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  • What can I do with a motorized wheelchair?

    I've been reading the thread about using tread mill motors, and it it prompted me to ask the title question. I have a power chair that belonged to my late mother. When she passed, I sold or gave away most of her belongings, but kept the chair, mostly because my 8 year old granddaughter liked to ride it. Now the grand will soon be 19, and the chair has been siting idle, in an open shed for most of this time. Needless to say, it is not in sellable condition as is, and would require considerable time and expense to refurbish. So, the question is what to do with it? I can't think of anything the drive system would be good for, other than maybe a winch. Has anyone ever done anything with one of these things? All ideas are welcome.
    “I know lots of people who are educated far beyond their intelligence”

    Lewis Grizzard

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    We built a mechanical cow out of one for roping practice. It was remote controlled. The kids loved it.
    Location: The Black Forest in Germany

    How to become a millionaire: Start out with 10 million and take up machining as a hobby!

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    • #3
      The gimbal control can be useful as a machine control, for jogging, etc. The parts are good for robotics projects, etc. There is a market for the various used parts, on ebay and elsewhere.

      Finding the time to deal with the stuff is the challenge. You might sell it or donate it, and take the tax writeoff.

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      • #4
        Pack it full of lithium batteries and turn it into a wheel stander going down the quarter mile.
        Location: Long Island, N.Y.

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        • #5
          Get a couple of free treadmills, flip'em over, and turn it into a multi-track patrol-drone-thing.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by RichR View Post
            Pack it full of lithium batteries and turn it into a wheel stander going down the quarter mile.
            I was thinking more along the lines of a V8

            as to the original intent of the Q, the motors would be interesting to look at in terms of speed and power, but I doubt that the batteries would be much cop after all this time. I'd strip out the motors, control, perhaps the wheels/ hubs and frame, then recycle the rest.

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            • #7
              I went and bought a standing belt sander from a guy a while back, and he had taken an electric wheelchair apart and built a square metal frame to mount all the parts/wheels to. It was something like 4'x4'. You would stand on a little platform behind it, like a standing riding mower. It was basically a motorized warehouse cart that you ride. He used it around the farm for moving stuff like firewood, hay and whatever else. He let me try it out for a minute and I have been looking for a cheap one ever since, so I can build one.

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              • #8
                lawnmower pusher

                trailer maneuverer

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                • #9
                  Use the motors for a DIY Segway: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUQqnqz1j9I

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                  • #10
                    Donate to a charity?

                    There are a lot of poor elderly people who are mobility limited. If the thing runs they would probably be happy to take it, polish it up, and get some freedom in their life. Your local church, red cross, or meals on wheels (while it lasts) would probably know somebody who could put it to good use.

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                    • #11
                      Give it to that bloke on here who broke his leg and wanted donations.
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                      Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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                      • #12
                        I like the donate one - first sure its highest utility is as its intended purpose. Most moms would I think like that idea. I've one the geared motors I'd thought to power the Z on a mill will with a DC variable speed control....but it doesn't seem right gutting the thing if it works
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                        • #13
                          Get a front row seat at a football match.

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                          • #14
                            There was a video posted here where a guy turned one into a mini fork lift.

                            On the welding forum they turn them into welder movers (off road).

                            Or turn it into a battle bot.
                            Andy

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                            • #15
                              Donate to a group like this.

                              http://wheelchairlabs.org/

                              See article about the guy behind it in Arc Magazine published by Lincoln Electric Co.
                              C

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