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Home made golf cart dump box

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Total cost on this home made golf cart dump box was just over 5 bucks thanks to using scrap wood from the old house.

It expands the back hauling capacity of the golf cart from 2 buckets to 7, with about 3 buckets worth in between the cracks.

Next up is a wooden rack to take advantage of some space up front.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Don't you already have a pickup truck? ;-)
Comment by Roland_Smith Tue Mar 9 17:48:40 2010
Naw, that's my brother's. Plus, it's not four wheel drive, so it can't get all the way back to the trailer. Our golf cart is our primary farm vehicle, so more hauling capacity is a definite plus!
Comment by anna Tue Mar 9 17:50:07 2010

Were milk floats ever used in the US? If so, you should look into acquiring one. They were built to be stacked full of crates of filled glass milk bottles. That's quite a lot of carrying capacity.

BTW, be careful about not overloading your golf cart. Doing so might damage the engine and/or batteries. (depends on the type of motor and electronics used)

Comment by Roland_Smith Tue Mar 9 18:01:00 2010

I'd never heard of milk floats, but now I wish they had them here!

Good point on maxing out the golf cart. Mark actually added on another five buckets or so to what he showed in the picture, and realized that it was making the back wheels rub on the wheel wells. Looks like there are definite limits there.

Comment by anna Tue Mar 9 19:12:51 2010

For traction often series-wound DC motors are used. These have the advantage of creating a huge torque when they are powered but not turning yet. The disadvantage is an extremely large current (only limited by the resistance of the windings) running through the motor at that time. This current generates a lot of heat in the windings, typically much more than the motor is capable of withstanding in sustained operation. As soon as the motor begins turning, back-emf will limit the current and therefore heat generation. This kind of motor is also frequently used as a starter motor for internal combustion engines because of its high start-up torque.

If such a motor gets stuck under power for some time, the large current will eventually overheat the engine and destroy the windings. A large sustained current also might damage the batteries. Normally I'd expect there to be a fuse in the circuit to protect the engine and batteries. But it wouldn't be the first time that some inventive person replaced a fuse by a piece of metal becaue the fuses blow up so often...

Comment by Roland_Smith Wed Mar 10 16:30:33 2010
I appreciate your concern, but we've pulled quite a lot of weight with the golf cart without any problems. Mark's modifications just expand the capacity we can carry on the cart itself, since hauling the trailer behind it often bogs down in the mud. I did some quick calculations and I don't think what he's hauling would weigh more than two beefy golfers. :-)
Comment by anna Wed Mar 10 17:50:41 2010
we live in a golfcart comunity (peachtree city ga) and both of our golfcarts have these. weve hauled 4 people in one, mulch, scrap metal, etc and even after four years they are holding up! its amazing more people dont just build these considering the cost of new metal ones
Comment by Brandon Thu Jan 27 06:55:14 2011
We've have the dump box for ten months now, and I can't imagine life without it. It really does make jobs much faster and easier! I'm glad to hear that we're not the only ones who cobbled together our own golf cart box.
Comment by anna Thu Jan 27 12:13:45 2011

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