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Rebuilding Charlie

Rebuilding Charlie

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Windpower

Ali Cart



We rescued an old hand cart from the ditch in our neighbours garden. He was delighted to make space in the garden for an intended tree fern. It once was used to transport potted plants  in his parents garden centre.

The  solid wheels were siezed so that was the first thing to look at, as without moving wheels it would not be usefull. Our intention is to re-model it. We want it to work as a duel purpose cart



 With a lot of elbow grease the wheels are turning for we took them off and put them to dry in the kitchen at the range.


 The corners need to be cut away and replaced. so pieces of scrap that we have that were waiting for today to come have been called upon to save the day.



Now i'ts time to take a look to see how much damage the years and the elements have inflicted.  

A hand cart will be really usefull around the garden and the yard, easier to push than a wheelbarrow as weight can be more easily distributed. So for me this will make for an easier life.

Also we intend to put a towbar  onto it so that it can be towed by the Kubota to transport plants and compost to the polytunnel. Again we are focusing on making life easier.






The wheels are put back into position, and a length of box metal left over from making door frames  are attached with u bolts to give a tow bar for the Kubota. 


A well deserved coat of paint, firstly the wheels, then the frame. 


When it had dried we used some treated timber that had once been a door from a shed in Galway to make a base and sides. The sides are removable to make it easier for londing and unloading. 


A final touch of wood preservative which just happened to match the tractor blue paint which has had multiple uses already.

It pushes and pulls very easily and the Kubota tows it without any effort. 






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