Cycle trailer for gardening tools

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Tinpotflowers
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Cycle trailer for gardening tools

Postby Tinpotflowers » 27 Jun 2019, 1:00pm

Help needed

I seeking a cycle trailers to carry my gardening tools to my allotment. I see there is wide range of prices .

It needs to be able connect by rear axle.

I am on a budget can anybody help?

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Re: Cycle trailer for gardening tools

Postby Brucey » 27 Jun 2019, 3:15pm

it might help if you say what size and weight is to be carried.

If you are just trying the idea out and not sure it'll be a long-term arrangement, there is something to be said for getting a cheap and/or used trailer; you can get something 'proper' later on if needs be. Cheap trailers appear on e-bay; they are not brilliant quality but they may do for occasional use.

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Tigerbiten
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Re: Cycle trailer for gardening tools

Postby Tigerbiten » 27 Jun 2019, 3:25pm

The cheapest trailers are secondhand kiddy trailers.
Take the top cover off and mod the rest as needed to convert it to a cargo trailer.
If you leave the roll bar on, you may get away with strapping long handle tools upright against it to keep the load shorter.

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Re: Cycle trailer for gardening tools

Postby gaz » 27 Jun 2019, 4:00pm

You might get lucky and find a suitable cargo trailer second-hand, I did. Picked mine up and upgraded the hitch for <£40.
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Avenir Mule


If not, as said above, kiddy trailers do the job. Further modification is possible but not essential: http://www.instructables.com/id/Convert ... -cargo-ca/
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Re: Cycle trailer for gardening tools

Postby PT1029 » 27 Jun 2019, 5:13pm

+1 for the one in the photo, my partner has used one for her gardening tools.
If resting forks/spades etc in (like the green handled cutters in the photo), its worth putting some old card board or some such to protect the fabric from the fork/spade.
Similar versions of that trailer (as good as identical) used to be available from different makes, all mounting on the rear wheel axle (QR/wheel nuts OK).
The trailer in the photo (if like my partners) folds flat and the wheels pop off with out any tools needed for compact storage.
used to be I think £125 new. If you need a used one, may be an ad in the wanted section might get you something.

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Re: Cycle trailer for gardening tools

Postby Brucey » 27 Jun 2019, 6:56pm

FWIW you quite easily tow (or adapt parts from) a golf trolley to make something that will haul a few gardening tools.

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Re: Cycle trailer for gardening tools

Postby rjb » 27 Jun 2019, 8:17pm

Plenty of information on trailers in this forum even pics of mine made from a pushchair salvaged from a skip. :wink:
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Re: Cycle trailer for gardening tools

Postby jonk » 4 Jul 2019, 7:55am

I use one of these for my tools. It’s been really good actually. Longer tools can be poked through the holes or bungeed to the sides and then I just stuck a big plastic box in it for the bits and pieces.

If you are near Worcestershire you could buy mine cheaply because I’m not using it at the moment.

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Re: Cycle trailer for gardening tools

Postby pwa » 4 Jul 2019, 8:28am

How long are the tools? My own garden tools would not fit in a trailer. My hoe is almost as tall as me, and the rake isn't much shorter.

Is there nowhere you could safely leave a set of the longer tools at the allotment?

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Re: Cycle trailer for gardening tools

Postby Cunobelin » 4 Jul 2019, 9:39am

Before they became popular, we bought a second hand "kiddy trailer"

Used it for some 5 or so years for utility use, and even moved house with it.

One of the advantages of this type is that it has a cross member to the frame that holds the canopy

You can zip-tie some of these on to the cross member

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This is then ideal for garden tools, the business end down and clip the handle in to hold it securely


There are quite often second-hand ones around for a few quid, and most have axle and /or stay fittings