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    what's the most reliable and durable power wheelchair?

    I think that my insurance company is going to have to replace my wheelchair, because the right wheel is freezing out when I go up and down ramps and over bumps. They replaced my wheelchair every five years, and the end of this year will be my fifth year. So, I think it's more likely that they will replace the chair then spend the money replacing the motor, only to have to replace it at the end of the year anyways.

    I guess my question would be, does anybody know what the most reliable and durable power wheelchair is? Right now I have an Invacare TDX SP. It's been pretty reliable for the most part, but I have had a few problems with it. Once had a problem with the joystick, and am now having this problem where my right wheel is freezing out. It's four years old and I'm not sure if this is a problem for just the age of the wheelchair or if this is something that does not usually happen. I put on anywhere from 2-5 miles a day, because I take my dogs for a mile walk twice a day, plus usage for stuff and errands that I do during the day. Someone told me I should look at quantum, but I know someone who had one and he had a lot of problems with it. I think it was the 6000z, but then again that was a few years ago so I don't know if they have addressed some of their past problems.

    #2
    for me, hands down, quickie p222. i had a highly mobile job, put lots of stress on my p200 and p222 (had 3 in past 16 yrs).

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      #3
      Permobil

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        #4
        I agree. We issue more Permobile power chairs than any other brand. I got my mother one 4 years ago (C400), and it has presented no problems.

        (KLD)
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          #5
          I have a Quantum 600 which has given me good service, but others on this board have complained about Pride's products. My previous chair was from Invacare and it gave me fits, but again others like them. I don't know how to explain the inconsistencies.
          Tom

          "Blessed are the pessimists, for they hath made backups." Exasperated 20:12

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            #6
            I have an OmegaTrac power wheelchair. It has been extremely reliable for the last 6 years, is large and heavy but for use inside and especialy outside, there are no better. Stay far away from any Pride Mobility product.

            I have owned a Quickie 636, which ran well and was reliable. I do not not like my Frontier X-5, way too many issues. The TDX is widely used but gets stuck outside. Over all I would choose Permobil. I realy feel that front wheel drive works best.
            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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              #7
              Originally posted by cass View Post
              for me, hands down, quickie p222. i had a highly mobile job, put lots of stress on my p200 and p222 (had 3 in past 16 yrs).
              I agree with Cass 100%. My Quickie P200 was a freaking tank. You couldn't kill it. I'd stick with the P222 and series if I could. I've had a lot of chairs over the years and nothing was as tough and reliable as the P200. I used to joke that you could shoot it every morning and still run it all day.

              Regarding Invacare, I've heard people with different experiences but I would run screaming from any Invacare powerchair. TDX-SP has been a nightmare. Good luck. :-)

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                #8
                Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                I agree. We issue more Permobile power chairs than any other brand. I got my mother one 4 years ago (C400), and it has presented no problems.

                (KLD)
                can you get a motion concepts seating system on permobil?

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                  #9
                  I have had great luck with my Invacare RangerX's, though I hear the latest model has had more failures than previous models. I am looking into a Bounder H-frame, http://www.wheelchairs.com, I don't want an imported wheelchair!
                  http://about.me/joshuawinkler

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                    #10
                    My Permobil c400 stander is a piece of crap. Permobil service rep(not DME)has been here to work on it 3 times, It has been to Permobil factory twice, and at my local DME for about 2 months. It's just over a year old and has had all the wiring, both motors, and controllers all replaced. The footplate falls off and needs to be adjusted all the time. I only use it a couple hours a day for standing, biggest waste of $30,000 EVER.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by grommet View Post
                      I agree with Cass 100%. My Quickie P200 was a freaking tank.
                      I am still using my P200 that is now 17 years old. It still runs fairly well and hasn't had any major repairs in all these years. It is my "around the house chair" now because it is more comfortable and can get under all of my tables and desks. My "out and about" is a Quickie P-222SE that feels just as solid and reliable. It is a huge improvement over the POS Invacare RangerX that it replaced. That chair never worked well from the day I got it. The legrest bent the first week. Because it was such a POS, I rarely used it and was thankful that the P200 just kept on running.
                      C-6/7 incomplete

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by TomRL View Post
                        I have a Quantum 600 which has given me good service, but others on this board have complained about Pride's products...
                        We've had a Quantum Q6 for a year and a half. Other than a severed main cable which was the fault of the idiots who wired the seating system, it has had no outright failures.
                        Based on my junkyard reliability failure I'd say there aren't that many failures of hard components. I've been scouring ebay for several months looking for different style leg rests. There is an abundance of motors and electronics perma-listed. In the case of cars, that usually means no one needs the parts. That, or the battle-bot nerds don't like them.

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                          #13
                          pride jazzy POS

                          Greetings P/C fans, Pride products and their customer service suck pond water!!!!!

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by eversonsail View Post
                            Greetings P/C fans, Pride products and their customer service suck pond water!!!!!

                            I understand you're unhappy, but it would help the thread starter to add some specifics.
                            Tom

                            "Blessed are the pessimists, for they hath made backups." Exasperated 20:12

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                              #15
                              pride jazzy POS

                              I have been stuck with the jazzy 1420 for the past 4 years. It has been down with tilt motors fried, propulsion motors for the 3rd time in less than a year. It is constantly breaking down with some sort of problem. Where should I go from here?

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