Maryland Power Wheelchairs
At Freedom Mobility, we offer cutting-edge power wheelchairs with rear-wheel, front-wheel, or mid-wheel technology. Whether you live in Hanover, Laurel, Baltimore or Columbia, we can help you select a power wheelchair that fits your lifestyle and meets your mobility needs. With state-of-the-art design and customized builds, we can provide the best solution available. Most wheelchairs can be custom fitted by an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) certified consultant for a nominal fee. We carry power chairs from Invacare, Pride Mobility, Drive Medical, Golden Technologies, and more!
How to Compare Power Wheelchairs
Power wheelchairs are a large category of mobility equipment that includes many different types of devices. Not all power wheelchairs look, feel and handle the same way. As you are shopping around, look at these important characteristics to compare different models:
- Type and style of seat
- Type of controls
- Type of drive train
- Indoor and outdoor capabilities
- Battery life
- Turning radius
- Size and weight capacity
- Weight and portability
- Manufacturer’s warranty
In addition to the above, power wheelchairs can also have special features, such as seat belts, storage pouches, wheel locks, headrests, etc. Some of them may be irrelevant for you or your loved one, but others may turn out to be a huge bonus. If you are not sure about the benefit of certain features or how they work, please come talk to our wheelchair experts at our Hanover, MD showroom.
Choosing the Right Drive Train
Power wheelchairs, also known as motorized or electric wheelchairs, feature a motor that propels the wheelchair in the direction you need to go. This is very convenient, because instead of applying manual force, you can essentially move your wheelchair with a touch of your finger. Just like cars, power wheelchairs can have different types of drive train. This is one of the major differences in how various power wheelchairs operate. The driving wheel is typically larger than the rest, so you can easily spot it.
Here are the three major types of electric wheelchairs based on the drive train configuration, as well as their pros and cons:
- Rear-wheel drive wheelchairs have larger back wheels and front casters and were the first power wheelchairs on the market.
- Front-wheel drive wheelchairs gained popularity in the early 90s but didn’t completely replace their rear-wheel counterpart.
- Mid-wheel technology is relatively new but already has earned its place in Central Maryland wheelchair stores. A mid-wheel drive power wheelchair has a total of 6 wheels, with the middle pair being the driving wheels.
The position of the driving wheels matters because it determines how a wheelchair handles, specifically in uphill and downhill situations. For example, rear-wheel drive wheelchairs have better traction going uphill, while front-wheel drive wheelchairs do better when going downhill. But you can’t feel or understand this difference unless you try a wheelchair out before you buy, which we’ll be happy to help you with in our Central Maryland wheelchair store.
Prepare For Your Next Adventure
If you’re looking for something to stand up to non-level terrain, the WHILL Ci is the perfect electronic vehicle to get you there. It offers ground clearance, the ability to climb over up to 2″ obstacles, and a 30 degree turn radius! Come test drive one in our showroom!
Interested in adding increased accessibility to your existing manual wheelchair? Come test out our SmartDrive power assist in our showroom! It can attach to almost any wheelchair!
Call us, email or visit our showroom for more information about power wheelchairs.
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Anne Arundel County Mobility Solutions: Annapolis (21401, 21403, 21409), Arnold (21012), Crofton (21114), Crownsville (21032), Gambrills (21054), Glen Burnie (21060, 21061), Hanover (21076), Jessup (20794), Pasadena (21122), Severn (21144), Severna Park (21146).
Montgomery County Mobility Solutions: Olney (20832), Damascus (20872), Silver Spring (20910), Clarksburg (20871), Germantown (20876), Gaithersburg (20878), Laytonsville (20882), Chevy Chase (20815), Bethesda (20816), and more.
Howard County Mobility Solutions: Clarksville (21029), Cooksville (21723), Columbia (21044), Dorsey (21075), Elkridge (21075), Glenelg (21737), Ellicott City (21043), Fulton (20759), Glenwood (21738), Granite (21163), Hanover (21076), Jessup (20794), Lisbon (21765), Highland (20777), Marriottsville (21104), West Friendship (21794), North Laurel (20723), Woodbine (21797), Woodstock (21163), and more.
Carroll County Mobility Solutions: Eldersburg (21784), Finksburg (21048), Union Bridge (21791), Hampstead (21074), Manchester (21102), Taneytown (21787), Westminster (21157, 21158), New Windsor (21776), Sykesville (21784), Marriottsville (21104), Woodbine (21797), Taneytown (21787), Mount Airy (21771), and more.
Baltimore County Mobility Solutions: Arbutus (21227), Cockeysville (21030, 21031, 21065), Dundalk (21222), Essex (21221), Catonsville (21228, 21250), Garrison (21055), Lansdowne (21227), Lochearn (21207), Lutherville (21093), Edgemere (21219), Middle River (21220), Overlea (21236), Owings Mills (21117), Parkville (21234), Park Heights (21215), Pikesville (21208), Milford Mill (21244), Randallstown (21133), Rosedale (21237), Timonium (21093), Towson (21204), Reisterstown (21136), White Marsh (21162), Woodlawn (21207), and more.
Frederick County Mobility Solutions: Frederick (21701, 20702, 21703, 21709), Mount Airy (21771), Urbana (21704), Libertytown (21762), Ijamsville (21754), Walkersville (21793), New Market (21774) , Damascus (20872), and more.
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