Flying Turtle ® Sit-Skate Scooter USA Made by Mason Corporation
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It’s simple to zip along any hard, smooth surface. No motor, no batteries, no pedaling. Rated as one of the Top 10 Toys by Parents Magazine. Powder-coated, steel handlebars and super-fast wheel bearings prove its superior quality. Sturdy enough to hold 150 pounds. Good news, it comes completely assembled and with a one year warranty for home use. Sit on the heavy-duty molded seat, put your feet on the bar, and simply swing the handlebars from side to side. You’re off and rolling! So compactly built, it turns on its own radius.
Originally designed by a retired Boeing engineer in the 1970’s…this grandfather used his engineering know-how and a tractor seat he found on his farm to create a prototype model for his grandson. Look closely and you can see how the the Flying Turtle® seat of today resembles the shape of yesterday’s tractor seat.
In Brentwood, Tennessee, American workers produce this very high quality product. We put a lot of love and care into every scooter and it shows. It is a toy you can pass down to your grandchildren. Perhaps you are one of many adults who remembers riding one as a child.
How’s It Go?
We’re still trying to figure this one out! The unique method of propulsion has made our scooter the subject of studies in Experimental Nonlinear Physics around the world.
The scientific explanation goes something like this:
“The front wheels of the machine are connected to the handlebars by a lever, in such a way that they are located behind the axis of rotation of the steering column. This means that a torque applied to the handlebars will cause a lateral friction force by the wheels on the ground, a force parallel to the axle and perpendicular to the direction the wheels are rolling. If a component of this force points to the back of the car, the reaction force of the ground on the car (by Newton’s “action/reaction” law) points partly forward and accelerates the car. This is the force that drives the car forward and it ultimately comes from the force you exert on the handlebars, magnified by the lever advantage, which is 2 or 3 for the Flying Turtle®”.
Now, can you repeat that?
In summary, kids put their hands and feet on the handlebars which pivot in relation to the seat and work the handlebars for propulsion by vectored torque thrust making the front wheels want to skate forward.
The Flying Turtle® is low to the ground and has no sharp edges or spokes so it is probably one of the safest ride-ons for ages 3 to 12. With an eye to safe riding guidelines, we recommend that children wear shoes and a helmet. Always ride seated with feet on the handlebar. Responsibly refrain from riding on or near inclines, stairs, bodies of water or roadways. Our scooter can be ridden indoors on linoleum and hardwood floors as the polyurethane wheels are non-marring. Or take your scooter outdoors to ride on the sidewalk, driveway and patio on concrete or smooth asphalt. Kids create their own ride at only 2 inches off the ground.
What about the materials? We are CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008) approved and certified. Independent materials testing was conducted by St. Louis Testing Laboratories to make sure our product is SAFE and may I say it – we passed with “flying” colors!
More Flying Turtles® = More Fun! Riders interact with each other, flying through obstacle courses, playing bumper cars, and having races. The Flying Turtle® is kid-tested, kid-approved, and kid-powered – AND makes kids hard to catch
Green = FTG
Purple = FTP
Teal = FTT