Motorised Scooters

A motorised scooter can bring a new level of independence to a person who has difficulty with walking or is only able to walk short distances. It becomes possible to pop down the road to visit a friend, and the fun can be put back into going shopping. Features of scooters:

Scooters come in three and four wheel models. The three wheel models have the advantage of being more manoeuvrable, with a smaller turning circle. They also have more legroom, as there is place for the feet on each side of the central wheel. However, the three wheelers are slightly less stable, particularly the smaller models, so they need to be driven with care.

The four-wheel version has a larger turning circle and is thus less manoeuvrable; however it gives improved stability and is better suited for outdoors and rougher terrain with steeper gradients. There is now a range of four wheel scooters where there are two small front wheels positioned close to each other in the centre. This gives improved manoeuvrability to the four wheelers and increased stability to the three wheelers.

The turning action of a scooter is usually a handlebar. The two options are a “T” bar, or a Delta Handle Bar. Both have a lever to be pulled or pushed for acceleration, but the Delta Bar allows the driver to rest their wrists while travelling. They have an electro-magnetic braking system, which causes the scooter to slow down as soon as the acceleration lever is released. A couple of models have additional braking.


T-BarDelta handle bar

Most of the smaller scooters are foldable or can be disassembled into smaller parts to enable them to be loaded into a car and transported. The larger models generally have a swivel seat that can turn 360o. This makes it easier getting onto and off the seat and it enables a person to drive up next to a table and then swivel their seat to face the table. Some models have a height adjustable seat or a sliding adjustment forwards and backwards. Most models have a variety of seat options available.

The larger outdoor models can have a rear-view mirror, turning signals, headlights, taillights, hooter, sun canopy, and even suspension for a more comfortable ride, as well as larger more comfortable seat options.

Who can benefit from a motorised scooter?


Elderly people who tire quickly and can only walk short distances.
People with arthritis affecting their lower limbs.
People who have had a stroke or mild head injury and are able to walk but with difficulty.
People with progressive disorders such as multiple sclerosis or muscular dystrophy.
Lower limb amputees.
A person who has had polio and therefore has weakness in their legs.
Paraplegics – e.g. while recovering from shoulder surgery, or unable to push long distances due to shoulder pain.
Mild to moderate cerebral palsy such as a quadriplegic.
A person who has painful knees or is recovering from knee surgery.

A moderate amount of arm strength and hand function is required to drive it as it is steered with a handle bar mechanism similar to a bicycle, and it has a lever which needs to be pushed or pulled for acceleration.

Most common uses:


Motorised scooters are well suited to elderly people moving around a retirement village or old age home.
For going shopping, where the effort of walking around our large shopping malls takes the fun out of shopping.
Disabled children can use them to get around school. The swivel chair allows then to sit comfortably next to a desk.

Advantages over a power wheelchair:


Cheaper
Has a greater range than a wheelchair – i.e. can go further on one charge.
Less “disabling” than a wheelchair.

Disadvantages over a power wheelchair:


Less manoeuvrable indoors.
Heavier and therefore more difficult to load into a car.
Transfers onto it are more difficult; however the use of a transfer board can assist with this problem.
Small three wheel versions are less stable than a wheelchair.

With so many scooters on the market how does one go about selecting the “right” one?

The most important questions to ask are:

Where is it going to be used?


Indoors, the smaller models are fine.
Outdoors – the larger models are required.
Both indoors and outdoors – something in-between.

What is the weight of the user?


The smaller scooters have a capacity of 90 kg’s, anyone weighing more than that needs to look at the larger models.

Does it need to be transported and if so, how?
Some scooters can be disassembled into three or four parts, which can be loaded into a car. This process needs a bit of strength and dexterity, and is best done by an able bodied helper.

Even the small models can still be fairly heavy for a lady to try to lift into the boot of a car. If this is the case then a rack at the back of the car is recommended. A kombi with a ramp can also be a solution.

Since there are so many different products on the market it is not possible to cover them all in detail here, so only the most popular models from each company have been included. Please note that most of the mentioned companies do have other models available. (Please see “Choosing a Scooter” pg26-27).

Indoor transportable scooters


Size: 950 mm x 450 mm
Weight with batteries: 37 kg
Max Speed: 7 km/h
Travel range: 18 km
Weight capacity: 90 kg
Motor size: 2 x 150W
Battery size: 2 x 26 amp
Price: R 7995
Companies: Solutions Medical


Also known as the Shopmaster Mini 3 wheeler and the Saturn Micro. Foldable and disassembles into 4 parts.
Size: 1020 mm x 475 mm
Weight with batteries: 40 kg
Max Speed: 6,5 km/h
Travel range: 16 km
Weight capacity: 100 kg
Turning radius: 900 mm
Motor size: 250W
Battery size: 2 x 12 Amp/hr
Price: from R10 000
Companies: CE Mobility,Mobility 1 , Medop , Trio Mobility, Medical Home and Nursing Supplies


A compact design which folds away neatly. It also disassembles for easy transport.
Size: 1070 x 570 mm
Weight with batteries: 34 kg
Max Speed: 6 km/h
Travel range: 16 km
Weight capacity: 100 kg
Turning radius: 1080 mm
Motor size: 338W
Battery size: 2 x 10 amp
Price: from R13000
Companies: Shoprider, Rand Medical Supplies

Very manoeuvrable for a 4 wheeler.
Size: 1070 x 515 mm
Weight with batteries: 47 kg
Max Speed: 7 km/h
Travel range: 15 km
Weight capacity: 95 kg
Turning radius: 1080 mm
Motor size: 450W
Battery size: 2 x 12 Amp
Price: from R14500
Companies: Shoprider, Rand Medical Supplies, Mr Armstrong , Mr Thiart


Another neatly folding design for limited storage space and ease of transport.
Size: 1070 mm x 560 mm
Weight with batteries: 39 kg
Max Speed: 6,5 km/h
Travel range: 15 km
Weight capacity: 115 kg
Turning radius: 910 mm
Motor size: 250W
Battery size: 12 Amp
Price: R14950
Companies: Mobility1


This is the lightest, most compact scooter in the world.
Size: 1080 mm x 570 mm
Weight with batteries: 18 kg
Max Speed: 7 km/h
Travel range: 13 km
Weight capacity: 115 kg
Motor size: 400W
Battery size: 12 Amp
Price: R19500
Companies: Solutions Medical

For both Indoor and Outdoor use

Ortocar Cityliner 308 / 408

Available in 3 or 4 wheel option. Lovely German quality. Comes with a 5 year guarantee – if it can’t be repaired it will be replaced, no questions asked! Even the batteries have a 5 year guarantee. Financing available.
Size: 1360 x 630 mm
Weight with batteries: 130 kg
Max Speed: 8 km/h
Travel range: 40 km
Weight capacity: 130 kg
Turning radius: 1200 mm
Motor size: 300W
Battery size: 2 x 40 Amp
Price: from R9900
Companies: Perfect Pace Distributors , Presta, Springbok Pharmacy


Available in 3 or 4 wheel option. Lovely German quality. 5 year guarantee. Financing available
Size: 1360 x 630 mm
Weight with batteries: 114 kg
Max Speed: 12 km/h
Travel range: 55 km
Weight capacity: 150 kg
Turning radius: 1200 mm
Motor size: 400W
Battery size: 2 x 50 Amp
Price: from R11218 011 8616600.


Also known as the Shopmaster Midi 3 wheel or Midi 4 wheel, and the Saturn Midline.
Size: 1093 x 536 mm
Weight with batteries: 55 kg
Max Speed: 8 km/h
Travel range: 25 km
Weight capacity: 100 kg
Turning radius: 1115 mm
Motor size: 530W
Battery size: 2 x 22 Amp
Price: from R12540
Companies: CE Mobility, Mobility 1 , Medop, Trio Mobility, Medical Home and Nursing Supplies


A very popular model.
Size: 1150 x 600 mm
Weight with batteries: 78 kg
Max Speed: 8 km/h
Travel range: 25 km
Weight capacity: 120 kg
Turning radius: 1150 mm
Motor size: 600W
Battery size: 2 x 36 Amp
Price: from R13995
Companies: Shoprider, Rand Medical Supplies, Mr Armstrong , Mr ThiartTough and Cool T.D. 1

Also known as the ‘Speedy Edy Tough and Cool’.
Size: 1000 mm x 500 mm
Weight with batteries: 50 kg
Max Speed: 6,4 km/h
Travel range: 16 km
Weight capacity: 115 kg
Turning radius: 1200 mm
Motor size: 300W
Battery size: 2 x 12 Amp
Price: POR
Companies: Constant Mobility (Wholesale distributors throughout Southern Africa) , Barry Edy, Trio Mobility


Also known as the ‘Speedy Edy Tough and Cool’.
Size: 980 mm x 650 mm
Weight with batteries: 57 kg
Max Speed: 6,5 km/h
Travel range: 25 km
Weight capacity: 120 kg
Turning radius: 1100 mm
Motor size: 450W
Battery size: 2 x 24 Amp
Price: POR
Companies: Constant Mobility (Wholesale distributors throughout Southern Africa) , Barry Edy, Trio Mobility

For Outdoor Use


Also known as the Saturn GT3 and Shopmaster Maxi 3 or Maxi 4. Availabel with 3 or 4 wheels.
Size: 1246 x 607 mm
Weight with batteries: 73 kg
Max Speed: 8 km/h
Travel range: 35 km
Weight capacity: 120 kg
Turning radius: 1130 mm
Motor size: 750W
Battery size: 2 x 36 Amp
Price: from R15950
Companies: CE Mobility, Mobility 1, Medop, Trio Mobility, Medical Home and Nursing Supplies


Excellent for rough terrain, adjustable seat.
Size: 1300 x 580 mm
Weight with batteries: 82 kg
Max Speed: 9 km/h
Travel range: 25 km
Weight capacity: 130 kg
Turning radius: 1450 mm
Motor size: 675W
Battery size: 2 x 36 amp
Price: R19500 01
Companies: Shoprider , Rand Medical Supplies, Mr Armstrong, Mr Thiart


Size: 1120 mm x 600 mm
Weight with batteries: 90 kg
Max Speed: 9 km/h
Travel range: 35 km
Weight capacity: 135 kg
Motor size: 2 x 550W
Battery size: 2 x 30 Amp
Price: R25900
Companies: Solutions Medical


Size: 1390 mm x 610 mm
Weight with batteries: 27.5 kg
Max Speed: 12 km/h
Travel range: 35 km
Weight capacity: 115 kg
Motor size: 1500W
Battery size: 2 x 26 Amp
Price: R29000
Companies: Solutions Medical


Also known as the ‘Speedy Edy Tough and Cool’.
Size: 1200 mm x 650 mm
Weight with batteries: 91 kg
Max Speed: 10 km/h
Travel range: 30 km
Weight capacity: 140 kg
Turning radius: 1500 mm
Motor size: 785W
Battery size: 2 x 38 Amp
Price: POR
Companies: Constant Mobility (Wholesale distributors throughout Southern Africa) , Barry Edy , Trio Mobility

Heavy Duty Scooters

Comfort AV10A


Weight with batteries: 135 kg Max
Speed: 12 km/h
Travel range: 56 km
Weight capacity: 200 kg
Turning radius: 1650 mm
Motor size: 500W
Battery size: 2 x 70 Amp
Price: R15999
Companies: Thokomala Mobility Services CC


Available in 3 and 4 wheel models
Size: 1455 x 670 mm
Weight with batteries: 94 kg
Max Speed: 15 km/h
Travel range: 50 km
Weight capacity: 160 kg
Turning radius: 1250 mm
Motor size: 700W
Battery size: 2 x 50 Amp
Price: R24950
Companies: Mobility 1

Size: 1430 x 680 mm
Weight with batteries: 100 kg
Max Speed: 13 km/h
Travel range: 40 km
Weight capacity: 160 kg
Turning radius: 1550 mm
Motor size: 1500W
Battery size: 2 x 50 amp
Price: R29500
Companies: Shoprider , Rand Medical Supplies , Mr Armstrong , Mr Thiart

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