Dump cart for my ATV--anything better than this one out there?
In the winter our tractor gets morphed into a giant snowblower-on-wheels (LONG driveway, LOTS of snow) so I don't have the use of my front end loader from about now until late March. It's a royal PITA to switch them back and forth.
So during this time my manure bunkers can't be easily emptied or turned over. I was caught off guard by a very big early snow this year, and only got one of them emptied.
Sooo, instead of using the loader when I can get it, I was thinking of just mucking into some sort of dump cart this winter and adding it to my larger manure pile down the driveway, where I can just keep it there until spring and start turning/composting it then.
I have only two weanlings and a pony at home, and they are mostly outside but they do have access to a large foaling stall and horse porch, so there is about half of an 8 cubic foot wheelbarrow load every day that I muck out, sometimes more.
Anyone have any better products than the one I listed? Can I see them? Thanks. I'm thinking with this one I could probably dump it every 3 days or so, which would be pretty tolerable.
I clean under the sheds twice a day and maybe get a standard muck bucket full every two days from 3 horses.
I have five muck buckets and when they are full, I load them on the back of the pickup or gator and go empty them.
I can also just dump them into the tractor bucket and go dump it.
That one cart looks neat, may just be what you need.
I had one like that for 5 years I never did use and gave to a friend a week ago, that just got a 4 wheeler and could use it to haul stuff and feed paddocs with it.
Mine must be pooping machines. In non-snowy months I get a full 8 cf wheelbarrow full every 1.5-2 days, almost none of that bedding. But I pick up every last turd in the sacrifice paddock daily. I used to laugh at people who said they did the same . . .
It can be used as a cart or wheelbarrow, plus it has the dump feature. The only problem that we ever had with it was the tires. When using it to clear brush, the thorns of wild roses punctured them. SO inserted intertube inside the provided tire and have not had a problem since.
I started out with one without the handle and it was a pain to dump - manure only went half way out & then I had to rake out by hand which was annoying. With this one I could unhitch it and then use the handle to completely flip it over & flip it back - no more raking.
I also wanted to pull it in & out of stalls, etc - places I did not always want to drive the garden tractor to.
It was much better than the first one (without a handle) - also I prefer a modled plastic body to metal as the metal is heavier (a little) and seems to have sharper corners (my legs can attest to that!).
and final words of wisdom - the rubber tires were forever going flat (but I had to haul mine over sharp roots/ etc to dump it) - so you might want to invest in a portable air pump that you can plug in.
For the paddocks - I had a separate muck bucket (circular tub like a big bucket) & cart (like for shows) that I could pull around and then dump in the cart when full - for some reason this was easier than either pulling the cart around by hand - or drving the tractor around. But my paddocks were all on the side of a hill.