Drive Medical Lightweight Steel Transport Wheelchair Review
The Drive Medical Lightweight Steel Transport Wheelchair is lighter and narrower than a conventional wheelchair – notice the four small wheels as opposed as the small-in-front/large-the-rear wheel configuration of traditional chairs – making it easier transport and store.
· Available with either fixed full arms or detachable desk arms.
· Scratch-resistant silver vein frame finish.
· Foldable back.
· Seat belt for extra safety.
· Swing-away footrests.
· Upholstery handles to fold chair.
· Lightweight and maintenance-free composite 8-inch wheels.
· Comfortable, lightweight, easy to clean nylon upholstery.
· Padded armrests.
· Standard rear wheel locks.
· Rides smooth over most surfaces.
· 17” or 19” seat.
· Weight Capacity: 250 lbs.
This lightweight transport chair is ideal for people who are not able to walk even short distances or who can’t walk for long periods of time. A person with limited mobility could use it to visit the doctor, attend social events, or go to the airport, the zoo, the park, a museum, et cetera. In addition to that, this chair is perfect for getting through narrow doorways and navigating sharp turns in hallways. It is lightweight enough (it weighs only 26 lbs) to easily fit into the back of the SUV – or the trunk of a sedan for that matter – yet at the same time quite sturdy.
Because of the small wheels, the chair may sometimes balk at going over doorway thresholds, but it isn’t too hard to tip the chair a little bit to get over.
· Wipe off chrome with a clean soft cloth at least once weekly.
· If the chair is exposed to moisture, dry it immediately.
· The metal parts of the chair should be polished once monthly with an auto wax.
· Clean the upholstery with a mild soap solution, rinse and wipe dry.
· Worn or torn upholstery should be replaced as it may not support the user’s body weight.
· Inspect wheels at least once monthly.
· Correct any side play by loosening the lock nut on the axle, and then tightening the axle just enough to remove side play.
· Solid rubber tires require limited maintenance, but should be cleaned periodically with a damp cloth.
· Cracked or severely worn tires need to be replaced.
· Tilt to one side and push down on seat rails to open the chair.
· Lift back support to upright position.
· The lock to secure the back will engage automatically.
· Pull up on locks at the same time, and carefully fold down the back support to fold down and store.
· Align the holes on the footrest arm with the pegs on the frame of the Transport chair to attach the footrests.
· Loosen the bolt on the telescoping tube shaft to adjust the length of footrests.
· Tighten securely after adjustment.
· The lowest part of footrest should not be less than 2 ½” from the ground to allow for proper clearance.
· Release the lock and swing outward and rearward and lift up and off to remove the swing-away footrest.
· The safety belt is already attached and should not be removed.
· The Transport Chair should not be operated without the assistance of a caregiver.
· Engage the dual wheel locks against the tires on both rear wheels before entering or leaving the chair.
· Ensure the front casters are in the forward position before transferring into or out of the chair.
· Do not move forward on the seat while leaning forward out of the chair. If you must do so, make sure the front casters are in the forward position. If you are picking an object up from the floor, go past the object, and then go backwards. The casters will then swing to the forward position.
· Leaning out of the transport chair without proper assistance could result in tipping.
· Do not step on the foot plates when transferring; this could cause tipping.
· The user and his or her caregiver should consult a qualified professional for correct techniques on how to negotiate ramps.