2003 - Volume #27, Issue #1, Page #32[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
"Hand Truck" Mounts On Hitch
The "Smart Kart" rides on a pair of 13-in. high wheels and comes with an 18 1/2-in. sq. platform (or larger) and a mechanism to lift or lower it. A tongue on front fits into the hitch. A built-in jack raises or lowers the tongue and platform so you don't have to lift the cart to hook up. Once the tongue is pinned to the hitch, you use the jack to raise the wheels.
"It will haul a load of up to 300 lbs.," says inventor Jim Stout. "I designed it originally for my custom rodent control business. I use the Rodex underground blaster which consists of a 4 1/2-ft. long wand that mixes oxygen with propane. I use the cart to carry 50 ft. of hose as well as the propane and oxygen tanks. The Smart Kart eliminates the need to continually have to load and unload the equipment into the back of the pickup.
"It wasn't long before customers started asking if I could build models designed to haul other types of equipment. So far I've built models to haul generators, earth compactors, concrete saws, drain rooters, tires and wheels, water pumps, pressure washers, barbed wire rollers, etc. I even built a model that attaches to the back of an ATV. The customer uses it to control gophers in his vineyard."
The Smart Kart that's designed to carry the Rodex system sells for $684.99.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, 2624 El Camino Real N., Prunedale, Calif. 93907 (ph 831 663-2700 or 888 436-4600; fax 831 663-2600; Website: www.stoutsmartkart.
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