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Posted July 07, 2016 - 01:14 PM

Curious if anyone sees the old Ford Garden Tractor Carts around for sale?

I'm looking for any shape/condition, but was curious if they are hard to find at all.
Picture is an example I found on the Internet.

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Posted July 07, 2016 - 01:41 PM

I have one that came with my LGT 145. I've only seen a couple of others. The Ford tractors and accessories were sold by Ford Tractor Dealers so, they didn't get as much sales traffic through their show rooms as other dealers. My Ford looks alot like one that came from a Power King and Simplicity Dealer. You can probably find a same brand one and paint it to match. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted July 07, 2016 - 01:56 PM

I had one once! Sold it.


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Posted July 07, 2016 - 04:25 PM

I have one but I am in Atlanta
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Posted July 07, 2016 - 05:46 PM

I got lucky and found one close for 80.00. There is one on Nashville's craigslist for 200.00



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Posted July 08, 2016 - 07:31 AM

At least I know they are around!
I see online they are mostly for the late 70s, early 80s models. Mine is a 1988. So I will have to see if they made the same one in then.
Thanks for the info!

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Posted July 08, 2016 - 06:17 PM

Good luck in your search. 

 

I remember my dad had a Ford LGT 165 and Ford cart, and then one day traded it in for an unmatching "ugly" John Deere cart. It didn't match the ford and was GREEN!

As an 8 year old, I had no idea why you would trade in a perfectly good matching cart for an unmatching JD cart.

 

Turns out, the JD cart was made of much thicker steel and was more robust. When I grew up and needed my own trailer, my father found a good deal on a Harbor Freight cart, he insisted I get it. I did. Compared to the JD (or even the Ford), it was a total piece of garbage, but after all- this IS an item I am throwing tree stumps and logs in, so it does take a beating. With my extra ford blue paint, I made a "clone" out of my chinese cart.

 

From a distance, it looks as good as a ford cart. You can even get decals from the internet to match the original Ford trailer decals (Although mine is NOT worth the $$ for stickers!)  :D

 

Up close- it is a cheap piece of junk. In particular- it is two pieces of thin metal for the base joined together with protruding rivets, so it is hard to shovel stuff out of it without hitting rivets. Also- the chinese carts have awful chinese wheels, which need to be replaced with carlisle wheels. The thin sheet metal really shows it's pathetic strength when you see where I tried to toss a stump on it and it crushed the side!!!!   Ha! On the other hand, original ford or equivalent carts have 30+ year old tires, and might need the tires replaced anyways. My dad's JD trailer recently popped it's dry rotted tires when I went to use it! - so in a nutshell, make sure to evaluate the condition of ANY tires you buy on a trailer, as they could need replacement and cost near the same/ or even more than the cart itself. Also consider the bottom of the cart- is it smooth? Can you shovel stuff out of it without catching rivets? This is important stuff!!!!!  :thumbs:

 

So I guess it all depends on what you want- functionality or originality. If I were to do it again, I'd get as robust of cart as I could off of craigslist and repaint it FORD blue and get the decals (functionality+ a dash of originality)- Otherwise, hold out for an original if you are into originality, but be prepared for sandblasting, repaint, and new tires. ...And then, are you really going to want to use it?????(gravel, tree stumps, shovel mulch, etc?)

 

Good luck!

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Posted July 08, 2016 - 06:50 PM

I built this one.


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Posted July 08, 2016 - 06:54 PM

I built this one.

 

And did a very nice job too!!


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Posted July 09, 2016 - 08:16 PM

Good luck in your search.

I remember my dad had a Ford LGT 165 and Ford cart, and then one day traded it in for an unmatching "ugly" John Deere cart. It didn't match the ford and was GREEN!
As an 8 year old, I had no idea why you would trade in a perfectly good matching cart for an unmatching JD cart.

Turns out, the JD cart was made of much thicker steel and was more robust. When I grew up and needed my own trailer, my father found a good deal on a Harbor Freight cart, he insisted I get it. I did. Compared to the JD (or even the Ford), it was a total piece of garbage, but after all- this IS an item I am throwing tree stumps and logs in, so it does take a beating. With my extra ford blue paint, I made a "clone" out of my chinese cart.

From a distance, it looks as good as a ford cart. You can even get decals from the internet to match the original Ford trailer decals (Although mine is NOT worth the $$ for stickers!) :D

Up close- it is a cheap piece of junk. In particular- it is two pieces of thin metal for the base joined together with protruding rivets, so it is hard to shovel stuff out of it without hitting rivets. Also- the chinese carts have awful chinese wheels, which need to be replaced with carlisle wheels. The thin sheet metal really shows it's pathetic strength when you see where I tried to toss a stump on it and it crushed the side!!!! Ha! On the other hand, original ford or equivalent carts have 30+ year old tires, and might need the tires replaced anyways. My dad's JD trailer recently popped it's dry rotted tires when I went to use it! - so in a nutshell, make sure to evaluate the condition of ANY tires you buy on a trailer, as they could need replacement and cost near the same/ or even more than the cart itself. Also consider the bottom of the cart- is it smooth? Can you shovel stuff out of it without catching rivets? This is important stuff!!!!! :thumbs:

So I guess it all depends on what you want- functionality or originality. If I were to do it again, I'd get as robust of cart as I could off of craigslist and repaint it FORD blue and get the decals (functionality+ a dash of originality)- Otherwise, hold out for an original if you are into originality, but be prepared for sandblasting, repaint, and new tires. ...And then, are you really going to want to use it?????(gravel, tree stumps, shovel mulch, etc?)

Good luck!

Thanks for the tips!
Orginaltily would have a higher priority than usability. If I were to use it, it would be for mulch, dirt, weeds, leaves. Light loads.
The heavy loads would go on a trailer or a newer craftsman one I have to beat up. :)

My tractor is in really good condition. I'm at the point of "Do I take the time to restore it? But then will I want to use it?" The cart would be in the same boat.

I built this one.

I checked it out, very nice job! I always admire welders. A skill I do not have nor have the time to master. I'm just getting into woodworking lol. Oh and garden tractors :)
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