Re: [gardeners] carts

George Shirley (
Thu, 02 Aug 2001 14:13:07 -0500

The newspaper article I read said Troybilt had to go to selling machines in the chain stores in an
effort to stay afloat. For many years they only sold mail order or at their plant. I ordered mine
nearly 40 years ago and it came Railway Express. That should give you an idea of how old that tiller
and I are. I might add that it still has everything original including the spark plug. Of course it
only gets used for a couple of hours a year. If we say 2 hours each time X 2 times a year X 36 years
that's only 144 hours total run time. They're like that pink rabbit with the drum, just keeps on

George wrote:
> I have two carts, one is one of those 'kit carts' where you supply
> the plywood frame and the wheels, handle, etc are supplied by the
> company. It's a wide flat cart with large wheels. One of the wheels
> finally lost (split or rotted) the rubber off of it after about 20 years of
> service. I do occasionally have to replace one of the plywood
> boards though.
> I like it because it isn't tippy, can hold a lot of (whatever you're
> hauling), and the bigger wheels make it a snap to roll over any
> terrain.
> I also have a small plastic deep cart, useful for different things but
> not as overall functional. Smaller wheels, lightweight, and smaller
> carrying capacity. The good thing about this is that it's light enough
> that if I haul stable cleanings to the compost, I can just flip it and
> it's emptied. The bigger one is more awkward to empty like that.
> Troybilt: We just bought a tiller this year but Lowe's carries them
> now. Maybe they're going under a different name or have been
> bought out by some company that can supply the chain stores
> easier than primarily mail order like Troybilt has been in the past?