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    #16
    How are the Invacare TDX chairs? I was told all the newbies are getting them & the older injuries are sticking with Arrows or Rear wheel drive chairs.
    "Some people say that, the longer you go the better it gets the more you get used to it, I'm actually finding the opposite is true."

    -Christopher Reeve on his Paralysis

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      #17
      I use a TDX5 and I think it's great. I'll never go back to a RWD after using a CWD for so long. My previous chair was a Invacare Storm Arrow with GB motors. Take a look at the new TDX SP from Invacare. I'd wait for the GB motors later this year, tho.

      -- David

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        #18
        Damn Norm,

        This is a 2yr old thread. Are you still looking??

        I think most new design/tech has been going into the CWD/MWD chairs. I would definitely look in that direction. As you can see in Shauns thread, I have the X5, but if you are looking for a more "urban" chair, the TDX5 and the new Q600/6000 seem to be good choices.
        "a T10, who'd Rather be ridin'; than rollin'"

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          #19
          Originally posted by McDuff
          Damn Norm,

          This is a 2yr old thread. Are you still looking??

          I think most new design/tech has been going into the CWD/MWD chairs. I would definitely look in that direction. As you can see in Shauns thread, I have the X5, but if you are looking for a more "urban" chair, the TDX5 and the new Q600/6000 seem to be good choices.

          Yes, I waited a whole year on the advice of my wheelchair repair guy & it ended up being almost two. He had me waiting on the new electronics for the Storm. I'm Finally getting a new Invacare Storm or TDX.
          "Some people say that, the longer you go the better it gets the more you get used to it, I'm actually finding the opposite is true."

          -Christopher Reeve on his Paralysis

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            #20
            i have a TDX5, I'm pretty happy with it. No repairs in the last year, pretty good ability in all scenarious (climbing 15 degree hill on a crushed rock path to flying down the road). It was fabulous in the city, however if I'd known that I was moving to the country and to a home with an open floor plan I'd have chosen an X5 like MkcDuffs.
            Emily, C-8 sensory incomplete mom to a 8 year old and a preschooler. TEN! years post.

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              #21
              Originally posted by Norm
              Yes, I waited a whole year on the advice of my wheelchair repair guy & it ended up being almost two. He had me waiting on the new electronics for the Storm. I'm Finally getting a new Invacare Storm or TDX.
              In your case, the DME wasn't jerking you around. The new electronics (MK6) were not released for Invacare powerchairs with gearless brushless (GB) motors until mid-May.

              The TDX SP has a better suspension than the TDX5, but will not have a GB option until this fall. Beware of the Motion Concepts power center mounts on the TDX SP because Invacare installs the bracket in front of the seat pan instead of under it--making the powerchair way too long.

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                #22
                I'm thinking for street riding. The curb cuts suck in my town & the uneven pavement sucks as well. I'm getting bounced around like crazy in my RWD Storm.
                "Some people say that, the longer you go the better it gets the more you get used to it, I'm actually finding the opposite is true."

                -Christopher Reeve on his Paralysis

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                  #23
                  I just tried a Permobil Street which is a rear wheel drive and was very impressed. I have a small fruit and vegetable farm with a lot of uneven terrain and the four-wheel independent suspension really smoothed things out compared to the Quickie 626 I have now. It also negotiated loose, sandy areas much better. I speced one out with my DME supplier and it should be submitted to my insurance company next week.

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                    #24
                    I would strongly recommend you demo these chairs and then make your selection. I almost signed off on a Invacare until I took a Quickie for a test drive.
                    The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom
                    --General George Patton

                    Complex problems need to be solved collectively.
                    ––Paul Nussbaum
                    usc87.blogspot.com

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                      #25
                      I just demo'd a TDX, & I thought it handled the street well, but not that much better that I'm willing to change from my Storm Arrow. I think I will stick to the RWD. I have height problems because of driving. So I was told a RWD Permo seat to floor is to high. I was thinking of trying a Pride MWD but I think I'll pass. I like RWD too much.
                      "Some people say that, the longer you go the better it gets the more you get used to it, I'm actually finding the opposite is true."

                      -Christopher Reeve on his Paralysis

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                        #26
                        Have you checked out Motion Concepts power seating systems on the Invacare Storm base? Here is an UltraLow system with a 17.75" STF height, TRx heay duty front riggings, and a PB Elite Back on an Arrow. This Arrow was spec''d out for a long-time E&J MX powerchair user who was used to hooking for stability when reaching to pick things up--something difficult to do on many of today's chairs with power seating.


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                          #27
                          I'm not sure but during the eval at Magee Rehab they wrote for a back that would allow me to still hook. Plus they said they could lower the seat at around 17".
                          "Some people say that, the longer you go the better it gets the more you get used to it, I'm actually finding the opposite is true."

                          -Christopher Reeve on his Paralysis

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                            #28
                            I wish I could add an Elevating Seat. But I was told I couldn't get as low as I need.
                            "Some people say that, the longer you go the better it gets the more you get used to it, I'm actually finding the opposite is true."

                            -Christopher Reeve on his Paralysis

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                              #29
                              I just got Quickie Groove seen here and the dealer got the "Perfect Fit" seating system w/ tilt & leg elevation. Nothing Perfect about that seating system, he's going to do a swapout and go back to a traditional seating. The base is very sturdy, compared to my Quickie P200 which has been an awsome chair for street use, doesnt go offroad well. that's my backup now. the Groove is 1 1/2in wider and 1 1/2in longer so getting used to that sucks, I keep nailing door jams, but I have to break'r in.
                              C4 incomplete since 1985

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                                #30
                                RWD is better outdoors from my exp. hadda MWD.....got stuck in grass plus wouldn't go up a steeper type ramp.

                                gotta RWD.....invacare torque sp, goes like hell thru grass an zips right up that same ramp.

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