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    Quickie 2 wheelchair

    I wanted to know is the quickie 2 wheelchair a good chair ? Was looking for a folding ultra light weight wheelchair any advice would really appreciate it thanks!

    #2
    I used a number of Quickie 2's for 20 years, because I didn't know better. They have redesigned the chair since those I used. In my opinion you can do much better, look at offering from TiLite, for one.
    C5-6 Complete - 8/13/1982

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      #3
      I use one nearly every day, bought it off Craigslist nearly new for 200 a couple of years ago. I only use it in the shop, outside and loading in the van for shopping. Loading is a breeze. I just take the cushion off and grab the seat strap. The chair folds flat, so I can pull it in and lay it on the floor, wheels intack. Getting it out is as easy. I just push it out, sorta holding on to one side and letting it fold open when one wheel hits the ground.

      It is *not* an untralight. However my chair is very sturdy, and what I really have appreciated about it is the no cost adjust-ability. Although I run zero camber, changing it requires just adding a few washers. The other brands may be using the same technology, but unless you know what camber you want this feature is a good thing. Also front and rear seat height are adjustable, more so if you are willing to play with camber wheel sizes. Dump, the angle that the chair bottom makes with the horizontal is also doable since the vertical caster shaft is adjustible to be, well vertical. My Q2 has these features. I do not know if the current model does, or if the Tilite or other current models do, but if I was looking, those are what I'd look for. \

      As for wheels, get the best, Spinergy's at least. It's amazing what they did for my chair.
      I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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        #4
        Hi,

        I would stay away from Quickie 2 and try other brands. The reason why I say that is because I had Quickie 2 for 15 years and there were countless problems with the chair. The chair was constantly under repair mode, I will be bankrupt if I didn't get covered by the ministry. I will suggest you to try ridge chair because it need less repairs. I own a second hand Quickie Ti for a few months now and so far it's great. Quickie Ti was regard as the last good chair that Quickie had made but it was discontinue a few years ago.

        Good Luck, Canucks

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          #5
          Lot's of Q2 bashing, but I have had absolutely no issues. What problems are in store for me? Be specific, I already said to ditch the rear wheels for some quality ones.
          I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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            #6
            I too would like to know the specific problems people have had with the 2, and what year they got theirs.

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              #7
              Oh ok thanks for the tips I will def check out the tilite chairs appreciate it! I guess tilite are the best in the game right now lol

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                #8
                My husband uses a TiLite 2GX and we are very happy with it. It is primarily used upstairs (we have a stairlift) and when we need a folder when travelling. He uses a TiLite ZRA rigid as his everyday chair, and we are also happy with it. We also have an old Quickie 600 as a backup. We considered a Quickie 2, and although it is usually cheaper, easier to come by and get maintenance on, I think TiLite is a far better chair in terms of design and quality of parts, especially if you do your own maintenance.

                May I ask why you want a folding chair? I find rigid chairs more stable, and in most cases, not any harder to transport, and sometimes easier.

                It would help to give a bit of information about your situation for others to give more information.
                Partner of an incredible stroke survivor. Limitations: hemiparesis and neglect (functional paralysis and complete lack of awareness on one side). Equipment: TiLite ZRA 2 and 2GX, Spinergy ZX-1, RioMobility Firefly. Knowledge: relative newbie for high-level equipment (2012), but willing to try to help others who are new with similar limitations (definitely not a guru, but inquisitive).

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                  #9
                  I was thinking a folding chair because I'm always with someone so it would be easier for them to lift it. I suffer muscular dystrophy Becker I still have strength to push my self
                  Last edited by Lumsta; 9 Mar 2014, 12:45 PM.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Lumsta View Post
                    I was thinking a folding chair because I'm always with someone so it would be easier for them to lift it. I suffer muscular dystrophy Becker I still have strength to push my self
                    I'm assuming you mean lifting it into a car? Without the wheels on, I find the rigid easier with a hatchback or in the backseat. With the wheels on, the folding chair is easier in the backseat. As far as weight, the rigid has less moving parts, and hence, less weight. My husband has the use of one arm and one leg for propulsion, and says the rigid is definitely easier for him, because there are less moving parts.

                    I think it would be good to try both types before making a decision. Even as a caregiver, I think the needs of the user should have the highest priority, because the user is the one using it all the time. The occasional lifting it into a car, although important, should not be the primary decision maker.
                    Partner of an incredible stroke survivor. Limitations: hemiparesis and neglect (functional paralysis and complete lack of awareness on one side). Equipment: TiLite ZRA 2 and 2GX, Spinergy ZX-1, RioMobility Firefly. Knowledge: relative newbie for high-level equipment (2012), but willing to try to help others who are new with similar limitations (definitely not a guru, but inquisitive).

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by smashms
                      The breaks suck, mine were at first hard to use they told me they couldn't fix them so they got brake extensions for them but they never worked right to begin with. Not to mention the screws were always loosening up on the whole chair. Went back to the dme who said it was a quickie issue that there was nothing they could do. The quality of their chair just sucks!
                      I'm gong to drag this out a little more. Which brakes? And which screws? I'm asking so much because my girl is looking for a new chair. I just read a Tilite thread a few weeks ago the said bad stuff about their chair. So I'm a bit confused.
                      I'm not defending the 2 but I've had one 30 years. Welded the cross braces is few times and replaced some upholstery, but all and all its been fine. I'd like to know the year of the ones folks are complaining about.

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                        #12
                        Thank you for the help I will def look at both so Tilite chairs are good chairs not many problems with them?

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                          #13
                          I've got one Q2 and several other Quickie chairs that I either use or have taken completely apart and rebuilt to suit my purposes. The screws have all been set down with industry standard lock nuts. If that is a Quickie thing, it is a good thing. Brakes just as wheels are upgradeable and Quickie has the scissor brakes that are popular now. I did look at the current drawings of both brands for this folding class and Quickie looks from the drawings to be the tried and true way to go for the axle setup. I wasn't so convinced on the caster setups of either chairs. I'd want to find a pair of the older style casters if they still sell them since they are user friendly.

                          I would like to see a Q2 and GX2 side by side in real life. Quickie has had a major issue with the Q7 and a change of ownership, neither of which have helped their reputation, but that old Q2 design has been solid. Just like autos though, you never know about the current production cycle of anything from anywhere.
                          I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Lumsta View Post
                            I was thinking a folding chair because I'm always with someone so it would be easier for them to lift it. I suffer muscular dystrophy Becker I still have strength to push my self
                            A rigid will not be significantly more difficult for an able-bodied person to load/unload, and may in fact be easier. And if they're bumping you up/down steps, I suspect you'll feel a lot safer in a rigid. There are mechanical and maintenance advantages on top, plus a rigid will work with a standard FreeWheel and with power assist devices such as the SmartDrive and ZX1--a folder won't. Don't make your chair choices with someone else's convenience in mind--this is your mobility, and the longer you can maintain that the better you'll be, health-and-happiness-wise. FWIW, I have one of the Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophies and use a rigid chair. My primary caregiver is in her 60s and has no difficulty getting it into and out of cars.

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                              #15
                              I've had a Q-II for almost 5 years...no major complaints. It's a fine chair, though my next will be a T-Lite

                              Joe

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