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Invacare Pronto M71
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Power wheelchair with mid wheel drive.
• Drives over transitions and thresholds up to two inches.
• Disassembles without tools for transport.
• 6 wheels on the ground provide stability.
• 3 amp on board battery charger;
• 250 lb. weight caoacity.
• Van Seat: 17" (without headrest).
• ASBA Seat: 16" - 20".
• Caster Options: Front: 6" x 1.3". Rear: 6" x 1.3".
• Drive Wheel Options: 10.5" x 3.5".
• Ground Clearance: 3.8".
• Incline Capability: 9.
• Overall Height: 37" - 48", (44"-46" to top of retracted headrest on semi-recline back in vertical position.) (46"-48" to top of extended headrest on semi-recline back, in vertical position.)
(37"-39" to top of semi-recline back, in vertical position w/o headrest.).
• Overall Length: 34" (with footboard folded), 38" - 40" (with footboard down).
• Overall Width: 24" (excluding joystick).
• Product Weight: Overall: 200 lb (with batteries). Overall: 150 lb (without batteries). Van seat, arms, seat frame, joystick: 46 lb. Battery & cover assembly: 25 lb each. Battery tray, charger, controller shrouds: 21 lb. Side frame, motor gearbox, side shroud: 39 lb each. Footboard & mounting tube: 5 lb.
• Product Weight Capacity: 250 lb.
• Seat Depth: Van Seat: 16" - 20". ASBA Seat: 16" - 18". Seat Width: Van Seat: 18" - 20". ASBA Seat: 16" - 20".
• Speed: 3 mph (max).
• Turning Radius: Front (with footboard down): 19.25". Rear: 19.5".
• Warranty: Base frame: 60 months.
Seat frame: 36 months. Electronics: 12 months. Motor/gearbox: 12 months.
 End UserCaregiverClinician
# Reviews610
Durability?4.005.000
Ease of use?4.175.000
Meet expectations?3.005.000
Overall Rating:2.835.000.00
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Tricia from Florida submitted this review on March 24th 2008 at 08:34 AM. Tricia is an end user who has over a year of experience with the product.
Strengths:Great tilt degrees
Weaknesses:Batteries don't last long.. Not meant for an active person. Heavy to lift.
Comments:This chair is not made well. Invacare used to make a great power chair.. This one is the exception.
Durability?This reviewer rated this product a 1 in durabilityEase of use?This reviewer rated this product a 4 in ease of use
Meet expectations?This reviewer rated this product a 1 in Meet expectationsOverall Rating:This reviewer rated this product a 1 Overall
 
Pete from MPLS MN USA submitted this review on April 11th 2007 at 02:02 AM. Pete is a care giver who has over a year of experience with the product.
Strengths:Strong motors, durable, adjustable, programable. Simple to operate and very very reliable.

Easy to work on.

Chair is primary transportation in his facility for (now ) 94 year man, he's a big guy, at 6'2 and about 220 pounds still, He goes every where with it, rain, snow, what ever he is out and about,

Battery life is excellent. If the staff plug it in, he never runs out of juice, ORIGINAL batteries on a chair that was bought in Dec '01 BIggest thing on Gell cells is never run them dead, Always charge before they die, once you run them dead, you may as well buy a new battery.
Weaknesses:Parts are insanely expensive. Many can be fabricated from out side sources for FAR less.
Charger cord is poorly located. I rerouted the cord with some plastic flexible conduit up to the back rest. Short H/D extension cord then plugs from wall to chair.
Foot board is small, I added a 1' x1' piece of aluminum checker plate on the original foot board.

From the dealer the programming was messed up, bought a programmer and over time got the controls to work MUCH better.

Van type seat is so so. Took it to a automotive upholstery shop and had it rebuilt, now it is perfect. cost was far less than dealer, and this shop specialized in BMW/RR/mercedes restoration. they used a dual layer foam, very firm under a softer top, user is 94 and confined to chair during day, no sores or hot spots from the new seat.

Cord for swing away joystick is not well protected, again used flexible plastic conduit to re route and protect, now is very good.

The big plastic hand adjustable screws on the arms are silly, removed them all, replaced with appropriate sized bolts and nuts, Once we had the locations adjusted to good place, all were secured with a dab of locktite.
Comments:This has been a super good product for the user.
>make sure you get a programmer with your chair, and learn to use it. all sorts of things can be overcome with a well programmed chair.
>charge it every night. batteries last a long time if you do.
>find someone to service it for you, Dealers are not always the best place, we found a shop who had a guy who taught me how to program, repair, and adjust the chair. this has made all the difference in the world. I plan on spending about 2 hours every other month or so taking the chair down, cleaning it, and making sure every thing is tight and lubed etc.
>We are replacing the chair now only because his is getting beat up. We will get the new one and have a new seat built for him before he uses it.
>We looked at about 7 dealers before buying the last chair and will go back to the dealer, They actually had him sit and operate about 10 different chairs and styles before they sold him this one. I really believe that a mistake was made in the programming because after he was having trouble right away, They had us come in and meet the tech who taught me to reprogram. He was certain that it was set different before he sent it out, but the change in action of the chair when programmed right is amazing. smoother, stronger, less jumpy control actions, all were just how it was configured.

I view all chairs as starting points. every person and need is different and this chair has been easy to modify and fit to the user.


My only real complaint is the cost of parts, NO WAY in the world should parts be what they are charging. The micro processor is a 8088 level chip and they are charging 1100 bucks for a new one. It should be under a hundred. Chargers are priced at near $400 and you can get a much faster, cooler running, and more durable charger for about $75.
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
 
Kelly from Bay City, MI submitted this review on October 21st 2006 at 01:13 AM. Kelly is an end user who has over a year of experience with the product.
Strengths:Very durable, and reliable. I have an external lift on the outside of my van, wished I could find one to fit the inside that wasn't so expensive. I have tight corners to turn in my house, and can move through my house very nicely. Have a steep ramp, and it climbs right up it. No problem in grass, except when wet. I took it up north, and did great with paths. After about 6 months had to have 2 new batteries, but they were under warranty, so no problem. Hopefully, it was a bad battery. I wished the foam was a little more durable, right now getting new foam on my arms, cause it is pretty torn up. Also tires are bald, but I use it a lot. It is my legs, so have lots of wear and tear. All in all, great chair.
Weaknesses:Wished the power cord was easier to get to. It is very hard to plug in, and unplug. I read other reviews about a status light, didn't even know their was one on it. I plug it in every night, and it takes me wherever |I want to go. Have never had it die on me.
Comments:Overall this is a great chair. Have had 3 loaners now, and can't wait to get my chair back. Thank goodness for loaners, but hate the feet on them, and they don't turn like my wheelchair turns. I would buy this chair again.
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 4 Overall
 
Brad from Lebanon, PA, USA submitted this review on November 26th 2005 at 07:05 PM. Brad is an end user who has less than a month of experience with the product.
Strengths:Easy to use and maintain. Does well both indoors and in the yard around the home. The operator easily climbed a steep, gravel-covered driveway with no loss of traction. Reversing the direction of travel and moving back down the hill was performed equally well with good speed and direction control and good stability. Moves over sliding door frames and other low (less than 2-inch) obstacles were handled well, and crossing gravel to concrete pad junctions were handled with good stability and no loss of mobility. Speed regulator knob very useful in slowing maximum speed for moving carefully in the house and around furniture.
Weaknesses:It is easy to accidently bump the chair battery-power toggle switch on the hand control module and turn the chair off unexpectedly. A guard around the switch or a power switch redesign (perhaps a recessed push button) could eliminate this. The battery charger power cord connection on the back of the chair is completely inaccessible to the chair operator, making it difficult for the user to shut down the chair and connect the charger without the help of an assistant. The rear charger status lights are almost impossible to see, even when standing at the rear of the chair and peering at them through the narrow opening in the charger cover panel. The person sitting in the chair cannot see the charging status lights, and cannot even tell if the power cord is plugged in or not. The chair operator would often have difficulty unplugging the charger to permit use of the chair without the help of an assistant. (There is a front charger connector in the hand controller that could be more-useful to the chair user, but this requires a different external battery charger that is not supplied with the chair.)
Comments:Standard foot platform is not useful for many chair users, and conventional Invacare (non-electric wheelchair) leg supports cannot be fitted directly, as there are no mounting points on the chair. Special adaptors must be purchased to permit fitting of the more conventional Invacare wheelchair leg and foot supports. Including the standard mounting points on the Pronto series power chairs, like those found on Invacare manual wheelchairs, would allow for an easy conversion of the chair leg supports by fitting the Invacare manual wheelchair leg supports that are readily available and easier to find. The added cost in producing the Invacare Pronto series with these mounting points already on the chair should be negligible.
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 4 in Meet expectationsOverall Rating:This reviewer rated this product a 4 Overall
 
Howard from Yakima, Washington, USA submitted this review on June 2nd 2005 at 01:04 PM. Howard is an end user who has one to six months of experience with the product.
Strengths:I have ridden power scooters for 23 years. This is my first power wheelchair. It does extremely well on grass and uneven surfaces. The product's greatest strength is its ability to turn in tight spaces. We have an extremely small home and it has been able to enter all rooms.
Weaknesses:The greatest product weakness is in the bolts and nuts on the back of the armrest and all of the stabilizer wheels. They tend to trash out walls, furniture, and anything they come near. Obviously, the person who designed the wheelchair has never been in one. It will take me months to modify the design and build protectors around the bolt heads and nuts.

If you like shop work and metal projects, this is a great chair. I otherwise, I would strongly recommend it for the designers to use in their own homes. They could learn a lot in a hurry.
Comments:I find Invacare products to be extremely durable. As with all disability products manufacturers, they do not appear to be receptive to listening to the end-user about ways they could improve their product.
Durability?This reviewer rated this product a 5 in durabilityEase of use?This reviewer rated this product a 3 in ease of use
Meet expectations?This reviewer rated this product a 2 in Meet expectationsOverall Rating:This reviewer rated this product a 3 Overall
 
Terry from Mecosta, MI submitted this review on January 7th 2005 at 03:27 PM. Terry is an end user who has less than a month of experience with the product.
Strengths:STABLE! I tried a jazzi at a dealer once and it was like a bucking horse. Great handling. MK5 sinplified but you can still program your preferences. It walked threw a doorway that is a horror for most wheelchairs, with ice, snow and slush, impressive. Had plenty of power to climb the ramp on my wheelchair trailer. I really like the flip up foot board.
Weaknesses:The van seat needs more or better padding, ouch. The built in charger on mine has a plug on the rear, hard to get around to plug in, I may start using the front combo plug with another charger. The feature of disassembly is a joke, very difficult and segments are heavy and hard to reassemble. Only for emergency use in my opinion.
Comments:Wheelchairs with small drive wheels don't do well off road. The large, wide wheeled ones dont't do well indoors. None do well in anything soft and wet. You have to make a choice. Best is to have two units, if you can afford it. This is my 7th wheelchair, and only one better has been an ExTerra GT (more power and larger wheels with handling)which I still own.
Durability?This reviewer rated this product a 4 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 4 Overall
 
Robert from Bingham, ME, USA submitted this review on September 14th 2004 at 10:36 PM. Robert is an end user who has over a year of experience with the product.
Strengths:Turns on a dime in the house. Works out well, in the house.
Weaknesses:Gets stuck on a wet leaf sitting on a cement patio!! Cannot go on loose gravel without getting drive wheels buried and having someone pull me out. Does not go on grass at all. You can only travel on paved surfaces. Also there is no place to put a tote bag,etc. no drink cup holder available for it either. No lap table, no way to attach one.
Comments:If you want to go outdoors, DO NOT Buy this wheelchair.REALLY!!
I am a prisoner in my own home.
Durability?This reviewer rated this product a 4 in durabilityEase of use?This reviewer rated this product a 4 in ease of use
Meet expectations?This reviewer rated this product a 1 in Meet expectationsOverall Rating:This reviewer rated this product a 1 Overall
 
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