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Power Carts Not Just For Horses Any More
Power carts have long been popular with people farming with horses. The cart-mounted gas and diesel engines provide pto drives and hydraulics to run almost any equipment that can be pulled by a tractor. Looking at these carts, it's clear they have wider applications, being used as mobile or remote power sources and for non-horse drawn uses in field and pasture.
"Traditionally we have only sold our power carts to those farming with horses," says Jake Blank, I & J Mfg. "However, they could easily be pulled behind an ATV, pickup, or small tractor."
I & J offers power carts putting out from 13 to 35 hp with gas engines and 40 to 120 hp with diesel models. Their only limitations for use are traction and stopping power, though optional brakes on the carts can help with stopping.
"We have been making power carts for about 10 years," says Blank. "Our first diesels were rebuilt Volkswagen Rabbit diesels. Today we offer Deutz, Iveco and Deere diesels."
The carts can be ordered with rubber or steel wheels, optional brakes, and either a cast aluminum or cushion seat. The 53hp Deutz diesel power cart offers 540 or 1,000 rpm pto output and four live hydraulic outputs. The carts are equipped with hillside steering and a hydraulic stabilizer bar.
Prices range from $6,300 for a 35hp gas engine on a two-wheel power cart to $16,500 for a 99hp Iveco diesel on a four-wheel power cart. The 53-hp Deutz diesel power cart is priced midway at $12,500. Forecarts (base price of $700) are also available with smaller 9 to 24hp Honda motors with the 24hp adapter priced at $3,200 and live hydraulics added for $995. Options include hydraulic brakes and steering.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, I & J Mfg., 5302 Amish Road, Gap, Penn. 17527 (ph 717 442-9451; ijmfg@epix.net; www.farmingwithhorses.com).

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2010 - Volume #34, Issue #3