Happy Friday Everyone! It’s snowing here in Vancouver and it’s the weekend before Christmas! Although it makes commuting a bit of a challenge in this city, I’m kind of hoping some of it will stick around over the holiday. Today, I thought I would post on the new Quickie tilt-in-space manual wheelchair, the SR 45. This wheelchair has been out for about a year or so and has been marketed as a lower end version of the Quickie Iris, which is one of the best tilt-in-space manual wheelchairs available on the market. The Quickie Iris is a great base to work with as there is so much adjustability, flexibility and real estate on the frame, which makes it easier to mount seating components and is also great for setting up full custom fabricated seating systems.
As for the the SR45, this wheelchair replaced the Tilt FX , which had a similar rotation in space mechanism as the Iris but was not the same quality as their “Intelligent Rotation in Space Technology”. This technology has now been added to the SR 45 as well as many more features that are similar to the Iris. Despite the marked improvements made on the SR 45 model and the added “Intelligent Rotation in Space Technology” on this model, Sunrise has also decided to price this model in close range to the PDG Fuze T5o, the Orion II or even the Invacare Concept 45. So now the question is, what’s the difference between these two wheelchairs? Since the SR45 is so much cheaper than the Iris, but has the same tilt technology and very similar features, funders may lean towards a more economical model. In any case, here is a quick break down of the differences:
QUICKIE SR 45:
– 0-45 degrees of tilt (no other ranges available and cannot add anterior tilt for transfers or eating/swallowing positioning)
– Weight capacity is 265 lbs, with no heavy duty option, max width is also 20 inches.
–75 degree front rigging, no available contracture hangers (might be an issue for clients with very tight hamstrings)
–Lowest seat-to-floor height is 14 inches (keep in mind for clients who need a specific seat-to-floor height for standing transfers or access issues)
-Limited colour selection
-Base is made in Mexico and is made of steel (Although the weight differences are minimal, this model is likely a slight be heavier)
-Base price is $2795.00
–Free growth kit (for width growth) within the first 5 years
–Dynamic back option available on this model only
–Variety of tilt ranges, with the standard range being 0-55 degrees.
–Weight capacity is 250 lbs, also has a heavy duty option with a weight capacity of 350 lbs
–Various front rigging options
–Lowest seat to floor height is 12.5 inches
-Larger colour selection
-Base is made in California and is aluminum
-Base price is $4075.00
Overall, the improvements made on the SR45 are great. Although it may make justifying an Iris a bit more difficult, it is a great economical option in comparison to other available models on the market. I hope this breakdown is helpful for all of you. I would like to thank Carla Carrico from Motion Specialties, Jeff Ducklow from Ability Health Care and Tara from Sunrise Medical for helping me break down the differences between these two wheelchairs.
Also, FYI, Access is hosting an Introduction to Assessment and Management of Eating, Drinking and Swallowing Disorders: A Clinical Approach workshop on February 28th and March 1st. Check out the Access website for more information if you are interested!
If you are off next week, I hope you have a wonderful holiday! Thanks for checking in.
Seating is Super!