I dropped by one of my favorite dumpsters this morning. It's the one
mentioned on this forum some weeks ago that yielded a pickup of particle
board shelving and such. These, perfectly good, shopping carts were
sticking out the top filled with cardboard and foam. I can envision a nice,
rolling clamp card and maybe a tool stand. The wheels are in perfect shape
and shouldn't be to difficult to remove. Golly, I could have my own
personal cart when I go to Wally World or the Home Depot. It's even got a
child seat(with safety tie down) but, unfortunately, no drink holder. Have a
nice April lst.
Hmm--I know where there a a bunch of 'em with the plastic basket smashed to
flinders by the snowplow but the frames seem to be OK. Wonder if it's
worth collecting the wreckage and seeing what can be made from it?
For the two I picked up, the two straight wheels are held on with a simple
bolt and nut. The 'crazy' wheels are welded to a quarter inch thick bar and
that bar welded to the frame. I was able to cut portions of the basket free
with a 2 ft. long pair of bolt cutters but the subframe is held to the
mainframe by four 1/4" bolts that are being 'unconvinced' with a cold chisel
and hammer. It looks like the hand grinder is next up to remove the bolt
head. I don't have a cutting torch for my ox/acet setup or I'd use it. IMHO
these shopping carts are not made to be scavenged....once they're damaged
they're probably ready for the salvage yard.
Wow! Chromed, no less. They're all being powder-coated up here in
Kanuckistan. Must be the climate?
For the odd tip on fixing shopping carts, try to watch a few episodes of
Trailer Park Boys...one of the characters, Bubbles, makes a living by
fixing shopping carts.... if you can take the cussin'. (You know, the
'F'-word and all that... not the kind of words one hears in a
wood-dorking shop when one shoves a splinter under one's fingernail,
like JIMMMMMMINEEEEEEE CRRRICKETTTT!!!!...HOW CARELESS OF ME!!! I MUST
BE MORE CAREFUL NEXT TIME!!!!!)
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