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Invacare Power Tiger and Orbit Seat Frame
Image of INVACARE Power Tiger and Orbit Seat Frame
Pediatric power wheelchair.
• Front wheel drive.
• The tilt or non-tilt seats adapt to most seating and positioning systems.
• Accepts the Invacare Orbit seat. This allows one seating system to mount on both a power and a manual chair.
• Removable, adjustable-height arms, desk- or full-length.
• Seat-to-floor height of 17.75in.
 End UserCaregiverClinician
# Reviews030
Durability?04.000
Ease of use?03.670
Meet expectations?04.000
Overall Rating:0.003.330.00
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Julie from Nashville submitted this review on November 23rd 2007 at 10:37 AM. Julie is a care giver who has over a year of experience with the product.
Strengths:My son has had this chair for 10 years. We have the tiger that had 2 bases, 1 power, 1 push. 5 years ago we replaced the batteries, and last year we replace the wiring harness, batteries and charger. We liked that it couldn't be adjusted to adult size, we were able to upgrade.
We now have a permobil, he hates it.
I have this one for sale if you need one. jlkm@aol
Weaknesses:none, the seating system lifts off to change bases, it is heavy but a VERY GOOD IDEA
Comments:My son is now 16 and used this chair from age 7, its relatively small, especially compared to the permobil and we had no problems with ours.
Durability?This reviewer rated this product a 5 in durabilityEase of use?This reviewer rated this product a 5 in ease of use
Meet expectations?This reviewer rated this product a 5 in Meet expectationsOverall Rating:This reviewer rated this product a 5 Overall
 
Sue from Coumbus, Ohio USA submitted this review on November 16th 2007 at 09:30 AM. Sue is a care giver who has over a year of experience with the product.
Strengths:My daughter used the Power Tiger wheelchair for three years, and we never once had a mechanical breakdown. Mary received her chair when she was five years old and used it successfully until her death at 8 years of age. It has been passed on to another little girl with very similar function who has used it since May, 2006. Our supplier created a goalpost shaped hand control since her cerebral palsy gave her very little grasp. We reversed the controls so that pulling back toward her trunk made the chair go forward and pushing forward made it go backward. We had a stop button installed while she learned to drive the chair. The battery kept a charge for a long time. The chair is capable of interfacing with electronic devices such as the TV, VCR and the computerized talking device that Mary used. We did not use that option. We used a huge roller ball from AbleNet to access her Vanguard II talking device which was mounted on her wheelchair with a Daessy mount. Overall, I was thrilled with this chair.
Weaknesses:I see three weaknesses. The first is the shape of the handle. It was at the level of my chest. Our supplier cut off part of the piping on each side, turned the handle upside down and slipped it back in where it came out (with those little metal buttons to hold it in place). It was perfect. The handle came out right at the top of the seat and then curved downward. The second weakness is the weight of the chair with the batteries installed. Going down ramps it practically pulled me to the bottom. The weight made it hard to turn on the carpeted floor of our van, so we took up the carpet and installed a hardwood floor in our van. My husband did the installation with tongue in groove flooring. I know that sounds crazy, but the chair turned like magic. We had a GMC Savana and replaced the two benches with one bench in the back and one Captain's chair. The Power Tiger sat perfectly where the other Captain's chair would have been. We had the full-sized lift that folds down in half to keep the driver's view clear. The third weakness was removing the seat from the power base and switching it to the mobile base (the Orbit). The entire seat lifts off the Power Tiger and sets into the Orbit base. The seat was really too heavy for me to assemble by myself, so I rarely used the mobile base. It was also hard to put in place and keep the seatbelts out of the way.
Comments:Our wheelchair supplier adapted the tray by creating a padded bumper on the left side so that Mary's arm would not fall off the tray while she was driving. The tray clamped onto the tubing under the arm rests. My daughter had very little hand function, could only use one hand, and had very little grasp, but she could drive this chair. A creative wheelchair supplier was one of the greatest members of her therapy team.

I think the gentleman whose chair was in the shop all year must have received a lemon. Unfortunately, that can happen in manufacturing.
Durability?This reviewer rated this product a 5 in durabilityEase of use?This reviewer rated this product a 4 in ease of use
Meet expectations?This reviewer rated this product a 5 in Meet expectationsOverall Rating:This reviewer rated this product a 4 Overall
 
Steve from New City, NY, USA submitted this review on September 12th 2007 at 08:28 PM. Steve is a care giver who has over a year of experience with the product.
Strengths:I seem to remember it working once and during that time my son got great joy in being able to move
Weaknesses:This chair has spent more time in the shop than out. We have owned the chair for over 6 years, but it's been operational so seldom that we've never been able to come up with the proper switches for my son to activate it. When the vendors have the chair for repairs it ends up being in the shop for literally months at a time "waiting for special parts."
Comments:I wouldn't recommend this chair unless you have infinite patience. Parents with handicapped children have enough on our plates without having to fight to keep having a chair repaired.
Durability?This reviewer rated this product a 2 in durabilityEase of use?This reviewer rated this product a 2 in ease of use
Meet expectations?This reviewer rated this product a 2 in Meet expectationsOverall Rating:This reviewer rated this product a 1 Overall
 
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