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  • Permobil Corpus 500

    How many people have got the corpus 500? I'm almost ready to purchase one, just want to get a few opinions on the chair itself.
    Tetraplegic & Spinal Injury Site


  • #2
    I have been using a C500 with the 6.5 mph speed package for 18 months and have been very satisfied. Absolutely no problems with any of the features. Very comfortable. I previously had a Chairman C2K which also served me very well.

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    • #3
      I have the C500 with the speed package. Works well and i like the standup feature on it.

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      • #4
        I have the c500 w/esp . great overall chair,stand,elevate, fast ,recline, omni control,lights, ground effect lights,bluetooth for pc and cell was close to 48k canadian from motion specialties but fully loaded. only complaints...to tall for restaurant tables I have to use a tray, to tall for most rear entry cabs, not great on icy places..(heavy), foot tray doesn't remove. had to remove front anti-tippers. would advise ppl against perma-loc C for vehicles to...really awkward and bulky

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        • #5
          Hi Ironside, I’ve one 5yrs and just had it serviced last month with new tires and battery, no problems at all. I am now thinking about the newer model and put me some 22’s on that baby, lol


          It can be embarrassing when you stand sometimes if you know what I mean.

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          • #6
            I have a C500, works great as others have said. One issue I have is that the rep said it would be OK to use it to lay down, BUT there is a spot on the chair back that is exposed and completely lacking padding when it is laying down, and my coccyx sits right on it! Not good... Just be aware you may need to do a lot of cushion customizing to get everything safe if you use it to lay down.

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            • #7
              I have used the C500 for about 18 months and give it mixed reviews at best. I do enjoy the features it has with tilt, recline, elevated seat, etc but my main complaint is it's inabilities outdoors. It loses traction going uphill. The weight shifts to the rear of the chair and this allows the front drive wheels to spin easily. I often times have to turn around and back uphill which is difficult and dangerous at best in the woods, especially when it's dark. Likewise on a side slope, mine has a tough time of keeping a straight line and the uphill driveway tends to spin easily.

              So, if you're a hard-surface, street rolling user, you'll be ok. But if you're going to give it a lot of rough outdoor terrain usage, you will be better served with a rear wheel drive.
              "It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein

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              • #8
                I love mine, but I had problem after problem in the beginning. After getting the bugs out, I absolutely love it. As Deadeye mentioned, the off-road capabilities are not the best. I am off-road a fair amount, but I don't usually trek where Deadeye goes either. For me, I would never go back to a rwd or mwd. The front wheel drive has more advantages than disadvantages for me.

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                • #9
                  Yea DeadEye, driving up anything thats wet can be a challenge. I use the air suspension of my Omegatrac, droping the front and raising the rear to put more pressure on the front drive wheels. That helps to level the chair base to the hill. Steep hills I drive up backwards and using the tilt, adjust my seat level. Puts weight on the drive wheels and truely balances the entire power chair. The chair maintains good traction but takes practice.

                  Most everything depends on the weight of the chair base and the weight of the seat plus the driver. The heavier the chair base and the lighter the driver, the steeper the hill. Center of gravity. Tackling any hill with a chair base that weighs 250 lbs and a driver in a rehab seat at anywhere near 200 lbs is asking for trouble. Sometimes I even scare myself net alone the onlookers.

                  Sometimes the weight of the Omegatrac is a problem, but outdoors, with a base weight including batteries of about 375 lbs, I can handle some dificult terrain.
                  Last edited by forestranger52; 02-05-2012, 12:08 AM.
                  C 5/6 Comp.
                  No Tri's or hand function.

                  Far better it is to try mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure. Than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much or suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory or defeat.

                  Teddy Roosevelt

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                  • #10
                    Have you considered the M300? With its 8 inch casters and mid-wheel drive, I find it to be great outdoors. It keeps the traction in the middle.
                    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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                    • #11
                      I had a terrible time demoing a invacare TDX Mid Wheel drive powerchair. No matter how hard I tried to steer around uneven grass, I usually got high centered with my drive wheels and lost traction. Going through any small depression in the yard, the front and rear castors would suspend the drive wheels leaving me stopped and needing a push. Extremely irritating and I could not wait to return it.
                      Last edited by forestranger52; 02-05-2012, 07:32 PM.
                      C 5/6 Comp.
                      No Tri's or hand function.

                      Far better it is to try mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure. Than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much or suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory or defeat.

                      Teddy Roosevelt

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                      • #12
                        my new c500 is much better than my old one!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by forestranger52 View Post
                          I had a terrible time demoing a invacare TDX Mid Wheel drive powerchair. No matter how hard I tried to steer around uneven grass, I usually got high centered with my drive wheels and lost traction. Going through any small depression in the yard, the front and rear castors would suspend the drive wheels leaving me stopped and needing a push. Extremely irritating and I could not wait to return it.
                          The Permobil M300 has a new suspension system that seems to take care of the issue. I was not able to get it hung up in some serious dips and holes in my back yard. I took dips at all angles and did 2+" curbs and was very surprised at how well it did.
                          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
                            That's good news. I have a problem with my mid wheel Frontier X-5, the suspension bends in the middle so the tires maintain traction. Unfortunately when I stop quick, the chair abruptly leans forward stranding me on the mid drive wheels and placing all my weight on the front casters. The only way I could move was to struggle and reach back to the joystick and use tilt to tip the seat back and fall down on the 6 wheels. With out a safety belt, I would have been forcefully thrown out of the chair.

                            Just be carefull stoping quickly at speed. I am happy that the chair is working well for you. Sure adds to locations you can negotiate.
                            C 5/6 Comp.
                            No Tri's or hand function.

                            Far better it is to try mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure. Than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much or suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory or defeat.

                            Teddy Roosevelt

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                            • #15
                              Well I have been using the Corpus 500 for the best part of a week now full-time and I am absolutely over the moon with it. I have got the 10 km an hour version and when you want to get somewhere quickly this is certainly the chair to have. I love the indoor and outdoor speed settings, I normally have it on 4/5 indoor setting when I'm using my chair in doors, and 4/5 when I am outside. I have got the 50° tilt function which is awesome, really gives you excellent pressure relief. I can use my joystick to control all the seat functions and footplate which is really good as it's not easy to control buttons when you are leaving so far back sometimes using the joystick is a doddle.

                              I have also got the Permolock fitted in my van and that works exceedingly well, although I thought it had malfunctioned yesterday, it actually turned out that one of the little plastic plugs that fit in the bottom of the footplate square tubing had actually come off and got jammed in the bottom of my wheelchair where the little plunger comes down for my Permolock. However, that isn't the fault of the chair, I got such long legs that my foot plates are always fairly close to the ground when I have to tip my chair right forward.

                              The only criticism I have is where they have positioned the indicators, I don't like them being either side of the speed controls because when you are trying to operate using the side of your finger, is very easy to accidentally put the indicators on. But that is a very small criticism that really doesn't affect every day use of the wheelchair

                              This is an excellent wheelchair that I would recommend to anyone. The best advice I can give you when buying one, make sure you haggle price, I got mine for £3000 less than I could have paid
                              Tetraplegic & Spinal Injury Site

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