The four different versions of the same hand control allow for adjustments in one of the most important aspects of this piece of equipment, the handle, find out the differences below.
MPD 3500K Hand Control with Knob Grip Straight Handle
This design comes with a bent brake rod which allows the handle to be placed higher against the steering wheel and provides a more convenient proximity to the driver’s hands. This is especially useful for drivers who want to grip the hand control with their palm but still maintain a grip on the steering wheel with their fingers, if you have especially small hands this may not be possible.
It of course comes with a knob attached on the end of the straight handle, and this is not padded with foam but is perfectly smooth plastic.
MPD 3500F Hand Control with Foam Grip Straight Handle
This is the standard base design but actually comes with an even longer foam handle by two inches. This is 2 inches longer than all their other regular straight handle grips (such as the 3400F) and allows for greater leverage with regards to its usage which reduces the amount of effort required for operation.
It’s also worth noting that some drivers find a long handle more comfortable to use than a shorter one, but of course this is personal preference. It might be worth going to your local disabled car dealership for a test drive if possible to see if you can tell the difference and which you prefer.
MPD 3500KX Hand Control wtih Knob Grip Offset Handle
This is a very useful design for those who have trouble positioning their hand on the handle which controls the brakes/acceleration. The handle is set onto a horizontal bar where it can rotate by 360 degrees meaning that it can be positioned at a variety of angles, adjusting the handle is easy and caters to a most people’s preferences.
This allows for positioning based on personal preference, such as close to the turn signal lever if required, angled farther away for someone with longer arms or closer to the steering wheel which allows the drive to switch quickly between the two – or even use one hand to manage both the wheel and the hand control handle.
- The knob and handle are the same as the regular 3500k model.
MPD 3500FX Hand Control with Foam Grip Offset Handle
This is the exact same as the above, however the offset handle is a foam grip straight handle as opposed to a knob. It is still two inches longer giving better leverage to the driver, and it’s worth pointing out the proximity of the turn signal, steering wheel and handle – all accessible by just one hand.
Other MPD 3500 Hand Controls
It’s certainly worth pointing out that there are two similar variations of the base 3500 model.
Firstly there’s the 3501 brake only model which arrives without the acceleration rods and designed for people who can still use one leg.
Secondly there’s the advanced 3502 hand control which features extra functionality and comfort gear to make driving safer, comfortable and possible in the first place for people with weak grips.
Finally you can find out everything with regards to all the different mobility products and design hand controls here.