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    Posted: Sep/04/2014 at 10:03pm
Hello Ladies and Gents!

My hubby and I are shopping for a wheel chair or hybrid device for me.  There are so many things I miss doing and a wheel chair would allow me to do them again.  I weigh about 255 and have arthritis in my bum so I would need a good comfy chair or a pad that I can sit on.

I've looked but I have no idea what I'm looking for.  Does anyone have any wisdom or advice they'd like to give me?

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nik i've been on just about every kind of wheelchair out there and my size is about equal to you. 
it took me years to really understand the differences in wheelchairs. 
one way to get to know what size is right for you is to go to a hospital entry way and try different size chairs. bring a tape measure and measure the width and depth of the seat you like. also measure the height of the chair from floor to seat. try moving the wheelchair with your feet on the ground. see how well you push the chair with your feet. i dont know how your arms are regarding arthritis but see how you do pushing wheels. if you find you are in pain while driving one of these basic wheelchairs you would want to consider a really good titanium manual chair or possibly a power chair. a basic chair in the hospital weighs about 45 lbs. a titanium chair for you would weigh a bit over 20 lbs.
however a good titanium chair is extremely well engineered. there are many adjustments to make it easier to drive. the ability to change the center of gravity is extremely important. this allows you to get your weight more over the large wheels as apposed to the small front wheels that dont roll as easily.
i recently purchased a used titanium chair with a seat 18 in. wide and 16 in. deep. it also had a super comfy gel cushion. it would cost over 3000 new but on ebay i spent 750. its the easiest chair to ride i have ever been on. turning it takes about half the effort of a regular chair. it goes up hill with less effort. my home has a 75 foot ramp with a ten percent grade and its not that difficult to go up it. some titanium chairs have a backrest that folds flat plus the big wheels can be removed with a push of your thumb making them easy to put in the trunk of a small vehicle.
you can buy an inexpensive heavy manual chair for a little over one hundred dollars. the lighter he chair the higher the price. there are manual chars that can recline. new they run about 500 dollars but they are heavy. they dont have the ability to adjust the center of gravity.
good luck looking and i would be happy to give my opinion regarding any chair you pick out. if you see on on ebay you like give me a link and i will give you my opinion....pal pete

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