Thursday, May 16, 2013

Heads Up: A Great Deal on My Favorite Farm and Garden Cart

Attacking a neglected raised vegetable bed in the kitchen garden - FarmgirlFare.com
Using some muscle last month on a neglected (and falling apart) raised bed in the kitchen garden.

One of the first purchases I made after moving to the country 18 years ago was a 7.5 cubic foot Rubbermaid utility cart, and to this day it remains one of the best things I've ever bought. We use it so much around the farm and garden that a couple years ago we bought a second one. (The cart pictured above is the older version; you can see our newer version in action here.)

The one-piece construction is incredibly durable and tough. They can be either pushed or pulled, are easy to clean, easy to dump, don't mind being left out in the weather, can handle rough terrain, and can haul up to 300 pounds.

Over the years we've used ours to transport everything from firewood to sick sheep. They're perfect for hauling manure from the barn, weeds to the compost bin, and grass clippings to the vegetable beds. I can't imagine gardening or farming without them.

We paid $189 for our second one several years ago, but right now they're available from amazon for just $139 each, with free shipping (just choose Free Super Saver Shipping when you place your order). They won't ship for 3 to 5 weeks, but if you're willing to wait, you can save a lot of money (the regular price is over $240).

I'm not sure how long this price will last, so if you've had your eye on one of these carts, now is the time to pounce. We're actually thinking maybe we should get a third one—that's how great they are.

P.S. These rugged carts can handle a lot of use and abuse, but I wouldn't, ahem, recommend throwing heavy pieces of firewood into them from several feet away, or turning them upside down and standing on them, especially if you're a very big guy. If, however, such a thing should happen while your back is turned, large cracks can successfully be mended with pieces of old metal license plates and/or metal strapping, preferably by the person who is responsible for causing the cracking.

Also, you can use your cart to move the generator, but take it out before you actually run the generator. Otherwise, the heat blasting out of it could melt a big ugly hole in the side of your brand new, shiny cart. Not that anyone would actually do this.

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10 comments:

  1. We've got something similar and have used it for years. They are very handy aren't they?
    I also have to mention that my 2 year old was sitting on my lap while I was reading this post. She got very excited by the lambys in the header!

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  2. When I first saw the title I thought the farm was for sale!

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  3. We had a Rubbermaid garden cart that was similar for about 16 years. We're condo folks now, but we were just reminiscing about what great garden tool that was. We sold it with our last house and they were thrilled to get it!

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  4. Just ordered it. Make sure to switch to Free Super Saver Shipping or you'll pay $250+ in shipping charges... I didn't see it at first and couldn't figure out how the price had changed so much. Thanks for the head's up. We've been borrowing our farmer friends' for years to process firewood each summer. My husband will be thrilled to have our own!

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    1. Hi Midj,
      Thanks for the reminder about the super saver shipping - I added that to the post. Tere's nothing like paying more for shipping than the actual item costs - and $250+ for shipping is crazy. Enjoy your new cart! :)

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  5. That is a great price! We have a similar one but the wheels are much, much smaller. Love the stories of what "not" to do with your cart!
    P.S. The boards on a couple of my garden beds look about like yours! LOL!!

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    1. Hi Candy,
      Yeah, the garden beds are getting kind of embarrassing. I don't notice so much myself anymore, but they look so funky in pictures I feel the need to offer an explanation, lol.

      As for what not to do with the cart - Joe read my post and said, "You HAD to bring up the generator!" ;)

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  6. Thanks, Farmgirl. I just ordered one, too. I'm sick of our wheelbarrow, which tips over so easily. We'll get a lot of use out of this one, I'm sure.

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    1. Hi Debbie,
      I think you're going to love your cart. Confession - I'd been using my cart for years before I tried using a wheelbarrow for the first time. That was 13 years ago, and I still don't have the hang of the wheelbarrow, lol. Give me the stability of my two wheels and nice big handle anytime. :)

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