Hang on! Let's Go 4-Wheeling with Our Yard Cart!

Hang on! Let's Go 4-Wheeling with Our Yard Cart!

Hang on! Let's Go 4-Wheeling with Our Yard Cart!

Good friends help friends in need.  We had friends who needed to spread 13 yards of dirt on their lawn, so we loaned them our Lifetime Yard Cart to help make their work easier.  What?  Did you think I was going to say I offered to actually help spread the dirt?  Hey, I said we were good friends, not great friends!  (Just kidding. Marc & Jenna, we love you guys!)

Truth be told, the Lifetime Yard Cart was practically screaming for Marc and Jenna to borrow it.  Why?  Because Marc and Jenna live on an acre lot AND they own a 4-wheeler that can pull the Yard Cart in the trailer mode.   This is the kind of dream job the Lifetime Yard Cart was built for.  The measly six yards of compost that we spread on our yard by pushing the Yard Cart like a wheelbarrow was mere child's play compared the massive job that Marc and Jenna were going to tackle.

Needless to say, Marc and Jenna were more than willing to jump at our offer to borrow our Lifetime Yard Cart and give it a test drive in trailer mode.  When Marc picked the Yard Cart up in his pickup truck (you're kidding yourself if you think this beast is going to fit in the back of your SUV), I armed him with the owner's manual in case he it wasn't intuitive how to convert the Yard Cart from a wheelbarrow to a trailer. 

So, how did the Lifetime Yard Cart measure up? Marc gave the Yard Cart two thumbs up for making his back-breaking work, well, less back-breaking.  He said it was much easier than with a wheelbarrow and he was able to move the dirt much more efficiently.  When I asked Marc if he had to do the job again next year by using traditional push wheelbarrows like he did last year or pulling the Lifetime Yard Cart with a 4-wheeler like he did this year, it was pretty much a no-brainer.  "That's an easy decision.  Definitely the Yard Cart and 4-wheeler," said Marc.  Ok, not exactly a shocking surprise there. Umm, let's see... man vs. machine, push vs. ride.  Hmm.  No contest. 

One of my biggest concerns though was if the Yard Cart easily converted from a wheelbarrow to a trailer and how the dumping mechanism worked.  (Embarrassingly enough, I haven't tried either since we don't have a way to pull it in trailer mode.)  Good news!  Marc agreed with Lifetime's claims that the Yard Cart is simple to convert to trailer mode, "you just move a couple of pins," he insisted.  Whatever that means.

When it came to the dumping, Marc said it was super easy.  Mostly he would dump the Yard Cart and then drive slowly dragging the tipped cart to let the dirt naturally fall and spread on its own.  (Similar to the technique I showed in my spreading compost video.) The only problem he encountered was that it was a bit difficult to dump in multiple places (like on opposite sides of the yard) because the Yard Cart was heavy to flip back up and then it was challenging to get the lever to re-latch.  Normally, if the cart was empty, the lever automatically latched when the Yard Cart flipped back down. However, with the cart still loaded and the weight had shifted to the end of the Yard Cart, he had to push dirt to the front of the Yard Cart in order to get the lever to latch.  (I'm sure there's a physics lesson somewhere in there.)

Anyway, in a nutshell...YES, YES, YES to using the Lifetime Yard Cart with a 4-wheeler.  But, if you want to see for yourself how easily the Lifetime Yard Cart converts to a trailer and then dumps with the pull of a lever, check out this  from the At Your Leisure's Gadget Guy Bryan Lund.  He'll demonstrate how to convert it in a matter of seconds and assure you that you really do "just move a couple of pins."  [View:http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6142382899008016833:225:0] 

 

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Jan

Jan

Name- Jan

What I do for a living- First and foremost, I'm a doting mommy of a second grader and a 4-year-old, and a proud wife of a USAF F-16 fighter pilot!  In my pre-children life, I was the Communications Manager for Lifetime Products.  But, once you're a Lifetime fan, you're hooked!  So, after a few years of hiatus, I'm now a WAHM and am happily back on board at Lifetime as a freelance PR Consultant.  In addition to blogging for Lifetime, you can follow and chat with me on Lifetime's Twitter account @Lifetime365 and on the Lifetime Products Facebook page!

Topics I blog about- How I use Lifetime products in my everyday life at home, for kids parties and community activities, as well as inspiring stories... and GIVEAWAYS!  :)

My favorite products from Lifetime- 4x2 Table, 30” Personal Table, Chair, Youth Kayak, and Wheelbarrow.  Although, our Shed and Yard Cart are pretty close favorites, too!

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Darrin

Darrin

6/17/2009 11:31:28 AM

Jan. I am glad you are being so "helpful" to your friends. With friends like you who needs contractors? I wanted to mention a couple of things related to your post...

First, a word of caution about using the Lifetime Yard Cart behind a four-wheeler: We do not recommend that you do this. The reason is that a four-wheeler can travel much faster than the Yard Card is designed to do. The bearings in the wheels of the Yard Card aren't designed to handle the speed at which a four-wheel could pull it. Doing this could damage the wheels. Instead, I recommend pulling it behind a riding lawn mower, which still gets the job done, but won't temp the user to travel at speeds faster than the Yard Card is designed to handle.

Second, I felt like you kind of harped on wheel barrows. Wheel barrows have their place too. Especially the Lifetime wheel barrow which I use all the time for different reasons, see the comment I made to one of your recent posts:

"Jan, Thanks for your recent posts about the Lifetime Yard Cart. I too own both the Yard Cart and the Wheel Barrow and use them for different reasons. You're right the Yard Cart can hold way more than a mere mortal like myself can push in its "Wheel Barrow" position. However, with the easy conversion to the trailer position and hooking it up to my riding lawn mower I can really move a lot of stuff fast. In the trailer position the Yard Cart actually dumps on its own too. I used my Yard Cart in the Wheel Barrow position to haul leaves out of my yard. In this scenario it worked great because the leaves where light enough that I could pile them up high and still move the Yard Cart. Both the Wheel Barrow and the Yard Cart are both great products, but customers should be aware of what their needs are and buy the appropriate item to meet those needs."

Third, I have plenty of work to do in my yard; I could use a little help from my "friends".

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Jan

6/17/2009 12:15:56 PM

Darrin,

You're absolutely right and I couldn't agree more...wheelbarrows definitely have their place and purpose.  And, there are times when a wheelbarrow is more appropriate than a yard cart, as I have discovered numerous times.  So, I'm certainly not "harping" on wheelbarrows (well, at least not Lifetime's 2-wheeled version.... hmm, maybe I am harping on the traditional one-wheel wheelbarrow design!), I'm just making the point that when it comes to big jobs (like spreading dirt on an acre lot), being able to pull a yard cart with a machine is much easier and than pushing a wheelbarrow by hand. A very cool feature of the yard cart.

Hmmm, interesting to note about the 4-wheeler speed issue.  Thanks for pointing that out for future reference!  

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