UPDATE – as of June 2017 we’re once again taking orders for carts! Read below for updates to pricing and specifications. The photos are still the older model which is very close to the new model, but does have a few minor, mostly cosmetic differences.
We’re currently offering three versions of the cart standard, with a few options for special orders – see below for details. A limited number of the carts will be available for pick up in Portland, OR, or Indianola, WA, by the beginning of July 2017, possibly sooner. If you want one (or two), click here to send me an e-mail.
Two versions of the cart are two wheel carts (similar to the one pictured above). We’re offering two standard widths, one with a maximum wheel center to center of 4′ and one with a maximum wheel center of 6′. These will both adjust down to any wheel center width less than their maximum, but the overall width will stay the same unless you cut down the cross pieces (not hard to do with a basic hack saw and a file to soften the cut edges).
- 4′ wheel center price with two wheels – $800
- 6′ wheel center price with two wheels – $810
- (if you want to provide your own wheels take $150 off the price)
The handle height on these carts is tool-lessly adjustable for different users of different heights. The stand legs also have several possible heights, depending on terrain and need for leveling. The legs are easily adjusted with spring buttons and locked with a knob. The hardware we spec is mostly stainless steel and is very durable and corrosion resistant. We’ve avoided plastic bits and bobs as we’ve found they look nice initially, but don’t stand up to daily hard use and ultimately just create more trash in the long run.
The third option is a single wheel version (similar to the one pictured above), also with tool-less adjustability of the legs and handles. The single wheel allows the cart to get into tighter spaces, and to fit down rows between trellising or taller plants.
- Single wheel cart with 2′ wide cross bars – $650
Both of the single and double wheel carts use many of the same parts and standard bicycle front wheels.
We’re using quality alloy cruiser wheels with wide, Slimed tires (very, very puncture resistant), and that have serviceable bearings. These can be repaired if needed by any bicycle shop. The two wheel version uses 26″ wheels and the one wheel version uses a 20″ wheel. 20″ wheels can also be used on the two wheel version if wanted. They will lower the deck and clearance, as well as the handle, but allow the deck to overhang the sides. 26″ wheels provide better floatation and roll more smoothly on rough terrain so they are preferred for the two wheel version and for most folks the deck is already so large there’s no need for extra deck space.
We’re working on finding less expensive shipping options but currently for us to box it and ship it to California via UPS it is about $200. Minimal assembly is required. We’re also looking into creating a crate for the cart that can be turned into a useable deck so look for that in the future.
The carts do not come with a deck. I can custom build one for you if you like but they are very simple to build on the farm with a saw and a drill driver – essentially just a piece of plywood with a few strategically placed pieces of wood screwed to it (see the Build Your Own page for photos, or the blog for more ideas). The reason they don’t come standard (besides keeping cost down) is that they are very expensive to ship. I am working on a version that may be more affordable to ship but in the meantime most farms have scraps that will work well, or the materials are readily available and inexpensive at any lumber yard or home improvement center.
All of the decks I’ve built I’ve never attached to the frame, they just sit on the frame and have cleats that keep them from sliding around. This makes it easy to take them off and to tip the cart up in storage, or to swap with other accessories. For some folks they like to attach the deck securely (it is quieter that way) and if you like you can either drill holes directly into the frame and use bolts or self tapping screws, or if you want to preserve the integrity of the frame I suggest simply bolting pieces of wood to bottom of the deck that sandwich the square tube.
These carts are designed with accessories in mind. We have several in development but none ready to offer as “off the shelf” as of the moment. Currently there are prototypes and one offs of several accessories including a rolling row marker and a drip winder. In development are a bike hitch which makes the cart into a trailer, a bed flamer, a cultivating rake, and a stacking shelf set up for hauling transplants to the field. Two options that will likely be available in the very near future are an electric assist option and disk brakes for use on steeper hills. If you want to order one of these let us know and we’ll get you a quote.
Click here for more on the design features.
Pricing and Ordering
We’re trying to keep the prices down but we’re making the carts in small batches and our top priority is quality, usability and durability. The frames are currently being made in a fabrication shop in Washington State, keeping it local with an eye towards quality.
To order, simply send me an email with the version of the cart you’re most interested in and any custom needs you might have and I’ll get back to you in a few days with the most current availability and pricing.