Posted by Bruce
on October 14, 2000 at 21:10:26:
In Reply to: Re: posted by Bruce on October 13, 2000 at 18:31:13:
: : : Because their seemed to be some interest in this walker, I thought I would report my experience using it. It took about one month to receive it and the one I have has a brake on each handle which I have to squeeze in order to use it. I am not certain, but they might customize it for your needs, because I did ask for the brakes. Overall, it performs like the company described, but their is one serious defect in the walker. When I attempted to adjust the height, I couldn't do it. So I thought it was just me and the pd causing the problem and I loaded it up and visited my neighbor to help me. It took two husky men who are good at fixing things, about 45 minutes to adjust it and they had a hard time getting it done. If you can get past that problem, it works very well and takes less effort then the old lift and walk type. It was designed to be used on a smooth surface, like in the house or on a paved surface. I tried walking with it on the lawn and it still performed fairly well. The wheels are adjustable to change the speed. It has a small basket and a padded seat to rest, In spite of the one problem, I don't regret buying it. Medicare does pay for most of the cost. Bruce
: : Bruce:
: : Thanks for the post on the walker. I was wondering just where the padded seat was, and what keeps it from overbalancing when you sit on it? I have heard good reports of these walkers, and I will be in the market for one, eventually.
: : There are buttons made for height adjustments?
: : These were just difficult to make work?
: : Betty D.
: Betty, One of the strong points about this walker is it is unlikely to tip over because of the U shaped base and it has a lot more wheels then anything I have ever seen. Their are three small wheels in three locations across the front, three small wheels on the back part of the U shape on each side and two larger wheels, one on each side. Their were more than one problem rasing the two metal parts, one on each side. I attempted to raise the two pieces and couldn't do it. My two neighbors had to strain pretty hard to raise it. The push button was equally hard to depress by all of us. When my helpers did get the height elavated, the button came loose on each side, because they were attached to a separate piece of metal, and they had to fish around inside of the piece (like a pipe with holes in it)and center the button over the correct hole. Then the buttons wouldn't pop out and they pounded on the opposite side with a rubber mallet until the button popped out. Does this make sense? Except for that problem, it is easy to use and I can walk like a normal person in contrast to the old walker. They definitely need to modify it to make it easier to raise or lower the handle bars. Bruce
Betty D: I forgot to tell you about the padded seat. I stretches across the center of the walker and is very stable. I found a use for it today. I was mopping the bathroom and my arthritic was giving me fits, So when the aching knee gave me a problen. I started to realize it was just like sitting in a wheel chair. Their is a padded bar for a back rest and you can move it back and forth, enabling you to sit on the front or the back. It didn't look like one person could sit on the platform and move the walker very easily, but it might be possible for someone else to push you around. It might not work as well as a wheelchair, but it was just a thought. I also loaded up the walker and walked a moderate distance down the road and back. Traffic down this road is not a problem. Bruce