Wheelchair Manufacturers have been constantly trying to find the best material to build the most cost effective chair that will also provide strength, durability, and a low gross weight. The most common materials used are Carbon Steel, Chromoly Steel, Aluminum, Titanium, Magnesium, and Carbon Fiber. In this article, we are going to break down the properties of each material as far as convenience, weight, strength, cost, feel, durability, and use.
Many of the wheelchairs that are made of steel are considered transport wheelchairs or bariatric wheelchairs. They are very strong and are typically very inexpensive ($80-$1200).
Chromoly is the workhorse of the industry as it is a light, strong steel. When it is butted and shaped to take off excess weight, it can delivery a fairly light frame (28 to 50lbs with the wheels) that will last through years of hard use. Many of the chromoly steel chairs that you will se