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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: ]
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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]
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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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