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Dangerous Animal - Handle with care!
on 26 November 2011
This rattled a bit when delivered - confirming that it was `flat-packed' and the frame/fittings were loose inside the tub.
My experience wasn't the best; as part way through the assembly, the nasty thing attacked me, biting my leg. The assembly time doesn't include that taken to swear at it and bandage my leg
I think the person who put this together in a quarter of an hour was a bit of a genius - it took me over an hour. Although that does include the time to work out what was what. Helpfully the nuts and bolts were shrink wrapped onto a card - unhelpfully, the instructions were all wrong:-
Step one - take two bolts - (where are they?), no step one on the card.
Modified step one:- count the number of bolts, count the number of holes and see if they match - they do.
Step two:- ignore step one and use any bolts in any hole - except the two hexagonal bolts which go on the steering (they are out of sight on the finished cart).
Step three: - bandage leg after violent attack (you can miss this step if you have a more friendly cart).
Step four: - follow the instructions from now on as they do work.
Problems: - Most of the bolts are round head slotted types. The nuts are all Ny-lock, self locking, anti-vibration type. Great. No nuts falling off in use. The only thing is - the Ny-locks resist turning; and with only a screwdriver to hold the bolts, it's a bit of a struggle. The tub on my cart was distorted a bit and had to be held against the frame while inserting and holding the bolts, engaging the screwdriver and doing up the nut. Whew!
A second pair of hands would have been useful, but apart from the previous problem I managed without any further ado.
The stub axels and tipping mechanism should be greased really, but none was supplied. Trip to the nearest motorist shop on the `to do' list.
On completion, the front and rear frames rubbed against each other - another greasing point?
Just how good is the finished product? Not at all bad actually - but I still haven't forgiven it for biting me!
I don't have a large garden; just a small one front and back. To move between the two, I have to go along a public pavement; hence the choice of an enclosed tub rather than the wire sided alternatives, to ensure nothing falls out en-route.
Conclusion. Pump up the tyres, grease the necessary bits and this is a smooth running useful addition to my `toolbox'. Works well saves time and effort, and, ultimately, worth the price; and yes, - the pain, I paid for it.
Incidentally:- The problem with the `flat' tyres is probably due to the use of inner tubes. When these are pumped up; there is air trapped between the tube and the tyre. As this air leaks out, the pressure within the tube falls, giving the impression that the tyres were not inflated properly.