Posted on February 16, 2016
What is the difference between Transport Wheelchairs and Standard Manual Wheelchairs?
This is one of the most asked questions among our clients. Although they look very similar, they have significant differences.
At first glance, Transport Wheelchairs have 4 smaller wheels where the user will have to get pushed around whereas Manual Wheelchairs have 2 large wheels and 2 smaller wheels which are designed so the user is able to propel him or herself.
On a deeper level, they are quite different.
Transport Wheelchairs are very light, at about 20 lbs., are easily foldable and transportable. These are more suitable for users who are planning to sit for short trips and always with someone who can push the wheelchair. These are not very customizable but typically come in 17” or 19” wide seats.
Manual Wheelchairs on the other hand, which tend to be heavier, are approximately at the lowest 25 lbs. (without leg rests) and more depending on the model. These are less transportable, but some models have detachable wheel options to make it easier for loading and unloading. As these are generally for users who spend a lot of time in the wheelchair, they are all designed to be highly customizable in size, comfort, and more.
Please give our office a call if you still have any questions.