Tubular Steel (US) vs. Aluminum (THEM) Wheelchair Frames

There’s a misconception that tubular steel wheelchair frames are heavy, and aluminum frames are light. Not surprising, engineers make large bridges out of one, and soda cans out of the other. And while it’s true aluminum is lighter by volume as a metal, that property doesn’t tell us the whole story.

To make aluminum frames strong enough, builders often make the tubes larger and thicker than steel tubes. That extra material adds extra weight, and quickly an aluminum frame can weigh just as much or more than a tubular steel one.

How can you tell the difference? There’s a quick and easy visual test for material: tubular steel tubes are always cylindrical, and usually between 1″-1.5″ in diameter. Aluminum tubes can be many shapes (square, triangular, fluted, etc) and are usually larger in diameter than steel (1.5″+).

TUBULAR STEEL WHEELCHAIR FRAMES

tubular steel wheelchair frames

Aluminum frames are generally stiffer than tubular steel, resulting in a harsher ride. When your body has physical limitations and you are racked with PAIN a smoother ride counts. Tubular steel frames move and absorb while going over uneven surface areas like cobblestones and brick pavers, you do not FEEL the road while in our chair.

We can’t take all the credit of building a wheelchair out of tubular steel. We got the idea from our friends that build High-End Mountain Bike frames. Mountain Bike frames are lightweight tubular steel which helps absorb the bumps from the rocky bike trails.

SMOOTHER RIDE WITH TUBULAR STEEL

TUBULAR STEEL FRAMES DO NOT BREAK

No frame material is more durable than tubular steel. It can ding, scratch, dent, even bend, and retain structural integrity. When well made and cared for, tubular steel will last a lifetime.

The same isn’t true for aluminum. Aluminum is more brittle, so it’s more susceptible to failure through fatigue or damage. A single dent in the wrong place could render an aluminum frame unsafe to ride in. And when aluminum fails, it fails catastrophically putting the riding into dangerous situations.

This picture was from an actual customer that was in the cross walk when a Trolly Tram HIT them. We are happy to report the customer is fine. The tubular steel frame took the hit, did NOT break, and the chair NEVER TIPPED OVER even after the rear wheel was slammed off the chair during impact.

ALLOWED on Airplanes (US) vs NOT ALLOWED on Airplanes (THEM)

DRIVING YOUR FOLD & GO RIGHT TO THE AIRPLANE

watch-this-video-arrowSeeing is believing. A video of us driving at the airport:

  1. Our chairs are approved to drive through TSA
  2. Drive right down the gangway
  3. Fold it up right outside the airplane
  4. Remove the joystick and take on the plane with you

Where are the batteries located?

BATTERY LOCATION (Us):
INSIDE OUR TUBULAR STEEL FRAME

Battery Type: Lithium-Ion
Battery Weight: 2-3 LBS
Dimensions: 20 inches by 3.5 inches x 2 inches
ALLOWED On Airplanes
CAN DRIVE in the Rain
CAN DRIVE over Wet Surfaces
ZERO Wired Connectors – ARTHRITIS FRIENDLY
Charging Time: 5 hours
Driving Range: 16 Miles

BATTERY LOCATION (Them):
UNDER SEAT INSIDE A NYLON BAG

Battery Type: LiFePO4 Battery
Battery Weight: 10.3 LBS
Dimensions: 7 inches by 7.5 inches x 4 inches
NOT ALLOWED On Airplanes (Over Wattage Limit)
DO NOT DRIVE in the Rain
DO NOT DRIVE over Wet Surfaces
Wired Connectors – NOT ARTHRITIS FRIENDLY
Charging Time: 5 hours
Driving Range: 15 Miles

How Many Pieces Do You Need to Put the Chair Together for Transportation?

ONE PIECE
Total Weight 46 LBS

5 REMOVABLE PIECES
Total Weight 140.5 LBS

How Steep of a Hill will the Electric Wheelchair Climb?

25º SLOPE – 47% GRADE
Both Regular & HD Models

12º DEGREE – 22% GRADE
Any Type of Electric Wheelchair

Can an Electric Wheelchair or Scooter Drive in the Rain?

BUILT FOR ANY WEATHER
Our Patented Design

DO NOT DRIVE IN RAIN
Electronics Not Protected

How we REDESIGNED & IMPROVED the Folding Electric Wheelchair Concept

INNOVATIVE FOLDING DESIGN
Total Weight 46-55 LBS

TRADITIONAL FOLDING DESIGN
Total Weight 250 LBS

What is the Front Caster Wheel Brace Made of?

MADE OF TUBULAR STEEL (Us)

MADE OF PLASTIC (Them):

Which FOLD & GO WHEELCHAIR model is best for my physical needs?

What’s the difference between the regular and heavy-duty size?

Regular Size

Heavy-Duty Size

Suggested Retail Price

$2,495 FREE Shipping

FREE SHIPPING IN THE UNITED STATES: Our chairs ship from our warehouse in Phoenix, AZ direct to our customers all over the world. We have discounted 50% off UPS shipping rates, which allow us to extend that discount to our customer outside the USA. Enter in your ship to address at checkout to calculate the shipping to your area.

$2,795 FREE Shipping

FREE SHIPPING IN THE UNITED STATES: Our chairs ship from our warehouse in Phoenix, AZ direct to our customers all over the world. We have discounted 50% off UPS shipping rates, which allow us to extend that discount to our customer outside the USA. Enter in your ship to address at checkout to calculate the shipping to your area.

Net Weight with Battery

46 LBS

REGULAR MODEL includes one battery which brings the total weight to 46 lbs.

55 LBS

HEAVY-DUTY MODEL includes two batteries which brings the total weight to 55 lbs.

Max Speed

4 MPH

5-Speed Control Modes: 0.5 MPH, 1 MPH, 2 MPH, 3 MPH, 4 MPH

4 MPH

5-Speed Control Modes: 0.5 MPH, 1 MPH, 2 MPH, 3 MPH, 4 MPH

Unfolded (L x W x H)

34 in. x 24 in. x 36 in.

38 in. x 24 in. x 36 in.

Folded (L x W x H)

10 in. x 24 in. x 30 in.

13 in. x 24 in. x 30 in.

Seat Cushion (W x D)

16 in. x 16 in.

18 in. x 18 in.

Width Between Armrests

19 inches

19 inches

Seat Height (from floor)

18.5 in.

19 in.

Wheel Size (Front x Rear)

7 in. x 8 in.

REGULAR MODEL WHEELS: Our wheels are solid rubber, for both the front and rear wheels. The tire tread on the regular rear wheels is a street performance tire. This tire is designed for urban terrain; concrete, pavement, asphalt, tile, carpet, etc.

7 in. x 12 in.

HEAVY-DUTY MODEL WHEELS: The tire tread on the heavy-duty rear wheels is an aggressive off-road tread. This tire design is perfect for rural terrain; dirt, rocks, gravel, grass, etc.

Battery Type

Lithium battery: 24V/10AH/144 Watts

Lithium battery: 24V/6AH/144 Watts

Battery Charging Time

5 Hours

Every chair comes with a “Rapid Charger”, which allows you to charge your chair within 5 hours. No more waiting overnight to drive your electric wheelchair.

5 Hours

Every chair comes with a “Rapid Charger”, which allows you to charge your chair within 5 hours. No more waiting overnight to drive your electric wheelchair.

Battery Driving Range

12 Miles (Standard)
24 Miles (Extra Battery Option)

16 Miles (Comes with 2 Batteries)

Brake Type

Electromagnetic

Electromagnetic

Weight Capacity

Up to 265 LBS

Up to 400 LBS

Turning Radius

31.5 inches

31.5 inches

Warranty

3 Years

3 Years

The videos below show the difference between our Regular and Heavy-Duty models

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WE DO NOT SELL ON AMAZON, EBAY, TO DEALERS, MEDICAL WAREHOUSES, OR SUPPLY OUTLETS