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Offline HannahMRTopic starter

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Trying to find wheelchair motors Australia
« on: May 24, 2013, 05:01:08 AM »
I am in Australia and trying to find a pair of used wheelchair motors for a project.

Everything I am finding needs to be shipped from the states which makes it expensive.

I've tried calling a few wheelchair supply shops, but no luck.

If anyone has any suggestions for me it would be much appreciated.


Offline jlizotte

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Re: Trying to find wheelchair motors Australia
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2013, 06:14:18 AM »

I had great luck putting an ad on Craigslist. I got four dead wheelchairs donated to me, and was able to make one working wheelchair robot from them with a heap of spare parts left over. I put an ad in the "wanted" section. I asked for electric chairs working or not, and explained what I wanted to do with them. I had several generous people call me. If you have something like craigslist there, it couldn't hurt to try it.

You might also see if there are robotic clubs in your area. Many times they'll trade parts with each other. A bit further out there, but you could also write a letter to local hospitals or nursing homes asking for their no longer useable chairs instead of them getting scrapped.

Get creative. It worked for me, and I met some great people in the process.  ;D



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