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Old 03-12-2012, 11:36 AM   post #1 of 19
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Does anyone use either of these cargo carriers (or something comparable) on their tractors (or other vehicles)?

Aluminum: http://www.harborfreight.com/500-lb-...ier-92655.html

Steel: http://www.harborfreight.com/500-lb-...ier-66983.html

I know there have been a lot of discussions about similar caddies (especially the old Sears ones), seem like they would be pretty useful.

Could probably attach a bracket to tow a cart behind it? I am always looking for a way to carry tools (shovels, rakes, etc.) without needing to put them in the dump cart with the materials (mulch, leaves, etc.).

I've seen various (including home-made) tool caddies that go in the dump carts, but they all require you to remove the tools to dump the cart (at least, I would so I don't catch a rake in the head). I think I could make a tool holder to clamp to one of these cargo carriers, that way I could still use (and dump) the cart. Has anyone tried this?

Also, what seems better, the aluminum or steel version?

If the HF models aren't well-built, please point me in a better direction (another supplier, etc.).

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-12-2012, 02:48 PM   post #2 of 19
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I have the aluminum one for use behind our '90 GMC Suburban. I installed some square rubber mounted (they just set inside a rubber gasket) tail lights because it's main purpose is to haul luggage to and from LAX Airport at all hours when the inlaws visit.

It has a square steel tube running under it, so it'd be pretty easy for you to fab up a way to have it between 2 things.......like a vehicle, or lawn tractor, and what you are wanting to tow. I've thought about doing the same, but so that I could still tow our Starcraft pop-up tent trailer. The cargo hauler could then hold firewood/generator/etc.
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:31 PM   post #3 of 19
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I have the aluminum model also. It's nice, but I doubt I'd load it over 200lbs.
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:08 PM   post #4 of 19
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I made my own steel one, since I had the parts laying around. Comes in handy on my JD 790! ~~ grnspot
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:05 PM   post #5 of 19
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I have the steel version for my Mountaineer.
It is very heavy in itself though and a bit difficult to handle.
I use it for camping - perfect for cooler and for picking up firewood without getting the truck dirty inside. I have had 300+ lbs on it without problems.

I read that the paint on them is pretty poor so I painted mine with truck bed liner when I put it together. That is holding up great with my limited use.
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:23 PM   post #6 of 19
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I cannot vouch for the steel models being sold but i have see many aluminum models on the road mounted up to vehicles were the user's have overloaded them severly which probably wasn't more than the manufacturer's recomended weight limit.

I built my own from scrap out of steel and for what it was it was immensley strong. the heaviest i ever had on there was 2 field dressed deer (my buck and my wifes doe), and myself (210lbs) estimating both deer to be in the 220 lb range as well. thats at least 430lbs guestimation and it never even showed the first signs of sagging.

It fit perfectly between the the door jam on the rear end of my '05 jeep grand cherokee. the only reason i don't have it it because i bought my late dad's pickup from my mom. didn't have any more need for it and wanted the room for storage. gave it to a friend from work who could use it, only stipulation was i could use it if i needed it.

I never had the intention of using it behind a gt/lt but it would have come in handy if i still had it around. IMO you'd be better off building one or finding a friend to help build one if possible. that way you can built it to your specs and most of all your standards. many things nowaday's are not built like they should be. But if light hauling and smaller objects are what you have in mind, then by all mean's by what would be most usefull to you and your needs.

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Old 03-14-2012, 01:07 AM   post #7 of 19
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Although not the HF model, I've used a similar cargo carrier on the back of my garden tractor to carry a 25-gallon water tank:



That photo was taken right after I bought it. I have since made some modifications including shortening the drawbar a few inches plus I added a hose reel. I like this approach because I can use it behind the garden tractor or the truck.
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Old 03-14-2012, 05:40 PM   post #8 of 19
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Cool, thanks guys!

JT42, how did you set up the receiver on the tractor?

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Old 03-14-2012, 05:48 PM   post #9 of 19
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With all the HF stuff in use on this board, has anybody ever approached them about having a Rep sign up like the other vendors?
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:14 PM   post #10 of 19
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I had that in mind for a long time to make something like those racks..The steel one you listed is 53" wide (Haul-Master)...I had a 42" cutting deck..I wasn't thinking there..I had the rack for a while because it was on sale plus the 20% coupon ,,it was like 30 bucks..
I want to make it mounted to the tractor all the time but if needed ,have four bolts to remove...Cutting grass wasn't my idea removing the rack..I'm talking about once a year if that do remove..
Now I got a new tractor with 54" deck..The 53" wide rack minus 2" receiver bar gives me a 51" rack that I can live with..So now its mounted and ready...I just have to remember its there when cutting against the fence and not turning away fast because of the swing..and its not in the way when moving the trailers,,dump trailer and plow connected..
HF also had a smaller one in width for ATV but with three sides,,not all sided..

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Old 03-14-2012, 08:24 PM   post #11 of 19
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Here's mine.





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Old 03-16-2012, 12:35 AM   post #12 of 19
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JT42, how did you set up the receiver on the tractor?
Home made receiver build with steel angle, flat stock, and a receiver tube from a local hardware store. It bolts to some existing holes in the frame. It's been a handy. In addition to the water tank and occasional trailer use, I've used it with a tow clevis and chain to drag downed trees.

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Old 03-16-2012, 12:49 AM   post #13 of 19
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Thanks for that pic, really clears it up. Great mod!!!

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Old 03-16-2012, 09:18 AM   post #14 of 19
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Yeah, that's a sweet little receiver you built there. Ebay gold if you ask me!
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I bought a similar one at Gander Mountain. Use it on my truck & tractor. Holds about 400lb.




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