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  • My M300 Permobil arrived

    After 4 months from the beginning of the Medicare approval process, I now have the chair, named Silver Streak. After a half day of use,it feels very awkward. I hope the learning curve is a short, quick one. It is good to be able to wheel around the yard again. I will get back with an evaluation after I use it for a few days.

    You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
    http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

    See my personal webpage @
    http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

  • #2
    Hi "SCIfor55yrs.,"
    It is a good looking chair and you look comfortable....seems to fit you well. Is this your first mid wheel drive chair. My current chair is a mid wheel drive and I don't think I am still used to that "fish tailing" feeling. But, I'm sure you will master this like you have every challenge.

    All the best,
    "GJ"

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    • #3
      WooooHooooo.!!! Good things come to those who wait, and wait, and wait some more........ It took me awhile to get used to mid-wheel drive, but you are going to love that tight turning radius! Great looking chair!

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      • #4
        Just go put some miles on, I think you will love it. Go find a paved trail and enjoy nature.

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        • #5
          Looks nice and compact, and a good fit for you. I was with 3 guys in power chairs yesterday at our monthly SCI peer group at the Northampton (MA) VA, and was awed by how well they control them. All three were mid wheel drive. I should be getting my Emotion M15s in a week or so, and hope that they will allow me to get out and around more. I just don't have the energy to push up hills in the heat any more.
          Don - Grad Student Emeritus
          T3 ASIA A 26 years post injury

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          • #6
            Looks good 55.

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            • #7
              Looks good! I look foward to reading your evaluation.
              Chas
              TiLite TR3
              Dual-Axle TR3 with RioMobility DragonFly
              I am a person with mild/moderate hexaparesis (impaired movement in 4 limbs, head, & torso) caused by RRMS w/TM C7&T7 incomplete.

              "I know you think you understand what you thought I said, but what I don't think you realize is that what you heard is not what I meant."
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              UNKNOWN AUTHOR>

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              • #8
                Hi SCIfor55yrs.
                Nice chair
                I really like Mid wheel drive ones
                It is good to give your shoulders , body a break from undue stress via Manual chair . The best part is I like mid wheel for going outside and rolling by my dogs up close .

                Good luck with it and all
                I wish the best for you
                Sincerely ; GL

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                • #9
                  Congrats 55, looking great! Looking forward to your evaluation because I will need to make this move soon.

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                  • #10
                    Hi SCI55,

                    The chair looks good. I have only used mid-wheel drive chairs and wouldn't want anything else. When I first got my power chair, I banged up doorways, desk and knees. Once you get the hang of it, I think you'll love your chair. My wife used to like for us to go to the malls shopping. After I got my power chair and started going into every shop in the malls, she doesn't want to go to the malls with me anymore...she gets too tired. Come back and post about your adventures in a couple of weeks.

                    Take care and drive carefully.
                    Millard
                    ''Life's tough... it's even tougher if you're stupid!'' -- John Wayne

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                    • #11
                      You look great in it! Hope you will post how it's going. I got a lightly used one that I transfer to when needed. Such a joy to rest the shoulders.
                      I'm still working on the steering in tight spots.

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                      • #12
                        I got a Permobil C500 in March 2010 and only used it for about 2 hours so far. I am having trouble going electric. Just can't let go of the manual life style.

                        Hey, 55. Do you drive from the Permobil, too?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Uncle Peter View Post
                          I got a Permobil C500 in March 2010 and only used it for about 2 hours so far. I am having trouble going electric. Just can't let go of the manual life style.

                          Hey, 55. Do you drive from the Permobil, too?
                          No, I use the van seat. I do not have one set up fr driving from the wheelchair.
                          You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
                          http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

                          See my personal webpage @
                          http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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                          • #14
                            I have been using the M300 for a week now. I am still learning, but have not caused any serious damage. Lol The chair has a lot going for it. It has plenty of power. It did not wince when deliberately eased into the edge of the sofa. If they made a blade for the front end, it could probably be used for landscaping., etc. The maximum speed is listed as 6mph. I took it out on the street and pushed it to the max. It goes as fast as I care to go. If that is not fast enough, an optional power package will boost the speed to 7.5 mph ($1895).

                            I went a number of places where there was uneven ground, holes, and about a 2” curb. I could not hang it up, and despite going in circles on a pretty good slope on my driveway, I never felt that the wheels were going to leave the ground. The negative is that it has a hard, stiff ride. I adjusted the shocks to give it a softer ride but there is no real difference. Based on the literature from Permobil, I expected it to provide Lexus comfort. lol

                            Where it really shines is in its maneuverability. Its compact size and mid-wheel drive enabled me to get around everywhere I could with my Quickie GT and iGlide. I was even able to do a 180 degree turn in our Toyota Sienna Rampvan which has both front seats in it. The ramp did not flex with the heavy chair on it. That was a concern of mine because the Permobils are heavy. It is nice that I can do pirouettes in my old age. lol

                            From the standpoint of saving my shoulders the seat elevator is a godsend. I can do my bed and toilet tranfers without grimacing. Also, I do not need to do those overhead reaches anymore eliminating that source of pain. In my opinion, this feature alone makes the chair worthwhile for people with shoulder issues like mine. I have been motoring around all day pain free.

                            The tilt/recline features are great. It enables me to custom adjust the dump for different situations. It is nice to be able to increase the dump in rough terrain and lower it to fit under tables. And I can relax without getting into bed.

                            The wheelchair emits a loud annoying relay click every time the joystick is moved from the neutral position. When it is moving it is very quiet.

                            There are two issues I am struggling with. First, I am right handed and have the joystick module mounted on the right side armrest. (See photo in my op.) This works great for moving around. However, it gets in the way of many important routine activities, such as accessing my refrigerator and microwave oven. I work from the right side. When the doors are open, I pull along side and reach in with both hands to grasp things between them. With my manual chair, I could reach across the side of my lap with my left hand but now the joystick is in the way. I cannot lean on it and have to lift many things up over it to put them on my lap. The module can be turned to the right side about 120 degrees but not when I am next to things. It will also turn to the lap side about 90 degrees but then I cannot put things on my lap. Any suggestions? I thought of moving the module to my left side but do not have nearly as much fine coordination for moving the joystick. This is really aggravating.

                            The second issue is the extra time it takes to maneuver into position. With the manual chair, it just took a quick nudge on a wheel or push off on a wall or furniture and I was in place. That is history. It has to be done with meticulous joystick movements. These two things have put aspects of my life in slow motion and are eating up my time. So far, I have not had a problem opening/closing doors but have not wrestled with any of the spring-loaded store doors yet.

                            I believe I made the right decision but time will tell.
                            You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
                            http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

                            See my personal webpage @
                            http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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                            • #15
                              Permobil have a compact joystick. It would help with your problem but probably not solve it completely.

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