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    Smart drive max mobility wheelchair: Does anyone have this or tried it?

    It's that time for me to get a new wheelchair & the specialist that is helping me out showed me this chair that he thinks would work really good for me. It would give me a little more independence when it comes to getting around because it would allow me to be able to get up ramps & inclines that I'm not able to do now by myself. So my question is does anyone have this or has tried it? If so what are your likes & dislikes about it?

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    Smart drive don't make wheelchairs they make a power assit divice and from what I get everyone seems to like them

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    Have you looked into the type of chair you'd like to have? Tilite chairs are really sturdy

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    Quote Originally Posted by randomryan007
    Have you looked into the type of chair you'd like to have? Tilite chairs are really sturdy
    Sorry I didn't mean it as though they make a wheelchair I was meaning the Power Assist. I was wondering how people liked it? I've watched YouTube videos but wanted peoples personal opinions on it. I'm looking @ getting the Quickie Q7 since it's a lighter chair.

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    Most people on this board who have one are very happy with it. Having a remote switch for it improves the basic device even further and makes it more accessible in several senses of the word. Different people use it in different ways, some keep it on their chairs most of the time and others put it on only for long outings. I tend to use mine only when I'm going to be moving around outdoors a lot, because the weight of the unit when it's off is not negligible and because the geography of my house makes the SmartDrive not terribly useful inside (lots of stops and starts to manoeuvre anywhere). There are a couple of threads about the SmartDrive here on the board; you'll be able to find at least one of them by scrolling through the last couple of pages of topics.

    I think it's worth taking a step back and considering what would benefit you most: a power assist device like the SmartDrive or E-Motions wheels that still requires you to use (and thus preserve, but also stress) your muscles... or the ZX1, which converts your manual to a power chair when you need it. Would you be wanting to give your arms and shoulders a complete break, or just to reduce the sheer number of pushes you have to make in a day? Also, what sort of terrain would you be rolling on? The SmartDrive copes beautifully with carpet, tile, concrete, etc., but I'm not sure it would be the best choice if you spend a lot of time on grass, gravel, forest trails, and the like.

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    Make sure the Q7 is compatable with the smart drive before you order it. It's a power assist divice . Last time I checked the Q7 wasn't power assist compatable

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