What Are Power Chair Wheel Drive Systems?
Electric powered wheelchairs maneuver by turning on a fixed, drive-wheel pivot point, creating what is commonly known as the "power chair drive system." Front-wheel drive power chairs turn on a pivot point located in front, and rear-wheel drive systems turn on a pivot point positioned towards the rear.
Whether front, rear, mid or center, the power chair drive system is a primary factor in determining how a motorized wheelchair will perform, handle and maneuver within a variety of environments.
Hoveround Power Chairs: Front-Wheel Drives
Hoveround offers power chairs available in two, distinct wheel-drive configurations: Front and Rear. With these wheel drive options, Hoveround's personal mobility vehicles can effectively fulfill the mobility needs of a wider range of people.
Below, are just a few key features and benefits of front-wheel drive power wheelchairs.
- Small turning radius (only 22.7 inches for the compact MPV5® motorized wheelchair)
- Easily maneuvers through narrow spaces and around tight corners
- Large front tires, rear caster wheels, and lower top-speeds help prevent fishtailing1
- FWD power chairs, like the Teknique® FWD, enable safer travel over diverse surfaces
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This article is for general information and educational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. A mobility specialist, rehabilitation technology supplier (RTS), assistive technology professional (ATP) and/or a specialized occupational or physical therapist can also provide helpful insights into the most appropriate power chair wheel drive option for individual mobility needs.
1Fishtailing: When the back end of a forward-moving vehicle is swerving from side-to-side in an uncontrolled and unsafe manner.