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    Best Mid Wheel Drive Wheelchair Help

    Hi, All.
    I am in the process of searching for a MWD wheelchair for my father in law he is 16st there is a lot of choice out there and I do not want to buy the wrong thing, any help with choosing the right one would be appreciated, it will be used mostly in the house and garden.

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    MWD chairs are hopeless - it's far too easy to get 'hung' when crossing terrain with holes or dips. They have only one positive point and that's the smaller turning circle - in every other respect they're a right PITA.

    I'm almost sixteen stone and I use a FWD Puma 40 Gyro - it's great indoors and out. The non-pneumatic tyres are best for indoor use as they tend not to ruffle carpets or squeal on hard flooring as much, but they are too hard and give a rough ride outdoors.

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    Thank you. A Puma it is then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gavmar View Post
    Thank you. A Puma it is then.
    I bought all three of mine from Ebay; the first (£2,000.00) is an older model without a gyro - great at low speed, but took months to get used to in order to be able to ride safely over 4mph. I would NOT recommend one of these as they can be dangerously unstable and they'll spin at the drop of a hat if you go too fast. I now keep this as a spare - it's too easy to get a puncture or have a breakdown and I can't manage without a chair even though I can walk a few steps with walking sticks.

    The second is one of the early ones with hard tyres - I picked this up for only £500.00, but use it indoors exclusively. The hard tyres make using it outdoors too painful for me.

    The third (Gyro version) was £5,000.00, but I got £3,500.00 towards it from the NHS Wheelchair Services. I have to maintain it and replace tyres and batteries myself though.

    Before I settled on these, I tried several others. Rear wheel drive ones leave your legs stuck right out in front so you can't easily sit at a table (or at least no one can sit opposite you). Mid wheel ones are as I explained already, but the front wheel drive ones allow me to use a table normally and as it has a riser, I can sit up to the bar in the pub and talk to people at normal eye level.

    The new price on the one I have was £11,200. It had only been used for a few months indoors only so it was a bargain. They are out there, but it takes a bit of patience to find one.

    I'd recommend getting one with rise and tilt (most have this anyway). Here's a selection on Ebay: https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_o...chair&_sacat=0

    Good luck.

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