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#1 ggsteve OFFLINE  

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Posted February 27, 2013 - 02:54 PM

I have a Craftsman branded poly cart that has served me well.  It has done everything I have ever asked of it and more.  

 

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I have had an idea for a long time to use the stake pockets molded into the trailer bed along with some left over wire shelves from those fantastic wire storage racks to make some sides for the trailer to carry more brush, leaves and fire wood.  I cleared the 2" of slush out of the driveway and now it is pouring, so today is the day.

 

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I went out and bought two 8' pieces of strapping and hardware for the project.  I parked the car outside the garage and set to work.  I measured the wire shelves, they are 17 1/2" wide.  The pockets in the trailer bed are 3" deep.  

 

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I cut six stakes 20 1/2" long.  The strapping did not fit into the pockets, they were just a little large, so I shaved the ends about 1/16" on both dimensions to get them to fit.

 

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Next I measured the 3' wire front panel and stakes for drilling.  I used 3/8" hardware.  I clamped the panel in place, centered it and drilled.

 

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The hardware includes a 2" x 3/8" bolt, matching 2" fender washer, regular washer and a stop nut.  Twelve sets total.  It turns out I could have easily used 1 1/2" x 3/8" bolts, but I wasn't sure at the hardware store.

 

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The stakes are bolted top and bottom on the stake and the fender washer spans the wire on the rack.

 

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Then I completed the first side.  I used 4' wire shelves for the sides.

 

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Now I had my biggest problem.  I was using the last wire shelf as my work bench!  

 

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So I moved all my tools and finished side #2.  Here is the finished product:

 

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It can also be used with the front panel out for carrying longer items like brush for the burning pile:

 

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The whole project took me about an hour and a half.  I have plans for further customize the cart with tool holders, a chainsaw holster and a basket to carry gas, bar oil, etc.  More to come!


Edited by ggsteve, February 27, 2013 - 02:58 PM.

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Posted February 27, 2013 - 03:21 PM

Good idea. Looks great and should work fine.

 

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Posted February 27, 2013 - 03:26 PM

That should help you carry a bit more. Looks good!


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Posted February 27, 2013 - 03:27 PM

That is a neat idea.  It sure should be more useful on the leaves and things.  Nice job and well documented. :thumbs:


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Posted February 27, 2013 - 04:24 PM

Great idea! You can really pile the leaves in there now!


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Posted February 27, 2013 - 04:24 PM

Looks great !!  That will come in handy.   :worshippy1:

 

H O W E V E R, 

 

You are shorting yourself on seat time!  More capacity = less loads    i-e  less drive time. 

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Posted February 27, 2013 - 04:55 PM

What a great idea, that should work really well for hauling all the brush, leave etc.  :thumbs:


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Posted February 27, 2013 - 06:24 PM

I'd hide that from the wife, as she might want to use that to go grocery shopping. She'll mistaken it as an oversized shopping cart!

 

Looks good, and I hope it works out well for you!


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Posted February 27, 2013 - 06:39 PM

Great idwea and thanks for sharing. :thumbs:     Rick


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Posted February 27, 2013 - 07:32 PM

Great idea and way to go on using what's on hand! Those racks should be mighty handy. :thumbs:


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Posted February 27, 2013 - 08:15 PM

Excellent work, hope it continues to serve you well for many years to come.


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Posted February 27, 2013 - 08:27 PM

I like it! Nice use of materials on hand, that's my kind of project.
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Posted February 27, 2013 - 08:42 PM

I like the idea, so if time gives me a chance, my old tired cart needs to beware!

 

As they said for Steve Austin, "we can make it better than it was!"

 

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Posted April 16, 2013 - 03:43 PM

I finally got the chance to load test my new cart sides. I felled a pine a few weeks back and finally cut and split it up.

 

Here's my little splitter loading the trailer:

 

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Here's the loaded trailer.  That's about half the wood from a 12" diameter white pine in there.  The second load was a little smaller:

 

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Here's my trusty JD 214 ready to haul the load to where it will be stacked:

 

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Posted April 16, 2013 - 03:51 PM

Nice load. How do you like that splitter? I just saw one of those yesterday at TSC. It's so cute!






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