Difference Between Solid and Pneumatic Tires for Wheelchairs

We can’t overstate the importance of having the right tires for your Medics Supply electric wheelchair. Taking into consideration the major differences between solid and pneumatic tires for wheelchairs will help make the decision clear. Simply ask yourself a few easy questions.

Where do you intent to use your Medic Supply electric wheelchair—indoors or outdoors? What terrain will your tires have to withstand—soft carpet or rocky streets and sidewalks? What level of activity will you be using your wheelchair for—simple mobility help or more rigorous use? Do you have pain issues that would benefit from less vibrational impact? Do you value speed and agility over a casual pace?

Choosing the right tires for your Medics Supply electric wheelchair will provide you with a sense of independence. This decision will likely impact your day-to-day life, so you want to ensure you use the right tires for your applicational needs. Medics Supply wants to make it easy for you to understand the differences between solid and pneumatic tires for wheelchairs.

Solid Tires

If you want a more maintenance-free solution that is unlikely to wear out, get damaged, or break, solid tires are the best option for you. Solid tires tend to deliver a bumpier ride so are not ideal for users who have pain from additional vibrations or extended use on hard surfaces. Solid tires are better for indoor use on carpeting and for maneuvering around your home. On the plus side, solid tires have the advantage in that they will never become flat.

Pneumatic Tires

Pneumatic tires require a bit more maintenance because they are air-filled tires that need to be checked regularly. They have the advantage of being more shock-absorbent, making them ideal for use on uneven surfaces or outdoors. Pneumatic tires provide a softer and smoother ride and are more easily maneuverable. The biggest disadvantage is that they can be punctured by any sharp object and lose air pressure constantly over time.

Medics Supply hopes this breakdown outlining the differences between solid and pneumatic tires for wheelchairs makes the selection process easier for users. If you have any questions or need assistance in selecting the right tires for your Medics Supply electric wheelchair, contact us at (800) 434-0274.