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#1 Tennblue59 OFFLINE  

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Posted September 02, 2011 - 11:28 PM

Just wanted to share a project I made to recycle an old tractor. We had an old Craftsman lawn tractor that had cut it's last blade of grass. Motor was tired, body had rust, wear, etc - not worth fixing, but we had it for so many years, I didn't want to just throw it away.

Widened and lengthened the tractor frame to make the cart bed.

Used the front wheels to make the cart running gear.

Even used the Deck engagement lever as the dump release!

And traded the engine and some other parts for the angle iron needed to finish the project, so the net cost for the whole thing came down to a quart of paint and some wood for the sides. Best of all, the old Gal lives on to continue to serve us!

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#2 tinner OFFLINE  

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Posted September 03, 2011 - 01:19 AM

:welcome: Good job. You'll get lots of use out of that trailer and the old Craftsman lives on.

Edited by tinner, September 03, 2011 - 05:09 PM.


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Posted September 03, 2011 - 04:15 AM

Welcome! Nice looking trailer. Thanks for the pics.

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Posted September 03, 2011 - 04:34 AM

Welcome to the forum.
Nice job on the trailer.

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Posted September 03, 2011 - 04:20 PM

It really looks too good to use! Great job!!

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Posted September 04, 2011 - 09:29 AM

Great job !! I like the use of both wood and steel for the sides , Al

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Posted September 04, 2011 - 09:32 AM

Nice project and use of existing materials! It looks great and should haul quite a bit. Thanks for sharing!

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Posted September 06, 2011 - 12:37 PM

that's a great idear, very good use of a tractor, thanks for showing it,

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Posted September 06, 2011 - 08:29 PM

Thanks for all the kind words. I modeled the basic cart on the older Deere 8 bushel metal carts. But toward the end of the design, I decided a flatbed would be more versatile. That way I can carry items bigger/longer than the original cart size. The wood stake sides and back are individually removable. Front board is fixed.
The original Deere carts were bent sheet metal frames (for strength). Since I was using structural stock, I changed the design some to better use what I had.

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Posted September 06, 2011 - 10:12 PM

:wave: Tennblue59 Welcome to GTTalk! Glad to have you with us! Sorry that it took me so long to see this thread. That looks like a very useful cart! Nice work on the fabrication and good attention to detail! Thanks for signing up and sharing the pics with us!

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Posted September 07, 2011 - 07:52 PM

:welcometogttalk: Good job! Shawn

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Posted October 24, 2011 - 10:33 AM

Wow, I'm impressed with how you could even envision such a project.

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Posted October 24, 2011 - 07:19 PM

Way to go, a nice looking, functional project at minimal cost. Good job!!:thumbs:

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Posted October 30, 2011 - 01:07 AM

Somehow I passed over this thread once, but have finally found it, and must say you did an excellent job with that cart.




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