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    Caster broke off E&J Shower Wheelchair

    I've used the E&J brand (now Graham-Field) shower commode wheelchair for 35 years. They have a problem with the front casters (wheels) wearing out after a short time. I had someone replace the casters, but one broke off after about a year. I've gotten great info and ideas from (WC_Sage here, I think):
    https://wheelchaircushionsage.com/E_...wheelchair.php

    I want to buy a new one but they are not available right now (being redesigned).

    My question is whether we could have done a better job installing the new casters. See video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJPzYfjhCtw
    "Cherish your tears. If you can cry, you still have some humanity left, and you are reclaiming more of it." -- David Kelly



    #2
    It looks like the chair broke not the caster. I'd take it to a welder, have them fix it. The other side, I'd get a radiator clamp and put it around the bottom to reinforce the chair.

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      #3
      Yup, the frame needs fixed. Find yourself someone knows a thing or two about welding. You might try asking a bicycle shop for references. Get the other side beefed up at the same time.
      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
        I couldn't tell from the OP whether you're trying to buy a replacement caster or replacement shower chair. If you are replacing the chair and don't need a folder, you might consider an Activeaid Model 624 ss. I've had good luck with mine and it's built like a tank.

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          #5
          I finally got the casters replaced on two of my E&J Shower Wheelchairs, so I shouldn't be needing a whole new shower w/c (although I will probably need a new seat in a few months).

          I found a local (Denver, CO) bike repair guy who bought new casters and replaced mine.

          Here are the links to buy the parts, in case anyone else has the same need. These casters and the install job are awesome!

          The price was $211 ($106 parts, $105 labor) for each shower wheelchair repair. I wanted him to make a video to show how he did it, but he wasn't able to, unfortunately.

          Casters:
          http://www.affiliatedcaster.com/inde...e2eir8v6u6c781

          Sockets:
          http://www.affiliatedcaster.com/inde...e2eir8v6u6c781
          stainless steel swivel caster with soft tread wheel
          Last edited by dnvrdave; 12 Oct 2021, 9:41 AM.
          "Cherish your tears. If you can cry, you still have some humanity left, and you are reclaiming more of it." -- David Kelly


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            #6
            Notice that he had to mount the casters on the inside posts on one of the wheelchairs, but it still works great, maybe even better. Also, the wider wheels prevent tipping during transfers, which had been a real problem for me!
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            "Cherish your tears. If you can cry, you still have some humanity left, and you are reclaiming more of it." -- David Kelly


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