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    got 10k worth of a new chair today, kinda not happy.

    I feel like I need to be talked off of a preverbial ledge. I just got home from picking up a new manual + assist wheels chair with all the bells and whistles, and I don't really like it. Well, I shouldn't say I don't like it. It's just not what I imagined, is that common?
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    #2
    Originally posted by feisty View Post
    I feel like I need to be talked off of a preverbial ledge. I just got home from picking up a new manual + assist wheels chair with all the bells and whistles, and I don't really like it. Well, I shouldn't say I don't like it. It's just not what I imagined, is that common?
    intrigued.... what don't you like about it? and what did you roll away with?

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      #3
      What did you imagine and how does it fall short?
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        #4
        I think most of us have something don't like about our chairs. If it's an improvement over your old one, that's worth something. If there's something specific that doesn't work for you maybe your supplier can work with you. You could also be frustrated by the learning curve that comes with a new chair. Hope it works out for you after you've gotten used to it.
        Tom

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          #5
          It sounds like you did not see or try out at least a similar model and accessories. For a 10k chair, imo that is a must. On the other hand, if it just does not feel like you expected, give it a chance. I think breaking in a new chair is like getting used to a new pair of shoes when AB. It takes a while before it feels comfortable.
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            #6
            You'll get used to it. I felt the same way at first, when they switched
            moms on Fresh Prince.

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              #7
              make that 18 k! ugh!

              Well, I got the quickie extender wheels for campus, and they stand REALLY far off the chair, a solid 2 inches between the seat and the wheel, which pushes the wheels out pretty awkwardly. also, the wheels are pretty awkward themselves, and I'm glad I got the regular wheels with them because it seems like ALOT of technology. I don't see a feasible way that you could pop these wheels on and off by yourself. And, if you could manage it, it would take eons. definitely not a smooth process. Also, due to the space in between the chair and the wheels, it adds on to the overall width of the chair, so yes. Your ass looks fat in those pants.

              Also, Scissor locks are ridiculous for people with long legs. I had them taken off on the spot, lest my top heavy self topple over trying to reach under halfway down my cushion. I am 5'11, i don't know how you do it if you have long stems, which sucks, because I really wanted them out of the way.

              Is there no such thing as a non-c shaped backrest? the Jay backrest is scooped in and how are you supposed to get any postural support if the backrest only contributes to curving you around like that? Also, the mounting brackets look fitting for my next spelunking adventure.


              I also had the arm rest hardware/mounting brackets taken off right then too. what's the deal with the antiquated arm rests that come with any chair dit for those wheels? They're a nightmare. Just on vanity alone, I guess I won't be using arm rests anymore.
              meh

              I just took shit off it everywhere, and it still looks 3 inches wider than my existing chair, and like there's a bunch of shit on it still. Is it common for newer designs to just keep piling on more crap?
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                #8
                My experience is that it is common for the DME to add on so they can
                turn a larger profit
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                  #9
                  Originally posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post
                  It sounds like you did not see or try out at least a similar model and accessories. For a 10k chair, imo that is a must. On the other hand, if it just does not feel like you expected, give it a chance. I think breaking in a new chair is like getting used to a new pair of shoes when AB. It takes a while before it feels comfortable.
                  I don't think testing out chairs and equipment is as common as everyone says it is around here. I did do alot of reading in advance and research, but there's never been a way to demo a chair I've purchased that I remember.
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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Buck_Nastier View Post
                    You'll get used to it. I felt the same way at first, when they switched
                    moms on Fresh Prince.
                    or Darrens?
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                      #11
                      From your description, it sound as though you might need some tweaking of certain parts of the chair. Does your backrest need to be adjusted up/down/back/forward? Can you swap the armrests that came with the chair for ones that you like? My durable medical equipment supplier has always been very good about making changes for me, crediting the account for something returned and then applying a substitution for the returned item.

                      I think you may be stuck with the extra width because of the space needed for the power assist apparatus. But, there may be a few millimeters that can be adjusted out there, as well.

                      Hope things work out....I know it is disappointing when you have anticipated a new chair and then you find out things you didn't think about or weren't told about. Did you have the opportunity to see the chair before you ordered it?

                      All the best,
                      GJ

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by feisty View Post
                        or Darrens?

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by feisty View Post
                          I don't think testing out chairs and equipment is as common as everyone says it is around here. I did do alot of reading in advance and research, but there's never been a way to demo a chair I've purchased that I remember.
                          The availability of testing probably depends greatly on your geographic location. I was able to demo several chairs (by borrowing from friends) before I made my choice, which was different than any chair I tested. Currently I am demoing a set of MagicWheels; the technology appeals to me, but the product behaves somewhat differently than I had imagined, so I haven't decided whether or not I want them yet.
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                            #14
                            Originally posted by chasmengr View Post
                            The availability of testing probably depends greatly on your geographic location. I was able to demo several chairs (by borrowing from friends) before I made my choice, which was different than any chair I tested. Currently I am demoing a set of MagicWheels; the technology appeals to me, but the product behaves somewhat differently than I had imagined, so I haven't decided whether or not I want them yet.
                            I would think in that case,
                            i would be ahead of the game, living in the capitol of California, but alas, it is not as easy as it seems. I would caution those of you who always say demo, demo, demo! to newly injured members or new to the market peeps, because that ish rarely or never happens. I think I got to test run 1 chair once. but never the difference in wheels, types, backrests, so many of things of the things that make up a chair purchase.
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                              #15
                              Do you have a photo of the chair?

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