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Pallet Wheelbarrow Rides On Bike Wheels
Jeff Ness of Split Oak Farm in Bagley, Minn., constructed a homemade wheelbarrow from pallets and bicycle wheels. Lightweight and easy to maneuver, Ness and his wife can use it to transport up to four square bales at a time.
Ness gained inspiration for this project after visiting a friend who used a similar cart on his property. This friend had purchased it in 1986 as a kit from a Vermont manufacturer. “The cart easily hauled bushels of apples and was hardy and well made.”
Impressed with how well the cart’s bicycle tires rolled through rough garden ground, Ness set out to mimic the design and build his own homemade garden cart.
His cart uses two bike wheels, scrap wood, and extra hardware sourced from various projects. The tongue and groove panels that made up the bottom base came out of a house renovation project, and the handles came from an old broken wheelbarrow.
To date, the cart serves various purposes at Split Oak Farm. “We use it for everything but mostly for moving square bales around the farm,” says Ness. “Its size is based on two to four square bales that can be stacked easily without falling off the side. We also use it to haul firewood, squash, buckets and bricks. My wife even uses it to haul garden furniture around the yard, as it saves our back from moving heavy items.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jeff Ness, Split Oak Farm (splitoakfarmmn@yahoo.com).

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2023 - Volume #47, Issue #1