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hi all i thought id post a thread an unusual hobby i have is due to the fact my beloved tina has to use a powerchair and there was simply nothing on the market we could afford that offers anything suited to a lady used to fast motorcycles and quad bikes polaris etc and where we live a standard nhs spec chair literally shakes your fillings out your gob and cripples your already destroyed back,solid wheels,no suspension worth a toss,stupid great sticky out footrests on the corners,dog slow and steers like a drunken elephant/oil tanker.
well me having began work at 16 for a private company supplying and building bespoke chairs and did so for several years so my basic knowledge was enough to know i could do better,so £600 budget thats about a 5th of the cost of a nhs script chair.
it does 6mph has zero delays and 0-6 happens very very fast!it has big antitip system as its a bit lively and likes 2 wheels more than 4!
it can go nearly anywhere and has been custom programmed carefully by me with lots of help from some brill folk over on a wheelchair forum i frequent.
now it drives like anyones chair would in first gear use round the house,shops,park,woods etc and still has battery unlike the nhs one less than 5 miles it was dead! this has 2x 86ah lead bricks so can run for hours and tina looks so fecking happy running it with the hounds!
about 70 hours work single handed went from this Image
to this now useful thing thats fun and practical still fits through doors etc and drives perfect,
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we now have 5 powerchair between the 2 of us and just built this one for me from a £50 ebay donor chair ImageImageImageImageImageImage
still awaiting tubeless alloy wheels from hong kong to arrive,bloody slow boat 68 days and still not landed :angry: last bit of the jigsaw see,pretty wheels though Image
take care all,peace
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This is right up my street dude. ive not experience with power chairs but i love to play with electric scooters (2 wheel), batteries and am looking into solar which in my head is all very inter related

love the topic bud. very nice work
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GMO wrote:
Wed Jun 23, 2021 11:28 pm
This is right up my street dude. ive not experience with power chairs but i love to play with electric scooters (2 wheel), batteries and am looking into solar which in my head is all very inter related

love the topic bud. very nice work
hi gmo it helps keep me busy hands wonky see so i would struggle doing big stuff now,no more motorcycles not allowed :idn:
anyhow now we both need to use a powerchair it never hurts to have spare ones,nothing worse than being stuck short :sick:
heres a couple of pics i found of some of the now 5 powerchairs ive built/modified thanks for comment,peace
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only trouble is i have to keep washing them and the hallway floor is toast! :bang head: :Stoned:
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looks like a very productive hobby to keep you out of trouble!

for the cost would it be worth swapping out to lifepo4 chemistry batteries? or is lead acid just the go to for this application?
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Loving these @duke. Fair play mate.
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