Nice idea on CL

buggyspapa Posted By buggyspapa, May 8, 2013 at 9:00 PM

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  1. buggyspapa

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    Firewood Cart designed specifically to haul firewood out of the woods. Big 26" wheel rolls easily over rocks, roots, and uneven ground and the fat 4" wide tire rides over soft or wet forest floor without sinking in. Designed with low center of gravity and widely spaced handles for good balance. Divided load locates 30% of the wood forward of the wheel to reduce weight on the handles. Full 8" ground clearance allows wheel to snake around close to obstacles instead of having to go over them. A path through the woods can often be found for the cart and used without any trail improvement at all. The single wheel design gives a smooth ride without all the sideways jerking you get with two wheel carts. The narrow path also allows a single 2X10 or 2X12 to become a perfect temporary bridge over brooks and small streams thereby opening up forest areas otherwise not worth cutting. Accessories included: 1)Chain saw mount 2)Gas can caddy 3)Tool caddy 3) Push Strap 4)Brush Rack and 5)Tarp Support frame (allows year round outdoor storage with any standard 8X10 tarp). Designed and built to last a lifetime. The cart features a rugged alloy wheel "recycled" from the front of a "retired" motorcycle. All furniture grade solid Ash with stainless steel hardware. Notched joinery and through-bolted for strength and long life.

    I am a cabinetmaker and the "Woods Cart" is a pre-production prototype that I had planned to build and market to homeowners who cut firewood on their own property. The cart has only been used a few hours for testing purposes. . The idea for the cart came from my need for an easier way to get my own firewood out of the woods. I was tired of carrying or dragging logs and wheelbarrows have small wheels that get hung up on almost anything. Garden carts are not rugged enough , and motorized equipment with all the expense, noise, maintenance, and hassle was something I wanted to avoid if possible. The cart does work well but I have reluctantly decided to abandon the project because of the high cost of both the materials and the labor to build it to a high quality level ($1,000+ including the accessories) which I feel would price it out of the market. At $600 it is a great tool at a good price. Feel free to call or email Dick for more info. and photos.
     
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  2. MasterMech

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    I'd be worried about it holding up long term being made entirely from wood. Plus, it's carrying capacity is rather limited for it's size. I like the big wheel however and it does appear to have a bit of thought put into it. I'm betting a lighter, more maneuverable version could be made from extruded aluminum.
     
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  4. StihlHead

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    Amusing, but I think my standard all-metal contractor's wheelbarrow works just fine for $60 (1/10th the price). I can haul about as much wood in it. The wheel in front of a std. wheelbarrow doubles as a fulcrum and creates far better ground clearance. The center wheel is going to have some ground clearance problems. Going over a ditch in any direction with that thing is going to hang it up. I would much rather spend the $600 on a good used MS441 or 372xp than a small deck with a motorcycle wheel in it.
     
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  5. gmule

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    If he could power it with the saw powerhead he may have something.
     
  6. bogydave

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    +1

    Pushing / pulling that on soft uneven woodland terrain would be a workout, if possible.
    I'll stick with the ATV, only rolled it twice so far skidding wood out.
     
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  7. lukem

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    Looks well made. And equally ineffective.
     
  8. Jags

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    I simply don't see $600 of worth. Not bashing the unit, but a wheel, some 2 x 4 and a couple of wheelbarrow handles???
     
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  9. PapaDave

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    Yeah, um.......no.
    The older I get, the more motorized stuff I want/need.
     
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  10. tekguy

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    lets play a game of guess what bike the tire was scavenged from...

    I vote 82 Yamaha Seca

    good luck at $600 _g
     
  11. Bocefus78

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    Proud owners never become proud sellers. This is just another example. I'm pretty sure a mule is cheaper, more effective, and equally full of $hit.
     
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  12. Backwoods Savage

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    Wow. That would take a lot of work to haul out just a few pieces of wood. No thanks.
     
  13. HDRock

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    Yep, The thing weights enough all by it;s self, and $600 :rolleyes:
     
  14. pyroholic

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    86 Nighthawk???
     
  15. paul bunion

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    2 pulp hooks and some man-hauling over the stream (without a 2x12) and into the wheelbarrow will be significantly cheaper. I'm suprised he didn't have a foldout bridge/self contained stream fording attachment to go along with it.
     
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  16. StihlHead

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    A stream fording board is a $100 upgrade, but it also comes with a sand ladder. There is also the upgrade for detachable night wood gathering kerosene lamps. ;)
     
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  17. blades

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    Wait , I will motorize it, ya want that in electric or gas or diesel. Note this a $1500 upgrade,
     
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    Does it come in pink? . . . I'll keep my wheel barrow (and I don't yet haul wood). I did own a LUV (land utility vehicle) which is a motorized wheel barrow, but the charger was ineffective and the battery cost $55 to replace. Gave it to an elderly neighbor who had a battery charger. I did use it to move 115 ton of rock one small barrow at a time. The manual one works easier for me.

    I would rather have an indoor cabinet made than spend this kind of money on something to haul wood that isn't motorized. For $600, I'll hire my nephew . . .
     
  19. fossil

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    Zombie thread...I'll put it to rest.
     
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