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    Opinion Time. What Hand Controls do you think are The Best?

    I'm interested in people's experiences in hand controls and how they compare with other models they've had in the past.

    I've heard Menox and Veigel are very good but expensive and MPD/MPS are like the standard ones?

    But i'd like to learn more on this topic, so if anyone could help me out..?
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    #2
    Not sure the about the best but I am using my original Monarch Mark A-1's from 1993. They have been in 4 or 5 different vehicles.

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      #3
      I thought I wanted Menox or Veigel but the guy at the install place talked me out of it. Not only are Monarch's cheaper, but they allow me to keep both hands on the wheel when I need to, and drive with one hand under some circumstances (not when breaking). They also give you more leg room if that's important to you.

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        #4
        I've had only Monarchs for 33 years and like them. I do find the accelerator spring too strong, makes my hand and wrist tired, so I modify the tension.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Jonny Bell View Post
          I'm interested in people's experiences in hand controls and how they compare with other models they've had in the past.

          I've heard Menox and Veigel are very good but expensive and MPD/MPS are like the standard ones?

          But i'd like to learn more on this topic, so if anyone could help me out..?
          It's a lot more complicated than a specific model being better or how they compare to each another.

          There all good controls but whats make the difference imho is the installer and there ability to fit them to the individuals needs.

          Some controls are better for some applications, but it all comes down the person and the vehicle they want modified.

          Do you want a installation from someone who just completed a two hr online course on hand control installation or a master craftsman with 25 years of experience?

          Who do you want to install your controls a guy with a set of sockets, a hacksaw and a hammer or a master fabricator with fully equipped machine shop?

          Do you want your hand controls installed with hose clamps or someone who is going to fabricate custom brackets for each application and take the time necessary for a quality installation that will out last the vehicle.

          As far as i'm concerned it comes down to the mobility dealer and there installer.

          What about custom hand controls you've never even seen, built for someones specific needs?
          Jim, MA, MMET
          Bridgewater, MA

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            #6
            Originally posted by Skogy View Post
            Not sure the about the best but I am using my original Monarch Mark A-1's from 1993. They have been in 4 or 5 different vehicles.
            They sound incredibly durable to have lasted so long, is there no reason why you would want to change em - or have they served you well?
            Hi there, I'm only 20 years old but I'm creating my own disabled driving organization - it's growing rapidly everyday and currently features hundreds of pages of useful content you can't find elsewhere.

            Visit my hand controls website for more information.

            Or you can visit my website's blog where I outline what's happening and my plans for the future.

            You can also see my story here.

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              #7
              Originally posted by BoyFallDown View Post
              I thought I wanted Menox or Veigel but the guy at the install place talked me out of it. Not only are Monarch's cheaper, but they allow me to keep both hands on the wheel when I need to, and drive with one hand under some circumstances (not when breaking). They also give you more leg room if that's important to you.
              How'd you keep both hands on the wheel, is it because you reach both the handle of the hand controls plus the wheel with just one hand?
              Hi there, I'm only 20 years old but I'm creating my own disabled driving organization - it's growing rapidly everyday and currently features hundreds of pages of useful content you can't find elsewhere.

              Visit my hand controls website for more information.

              Or you can visit my website's blog where I outline what's happening and my plans for the future.

              You can also see my story here.

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                #8
                I use MTD brand and like them okay. I use a spinner on my steering wheel and using two hands on the wheel would greatly slow down my maneuverability with my setup. I am a quad so my steering resistance is modified to 50%.

                Good luck.
                Comic Sans MS
                Millard
                ''Life's tough... it's even tougher if you're stupid!'' -- John Wayne

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                  #9
                  suregrip

                  best conventional hand control.
                  http://www.suregrip-hvl.com/

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Automotive Innovations View Post
                    It's a lot more complicated than a specific model being better or how they compare to each another.

                    There all good controls but whats make the difference imho is the installer and there ability to fit them to the individuals needs.

                    Some controls are better for some applications, but it all comes down the person and the vehicle they want modified.

                    Do you want a installation from someone who just completed a two hr online course on hand control installation or a master craftsman with 25 years of experience?

                    Who do you want to install your controls a guy with a set of sockets, a hacksaw and a hammer or a master fabricator with fully equipped machine shop?

                    Do you want your hand controls installed with hose clamps or someone who is going to fabricate custom brackets for each application and take the time necessary for a quality installation that will out last the vehicle.

                    As far as i'm concerned it comes down to the mobility dealer and there installer.

                    What about custom hand controls you've never even seen, built for someones specific needs?
                    Well of course a master craftsman is important but what do you mean about 'quality installation' they have to be trained to install it in a specific manner so do you mean like its positioning internally and the length of the poles or what?

                    I think of course the dealer and mechanic is important but I'd place just as much value on the actual driving equipment itself.

                    Or not?
                    Hi there, I'm only 20 years old but I'm creating my own disabled driving organization - it's growing rapidly everyday and currently features hundreds of pages of useful content you can't find elsewhere.

                    Visit my hand controls website for more information.

                    Or you can visit my website's blog where I outline what's happening and my plans for the future.

                    You can also see my story here.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Jonny Bell View Post
                      Well of course a master craftsman is important but what do you mean about 'quality installation' they have to be trained to install it in a specific manner so do you mean like its positioning internally and the length of the poles or what?

                      I think of course the dealer and mechanic is important but I'd place just as much value on the actual driving equipment itself.

                      Or not?
                      Its complicated

                      All the mentioned hand controls (other than portable ones) are built well and a good choice depending on the application.
                      Some fit better than others in specific applications.

                      A great hand control in a Ford Focus can be a horrible choice in a BMW

                      What is a trained installer?

                      I've installed, modified, built & designed hundreds of sets of hand controls over more than 25 years and i learn something new every day.

                      Iv'e fixed more hand control installations by mobility dealers, mechanic and friends trying to help someone out than i care to remember.
                      Some of them were down right scary!

                      While it's not rocket science, it appears to be something few people understand how to install properly.

                      I've seen hand controls installed by local mobility dealers where the customer went back and complained about them being too hard to drive with only to be told "thats just the way they are" so the customer adapts and or doesn't drive much.

                      I have offered the following for as long as i can remember.

                      "If you ever feel there is something wrong with your hand controls (even if we didn't install them) please come in for a free inspection by a certified mobility craftsman."

                      I really don't like the idea of people driving around with poorly installed hand controls!
                      Jim, MA, MMET
                      Bridgewater, MA

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                        #12
                        I've been using Wells's CT-100 for 12 years. Love them. They've worked great in a Pontiac, BMWs, and my current Audi.

                        http://www.wells-engberg.com/
                        6/18/00: T-5 complete

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Automotive Innovations View Post
                          Its complicated

                          All the mentioned hand controls (other than portable ones) are built well and a good choice depending on the application.
                          Some fit better than others in specific applications.

                          A great hand control in a Ford Focus can be a horrible choice in a BMW

                          What is a trained installer?

                          I've installed, modified, built & designed hundreds of sets of hand controls over more than 25 years and i learn something new every day.

                          Iv'e fixed more hand control installations by mobility dealers, mechanic and friends trying to help someone out than i care to remember.
                          Some of them were down right scary!

                          While it's not rocket science, it appears to be something few people understand how to install properly.

                          I've seen hand controls installed by local mobility dealers where the customer went back and complained about them being too hard to drive with only to be told "thats just the way they are" so the customer adapts and or doesn't drive much.

                          I have offered the following for as long as i can remember.

                          "If you ever feel there is something wrong with your hand controls (even if we didn't install them) please come in for a free inspection by a certified mobility craftsman."

                          I really don't like the idea of people driving around with poorly installed hand controls!
                          You sound like you really know things back to front. I've got a website specifically on this type of equipment and I might shoot you a PM sometimes and pick your brains if that's okay!

                          I don't think I've come across anyone more knowledgeable on these forums so far.
                          Hi there, I'm only 20 years old but I'm creating my own disabled driving organization - it's growing rapidly everyday and currently features hundreds of pages of useful content you can't find elsewhere.

                          Visit my hand controls website for more information.

                          Or you can visit my website's blog where I outline what's happening and my plans for the future.

                          You can also see my story here.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Jonny Bell View Post
                            You sound like you really know things back to front. I've got a website specifically on this type of equipment and I might shoot you a PM sometimes and pick your brains if that's okay!

                            I don't think I've come across anyone more knowledgeable on these forums so far.
                            Ok, thanks for the compliment.

                            btw:I've had at least one website specifically on this type of equipment since the early 90's
                            Jim, MA, MMET
                            Bridgewater, MA

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Automotive Innovations View Post
                              Ok, thanks for the compliment.

                              btw:I've had at least one website specifically on this type of equipment since the early 90's
                              Really? Do you think you could link it to me and I could look over it and hopefully learn something new?
                              Hi there, I'm only 20 years old but I'm creating my own disabled driving organization - it's growing rapidly everyday and currently features hundreds of pages of useful content you can't find elsewhere.

                              Visit my hand controls website for more information.

                              Or you can visit my website's blog where I outline what's happening and my plans for the future.

                              You can also see my story here.

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