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#2034731 - 08/17/10 08:24 PM Deer Cart
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Has anyone built a Deer Cart? Was thinking of building one, but was wondering what would be the best materials to use? Also cheap wheels? Any ideas or pics would be awesome.
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#2035230 - 08/18/10 07:54 AM Re: Deer Cart [Re: Steel Scalpel]
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check sportsmansguide.com I don't think you can buy all the materials cheaper than their price , they have them for $69.00 and I have seen them on sale there for $50.00 , northern tool has the wheel but I think they are 15 or 16 dollars , hope this helps...
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#2035380 - 08/18/10 09:24 AM Re: Deer Cart [Re: Steel Scalpel]
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This is one that was built several years ago. We used 3/4 conduit and used wheels from Northern Tool. I have had a 3 1/2 year old buck, my stand and my pack on it at the same time with no problems. It has a very low center of gravity so stability is not a problem. We also designed it for the weight to be over the wheels, so balance is not a problem and all you are pulling weight—instead of weight plus having to balance the thing. As far as cost the conduit cost maybe $25 and the wheels costs totaled up to about $35. Fortunately we had means to borrow a welder.



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#2036065 - 08/18/10 04:36 PM Re: Deer Cart [Re: TNDeerGuy]
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looks good
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#2043488 - 08/24/10 09:56 AM Re: Deer Cart [Re: DOC1187]
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#2048714 - 08/28/10 09:09 AM Re: Deer Cart [Re: ]
TNDeerGuy
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 Originally Posted By: DUCK37101
It would be cheaper to buy one outright IMO. I weld and can purchase aluminum square tubing as well as steel tubing. I just found it much more economical to buy one.


Considering the time spent on it, you're absolutely right Duck; however the total parts were cheaper than buying one but it's a do-it yourself project and a sense of "a job well done" goes along way with me and everything having to do with deer hunting. Unlike every store bought version I have seen, this thing was designed to have a very low center of gravity and balanced so all your doing is pulling weight instead of pulling weight plus having to balance the thing--and with the bigger wheels it isn't hard to pull.
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#2059423 - 09/06/10 05:49 PM Re: Deer Cart [Re: TNDeerGuy]
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That's awesome, TNDeerGuy. I wish I could make one, but I neither a welder nor the knowledge required to weld.

How did you do all the bends in the conduit? The curves look way too good.

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#2059616 - 09/06/10 07:41 PM Re: Deer Cart [Re: jw0312]
TNDeerGuy
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 Originally Posted By: jw0312
That's awesome, TNDeerGuy. I wish I could make one, but I neither a welder nor the knowledge required to weld.

How did you do all the bends in the conduit? The curves look way too good.


My brother-in-law and I used a $20 pipe bender from Harbor Freight, a square, a tape measure and some good old fashioned algebra/geometry. You may check with a high school or a community college near you. The only thing they will charge you for, most of time, is materials.
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#2171125 - 11/17/10 09:44 PM Re: Deer Cart [Re: TNDeerGuy]
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as long as it gets the job done
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#2190035 - 11/30/10 02:51 PM Re: Deer Cart [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
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I just built one with 2x3 studs for handles and a wheel from harbor freight that was $5-$10. It is basically an extended wheelbarrow with slates to hold the load and connect the handles intead of the tub on a wheel barrow. I was going to use 2 wheels to make it sturdier but once i had the frame and had the kids on for a test drive i went with just one. I have yet to put a deer on it but it seems to work well with the tests.
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#2191555 - 12/01/10 01:35 PM Re: Deer Cart [Re: TNDeerGuy]
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 Originally Posted By: TNDeerGuy
 Originally Posted By: DUCK37101
It would be cheaper to buy one outright IMO. I weld and can purchase aluminum square tubing as well as steel tubing. I just found it much more economical to buy one.


Considering the time spent on it, you're absolutely right Duck; however the total parts were cheaper than buying one but it's a do-it yourself project and a sense of "a job well done" goes along way with me and everything having to do with deer hunting. Unlike every store bought version I have seen, this thing was designed to have a very low center of gravity and balanced so all your doing is pulling weight instead of pulling weight plus having to balance the thing--and with the bigger wheels it isn't hard to pull.


I have to agree, there is totally different level of feeling when someone asks............"wow, where did you buy that" and you say "I made it" and they say "No kidding, that is great".

Sometimes you just can't buy what you're looking for and have to improvise, the time invested is just that, quality time invested. Most of the time the product is better and will outlast a store bought item x 10.

Great work

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#2201056 - 12/07/10 07:23 AM Re: Deer Cart [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
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Good looking deer hauler
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#2372998 - 04/19/11 08:39 PM Re: Deer Cart [Re: TNDeerGuy]
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#2373080 - 04/19/11 09:13 PM Re: Deer Cart [Re: Boone 58]
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really nice
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#2404952 - 05/29/11 02:33 PM Re: Deer Cart [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
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nice
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#2422002 - 06/20/11 09:20 AM Re: Deer Cart [Re: DaltonsDad]
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dang, i need one of those to put my canoe on!
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#3241208 - 05/07/13 10:53 AM Re: Deer Cart [Re: muskyhunter]
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I bought a folding cart from Gander. Do not use the clips. I bought some 1/4-20 stainless bolts, lock washers and wing nuts. I tied a small drawstring bag on the cart to keep them in and put them in a ziplock inside the drawstring. One thing about them is leave them outside to get rid of the rubber / oil smell. It took about a year. When I get a deer, I go get the cart and I can strap my stand on top on the way out. It is also easy loading up. I can put one end up to the tailgate and pick up the the end to slide into the truck like an ambulance gurney.
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#3241826 - 05/08/13 05:35 AM Re: Deer Cart [Re: TNDeerGuy]
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Thats the best looking cart I have ever seen. I bought a cheap one thru sportmans guide and after the deer is gutted you need about 4-5 straps to keep it from sliding through. Not to mention it never stays balanced. I would like to add on to mine and would love to try putting somekind of shocks on it with bicycle tires. Still trying to figure out how.

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#3243709 - 05/10/13 02:04 PM Re: Deer Cart [Re: TNDeerGuy]
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 Originally Posted By: TNDeerGuy
This is one that was built several years ago. We used 3/4 conduit and used wheels from Northern Tool. I have had a 3 1/2 year old buck, my stand and my pack on it at the same time with no problems. It has a very low center of gravity so stability is not a problem. We also designed it for the weight to be over the wheels, so balance is not a problem and all you are pulling weight—instead of weight plus having to balance the thing. As far as cost the conduit cost maybe $25 and the wheels costs totaled up to about $35. Fortunately we had means to borrow a welder.



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#3244073 - 05/10/13 10:38 PM Re: Deer Cart [Re: Poleaxe]
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 Originally Posted By: Poleaxe






Thats the best looking cart I have ever seen. I bought a cheap one thru sportmans guide and after the deer is gutted you need about 4-5 straps to keep it from sliding through. Not to mention it never stays balanced. I would like to add on to mine and would love to try putting somekind of shocks on it with bicycle tires. Still trying to figure out how. [/quote]

Thanks...it is very easy to build as long as you have a welder, or know a welder. The cheap $100 wire-fed is what we used on the ones we have built. Here it is in action after a 1 1/2 mile trek back to the truck at Fall Creek Falls, keep in mind though that coolers, clothes, another Summit had already been removed before I thought to take a pic and that is also about 180 lbs worth of two does.

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#3344215 - 09/01/13 09:47 PM Re: Deer Cart [Re: Poleaxe]
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#3344216 - 09/01/13 09:47 PM Re: Deer Cart [Re: TNDeerGuy]
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#3358403 - 09/13/13 05:29 PM Re: Deer Cart [Re: Boone 58]
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Nice!
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#3358702 - 09/13/13 10:23 PM Re: Deer Cart [Re: dgb7mm]
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I like it double up on the slickheads..nice cart
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#3359019 - 09/14/13 11:42 AM Re: Deer Cart [Re: 777rellik]
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I built one like it after it was posted here. I have used it to carry feeders, corn, and even a ladder stand. It works great and I am anxious to put some meat on it.
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#3370641 - 09/23/13 07:12 AM Re: Deer Cart [Re: SCAT]
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That's a great looking cart.
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#3503453 - 12/16/13 05:18 PM Re: Deer Cart [Re: AROD]
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Very nice cart. Totally agree on the do it yourself pride as well.
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#3519848 - 12/28/13 03:34 PM Re: Deer Cart [Re: plinker22]
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That's a great job. I have really been thinking of selling my four wheeler for lack of use and this could be the solution I was looking for
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