• Apr 24th 2006 at 4:04PM
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"This is crap. Real all-terrain wheelchairs have tank treads."

This was Autoblog reader Shiznannigan's reaction to the Superfourin chair posted earlier. He then graciously referred us to the Tank Chair.

The Tank Chair (TC) is a one-person vehicle that uses tracks (like a tank) instead of standard wheels. While the inventor doesn't give much in the way of technical specs, the TC has reportedly been tested in snow, mud and sand. Each chair is custom-built to customer's specifications-- a 300-pound person with a T1 spinal break would have an altogether different chair (including suspension characteristics)--than someone who is, say, a 150-pound paraplegic.

Pictures, video, and additional information can be found at the link.

[Source: TankChair.com]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      I dont see this product hitting it big in the market. There isn't really a high demand for "tank chairs." If you think about it, they are pretty useless in even snowy,muddy, any sandy landscapes. Seeing that the product looks to be quite heavy, transportation of the product from car to car doesnt seem very easy. Though it looks "cool" I see this product as only being a novelty, but I wouldn't mind having one. :)
      • 9 Years Ago
      I think that the tank chair is a good thing I wish I had one now. I hunt and fish this would get me the places
      that I like to go hunting so I hope that get in to the market soon and for the people that think this is not a good thing you have not be in a house for long time with no one to help them to get out to have fun I would like to have one I am 5'5" 260lb
      • 9 Years Ago
      Maybe disabled people do want to go up in the woods or offroad. But I think the size and weight of this thing would out weigh its benefits. I doubt many of the wheelchair lifts I see on the market could lift something of this size. So what happens if the person is alone and is up in the woods on this thing and falls off? Thats quite a tumble and would take a lot of effoft to get themselves back up on it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I almost wish I were disabled so I could have me a tank chair...
      • 9 Years Ago
      I dunno, matt. Since when do you know anything about what "the disabled" want? Because, you know, those kind of people all want the same things, right?

      • 9 Years Ago
      It's a Hoveround on crack!
      • 9 Years Ago
      #5, I personally know at least one person who is paralyzed who would love to go hiking in the woods. His house is on a number of acres, and is butted up against a farmer's fields. Before his accident, he loved to walk through the woods and the fields, and I'm sure he would be enthralled with the idea of doing so again.
      • 9 Years Ago
      hahah eVox...I was thinkin of the same thing lol.

      Those things remind me of the tracks you can get for trucks for offroading. There was a lot of hype behind them but I still havent seen a truck with them even at the sand dunes on the other side of Michigan.

      #1 I agree with you...
      • 9 Years Ago
      since when do the disabled want togo hicking in the wood
      • 9 Years Ago
      I think the idea of a chair custom fitted to each individual is a great idea...in concept. But this tank chair sort of strikes me as being sort of a Hummer for the "chair-bound". By that, I mean it requires you to have a second chair( or maybe even a third?) for those instances when a tank chair is useless, such as indoors.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yeah, i'm sure this thing would be great...except for the part where you'd have to leave it in your yard because it wouldn't fit through the front door!
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