The hand controls manufactured by MPS Monarch are some of the most popular because of cheap to reasonable prices for good albeit basic products. They don’t have the functionality offered by some competitors, but these are incredibly expensive at generally 2-4 times the price for improvements; but generally small ones. MPS Monarch offers the best compromise in terms of ability and price.
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Brief Hand Controls Information on MPS Monarch Products
There are four different hand controls which is the entire MPS Monarch range, and you’ll find that one of the advantages (aside from their price to quality ratio which is enough to win most people over) is their widespread availability.
Certainly one problem with many manufacturers is that their products simply aren’t available to enough people, but if you were to go into a random disabled car dealership and ask for their hand control’s manufacturers there’s a good chance that this brand would pop up – and for good reason, as you’ll find out below.
MPS Monarch Right Angle Hand Controls
This model, the right angle hand control, is one of their most popular due to its mechanical linkage, as well as intuitive ease of use. If you’re going to purchase any kind of hand control and you’re a paraplegic than this is what I would be looking at in the majority of cases.
Like all of their different disabled hand controls it doesn’t have the customization and add-ons which some of the more advanced manufacturers have, but it offers mechanized controls at a very low price in comparison to its competition.
MPS Monarch Push Rock Hand Controls
Although of course everything is based around preference, most people believe that the Right Angle hand control is the best and superior to the push rock model for several reasons. To start with it doesn’t have mechanical linkage which means that the amount of effort required for usage is greater.
It also features a vertical handle which points upwards as opposed to one which lies horizontally, however whereas the lack of mechanization is a definite disadvantage, having a preference to a horizontal/vertical handle is purely based on person preferences.
Generally you’ll find that most models which feature a handle attached (or with close proximity) to the steering wheel are horizontal, however whether this is because it’s more popular is unknown.
MPS Monarch Push Pull Hand Controls
Just like the push rock model this design has no mechanization, however one really important thing which I have to point out is that for some reason MPS operate their push pull and push rock differently to every other manufacturer.
For example for every other manufacturer push pull means that you push to brake and pull to accelerate, and this is done on a horizontal plane. Whereas for MPS it means pushing towards the floor as opposed to in front yourself, however you still pull horizontally backwards to accelerate.
- This design has interchangeable handles depending on what you prefer.
MPS Monarch Brake Only Hand Controls
This is designed for people who can still accelerate using their right leg to activate the gas, or for those with a left gas pedal which allows operation of the right gas acceleration pedal using a pedal positioned on the left side which is attached to the right pedal.
The brake only hand control is essentially any of the above designs aside from there’s simply no attachment to the acceleration; it’s purely for braking. The reason for this is that it makes far more sense to operate a brake using your hands instead of the acceleration which requires consistent effort.
- If you have use of any one leg than this is the option you should go for.
Find out more about MPS Monarch
If you want to find out more about driving as a paraplegic, spinal cord injury victim or as someone with an impairing disability then I’d recommending checking out our page on MPS Monarch if you want to find out more about their different equipment categories.
From this page you can find out about their pedals, steering wheel attachments and driving accessories all designed to allow for safe, easy and relaxing driving.