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Park Ridge, NJ
Fall River, MA
A quality product for the money. It comes with easy to read instructions for quick assembly. I used to haul some dirt and rocks this weekend and it handled it with no problem. I like the dumping feature as it saves a lot of time.
Several problems with Assembly. Bolts and nuts have no lock washers, knurled surface or self-locking nuts. I expect them to come loose over time. Bolts (Part #24) are not truss head bolts and will protrude in cargo area making shoveling out difficult because of bolt head shoulders. You will have to remove two front support bolts to clear the front gate. Poor engineering. Spring loaded hitch bracket goes out of alignment because it only has one bolt attaching it to drawbar. It should have had two. Dump cart is superior to my old one because it is bolted together rather than welded. Larger diameter tires and shorter bucket than my old 17 cubic foot cart, thus allowing steeper bed when dumping. Tailgate design is improved.
The unit is fine for light hauling, but suffers from 3 design flaws for medium to heavy hauling; more than about 400 pounds. This is serious considering its rated capacity of 1000 pounds. Each of the flaws is correctable by a resourceful person, improving it to a 4-5 star unit. 1. The drawbar is woefully inadequate for safely supporting even the recommended 200 lb. maximum tongue weight. It can easily buckle at its weakest point, which is where the dump latch lever cutouts are made. It is most critical if too much weight is placed at the back of the cart, producing negative tongue weight or uplift. The flaw can be corrected by beefing-up the drawbar sides for a distance of at least 14? each side of the dump latch pivot bolt. An easy fix is to bolt a piece of 1? x 1? x 1/8? angle iron along each side of the drawbar, using a minimum of 4 bolts (5/16? diameter) for each angle, spaced no more than 9? apart. Each angle requires a hole for the dump latch pivot bolt and must be affixed to the inside of the drawbar to use the existing pivot bolt. 2. The front support, which rests on the drawbar and is secured with the dump latch, requires lateral bracing to prevent buckling when the cart traverses even a mild side slope. Although theoretically, one lateral brace would suffice, two are recommended. They should extend from near the bottom of the front support out to near the bottom front corners of the cart body, approximately a 45 degree angle. A piece of ?? angle iron works well, although wooden gussets could also be installed. 3. The least critical flaw occurs at the top back corners of the cart body. Older versions of the cart included tailgate ?ears? that extended out over the top back corners of the cart sides, preventing them from spreading apart under load. Bolting a piece of 1? wide bar stock to the top of the tailgate and bending its ends downward alleviates this flaw. If this makes the tailgate a bit difficult to remove when the cart is loaded, that means it is doing its job. Just the thoughts of a dumb hillbilly.
This cart does the job. I have owned this product for 6 months now and mostly just haul grass, leaves, and tree limbs with it. I would have liked to see better tires on it than wheel barrow tires, but they work and haven't let me down yet. The cart is farily simply to assemble, easy to hook up to mower, and easy to dump.
Have had mine about five years. Replace a broken tongue (part was easily procured from Sears). I would recommend using inner tubes, to avoid deflation of the tubeless tires on rough terrain. I hate the exposed bolt heads in the bed, they need to find a solution to this issue, it is just painful to try to get the last shovel loads out, the shovel keeps hitting the bolt heads.
North East, MD
I bought this after researching a number of other brands. For the price, you can't beat the quality. The 12 cubic ft capacity is plenty for hauling dirt, mulch, or leaves -- any larger and it would be cumbersome to deal with. I really like the quick-release latch for dumping the cart. I've never had it accidentally disconnect while moving a load. The back gate easily slides in place so you can load the cart, but stays in position while you're moving the cart. I also really like that it can handle 1000 lbs., which is great for moving rocks. I've read some complaints that this is difficult to assemble, but I was able to do it alone in about an hour. The only issue I have is that, although the cart is solidly built, the screws do not use locking nuts. I would suggest picking up some 5/16 lockwashers to keep the nuts from falling off from vibration (or replace with 5/16 - 18 nylon locking nuts). I did this, and haven't had any problems. Overall, a great tractor. It's products like this that make me continue to purchase from Craftsman!
The cart comes in parts- the bed is in 2 halves that you bolt together with supposedly lock washers- but they don't lock and come off. Also, the cart is rated for 1000 lbs but the wheels can't handle that much. My one wheel deflated and came off the rim on the second load at 600 lbs. in the cart roughly. Hard to get the tail gate section in also as the sides warp in since are two separate parts. Had to push the sides apart with one hand and foot to get the gate in the slots. It's OK for lighter duty stuff I'd say, but I'd replace all the nuts with locknuts with vinyl inserts that definitely won't come off.
It amazes me when there is a good product out there that is hobbled by one thing, yet years of complaints go by and they don't fix it! Yes, the tires (as have been stated many times) bring this cart down. Otherwise it's great to have around the yard. If you buy this like i did, make sure you buy innertubes. I've recently done so and there is a big difference. I use these:http://www.****.com/itm/360644903640?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649 In case that gets deleted, they are Carlisle 4.80 x 4 8
Easy to assemble. The diagram was a little confusing on the last step. perhaps I was just tired but you have to be sure to put the brackets on in the correct position, otherwise the tailgate will be extended out about an inch. This is my 2nd cart I've purchased in the last 11 year. I enjoy using it.
Just picked up the cart today of course it was damaged. Found out there was more metal in the nuts and bolts than there is in the cart. The metal is so thin you can easily bend the sides. The center gap where both side fit together captures all the dirt and debris. Not impressed with cart at all. Don't expect it to last to long