wheeled carts for overwinter containers

tinyfrogs(z8 NC)October 27, 2012

Hi

I plan to spend part of Thanksgiving building some sturdy wheeled platforms for my mother and father in law. They have a great collection of plants that spend the warm months on their big deck, but in winter they keep them in the garage to protect them from frost. On warmer days (40s or 50s are common in NC winters, esp. lately) they open the garage and drag each huge plant out into the sunshine. That takes time, and I am concerned that back injuries are inevitable. So 2 or 3 wheeled platforms would allow them to easily push the plants in and out of the garage.

I have solid carpentry skills and tools. I am going to use decking techniques, basically. I'd like some thoughts on size (4x4', 3x5', etc), materials (pressure treated, plywood, plastic composite), and any features something like this should have. Thanks!

Also, is there another forum that this should go in? I'll crosspost in tools.

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I have a two wheeled cart that has been extremely useful and easy to maneuver. I prefer it over other carts that I have had. Mine is much like the one pictured in the attached link. I've had it for a very long time, and simply repaint it every once in a while help preserve it.

The 'easy to maneuver' part is the most important feature, as far as I'm concerned.

Here is a link that might be useful: Click here for information

    Bookmark   October 28, 2012 at 10:57AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Tiny, just to be clear.....I posted the picture of that cart simply to show you a style that works for me. I would think that such a simple design could be duplicated or improved upon.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2012 at 12:33PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

See picture below of a 3 x 6 work bench I built for the garage. It has swivel casters at all corners. If I was going to use it for plants, I'd lose the OSB/carpeted top & replace it with a sheet of FRP. I'd build the top so the FRP sagged slightly toward a hole in the middle, so when you water & inevitably spill or collection saucers overflow, the excess water flows to the center hole & drips into a collection vessel you can empty at your leisure. It's even wired, so all I need to do is plug it in to have electricity at the 3 outlets (can't see them in the pic).

Alternately: I just bought a HDPE service cart from Harbor Freight for $120, similar to the one you'll see if you copy/paste this link to your browser:

http://www.amazon.com/Rubbermaid-Commercial-Heavy-Duty-500-Pound-Capacity/dp/B0007Y1SJQ/ref=pd_cp_hi_1

Al

    Bookmark   October 28, 2012 at 12:56PM
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tinyfrogs(z8 NC)

This is what I ended up putting together. Two 4'x4' carts with 3" wheels, built of pressure-treated decking and doubled 2x4's. If I had to do it over again, I would have made the carts more like 3x3' with 4" wheels. Loaded, these things are heavy and don't move as easily as I'd like. Still, it's better than dragging the plants back and forth. My mother-in-law seems pleased.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 11:15PM
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