Re: Lumber carts at Lowe's

trent,
better stick to shopping at Lowes
dave
"Trent" wrote:

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Not mine, and it just opened in April.

Sort of. Mine has the brakes, but none of them work.
Kevin
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Lowes has had the brakes here for 4 years or so in the Houston area... The trouble with these carts now is that the wheels bump as you roll them. Flat spots on the wheels from people pushing them with the brakes on. Actually I never had a problem with unloading a cart with out brakes...I always thought the brakes were to keep the carts from rolling into other cars in the parking lot after they were abandoned.
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"Trent" wrote in message:

The HD's in my area have had them for years or to be more precise, had them years ago. Any and all brake hardware on the carts has pretty much been nullified or destroyed. If you go to a new store(Lowe's or HD) you should see some working carts.
As Leon said, people push them with the brakes on. It can be slightly entertaining to watch "brute force versus brakes". I actually saw a couple pushing one across a parking lot like this. Strong and determined, they were.
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Trent wrote:

Carry a set of chocks. They'll also come in useful for tire changes.
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The motivation probably came from their legal department. An escaping cart could do a lot of damage to a car. Brakes haven't reached our little corner of TN yet. I'll be happy when they do. Trying to keep the cart in place, open the hatchback door and load the goods is 'way to athletic for me at my age. -- Ernie
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wrote:

Many folks here mentioned using chocks (thanks, guys)...and I honestly would never have thought of that. I think adding the sandpaper to them is a good idea...especially the ones they have here. They seem to be on a center pivot...so that the wheels on either end are always on and then off the ground. I'm not sure the chocks would keep it still.
I stopped at HD today to get some 2x stock...and they have the same old carts...and all the guys there that were alone were struggling with the damn things. lol
But talkin' about carts and liability, Ernie...
Last year...on a really windy day...I saw the wind catch a grocery cart and drive it across a mostly empty parking lot...for about 75 yards. When it finally hit the side of a car, I'll bet it was going 30 mph. It turned on the theft alarm...and put one hellova dent in that guys car.
In TN, you'd think they'd HAFTA have brakes on them!
Have a nice week...
Trent
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Trent wrote:

FWIW, our Lowe's is old, and has always had brakes. The seldom work correctly, but if you get there on a day when most of the carts are sitting around unused, you can usually find one that does have working brakes.
The Despot, OTOH, is quite new, and AFAIK their stuff has never had brakes.
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Lowe's has always had brakes on their lumber carts as far back as I can remember (which my wife will tell you isn't even as far back as yesterday). Also, as a side note, the HEB store here (a grocery chain in Texas) even has brakes on some of their baskets (the ones designed for carrying kids on a built in bench).

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