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Learn More About Front-Wheel Power Wheelchairs

April 17, 2012

Some of the mobility benefits offerWhat 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.

Front-Wheel Drive (FWD) Power Chairs

Shown here: the MPV5 increasing mobility at home                  Hoveround Heavy-Duty XHD PWC

  • 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 "fishtailing"1 
  • FWD power chairs, like the Teknique® FWD, enable safer travel over diverse surfaces

Call 800-542-7236, or fill out this contact form to get a free DVD and brochure containing additional details about Hoveround power chair options.

Next Article in Basic Power Chair Parts: Rear-Wheel Drive Configurations


1Fishtailing: When the back end of a forward-moving vehicle is swerving from side-to-side in an uncontrolled and unsafe manner.

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.

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