Drive Medical Scout Compact 4-Wheel Travel Power Scooter
The Drive Medical Scout 4-Wheel can be broken down into five easy to assemble and disassemble pieces for quick loading into the trunk of your car or van. This midsize scooter has a lot of features that you might expect in a much more expensive model.
Seven features of the Drive Medical Scout 4-Wheel Scooter:
1. A suggested weight capacity of 300 lbs., a maximum speed of 4+ mph and a good ground clearance of 2.5”.
2. One of my favorite features of the Drive Medical Scout 4-Wheel is 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 four 45° intervals), allowing you to take your place right at the table.
3. A driving distance of 9+ miles on the 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.)
4. The scooter itself weighs 58 lbs., the seat weighs 16 lbs. and the standard batteries weigh 20 lbs. – for a total of 94 lbs., the heaviest piece is the front section which weighs 38 lbs. So before purchase do consider the strength necessary to lift and carry these components.
5. An easy-to-adjust, D-shaped, delta-style tiller which can make it easier to turn the scooter if you get pain and/or stiffness in your arms and shoulders.
6. The armrests are both padded and width adjustable and can be raised for easy access to and from the scooter.
7. The Drive Medical Scout 4-Wheeler comes with flat-free, hard rubber, non-marking 8” tires, rear anti-tip wheels, large plastic carrying basket and two ignition keys.
The frame has a lifetime (limited) warranty, a fourteen-month (limited) warranty on the electronic controller/drive train components and a six-month warranty on the batteries.
The major drawback of this scooter is the turning circle – a very wide 53.75”! Now it is possible to flick a lever on the teller that will reduce the turning circle but doing so will also greatly reduce the stability of the scooter!
Although the seat post is height-adjustable through 3” in 1” increments 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.
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 still means you have to remove the battery box.
As the Drive Medical Scout 4-Wheel 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 area you have to get around in before considering purchase.
The Drive Medical Scout 4-Wheel comes with many excellent features only found in the more expensive scooters in this category. Very sturdy, but it should not be considered an off-road, multi-purpose mobility scooter. Not perfect, but very good for the price!