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Self-Propelled Chore Cart
"I was inspired to build this self-propelled cart after reading about the self-propelled wheelbarrow built by Arthur Moulton (Vol. 32, no. 2). It comes in handy for a variety of jobs," says Travis Barton, Bozeman, Montana.
  The 3-wheeled carrier is powered by an old 4 hp engine off a Bobcat snowblower that Barton wasn't using any more. He removed the blower parts and welded a 3-ft. sq. frame from 1 1/2 in. angle iron. He used expanded metal for the floor and leftover fir boards for the removeable sides. The single caster wheel on front is located about 4 ft. ahead of the snowblower's rear wheels.
  "It steers well even though it has a solid drive axle. The front caster wheel is the only thing I had to buy," says Barton. "I plan to use it to haul luggage and supplies at my father-in-law's lake cabin, which is located on an island. It has a long dock with a fairly steep slope to get to shore. Perhaps the best feature on this machine will be that it'll hold itself back going down the slope, and not run away like a regular wagon would," he notes.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Travis Barton, Barton Fabrication, 333 Storrs Rd., Bozeman, Montana 59715 (ph 406 539-8040; bartonfab@gmail.com).

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #4