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.
The HD's in my area have had them for years or to be more precise, had them
Any and all brake hardware on the carts has pretty much been nullified or
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.
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
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
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...
Follow Joan Rivers' example --- get pre-embalmed!
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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