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Bobcat 4 Wheel Compact Scooter by Drive Medical
on September 18, 2013
I like my scooter. I would give it five stars except for the hard tires and no springs which makes jerks and loud noises on every crack in the sidewalk. I drive it in the asphalt street when practical and have added reflective stripes front and rear, a bicycle bell, an arm rest cane holder and a tall pole with orange flag on the rear. You are told to not drive on gravel (tire wear) and I suspect the tires would have traction problems in grass although I have not tried that yet. Assembly was easy and intuitive. For travel in your car or SUV you break it down into four assemblies: 1) battery box with two 12 volt batteries 2) the seat 3) the front half of the chassis 4) the back half of the chassis. The rear has convenient legs to allow you the lift the chassis up on its rear for easy separation of the two chassis assemblies. The batteries were completely discharged when received. It took about 18 hours of charging to get the orange LED on the charger to turn green to indicate a full charge. Read the instructions people and do not base your charging on any time estimates. I recharge after every use and once per week since last charge. My first ride of about 1.1 mile total took about one hour of charging to turn the LED green again. There is an on dash set of LEDs to give you a clue to the state of charge on your batteries so you will not be surprised when they are about to run out and leave you stranded somewhere. Use common sense and make sure your batteries are fully charged before starting any trip. The unit does have a parking brake but does not have a foot brake. The motor is supposed to slow you when you remove power. It works on the flat. I have not tried this on a steep hill yet.
Supplemental info: Today after a few days of rain totaling 3.3", with the ground soft and the damp lawn grass 5" tall, I rode my scooter with my 209 lb. gross weight around on the grass with no problems either on the level or in and out of a drainage basin with slopes probably steeper than most handicap ramps. The brakes worked fine on both up and down slopes. The motor of course must work harder to push me around on the grassy slopes but the forward speed was only slightly slower than on my paved driveway. One little nice feature, no one has mentioned, is a convenient steering lock to be used when the chassis assemblies are taken apart to keep the front wheels and handle bar from flopping around during handling. The design of this product seems to be well thought out. I am sorry to hear so many complain about the battery. These scooters are made in Asia. By the time it arrives at the end user's domain it may have been discharging for months and the plates of the lead acid batteries are badly sulfidated. It takes time and probably several charge/discharge cycles to restore (reformat) the plates before peak performance is achievable. Be patient. Pay attention to the lights not your watch. The battery is not as fully charged as you can get it at the moment until the light on the charger turns green. After you disconnect the charger and turn on the key of the scooter the dash panel display should show one red and three green lights. If you do not see all 1+3 = four green lights, you have more work to do.