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Praise21 found this helpful
Nov 2 , 2008
Excellent for the price
I picked this up on sale and recently noticed a lesser rated trailer of similar size for more money at the cheap h/w store making this a good buy in my opinion. Responding to some other comments I'd say:
No it doesn't need a swing tailgate. Next model up has this and it's not removable...I want to lift and slide heavy things in not lift them over the sides. Make it with removable hinges and that would be ok.
Bolts are all the same size making assembly very nice. I second that and had no problems single-person building this trailer.
Someone commented that you can't use the rated weight because the tires are only rated 400. That's just wrong. No different than a car or large trailer...no one tire is rated for the full weight. The rating is certainly 800 over the axle and 200 over the drive axle of the tractor. Basically the same physics of a real trailer. You could up the tire rating but then it would probably be rated higher than 1000...
I typically pop a bead on my wheelbarrow when the pressure is below recommendation. I can't say for sure yet but suspect some of these issues may be that (possibly due to a leak)... but still check before hauling heavy.
The manual shows the wheel P/N so hard to believe it would be hard to get but it looks identical to the one mentioned above from the cheap h/w store if Sears doesn't have it.
I tried many ways to cause the latch to come undone and couldn't make it happen without pulling it. I can see where debris build-up might cause it not to fully engage forward at the bottom slot so checking that is probably good under load rather than just slaming it down and assuming it's fully latched. Also, there is a hole in the lever and another on the rear of the tongue that would allow a bungee for added assurance.
Some things I noted:
I'd like to see stronger bracing in the rear since the tailgate doesn't help hold the sides together. Some form of small stake pockets would be nice as I'd like to dump more lightweight maple leaves in per load so I'll need to modify for that to get more side height. There should be an elevated grab handle on the tongue since with the light leaves I found it easier to push the trailer around then bother to start the lawn tractor (that accesory is available for light boat trailers).
The fit and finish are very good. It is lightweight and easy to move by hand. I don't recall the instructions reminding me but remember to fill the hubs with grease at the grease zerks if you have a grease gun or pull them off and pack the insides (if not done at assembly).
I anticipate this working well to move some heavy items and firewood to and from the shop and for distributing bark dust around the yard. If the weels really don't perform I'll look for a wheel/tire combo that fits that axle diameter.
Criticism16 found this helpful
Nov 11 , 2008
Poor quality tires spec'ed
The wheels and tires that came with this trailer have been thoroughly addressed by many reviewers for their inability to handle the loads.
Also problematic is the width of the tires. In soft ground they punch through ensnaring the trailer and tractor.
A solution I've used is obtaining front wheels and tires from a lawn tractor and using those since they're the same axle diameter. You will have to cut away some material from the dump bed support plate to accomodate the additional clearance but it provides about 4X the flotation in soft ground.
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.
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
I bought this to haul materials around my 2 acres lot. The cart was easy to put together and works great. The dump feature is great and it is light and nimble, easy to move about to store. I am very pleased with this purchase!
I really am glad about this cart should about one a long time ago the only downside is the tailgate when I load it full of wood the sides we'll bulge out did fix the problem with the ratchet strap still the best I've ever bought
Easy Assembly! Glad we purchased this larger size cart, originally was planning on the 10 ft. cart. This one had better reviews with a much larger load capacity.
Dump feature is really handy!
No more dragging yard waste out to street! Sweet!
Would have given 5 stars. Sheet Metal of cart on the thin side.for me.
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