Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Advice on Quantum 6000Z versus TDX SP?

Any words of wisdom/advice on a Quantum 6000Z versus TDX SP? They look more streamlined in person than on the web--mine will be configured similarly to what I saw in person. I could sit pain free!--and imagine myself working many kinds of jobs at least part-time with one. Not to mention more basic tasks such as preparing food for myself or paying bills or answering the front door. I am very limited on seating ability right now--I can sit up a few hours a day; with much longer than that, I get bedridden/couchridden for a few days at a time in agony. This could be life-changing! I need and want to be able to care for myself more and be more independent--I will simply have to with any kind of job my husband will get.

The tilt and recline are heavenly and I can keep myself in a slight pain-free tilt even while driving them. Wow, what a difference from sitting in the scooter. I have no complaints about my scooter and still believe it is the best scooter out there. My seating needs are just higher--I generally have to elevate my feet some to relieve pain too.

My inclination is a 6000Z--apparently Permobil is not an option with my insurance though I wish I could try it to see. The main problem is getting all the casters lined up to change direction/back up--that will take some practice!

Let's hope insurance comes through. I am glad to have assistance through this process.

15 comments:

Katja said...

Have you asked this question on the wheelchairjunkie forum? http://www.wheelchairjunkie.com/forums/ubbthreads.php

FridaWrites said...

I haven't, but I sent a specific question to Mark and he helped. Grrr at dealer--at least I figured out I have a lot more configuration options available to me now.

FridaWrites said...

I have also talked to a couple of TDX users by email, though additional opinions are welcome.

Katja said...

Good - I'm glad you got in touch with Mark.

Wheelie Catholic said...

I linked to your post over at my blog to see if anyone else has feedback. I echo Katja's suggestion of wheelchair junkie, and would add trying the CareCure forum as well. There are already posts up addressing this topic if you search or you can ask the question - or do both.

william Peace said...

Permobil chairs are not reliable from what I have heard. Controllers are not reliable and when problems arise take a long time to repair. But any chair is a matter of luck--some are good others are not.

FridaWrites said...

Thanks, y'all. I've researched some in Care Cure and other forums, but got confused quickly because they change from year to year plus people's individual specifications.

I've also looked at the Tech Review Guide online.

Thanks for the Permobil info, William--I'm told by the wheelchair reps I wouldn't be happy with one but I'd rather have an outside opinion. Though comfort/useability is crucial, I wish other co's would streamline their designs a little more as Permobil does--fewer pinch points, less to go wrong.

FridaWrites said...

Just lots of unhappy reviewers on the Tech Guide makes me worried. I guess any wheelchair can have issues--we've also had problems with a brand new car once.

Penelope said...

I don't have either of the chairs you're specifically looking at, but I do have the Q6000z's "little brother" the Q600 (mine was bought off craigslist because I needed it immediately to keep working and my doctors are almost as much of a fight as insurance). The problems I have with it are largely either due to it not being set up specifically for me or things that are a combination of "would be a problem in any chair" and "is substantially better in the Q6000z". The biggest is the suspension, but the Q6000z has substantially better suspension and I've heard it has a much better ride as a result.

While I agree about checking out Wheelchair Junkie and Care Cure, I'll warn you that at least Wheelchair Junkie is full of very opinionated people who love their specific chairs and aren't always willing to think outside their box. Also, it is admittedly Pride-heavy due to Mark working at Pride. (This was also, however, part of why I was glad to get a Pride chair because Mark goes out of his way to help WCJ members who have problems)

FridaWrites said...

Thanks, Penelope--that's helpful. I think if you took yours to a dealer they might be able to help with some fine tuning--you could get an estimate. I understand the "need it right now!" issue.

That is a good thing to have someone there who really understands firsthand the impact of any wheelchair issues, though yes, what works for some individuals might not work for me.

wisoak said...

After doing a lot of research on this class of power chair, and trying several models out, I chose the Quantum 6000Z. I weigh 255 lbs, and the 6000Z seemed to carry me better in various conditions, where some other models seemed to want to die if the going got just a little tough. Most chairs will operate well on a hardwood floor, whereas the 6000Z did better when running on the lawn, up ramps, and up steep grades.

FridaWrites said...

Thanks for the additional input, wisoak. I'm thinking the same--I love to be outdoors and often encounter terrain that is spine-battering on wheels as often as I am able to. I did seem to be able to control the Quantum a lot better and while I understand adjustments can and are made for individual users, that intimidates me not to be able to use it!

Anthony Scalizzi said...

Hi FridaWrites, I use a Quantum 6000z and will give you my take on it. The 6000z by far is one of the best chairs pride has made, I've used the 600, 6000 & 6000z and the 6000z wins hands down. So far I've gone 393 Km in mine & not a single issue, now I'll tell you my pros and cons. Pros: Great design, Outstanding performance & handling, Very fast reaction from pushing the joystick to movement, Easy to drive. Cons: None from my experience. Now I work at a healthcare company and I've seen both these chairs, the 6000z looks better and I can almost guarantee you it will not let you down. I had a massive smile on my face when I got mine. If you want to know more you can reach me at: Anthony@nhcp.com

Anthony Scalizzi said...

I am a Quantum 6000z user, and also work at a medical supply company in Manitoba, Canada. I can give you all of the info you need & my personal opinion, you can reach me at: Anthony@nhcp.com, I'd be glad to help.

FridaWrites said...

The 6000Z is what I received--and like you, I am very pleased with it. There are a few things I would tweak, such as the width of the footplates (I don't have drop-ins so that the wheelchair would fit in my old van)--a wider option is now available on the newer models.

As with yours, it seems to be problem free, and that's a blessing!