2020 - Volume #44, Issue #2, Page #40[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Carts Made With “Airless” Recycled Wheelchair Wheels
“We get the wheels cheap at thrift shops. Wheelchair wheels never go flat so we never need to air them up,” says Mayeaux.
At about 4 ft. long by 30 in. wide and with 16-in. high sides, his garden cart comes in handy for any kind of yard maintenance such as hauling leaves and grass clippings. The 2-wheeled cart has an axle made from 1/2-in. solid bar and a handle made out of EMT conduit. A pair of metal parking stands are located on front. “A cart like this is big enough to haul a couple of hay bales,” says Mayeaux.
Mayeaux kept the frame and wheels (including the caster wheels), then added homemade plywood shelves and trays to make a handy tool caddy. “I use it to carry everything from clamps and hand and power tools to a first aid box. It’s easy to roll around our shop,” says Mayeaux.
His 3-ft. wide portable solar oven rides on wheelchair wheels and has a glass storm door panel, mounted on angled plywood sides, that absorbs sunlight. There’s also a metal rack below the oven and a thermometer on one side.
“Most of the time we use the oven to heat up food such as smoked sausage, biscuits, and bread. But if we get 6 to 8 hrs. of continuous sun the oven will heat up to 300 degrees which is hot enough to cook a meal,” notes Mayeaux.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gilbert Mayeaux, 30080 Barnett Rd., Denham Springs, La. 70726 (ph 225 324-8280).
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