3/5 Ease of Use
4/5 Meets Expectations
Reviewer: barney h. from downey, ca (caregiver)
User Details: Being used by my 180 pound, 80 year old father who has Parkinson's but can walk short distances.
Strengths: The family loves the light weight, which makes it easy to get in the car. Removing the large wheel makes it easier for my Dad to get through tight corners around the house.
Being able to fold back the handles (and remove the big wheels if necessary) really makes a compact package that should fit in any vehicle.
Overall, build quality appears to be good (although one leg rest arrived damaged, wouldn't adjust properly and had to be exchanged).
Weaknesses: A little less sturdy than his steel chair (also by Drive). Tools supplied didn't fit chair. (Fortunately, I have my own tools.) Instructions provided aren't specific to this chair so they don't show all the features and include features that aren't there. For non-technical people, may take some figuring out.
Biggest flaw is that, when the big wheel is removed, the brakes still stick out. Within a week, they had been run into something and bent so they are unusable. (One look at the chair without the big wheels and you KNOW this is going to happen. Being a designer by training, I'm making guards and possibly replacing some of the aluminum brake parts with steel to prevent this from recurring.)
Would be nice if the brakes had a detent in the open position. It seems like every time I try to put the big wheels on, the brake has moved to the locked position, which prevents the wheel from going all the way on. (And if you don't notice this, the wheel axle could be damaged and/or the wheel could fall off. Also, if I'm trying to do this while my Dad is still in the chair, I need one hand to lift the chair, one to insert the wheel and one to move the brake out of the way. I didn't come equipped with three hands.)
Small wheel brakes aren't adjustable and are too tight for my Dad to operate so I'm going to have to get extensions for him.
Although I'm used to it by now, I've always hated Drive's leg rest interface. When you try to insert the leg rests, the release handle often interferes with the bracket and its in such a position that you can't see it's happening, so it appears that some magic force is preventing you from putting the leg rest on.
Reviewed on 06/21/2007