secure and stable when you sit down, leaving no concern about tipping over or falling through it.
Sometimes if a chair is heavy duty, it becomes too bulky to move around well. This is something to test out before buying. If you are buying the chair online and can’t test its maneuverability, try looking up reviews to see if other buyers found it easy to navigate.
An agile chair should have well-treaded tires on it. Pneumatic tires are also a great option because they move well outside as well as inside.
Some heavy duty manual wheelchairs are difficult to roll manually for seniors who with larger body types. Make sure to test this out before buying.
Comfort is something you never want to sacrifice no matter what kind of chair you are getting. Make sure the chair has ample padding on every section and that it looks durable. You want to make sure these pads will not flatten over time.
Also keep an eye out for things like storage pouches and cup holders. If you are spending a long time in this chair, you’ll want to have easy access to your things.
This is a big one for us. We believe that every wheelchair should be highly adjustable because not everyone is the same size, has the same build, or even has the same preferences. You should decide how you want your chair to fit; not the manufacturer.
We appreciate chairs that come in varying sizes and have a lot of removable parts like armrests and leg rests, which can help you roll up to a table if you need to.
Having an adjustable chair ensures you have the perfect size to meet your needs.