If you can cut steel, weld, drill holes, and are generally handy you can build your own one of these carts. If you buy all of the materials new they will run $200-300 depending on the quality and local availability. Steel suppliers frequently sell surplus steel for cheaper and you can probably find old bicycle wheels if you look hard enough. I built the first one out of scrap from around the farm, and the next two for less than $150 each in materials.
I’m happy to have folks take my idea, build it, improve it and put it to good use. To that end I’m linking here to the basic print for the fixed version shown above (or if you want the .dwg fileI can send it to you and I recommend Draftsight if you’re looking for a good 2D CAD system – this is definitely not for everyone). Materials aren’t called out on the print but it’s made from 1 1/4″ x .063 square tube, 1 1/4″ x 1/4″ flat, and 1″ x .063 round tube.
I’ll try to get the adjustable version posted as well, but that one takes a milling machine, some special parts, and a bit more explanation to build. I’m happy to answer questions about building the carts when I have the time.
A few modifications you might consider would be:
- Width – of course you’ll want to adjust the width for your particular use
- Handle Height – I’m 6’1′ and this handle might be a little high for someone shorter, just change the angle slightly if you’re shorter.
If you do build your own I’d love to hear about it, and to see photos. I have put significant time into all of this so if you do use any of my ideas and have a few extra bucks to kick my way I’d appreciate it and it will also help me continue to develop more of these designs to put up. You can find the donation button over there on the side.
If you don’t feel capable of making your own that’s fine, I work with two great guys who can build you one. Prices are on the products page. They’re not cheap because there’s significant labor involved and we’re not skimping on materials.
UPDATE – as of November 2016 orders for carts are on hold due to distractions from other farm related projects. I’m hoping to be building another round of these carts with some additional features in the coming winter. If you’re interested sign up for the newsletter below.