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    Rear wheel drive vs front wheel drive chairs

    Hi All,
    Thanks to all who replied to my post re TDX SE vs. Q600. After reading some posts here and other online info I'm not so sure a MWD chair is the right choice for me. I do a lot of outdoor riding and a lot of that is in NYC where there are many sidewalks w/out curb cuts. I can go off them pretty handily w/my Storm Arrow. From what I've read, MWD chairs might get hung up in this situation?

    There’s a very steep hill near my home that I go up & down often. Not sure of the grade but its probably max. My Storm has no problem w/the hill but I do get nervous going up when the casters begin to shimmy because they're barely touching the pavement ;-) From what I've read MWD's might have a problem on a hill this steep? How would it be going down this hill in an MWD? It seems the chair would be tilted so far forward I'd hardly be able to operate it?

    The reason I was considering MWD was for the tight turning radius and I'm assuming MWDs are shorter in overall length than RWDs w/similar seating systems? When I 1st got my Storm I couldn’t get into the drivers side of my van as the chair was too long. It’s got Invacare tilt/recline seating. I had to ask my vendor to move the seat back, which helped a lot, but of course now the chair is wheelie prone. I've gotten used to it but it can get nerve racking sometimes and that’s another reason for my wanting an MWD. I'm going to demo a TDX soon but would like to hear from others their experiences w/MWDs.

    Also, for those that have tried both types of chair, which would you prefer for outdoor use?
    5
    RWD
    60.00%
    3
    MWD
    40.00%
    2

    The poll is expired.

    Dan G. in CT

    #2
    sorry i have no experience with either, but ive heard good things about the frontier x5, from indoor use up to off road. its centre or mid i think (i did say im clueless). anyway, there are a good few x5 users on wheelchairforums.com, who would share pics and whatever on getting it onto lifts, etc...

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      #3
      I live in the woods and drive dirt and gravel roads.
      I prefer front wheel drive. It is nice to lead with big front wheels.
      Front casters tend to get caught and spin the chair around when coming into contact with cracks, uneven pavement, etc.
      Also I have found they tend to track straighter with FWD.
      You notice that a lot of the top end chairs lead with big tires; Permobil, ibot, TufTec
      Good luck,
      MAC
      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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        #4
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        Last edited by forestranger52; 3 Aug 2007, 4:55 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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          #5
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          (KLD)
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            #6
            Thank you very much, KLD
            MAC
            Last edited by forestranger52; 4 Aug 2007, 3:46 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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              #7
              Sorry I am replying to a old tread but its a good one

              Recently I tried my friends Q 600 I like FWD chairs to me it's a nicely built machine and the suspension is good Only thing is the castors are small and can get stuck in dirt ...

              I have a alante' RWD chair that works great as simple as it is ..I can drive it all over and it fits well in my van ... plus I am very used to it . I know its basic but it really done me good .

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                #8
                how about tying a 4x4 chair great for outside

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                  #9
                  Thanks for the reply a Gypsy. I ended up getting an Invacare tdx sp and I'm sorry I ever did. My vendor had recommended Pride wheelchairs because of their reliability. However, I'd always used Invacare chairs which were always pretty reliable. Unfortunately, I've been having a lot of problems with the tdx, from problems with the electronics to problems with parts falling off. I will give the chair a thumbs-up for handling and one reason I chose the Invacare over the Pride was because of the Invacare's larger casters. My physical terror post has even suggested having a fundraiser to raise funds for a new chair, I also have to contact my vendor to see about a possible trade in for my TDX as I won't be eligible for Medicare coverage for another few years.
                  Dan G. in CT

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                    #10
                    HI Riaan In my case because of my financial status I cant afford one of them 4X4 chairs But that sounds great ...

                    About 1 1/2 years ago I got a Q 600 handles great but has tendency of the front castors getting stuck in dirt when I go feed my dogs so I dont use that chair except in my house . it really is strong and can scoot up very steep ramps the problem with it is the castors are small and if they were pneumatic it would handle even better IMOP ... My Drive tires are Solid which personally lasts longer in my instance . but I will go to pneumatic ones someday .
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                    My original old alante' RWD I got is very dependable IMOP And I havent gotten it stuck Good reminder I need to replace the batteries soon but overall the alante is simple and works well .I've used it many years ... It's my all around backup chair ... drove it up steep ramps and all over like in stores etc... it is very simple no frills ,,,

                    This is a really good post
                    Other day Some medical supply store told me medicare usually wont cover them for about every 5 years I think . I forget but theres a long time lapse that's why I held on to my Original old Alante' I needed a back up ...

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                      #11
                      If you do wanna change i think they are going for about R60 000 at this this moment just not sure how much for shipping.They tilt back and back rest can also tilt

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                        #12
                        Hi Forestranger

                        I'm trying the genie standing chair next week but only tried a FWD chair once and i struggled to control it outdoors though it was also torque controller and had an anti tremor box on so reaction was very delayed and confusing.

                        I was on another forum but the guy seems to hate FWD, I cant get a RWD around my bungalow (i have one I've tried!) particuarly between the 90 degree angle between bedroom and lounge. I'd really like one for around house to do jobs standing but need to be able to handle it outdoors too

                        I'm trying to get tips on how to handle FWD outdoors so I don't get the fishtailing and chair trying to spin around and change directions?

                        Thanks

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                          #13
                          I have never had fishtailing problems with FWD but I have had caster flutter, the chair changing direction on me and the casters becoming stuck with RWD. I do have large standard tires on the Omegatrack so maybe that helps.

                          When any drive tires loose traction the chair will have the tendency to spin.

                          The MWD's I tried do get stuck when the drive tires suspend in air on irregular terrain except for the Frontier X-5 whose frame bends just ahead of the drive wheels to maintain traction.
                          Last edited by forestranger52; 30 Sep 2010, 7:18 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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                            #14
                            thanks for answering.

                            Can you give me some tips for keeping it in a straight line when outdoors? the estate road is paved but also testing it on gravel path and grass and trying to get it through a swing gate (or kissing gate).

                            I struggled so much with controlling the dragon outdoors that I'm feeling really nervous about this test drive with the genie, but can see how much potential the standing feature has for been able to manage much more around the house.

                            I could only use it indoors I guess but it be more worth the money if I could handle it around the village to get into shops/doctors/take dog out in it when scooter was been repaired or on charge etc.

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                              #15
                              I am not sure what to tell you. I do not want to say try to keep the joystick straight and steady in the direction of travel as I am sure you know that already.

                              Basically some chairs just drive steadier and in a straight line better that others. I need to re-correct my line more often in my Quickie as it will constantly veer from one side to the other. My X-5, not so much. The Omegatrac with a transmission and transaxle, never.
                              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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