Drive Medical Scout 3-Wheel Travel Power Scooter
The Drive Medical Scout Travel Power Scooter comes in 3-wheel and 4-wheel versions.
The 3-wheel version has a tighter turning radius and weighs a little less than the 4-wheel version BUT HAS ONE MAJOR DIFFERENCE…THAT ONE MISSING WHEEL WHICH MEANS LESS STABILITY!
Seven features of the Drive Medical Scout 3-Wheel Travel Power Scooter:
1. Both the 3-wheel and the 4-wheel versions break-down into five pieces and are easy to assemble and disassemble. This midsize scooter is great for quick loading into the trunk of your car or van.
2. It has a lot of features that you might expect in a much more expensive model, including an easy-to-adjust, D-shaped, delta-style tiller which can make it easier to steer and turn the scooter if you get pain and/or stiffness in your arms and shoulders.
3. One of my favorite features of the Drive Medical Scout Compact Travel Power Scooteris the 16.5” x 16” swivel seat which means you can pull up to a table, release a lever and rotate the seat up to 180°, (through 45° intervals), allowing you to take your place right at the table.
4. With a suggested weight capacity of 300 lbs., a maximum speed of 4.25 mph, a turning radius of 45.5” and a ground clearance of 2.5”.
5. A driving distance of 9+ miles on the supplied two 12v 12Ah SLA (Sealed Lead Acid) batteries (It is possible to upgrade the batteries to 20Ah which will extend the range to 15+ miles but will add 9 lbs. to the weight.)
6. The Drive Medical Scout comes with flat-free, hard rubber, 8” tires, rear anti-tip wheels, large plastic carry basket, two ignition keys, armrests that are padded and width adjustable and can be raised for easy on and off.
7. The scooter itself weighs 49 lbs., the standard batteries weight 20 lbs. and the seat weighs 16 lbs. for a total of 85 lbs., the heaviest piece being the front section which weighs 29 lbs. So before purchase do consider your spouse’s or caregiver’s ability to lift and carry these component weights.
The frame has a lifetime warranty, a 14-month warranty on the electronic controller/drive train components and a 6-month warranty on the batteries.
Although the seat post is height-adjustable through 2” and the tiller can be adjusted backwards and forwards, the baseboard has only 13” footroom between the tiller and the battery box. This scooter is not really suitable for the tall or heavy.
While a 3-wheeler will make turns in far less space than a 4-wheeler, such as in your home or apartment, the really, really important thing to remember is that your weight is distributed across three wheels instead of four and that inherently makes it less stable and more prone to tip. If you aren’t careful, and the smaller and lighter the scooter is, the more likely it is to tip. If you avoid driving it on slopes and making sharp turns at higher speeds you should be perfectly safe but do be aware that that one little front wheel doesn’t offer you the same level of stability that two widely-spaced front wheels can offer!
Another minor irritant, but something that should be considered, is that the battery charging terminal is on the battery box which is on the platform below the seat and may make it difficult for someone with limited flexibility to get down to plug in the charger cord. The batteries can also be charged off-board but that means you have to remove the battery box.
As the Drive Medical Scout Travel Power Scooter doesn’t have any great shock absortion and because its wheels are small and solid be prepared to be jolted on uneven ground. It’s best on man-made surfaces such as tile, carpet, cement and smooth pavement. This scooter is designed for around home and flat terrain and not intended for use on loose gravel or cracked, uneven sidewalks. So to avoid disappointment please consider the terrain in which you will be traveling before considering purchase.
Do keep the stability and comfort issues in mind when deciding between the 3-wheel or 4-wheel versions of the Drive Medical Scout Travel Power Scooter. If there are a lot of curves or turns or hills to go up or down or uneven terrain in your neighborhood you may want to consider a wheelchair or a 4-wheel scooter. This scooter is not perfect, but I think it’s reasonably priced for a sturdy, high-quality device.