Toys That Can Be Made From a Mobility Scooter

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Toys That Can Be Made From a Mobility Scooter
Mobility scooters have small yet powerful electric motors. (man in wheelchair image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

After a mobility scooter wears out, many parts are still good. The motors, the battery, the wheels, and related control components are all reusable for other low-speed vehicles. These parts can be adapted to a variety of children's motorised vehicles, providing hours of fun. As added bonuses, you help the environment by recycling and save your money by reusing good parts instead of buying them.

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Electric Go Kart

Use the wheels, the motor, the transmission and the battery as the core components of an electric go kart. You will have to design and weld up a frame out of steel tubing used for bicycles. If you do not have a welder, most welding shops can do this for a reasonable fee. For a low-speed vehicle, a go kart can even be made out of wood, with plans readily available. You will have to use a little ingenuity to modify the plans slightly for a motor and battery, but this should not be too difficult.

Electric Tricycle

You can design and build an electric tricycle. The "trike" can have a low rider chopper look, or a more traditional child's tricycle look. You will have to design the frame, using steel bicycle tubing. Put the motor control on the hand grip, so a child can actually twist the control to move the trike forward.

Toys That Can Be Made From a Mobility Scooter
The electric motor and battery can be adapted to fit. (abandoned tricycle image by Carol Wingert from Fotolia.com)

ATV

An ATV, or "quad-runner," can be built using the motor, battery and controls. Obtain a large tricycle. Use the back part of the frame and develop two wheels for the front instead of one. With a little ingenuity, you can make a very good looking quad runner for your child.

Four-Wheeled Scooter

A four-wheeled scooter looks like a scooter, except it has four wheels. The child stands up on a platform and a long handlebar provides the steering. You will have to become a design engineer to figure out the dimensions. Place the control unit on the handlebar, so the child can twist the hand grip to make it go.

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