Jan Corriveau

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Hello Brian,

That's really an unfortunate experience you had with your gorilla carts you have... I can't help but to think that you must have a different model than the one I mentioned in my posts above... I saw many users posted different gorilla cart models. I would not want to load them to full max rating (1200 Lbs) as like you said, I doubt they could handle that for long and they must have tested this in a non realistic environment. The model I have, apart from adding air to the tires has not given me any problem (My tires have a tube, so even cracking on the tire wouldn't hurt if it happened). I have it and used it extensively for the last 4-5 years. I actually bought a second one when I originally posted the sale at the time.

If it's made with some metal, you definitely can expect rust on those parts after some years (my climate is on the fairly dry side). I use it mostly for mulch, so not the heaviest out there, but this weekend, I was using it to load some grass sod with super dense and heavy clay soil. I used it also loaded with rocks and other heavy materials with no problem. The gorilla cart loaded as high as I could manage was so heavy that it took a bit of effort to start moving it on a slightly sloped ground, but it handled it really easy. The way I see it, with the model I have, there's no way I could ever even load the max (1200lbs) and then be able to move it. It's just too much weight.

This is the one I have:
https://www.amazon.com/Gorilla-Carts-GOR6PS-Heavy-Duty-Convertible/dp/B01BECQF6K

There are a few bad reviews, so I guess sometimes you can get one with a tire problem out of the box, but overall, people seem to like it quite a bit. Btw, I did lose the pin on the handle once at the beginning, but never happened again...

Anyways, just thought I'd post this in case the model I have can get you to have a better experience. I'm also like you, I like to build things heavy duty so they last like a tank, I just wonder if someone could make one of those that is not too heavy with much thicker gauge metal. This is the reason why they use a really thick plastic cart to save on weight.

All the best

Jan
6 months ago
Hello Paul,

I can't see the video being available anymore on this page for me. I can only see purchasing the 3 day offer. Seems like it works fine :)

Cheers
6 months ago
Rental worked perfectly for me as well (used paypal also )
7 months ago
Well, I should have looked at my emails fully this morning before posting the deal above... I had another email from my alerts at slickdeals for an even better deal. Around the price I paid...

https://slickdeals.net/f/13730798-85-77-gorilla-carts-gor6ps-heavy-duty-poly-yard-dump-cart-with-2-in-1-convertible-handle-1-200-pound-capacity-black
10 months ago
I hope this is acceptable within the rules to post this, if not, please just delete it. Since I gave a great review in this thread of the 1200 Lbs Gorilla Dump Cart recently and mentioned that it can go on sale for a better price on slickdeals.net, I thought I'd let people know that it's currently on sale at amazon... I paid less than that when I got mine, but I haven't seen it at those prices ever since (If memory is good, it was around 86$). Just to be clear, I have no association to slickdeals or anyone that could benefit from this sale... I'm just a homesteader that really enjoy using that cart and would never consider a wheelbarrow after trying this cart... I hope this helps someone

https://slickdeals.net/f/13732073-gorilla-garden-dump-cart-1200-lb-capacity-94-free-shipping

Happy holidays to everyone !!!
10 months ago
I second the Gorilla cart (1200Lbs) mentioned a few times above (see picture attached since they all a lot of different models). We have one and it's so useful on our farm. We have no flat ground and the ground is very rocky as well. It can handle a ton of weight and maneuvers really well. We use it to move everything from light to heavy stuff. If you need more vertical loading space, you can add wooden side panels easily with the side and front slots. What makes this cart even more amazing is that it allows quick and easy dumping of the materials. We mostly use it to spread wood mulch on our few hundred fruit/nut trees, but have used it full with heavy soil, wood logs, rocks and so many others. If you are on extremely steep ground, I would think that almost any carts could have a tendency to want to tip over but you normally can feel when you are reaching that point before it does. We live in Central Texas and the sun here breaks down literally everything that is plastic. We've had this cart for quite a few years now and it's been holding up extremely well and shows no damage at all and I have no doubt that it will be good for a very long time. The only thing I ever had to do to it is add a bit more air once or twice a year to the tires.

One thing I don't recall people mentioned about that cart is that you can remove the handle and tow it with ATV's, tractors, mowers or other vehicle as well. As a side note, the tires are a bit smelly for the first few weeks, but that has been only an annoyance when assembling it inside the house.

They can be a bit pricey, but go on special a few times a year. I used slickdeals (slickdeals.net) to get mine at a seriously low price and use that site to get a lot of tools at very reduced prices as well. I hope it is allowed to add the link to that deal site as it helped me a ton with getting so many good deals (only for the US folks) on a lot of the tools that either a farm or homestead can require... I use the deal alerts section and you get an email as soon as a deal matches your criteria. It feels to me that one of the big challenge of having a homestead when coming from a city background is to accumulate all the tools that allows you to get the job done easily and fast... And it can get pricey very fast.

I hope this helps some folks choosing the right one

Cheers

Jan
10 months ago
Thank you Yuri for that wonderful giveaway,

I'm really looking forward to using that new tool in our food forest !!! It will be put to great use for sure :)

Cheers,

Jan
1 year ago
Hello Lina,

I have 2 that I use on my property at all time. I leave one with my truck and the dump trailer and one that is exclusively kept on the property. In the 5 years that we moved here and started using mulch at that level, I only replaced one of them (wood broke from the metal fork). I bought one more as a gift for a horse stable that provides me with unlimited horse manure. They do tend to last a long time for me. My climate is hot and dry, and I don't particularly take good care of those garden tools. They stay outside where I used them last and get our extreme sun and some rain when it happens.

I hope this helps.

Cheers

Jan

1 year ago
Hello Lina,

we use a seriously crazy amount of mulch here to protect plants or trees against the harsh Texas summer. To give you an idea, we have a 16ft dump trailer with 4 ft raised sides and I used to get 4-6 full loads a week of mulch from our local landfill for preparing new areas and replenishing the mulch on the more than 250 fruit trees we have. We use a bedding fork to move all that mulch around and is by far the most useful tool we ever found. I consider the tines sharp and it easily penetrate mulch with no effort. I have seen some with a wider gap between tines and also with less tines, but with this one, you keep all the mulch on the fork as they are narrow enough but not too narrow to not penetrate easily. This is a link to the one we've been buying for quite a long time:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ames-10-Tine-Welded-Bedding-Fork-2826300/204476209

I hope this helps.

Jan
1 year ago