2020 - Volume #44, Issue #1, Page #26[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Powered “Little Helper” Hauls Up To 900 Lbs.“Our Little Helper Cart is motorized, driven by an Echo 42.7cc 2-stroke gas engine that’s rated to haul big loads up to 900 lbs. It’s easy to use and saves you a lot of work,” says Paul Eltschinger, Eltschinger Industries, Lawrence, Kan. “Works great for hauling everything from logs to firewood, landscaping rocks and materials, sod rolls, 55-gal. drums, gun safes, big game, and so forth.”
The “Little Helper” measures 32 1/2 in. wide by 70 in. tall and weighs 250 lbs. It rides on 4 wheels - 2 free-spinning wheels followed by 2 drive wheels. The cart’s throttle and brake controls are located on the cart’s handlebar. Steering is accomplished by letting the load lift the rear wheels slightly, then rotating the cart on the front wheels.
A kickstand is used to keep the cart in the vertical position for one-man loading. “The operator tilts the cart forward until the pan is flush with the ground, then slides or rolls the load on,” says Eltschinger. “Then he disengages the kickstand and tilts the cart back to engage the drive wheels. “The pull-start engine powers the rear drive wheels through snow, mud, and rocky terrain. The load is centered over the wheelbase for good traction and balance, making it easy to steer even when carrying heavy loads.”
The powered cart doesn’t have a reverse drive gear. You can hand pull the machine backward, or turn it around, by lifting slightly on the handle and rotating the machine. A hand brake can be used for stopping.
Eltschinger says a close friend invented the Little Helper Cart about 15 years ago to use in his tree service. He built about a dozen units each winter and sold them mainly to arborists, general contractors, and landscapers.
The Little Helper Cart sells for $4,000 plus a $450 flat shipping fee. “Contractors tell us this machine has a high return on investment, because it reduces the number of employees needed and they aren’t as tired at the end of the day,” says Eltschinger. “The machine comes with a 30-day return policy, and in 15 years we’ve never had a unit come back.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Eltschinger Industries, LLC, 960 East 1000 Road, Lawrence, Kan. 66047 (ph 785 840-6513; PaulHaulUSA@gmail.com; www.paulhaul.com). Facebook: Eltschinger Industries LLC
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