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E-Wheels EW-38 High Power Fast 3 Wheel Heavy Duty Mobility Scooter (Red)
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- EW-38 features Electric Magnetic Brakes, 43 Mile Range on a single charge, Tubeless Tires, LED Lights, Decorative Aluminum Wheels, Anti-Theft Alarm System, Weight Capacity of 500 lbs. with speeds up to 15 mph. .Shipped fully assembled .
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My concern here is that buyers be fully aware of what to expect, especially seniors. They are special.
Seniors need to stick together and their safety and well-being is of primary concern in this review.
IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT RIDERS HAVE A SANE AWARENESS OF THE LIMITATIONS AND TOLERANCES INVOLVED WHEN THEY ARE OPERATING ANY 3-WHEEL SCOOTER.
The scooter and rider become one unit. Different riders create unique units that respond differently.
The federal government banned the sale of 3-wheel ATVs in 1988 because so many kids were getting killed and injured on them.
I have two Honda 3-wheel ATVs that were purchased new in 1985. They still run like new and I ride them daily. They have never been flipped or wrecked and I don’t allow kids to ride them.
Anybody who would put a kid on this E-Wheels should be arrested for child endangerment. I’m a 72-year old limping Namvet who has had more orthopedic operations than some professional bull riders and I have to restrain my impulses to “gun it.”
On with the review.
The E-Wheels is stunning. It is far more brilliant and eye-catching than any picture I saw on the Internet during my two months of research. The sparkling front with the lightening bolt insignia and beautiful blue LED running lights on the edges looks like the shield of a superhero on steroids prepared to do battle with the evil Emperor of the Empire.
It is very QUIET.
The ideal outdoor travel surface would be a smooth lawn, park or golf course. It is NOT designed for indoor operation with limited or confined space.
OPERATE OUTDOORS ONLY IN DRY WEATHER. ELECTRIC MOTORS HATE WATER.
The ideal indoor travel surface would be a large manufacturing complex where individuals must walk great distances on foot and their parking space is limited to the size of a broom closet.
We needed a scooter for my 105-pound wife to travel back and forth a few times a day across a 200-yard, 18-degree sloped lawn caring for her elderly mother. The travel surface is more like a mowed cow pasture sans the piles. Most scooters have a maximum climb of 15 degrees. Ours needed to be small enough to easily park between the cars in our garage for instant access when needed. Golf carts and electric ATVs were too big. The E-Wheels was the best hybrid we could find and at half the cost of a golf cart.
I weigh 175 pounds. In the “fast setting” the E-Wheels carries me up the 18-degree slope with ease. I’ll explain “speed settings” later.
I hate reviews that claim, “It broke the first time I used it,” without giving specific details regarding how, why, where and when. What caused it to break? How much do you weigh? What were the surface conditions? How fast were you going? Was the neighbor’s kid trying to ramp-jump a commercial trash can overflowing with empty bottles of Boost and Ensure or what?
The back and arms of the seat easily adjust for personal comfort. It reminds me of a nice captain’s chair in a bass boat. If you want the seat to swivel, just make a SLOW turn on a level surface to face another direction. Fast turns will flip you upside-down, especially on a slope.
And this vehicle is FAST! It will fly. It will do 15 mph on a smooth paved surface in a heartbeat.
It has running lights, headlights, high and low beam, turn signals, horn, brake lights activated by the brake levers and a place for a tag. Even so, there’s NO WAY I’d put the baby out on a public street in today’s crazy traffic.
Operators should have a keen awareness of what pain is all about and avoid stupid acts that cause it. In my case, that’s impossible.
The speed-control switch, located directly under the accelerator handle, is marked, I, II, III. Regardless of what the owner’s manual tells you, III is the slowest speed and where you need to begin. The owner’s manual says there are only 2 speeds. That’s probably correct because I can’t tell any difference between speed-I and speed-II.
For me, fast speed (I) works better traveling uphill. Slow speed (III) is smoother and less jerky going downhill.
Do me a favor. Keep it in slow speed (III) for the first few days of operation.
After 3 days of trying to achieve a smooth 15˚ downhill run while maintaining a steady speed without the jerking, it finally occurred to me to just coast. Push the key IN and turn it to the left. This is the PUSH or freewheeling position. It is clearly marked. The scooter glides like the homemade contraptions some of us had as kids. Control the speed with the brake handles on both handlebars. When the glide stops, turn the switch to the normal run position and go.
Uphill runs are as smooth as spreading melted butter on hot bread. NO jerking.
The cargo basket will easily carry 2 days of groceries unless you are feeding a Clydesdale. A brown paper grocery bag sitting in the basket with the cover open will carry a week’s worth. The lid will rattle when riding on rough surface. A basket liner or a couple of plastic cable ties on the bottom rim solves that problem quickly.
The trunk opens with the key. The entire seat and cargo basket lifts up. The trunk space is 13” from side to side, 9” deep and 8” from front to back. Plus, another 13” from side to side, 2” deep and 4” from front to back.
The parking brake is a 1/2" metal post with a black-vinyl tip protruding from beneath the left handle. It took me 3 days to find it. Squeeze the brake handle and push it up to lock the brake.
Rather than using the term negative, I prefer to use CAUTION.
Electromagnetic engines are a whole new ballgame for me. The accelerator operates more like a sensitive controller on a quality video game or aircraft simulator. It must be controlled like porcupines make love, very gently. When the speed is reduced, the electromagnetic brakes are applied. In other words, if you’re traveling at 10 mph and quickly reduce the right speed-control handle, which is not hard to do, you simultaneously slam on the brakes coming to an abrupt stop. Coming to a smooth stop takes a lot of practice and a steady hand. I’m still working on it and my hands are steady.
I would not recommend this vehicle for someone who has jerky or shaky hands. Steady hands are imperative for maximum enjoyment and safety.
Reverse is a nice function. However, the beeper alarm scares the beejeebers out of cats.
Be prepared for delivery.
The 18-wheeler freight truck delivers “curbside.” The shipping box is huge. I’ve seen entire families in some foreign countries living in houses about this same size.
The packaging is very adequate and our E-Wheels arrived in excellent condition.
The box is double thickness, laminated, heavy-duty cardboard. It is 63” L, 48” D and 38” W and weighs between 40 and 50 pounds. After cutting the shipping bands, it takes 2 people to carefully lift off the cumbersome box without risking damage to the contents. The E-Wheels is tightly shrink wrapped in clear plastic and secured to a wooden pallet with more nylon shipping bands. Once these bands are removed, a pry-bar is needed to remove the nailed-down chock bracing the front wheel before rolling the E-Wheels off of the wooden pallet.
The pallet is 63” L, 36” W and 7” D and weighs approximately 50 pounds.
That’s about 100 pounds of packing material the size of a 1970 VW Beetle sitting at the end of your driveway.
The E-Wheels is fully charged and ready to run upon delivery. However, it is highly advisable to carefully read the instructions. Sitting at the end of your driveway in the hot sun with cars honking their horns is not my idea of an ideal study location when trying to become acclimated to a new vehicle. Our first charge was Oct 14, 21 days after delivery and we operated it daily.
Frankly, every aspect is simple and straight forward. Just relax in the comfortable driver’s seat for 5 minutes and test the switches and you’ll have it. I’m saying this because the instructions might have been written by someone standing on their head or facing East when they should have been facing West.
In today’s market, product details and specifications are usually derived based on “ideal” conditions which seldom exist in the real world. That’s common sense. The E-Wheels is rated for 500 pounds. That might be true sitting still. A 350-pound operator might be okay traveling from one end of a basketball court to the other but be careful making a turn, especially if the accelerator handle is turned too briskly. It’s tricky. With only a 27-inch wheel base, a person weighing 250 pounds or more might consider test driving a scooter chair in conditions similar to where they’ll be riding it before buying one. The basic laws of physics apply and require an accurate understanding of the concept of “top heavy.”
I have never been a fan of the 5-Star rating system with each star representing 20 points. The old-fashioned 100-point system works better for me. I deducted 5 points...maybe 10 points for the difficulty in achieving a smooth stop without the jerking, albeit minor. That’s a grade of 90. 90 to me is 5-stars instead of 4-Stars but I’ve explained the negative in detail.
THINK SAFE. BE SAFE. RIDE SAFE.
LIVE LONG AND WELL AND BE HAPPY.
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