This may be a stretch.
We have two trash containers that must be put out on our street each
Thursday. They have two wheels. One is for recyclables, and the other
for waste materials. Until recently, I could use an old 1997 Plymouth
van to put them into the back of the fan, and drive them about 750' out
to the street for a pickup, along with 7 other neighbors. Unfortunately,
the van died. Now I have to roll the containers the 750' down our
driveway and to the collection site where the pickup--paved all the way.
I really don't like rolling to the pickup site.
I've contemplated buying an used pickup truck, but I really have much
for a pickup truck. I've thought of maybe using something like a golf
cart, but it would require some work to put a fixture on it that would
hold the containers. Aside from that, I'm out of space in my garage to
put a golf cart in it. Maybe a motorized wagon might work. Parachutes,
zip lines, ... ? :-)
How about a trailer? Find a junk one or just buy one of those Harbor
Put a big caster on the tongue and you can drag it with anything but I
have a ball on my lawn tractor and my golf cart. I drag my boat
trailer around the house with them.
I'd walk. Each round trip would take about 6 minutes.
If I tip my trash can about 30 degrees, I can lean the handle over the
rim of the open trunk of my car. The spare tire is bolted in a well at
the bottom of the trunk. I'd tie the handle to the wheel. I'd avoid
That will be good exercise too I do that every two weeks not generating
too much trash or recyclables. Even on -30C cold days. Even if they are
full, not that heavy. Some times I can handle two at once. OP must be
an elderly senior? I am 74.
On Thursday, November 20, 2014 12:00:37 AM UTC-5, W. eWatson wrote:
Not only are there golf carts, but there are also similar small
electric vehicles with flat beds, designed for hauling stuff around
that would be more appropriate.
You could check with local golf cart or utility vehicle dealers and
find a used one. But they aren't exactly cheap. You could probably
find a used pickup for less and get even more use out of it.
I met a guy who needed a pickup. But they were all
priced out of his range. The guy worked for the
state fire training, so he bought a van which was
much cheaper, and used the auto extrication
equipment at work to cut the top off. Instant
pickup truck. Of course, not many people have
With these distances, I'd have to guess the OP or
someone near by has a riding lawn mower. Which can
be fitted with some kind of bracket to get the toters
there and back.
Christopher A. Young
Learn about Jesus
Hey, hey, hey! This is a home repair group.
Most have, or have access to, a Milwaukee Sawz-all.
Son, that's not saws some, that's saws ALL!<g>
It will take longer, no doubt, but if the fireman could do it with the
tools available to him, we could do it with the tools available to us!
Pop a chop blade in a circular saw, get some metal cutting blades for
the Sawz-All and have at it.
On 11/20/2014 8:24 AM, Unquestionably Confused wrote:
At risk of being off topic, I put windows in a
work van using a HF metal shear (electric model)
and then pop rivet plexi glass over the openings
Last week, when I did exhaust work on the same van,
I find that HF brand blades are Saws None, at least
the metal blades. Just smoothed out the teeth and
over heated. Metal cutting blades from Home Depot
did the job. So, if you want a Sawzall, feed it
a real brand of blade like Dewalt. Not a faux saw
blade (faw saw?) like Horrid Fright.
Sad that his OP van died, that's disappointing.
I suspect that garden tractor will be useful, here.
I'm sure they would balk at the idea. They want them at the pickup location.
Some years ago, when the county started using them, I found the county
knew of a mfg who built a rack for the back fender that would carry
them. I bought one, but it protruded from the rear, and part of it
weighed 40-50 pounds. It was a part that made it necessary to fasten it
to the rack whenever it was used. I sent it back to the mfg.
Okay, next suggestion: a John Deere Gator utility vehicle.
You might find one second hand. They're used a lot on farms and resorts.
Little unlicensed/off road trailer sounds good.
I sympathize with you watching neighbor out back with similar drive with
maybe 10% downhill grade. He has a teenager doing it but when kids go
away to school, tough job for older man.
A few here mentioned that walking is good exercise and I agree
completely. My wife and I try to get a walk in nearly every day...and at
age 65 I'm only about 8 pounds heavier than I was when I was 20.
Since you no longer have the pickup truck I'd think you'd have room in
it's place for a small trailer. Since it would not have to be
road-worthy it would not have to be much more than a piece of 1/2"
plywood and some wheels
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