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Best Kind of Wheel Chair for a Dolly?


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#1 Devon Green

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Posted 27 May 2007 - 02:33 AM

I know this may be considered a silly question by many of the pros out there, but here it is: Is there a certain type of wheel chair that works best as a dolly?

I am looking to buy a used wheelchair for under $200. I am sure they come in various qualities. So I wonder if there is something I should look for other than roughly guessing that one seems smooth enough. I expect there are different wheel sizes, designs, etc which all contributed to how smooth the ride is. Any thoughts on this?
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#2 Patrick Cooper

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Posted 27 May 2007 - 05:15 AM

I guess a skateboard would work as an alternative, but only on flat, smooth ground. If you tighten the trucks, it should go fairly straight.
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#3 Chris Keth

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Posted 27 May 2007 - 03:56 PM

One with round wheels. I'm only half-kidding. Just get one that folds up so it fits in your car. They're basically going to be the same, so be cheap.
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#4 Hal Smith

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Posted 27 May 2007 - 07:17 PM

Harbor Freight has brand new Chinese wheelchairs for $179.

http://search.harbor...word=wheelchair
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#5 Phil Savoie

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Posted 27 May 2007 - 08:26 PM

A bit off topic - but if your on a smooth floor surface sitting on a sound/moving blanket and having a grip or two pull you along works well.
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#6 Scott Bryant

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 08:05 PM

i just made a dolly out of two wheel chairs and connected them front to front with some wood and took off the small spinning wheels so it was more or less a four wheel dolly. It worked really well, except i noticed some torsional twisting in the wheels but it could be b/c my wheelchairs sucked. If you could get a hold of two wheelchairs (alot of times people you know will let you borrow), you can make it really easily with just a little bit of lumber. If you want i can post some pics of it.
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#7 Bob Hayes

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 11:03 PM

Most wheel chairs work well for dollies. But there is actually a big difference between them. There are large hospital style which are very stable but are very heavy and don?t fold up well. I like the smaller lower seat models with pneumatic bicycle style wheels. I choose the light weight foldable styles. I can easily lift it and put it in my truck with one hand. Also you can often buy wheel chairs used.
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