Four Best Yard Carts, Utility Carts, Dump Carts, Garden Carts, Tow Behind Carts
Most of you want a 2-wheel yard cart to pull around behind your new lawn tractor or zero-turn. If you’ve had any experience with tow behind carts in the past you know it is very hard to find one that will last. They come in all different sizes, load capacities, and types. In fact, there are over 527 pull behind Yard Carts, Utility Carts, Dump Carts, ATV carts, UTV carts, tow behind carts and Garden Carts for your lawn tractor or zero-turn available at Lowes, Home Depot, Sears and Amazon alone.
How do you find the right one? This article will give you a quick explanation of the different types and then I’ll help you decide on the best for you. At the end, you will find my top four picks for the best dump cart!
A quick explanation of the different style and capacities.
1. Weight/load capacity and cubic foot capacity of tow behind carts.
There are two basic load ratings. 800 lb or less and 1000 to 1200 lbs. The 800 lb or less carts use a 3/4 inch axle. The 1000 lb plus tow behind carts use a 1-inch axle. Most use a solid steel bar for the axle and the listed weight is how much each size bar will hold before it starts to bend. In reality, there are a few other factors that also affect the load rating which we will go into.
Cubic Foot Capacity is the size of the box or tub. I have a 40-year-old tow behind cart in the picture that is listed as 8 cu.ft. but a new cart the exact same size is listed as 10 or 11 cu.ft. So I am going to assume today the rating is the size of the tub with a rounded load in it. Think a load of leaves piled over the top edge.
2. Four types of tow behind cart construction. One type you do not want!
You definitely get what you pay for with pull behind carts. There are hundreds of carts available for less than $200 and to the untrained eye, they look just like the more expensive carts. But, if you use your cart regularly or haul more than leaves and brush in it these inexpensive carts won’t last more than a year or two.
Let’s discuss Polar Carts. For a while I thought I wanted an ATV cart. They generally are more rugged, more stable and have greater clearance for trudging through the timber and pasture. I finally realized that the wheelbase of the ATV carts is wider than my lawn tractor and I would be running into my landscaping a lot. Also, many brands like the Polar ATV carts have a gently sloping back. They are great for hauling product, tents, and supplies out to your duck blind or campsite but they can be a real pain if you are unloading loose material like dirt. They won’t dump cleanly and you have to stop and shovel the load out of the cart. If you do purchase a tow behind cart for your ATV make sure it has ball bearing hubs. Because you will be traveling a lot faster with your ATV/UTV bushing hubs will overheat and burn out quickly. If you have one remember to grease the wheel hubs often.
Polar has come out with a new ATV cart with a tailgate. It is tough and lives up to the Polar reputation: Polar HD Max Cart
3. Tow behind yard carts come with three types of tires.
My Four Top Tow Behind Carts
1. OxCart: OxCart.com The strongest, realistically priced tow behind cart is the OxCArt. Please click on this link to see all the advantages of this great cart. OxCart Sell Sheet LR 052016. Features I really like are the hydraulic lift assist, flat-free tires and plenty of under axle clearance. I’d had one a year now and I’ve tried to break it – but it’s still like new! I compare all tow behind carts to my original 40-year-old John Deere 80 cart and this is one of the very few that is as durable, strong and long-lasting. I really can’t say enough good things about this cart. It works for anything you need to do around your home, farm, horse stables, ranch and nursery. Note: it does not have ball bearing hubs – instead it uses a tough alloy that will hold up to use behind an ATV. I would not be concerned to load it up with 500 lbs of supplies and go check the fence lines of a Wyoming Ranch. This cart is better than you will find at the big box home centers and is normally sold at farm stores and Rural Lifestyle dealers. There is an optional handle set to convert it to a wheelbarrow. You can buy it here: Oxcart Lift-Assist and Swivel Dump Cart, 12 cu.
Click on each picture to see a larger view.
Cub Cadet Hauler: I never paid a lot of attention to this tow behind cart but Cub Cadet sent me three years ago and it has become my wife’s favorite cart. It’s a tough cart that holds all her plant supplies and the best thing she likes about it is – it doesn’t hold water! She never puts it inside the shed so it sits outside all the time. All the other poly carts hold water so she always had water-logged plants and supplies in the past. The water runs right out of the Cub Cadet Hauler so her stuff never gets ruined. It has the flat-free tires so I never expect to have a flat. You can click on the link a see some of the other features that make this a great cart. It folds up and sits upright in a corner of your shed when not in use. If you do a lot of yard work and want a cart that will last this is a really great choice. There is also an optional wheelbarrow handle and rack for shovels and rakes. The best place to buy this cart is at The Home Depot. Cub Cadet Hauler Tow-Behind Dump Cart Model# 19A40026100
Agri-Fab: Agri-Fab makes many different steel and poly tow behind carts. My choice for the best steel cart that will last is the Agri-Fab 45-0240 Dump Cart at Amazon. 1200 lb capacity, good quality tires and you can use it without the tailgate and it won’t warp over time. It tougher than most steel tow behind carts and will last you many years.
Ohio Steel: Yes, Ohio Steel also makes quality steel and poly carts but they also have my choice for a great Structural Foam tow behind cart. Heavy duty hitch and axle. The good tires. A feature I like is the stake pockets. If you are hauling mulch, leaves or brush you can add extensions to the sides for even more capacity. Check it out on Amazon here: Ohio Steel 4048PSD Heaped Poly Dump Cart With Swivel Dump