How to Choose between Full-Width Portable Wheelchair Ramps and Track Ramps

DiscountRamps.com carries a wide selection of portable wheelchair ramps of various styles. The purpose of this page is to educate you specifically on the pros and cons of full-width and track-style wheelchair ramps. To learn more about the various types of wheelchair ramps, see our article on How to Choose the Correct Wheelchair Ramp.

What are full-width portable wheelchair ramps?

Full-width portable wheelchair ramps are the most popular style of wheelchair ramps. They are designed to load manual wheelchairs, power chairs, or scooters. Full-width ramps are available in multiple folding designs to help ease mobility while minimizing required storage space when not in use. The ramps are usually around 28"-30" wide depending on the model and manufacturer, and are available in multiple surface types. There is also a 36" wide bariatric model available when more than 30" is required.

  • Very stable
  • No width alignment needed
  • Works with a wide range of mobility devices
  • Available in vehicle-friendly and multiple folding designs
  • Around 28"-30" wide

What are wheelchair track ramps?

Unlike full-width ramps, track ramps do not have a walking surface, and come in two sections which need to be properly aligned for safe loading. They are available in either a telescoping or a folding design for easy storage. Each track is around 6" wide and comes equipped with a grit tape surface.

  • Lightweight for pain-free installation
  • Compact for easy storage
  • Great for side doors or narrow areas
  • Available in telescoping or a folding design
  • Around 6" wide (per track)

Mobility Device Compatibility

 

Manual Wheelchairs

Power Chairs

Scooters

3-Wheel Scooters

Walkers

Walking

Bariatric Chairs

Full-Width

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Track

Yes

Some

Some

No

No

No

No

Is a full-width or track ramp better for me?

There are many factors to take into account when considering which type of ramp is best suited for your use. The type of mobility device, ramp surface, and desired level of portability must all be taken into account. If you are still uncertain as to the type of ramp best suited for you after reading the above, please feel free to contact us with any further questions and one of our experienced customer service representatives will gladly assist you!

 

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