Merits Health P-312 Compact FWD/RWD Dualer Power Wheelchair - New
Starting At $3,422
Merits Health P-312 (Compact FWD/RWD Dualer)
The Merits Health P312 power wheelchair has many industry leading features. Some of these include a 2-in-1 power base. This allows the power wheelchair to be converted into a front wheel drive power chair if you wish. This does not mean you need to take it to a serviceman. You are able to quickly rotate the seat to convert your chair to front wheel drive. With a nimble, yet sturdy size this power wheelchair offered by Merits Health allows you to easily work your way around in tight spaces. The low seat height has been known to help increase stability. This is the perfect powerchair for both indoor and outdoor use.
- Oxygen Tank Holder
- Cane & Crutch Holder
- Walker Holder
- Foldable Rear Basket (Med.)
- Foldable Rear Basket (Lrg.)
- Cup Holder
- Mounting Bracket
- Side Bag
- Weight capacity: 300lbs
- 2 in 1 powerbase
- Very easy to convert from rear to front wheel drive: just release and rotate the chair 180°
- The unique compact size is designed for maximum maneuverability in narrow spaces and walkways
- New users may start with the RWD and later move on to the FWD to enjoy the direct-drive direct-response feeling
- The turning radius is only 53.34cm/21"
- Low seat height of 22" provides excellent stability
- Ideal power chair for indoor as well as outdoor use
- Power seat elevator
- Full Length Armrests
- Straight joystick
|Weight Capacity||300 lbs.|
|Maximum Speed||Up to 5 mph|
|Range||Up to 18 miles|
|Motor||DC24V, 180W(Rating)/ 630W(Max)|
|Controller||PG VR2 60|
|Casters||8"(200x50) PU tire|
|Drive Tires||10"(260x85) foam filled tire|
|Weight of Heaviest Piece||97 lbs|
|Battery Requirements||12V/ U1 x 2pcs|
|Battery Charger||5 Amp Off Board|
General Frequently Asked Questions about New Power Wheelchairs
If you are hoping to invest in a new power wheelchair, it is important to understand the unique features and capabilities of the different types of drives for power wheelchairs. This includes Front-Wheel Drive, Mid-Wheel Drive, and Rear-Wheel Drive. In this Q&A, we define the different types of drives and explain the benefits and functionality of the features.
Q: What are the different types of drives for power wheelchairs?
A: Front-Wheel Drive, Mid-Wheel Drive, and Rear-Wheel Drive.
Q: What is a Front-Wheel Drive?
A: Front-Wheel Drive is where the main drive wheel is the first point of contact on the ground. Front-Wheel Drive power chairs have great traction for climbing over small objects and work great outdoors. These units need a few more inches in general for turning than a Mid-Wheel Drive chair but do perform much better outdoors. These can also be used indoors.
Q: What are some of the popular models of Front-Wheel Drive Power Chairs that you would recommend?
A: Some Front Wheel Drive Power Chairs include: Jazzy Select, Elite HD, Permobil F3, Jazzy Select 14, Jet 3 Ultra.
Q: What is a Mid-Wheel Drive?
A: Mid-Wheel Drive is where the main drive wheel is at the center of the chair. On all Mid-Wheel drive units, you will have two caster wheels in front and two in the rear or the main drive wheels. Mid-Wheel drive units are the best for indoors due to needing the smallest amount of space to turn as compared to Front-Wheel Rear Wheel drive chairs.
Q: Are there any downsides of a Mid-Wheel Drive Chair in comparison to other options?
A: The downside to a Mid-Wheel Drive chair is that if you do take it on soft surfaces outside, the front caster wheels can dig into the ground and can cause the Main-Drive wheels to spin in place. This is not very common, but it has a better chance of getting stuck in a front or rear-wheel drive unit.
Q: What type of Mid-Wheel Drive Power Chairs would you recommend?
A: Mid-Wheel Drive power chairs are very common such as the following: Jazzy 600 ES, Quantum ilevel, Jazzy Air, Jazzy Air 2, Permobil M3, Permobil M300, Quickie QM710, Pronto (M51, M61, M91, M94, M41). Most units that have electric seat lifts will be a Mid-Wheel Drive designed for maximum stability. Mid-Wheel Drive chairs are also the easiest to load into a side door entry mobility van, due to the sharpest and tightest turning radius on all the power chairs.
Q: What is a Rear-Wheel Drive?
A: The Rear-Wheel Drive is a unit that performs best outdoors. One of the downsides is that it does not perform well inside. This unit can climb higher objects and tracks the best for outdoor use, but it does not turn smoothly like a mid or front-wheel drive unit. This would not be a unit you would want to use inside unless you have a large open floor plan. An example of a rear wheel drive would be a Quantum Rival, Quickie P222, Hoveround RWD.