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Thread: Anyone have the new Permobil C300 or C400 with 3G seating?

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    Anyone have the new Permobil C300 or C400 with 3G seating?

    After a year and a half of nothing but problems with my "new" Permobil C400 lemon, my vendor has agreed to get me a new chair. Looks like the Permobil line has really changed this last year and a half with new dimensions and the new 3G seating system. Does anyone have the new C300 3G or C400 3G? I'm trying to decide which one is better.

    I need a short seat to floor height, a short enough chair length to get through the tight corners in my house, and an arm rest that is light enough for me to lift up so I can transfer on my own.

    There are known issues with the cables breaking on Permobils, but so far no solutions or time frame on when their sub contracter, PG Drives Technology (http://www.pgdt.com/) will make a better cable. So does anyone know of any other brands of power chairs that might be as good as Permobils used to be?
    Last edited by beatscookin; 05-24-2012 at 02:17 AM. Reason: corrected PNG to PG Drives Technology (http://www.pgdt.com/)

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    I have the 3G seating on my M300. It has a lot of flexibility when it comes to configuration. I got the mid-wheel drive because it was much more maneuverable in tight places. My DME tech and the
    permobile rep brought front, rear, and mid-wheel drives to my house to try.
    You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
    http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

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  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post
    I have the 3G seating on my M300. It has a lot of flexibility when it comes to configuration. I got the mid-wheel drive because it was much more maneuverable in tight places. My DME tech and the
    permobile rep brought front, rear, and mid-wheel drives to my house to try.
    Thanks for your comment. Is it possible that no one here has the new Permobil C300 3G or C400 3G? Most posters seem to favor the new M300 or M400. Why did you go with the M300 instead of the C300/C400 series? The main advantage I see with the M300 series is the "Climbing and Traction Link system." But the chair length looks to be 41", which is longer than my current 11 year old Permobil Entra which is 40". I've got tight corners in my house, so I don't think I can go any longer. Any thoughts?

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    I think what you need to compare is the turning radius as opposed to length. The M300 is 20" and the C300 is 25".
    You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
    http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

    See my personal webpage @
    http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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    I really dont know much about C300 but I can tell you that I have a M400 just 2 months old and I live in 16'by80' foot trailer house and I can get around it is tight but the chair can turn tight corners. I had a pride Q6000z that was only 3 years old that was a lemon insurance purchased the permobil this time I think all chair maker come up with lemons sometime but it sucks when we get one. The M400 is prefect for me as a inside chair and outside but maybe not for you hope you find the best chair for you.

  6. #16
    I too, own a Permobil m300 with the 3G seating. I'm not familiar with using a c300 or c400 but I can comment on the new 3g seat. It's very adjustable and i love how I can tune just about everything on this seat. Being able to adjust the chair (from headrest, down to the footplates) makes the chair much more comfortable and enjoyable for me. The armrest seem light weight for me and I'm able to flip them back easily. Ask your vendor to see if it's possible to get a demo chair with a 3g seat. Here's a link that shows a c300 with 3g seating. And I posted a few pics of my chair below. If you'd like to see something specific, just let me know and I can take more photos of the chair.

    http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthr...=permobil+c300





    Chris - C5 incomplete since March 2002

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    Saleenxp8, Your chair is like mine except I do not have the light package. What is that at the end of the left armrest? I like everything except the headrest. We cannot adjust it to a position that is comfortable. I leave it off. I love the seat elevator. Helps for transfers, filling the coffee maker, accessing kitchen cupboards, using the bbq, etc. I am glad I got that.
    You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
    http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

    See my personal webpage @
    http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

  8. #18
    The item at the tip of the left armrest is my good ol beer holder, I mean cup holder. It's a factory Permobil cup holder that slides into the front channel of the armrest. The headrest can be a little tricky to adjust but it's not too bad. The seat elevator is a favorite of mine! It feels great to be able to reach things with my own hands from cabinets or closet, rather than using an extended reacher. Plus it definitely helps when transferring onto my bed, camode, or shower chair.
    Chris - C5 incomplete since March 2002

  9. #19
    Thanks everyone for your replies. I do want to point out that I started a separate thread a while back on just the 3G seating system here:

    http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthr...88#post1511388

    That being said, all of your comments are very helpful, so please keep 'em coming!

    SCIfor55yrs & jandrain,
    That turning radius on the M300 & 400 sounds sweet. But I just found out I'm stuck with my original approval and my insurance won't pay for anything above a C400.

    Saleenxp8, love seeing all the pics of your chair - the beer, er, cup holder is awesome!

    Is there anyone else out there with a new C300 3G or C400?????????

  10. #20
    Does anyone have the following problems with their Permobil (I have just received delivery of a new chair):

    Extremely wobbly seat when in lowest position (this gets less once you raise the seat up. The wobble comes from the veery bottom of the chair and kid of makes a clonking noise?

    Very loud squeak when raising the footplates?

    Creaking squeak when raising adjusting the seat back angle?

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