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    I needed a trolley that could go over grass and rough gravel, the smaller wheel types didn't look up to the job, being the skinflint type i decided to try and make one myself.
    I started with a sack trolley from screwfix, and basically just cut the top half of the handles off, then cut the foot down leaving a small bar for bracing, i then added the pipe lagging and that was it, a trolley with pneumatic tyres that can carry at least 270kg.














    It works really well for a trolley that only cost 28, and even though it doesn't fold flat it doesn't take up to much room in the canoe.

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    That really does look quite sturdy, what sort of weight is it?


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    It tips the scales at about 4Kg excluding the tie down strap, and the wheels are removable.

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    Hmm? Got one of those at work..........................
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    Of course the question is, how much did the sack trolley cost?

    Certainly looks like it will perform great
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    I think he mentioned 28 early on in this thread underneath the last photo?
    (Specsavers are doing a 2 for 1 offer this month John, I'll race you there!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by MagiKelly View Post
    Of course the question is, how much did the sack trolley cost?

    Certainly looks like it will perform great

    12.98 from B&Q's. minus SWMBO's 20% discount, about a tenner.

    http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/nav/na...&isSearch=true

    I'm going shopping tomorrow. Thanks for the idea.
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    26.99 for the trolley from screwfix, but 12.98 looks even better, do you think i'm to late to return my one for a refund

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    Fantastic job

    That B&Q one looks too good to be true wow


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kan0 View Post
    26.99 for the trolley from screwfix, but 12.98 looks even better, do you think i'm to late to return my one for a refund
    .........Bit of welding and some yellow gloss..................
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    I could always try and blame it on metal fatigue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kan0 View Post
    26.99 for the trolley from screwfix, but 12.98 looks even better, do you think i'm to late to return my one for a refund
    If they won't give a refund, go to Trading Standards, as its not fit for purpous as a sack trolley...I am sure they will agree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kan0 View Post

    I have one similar to that (from Costco <20) less than 20ft from me, and a hacksaw between me and it!

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    As it was far too windy to take the canoe out yesterday I the day to good use, after spending 11.07 at B&Q's and spending a couple of hours I ended up with this:



    Great idea, works really well.

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    Default Canoe?

    OK so how about someone posting a picture of one with a canoe strapped on top, then I might believe you all!
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    Fantastic! Lateral thinking in action! Wish I'd seen this about a week ago before I made my trolley, would have saved a lot of work! Nice one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voyager View Post
    OK so how about someone posting a picture of one with a canoe strapped on top, then I might believe you all!
    When I get it off the top of my Landy I will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chopper View Post
    When I get it off the top of my Landy I will.

    I'm waiting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chopper View Post
    As it was far too windy to take the canoe out yesterday I the day to good use, after spending 11.07 at B&Q's and spending a couple of hours I ended up with this:



    Great idea, works really well.

    Thanks.
    Heavy duty trolley and a heavy duty kick-stand as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky Duck View Post
    Heavy duty trolley and a heavy duty kick-stand as well!
    I was going to use me chopper...but it was too long.
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    I checked out the B&Q trolley and it was crap in comparison, small solid wheels instead of large pneumatic ones.. I reckon the Screwfix is worth the extra tenner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Redondo View Post
    I checked out the B&Q trolley and it was crap in comparison, small solid wheels instead of large pneumatic ones.. I reckon the Screwfix is worth the extra tenner.
    You need to go back and take another look.

    B&Q sell several different trolleys, the one that I bought (pictured in earlier posts) that retails for 12.98 is not the one you looked at. If you look you will see it does not have small solid wheels, it has large pneumatic ones.
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    ...Not in my branch it does'nt!
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    Default Homemade trolley

    Choppers right, I have bought and made mine already, 12.98 in B&Q in Belfast, it maybe that your local store is out of stock!

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    Why didn't i patent this idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Redondo View Post
    ...Not in my branch it does'nt!
    Well, you are in Wales.

    Seriously, if you want one, take the stock code from the direct link in my earlier post and go in store, they should be able to get you one within a week.
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    Default Home made trolley!!

    Here is a few pictures with the canoe on top and it really does work!!



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    Exellent idea, now hweres that machine mart catalogue?
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    Its a great idea, got my barrow all ready for 'adjustment'. And there are bearings in the wheels which puts it well ahead of any purpose built trolley ive seen.
    The only flaw I can think of is it looks like it might be a bit low for me, do you have to bend to hold it level?

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    OK, I've got my B & Q trolley, any tips before I start cutting it up?

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by theMark View Post
    OK, I've got my B & Q trolley, any tips before I start cutting it up?

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    Ah, you got one of the trolleys they don't sell.

    I would take a look at the pics above and do yours the same.

    The whole process is quite easy, the only hard part was removing the plate from the bottom, I had to use an angle grinder with a cutting disc.

    I removed the plates that cover the front of the wheels. This was a bit fiddly, I had to grind through the two welds close to where the wheels will be, then as I could'nt get the grinder to the inside welds I had to give the plates a couple of hefty wollops with a club hammer and off they came. File or grind al the rough edges and job done.
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    I used a pipe cutter for the handles, and a jigsaw and drill for the foot plate, i made sure i left a cross bar at the other end from the foot plate for added strength.
    At the end of the day the first one is always just a try it and see, and now we know about the B&Q trolley we can bang these things out for under 15.

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    Thanks Kan0 and Chopper. I don't have an angle grinder or a pipe cutter, I was hoping to get the job done with an electric saw and a file.

    Cheers,
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    Well, that's the cutting done, it was much easier than expected, the saw went through it - I was going to say like butter but not quite. All I need to do now is fit the pipe lagging.

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    The completed article:


    The red handles are from an old climbing frame and as can be seen they can rotate to make a stand.

    Has anyone thought of anything that can be done to the offcuts? It seems a waste to throw it out.

    Cheers,
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    Very impressive! I may have a quick go. Nothing better than cutting with an angle grinder

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    Quote Originally Posted by theMark View Post
    The completed article:

    Has anyone thought of anything that can be done to the offcuts? It seems a waste to throw it out.

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    We could always buy some bits and make a nice sack trolley for carrying things

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    interesting,but do they float!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLADE View Post
    interesting,but do they float!
    Depends on how much air you put in the tyres.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Psittacosis View Post
    Very impressive! I may have a quick go. Nothing better than cutting with an angle grinder

    B&Q link

    This must be the most linked to page on B&Q's web site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chopper View Post
    This must be the most linked to page on B&Q's web site.

    Ahh sorry. Must have missed your link first read

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    Default Another one rolls off the SOTP production line



    Great Idea, Thanks.

    This is the B&Q 12.98 model made with just the aid of an electric jigsaw.

    and I've got tomorrow off work and will get to try it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHAJE View Post
    This is the B&Q 12.98 model made with just the aid of an electric jigsaw.
    Nice job Steve! Can you make a couple of windlasses with the offcuts?
    Keith

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    With the amount of people having a go at making these , i'm hiding under the bed when the door bell goes in case it's the heavy team from Eckla trolleys

    Have i shown any one my plans for a strip canoe made out of lollipop sticks

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    got to try it out today



    works great, much better than my previous trolley which fell apart a couple of weeks ago.

    easy to transport too, just slots in behind the gin & tonic.


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    ..........slips in nicely behing the 'G & T' eh? It all looks very civilized, can't wait to get one! (The trolley I mean!)
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    I cant believe after spending 5 years doing an engineering apprenticeship and a further 9 years on the shop floor,I CUT IT IN THE WRONG PLACE
    Out with the welder it is then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcus2 View Post


    I cant believe after spending 5 years doing an engineering apprenticeship and a further 9 years on the shop floor,I CUT IT IN THE WRONG PLACE
    Out with the welder it is then.
    You must be an expert then?

    P.S. Let's hope you have better luck with the welder!
    (Actually It's just the kind of daft trick that I would get up to so I shouldn't laugh!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcus2 View Post


    I cant believe after spending 5 years doing an engineering apprenticeship and a further 9 years on the shop floor,I CUT IT IN THE WRONG PLACE
    Out with the welder it is then.
    I would have thought that 9 years on the shop floor would have taught you never admit to your mistakes, get the welder out and say nothing
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    After another visit to B&Q I got one of them... worth the money just for the wheels! It's now sitting here in front of me, being eyed up for the forthcoming grinder war.

    Has to be one of the best SoTP threads ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Redondo View Post

    Has to be one of the best SoTP threads ever.

    yes, Its wierd how a canoe portage trolley costs about 50 - 70 and this can be built for less than 15.00 by removing the unwanted parts. And it's stronger with better wheels than most comercial canoe trolleys.

    (Although heavier and non collapsible)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHAJE View Post
    yes, Its wierd how a canoe portage trolley costs about 50 - 70 and this can be built for less than 15.00 by removing the unwanted parts. And it's stronger with better wheels than most comercial canoe trolleys.

    (Although heavier and non collapsible)
    I'm just imagining all those canoe trolley manufacturers going to the wall because of this thread!
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    Question Removing wheel cover plates

    Hi,

    I've just bought my truck, and I'm hoping to attack it with jigsaw tonight. Anyone got any hints on how to get the plates over the wheels off? I don't have an angle grinder - although they are so cheap that I could get one if necessary.

    Fantastic idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by happybunny View Post
    Hi,

    Anyone got any hints on how to get the plates over the wheels off?
    I left the plates on, just used the jigsaw to cut them down slightly bigger than the bar they are welded too.

    once covered with pipe lagging it does not show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happybunny View Post
    Hi,

    I've just bought my truck, and I'm hoping to attack it with jigsaw tonight. Anyone got any hints on how to get the plates over the wheels off? I don't have an angle grinder - although they are so cheap that I could get one if necessary.

    Fantastic idea!

    Ben
    My trolley didn't have any plates over the wheels but to remove the foot plate I used a jigsaw with metal cutting blades.

    Cheers,
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    I'm going to try and leave the plates on, at least for now... they give a bit more width to carry the canoe. If it turns out to be not worthwhile, then I can easily remove them later on.
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    Default Progress Update

    Thanks for the advice guys.

    I've taken the bulk of the footplate off with the jigsaw, and the small piece of centre strip at the back likewise.

    I've decided to get the big pipe cutter from work to do the tubes - it will be easy, quick and neat.

    I've realised I've got an angle grinder that I'd forgotten about - but no disks. So I'm going to get a disk tomorrow to try to go through the weld and knock the wheel plates off: a bit lighter and less bulky, I reckon, and easier to get the insulation on the round tubes. That is how it looks to me, anyway.

    I've used the spare time while waiting for tools to make the plastic handle ends into cover plugs to use when I've cut the tubes.

    I've also got an idea for an easy stand which I'll try when I finish off - I'll let you know if it works...

    Anyway - nearly time for Heroes.

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    You guys have really inspired me - just got one of the donor trolleys. Now just need the courage to pick up the grinder and start!
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    Quote Originally Posted by happybunny View Post
    Thanks for the advice guys.

    I've used the spare time while waiting for tools to make the plastic handle ends into cover plugs to use when I've cut the tubes.

    I've also got an idea for an easy stand which I'll try when I finish off - I'll let you know if it works...

    Anyway - nearly time for Heroes.

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    Thumbs up Finished - Innovative Wire Stand

    Got the chance to finish it off this afternoon - fortunately just before the heavens opened in a thunderstorm. I'm pretty pleased with the result:



    It is pretty much the standard model described by several people in this thread: B&Q 12.98 trolley with plate cut off with a jigsaw and tubes shortened. I did take the side plates off with a combination of angle grinder and big hammer, so in it's nude state it looked like this:



    My one real innovation is my "kick stand", which is just a short length of cable (earth cable in this case, but twin and earth or anything similar would do - any wire which holds a shape.) I figure this was simple, cheap and light, and that if it hits any bumps it will just bend out of the way... Seems like a good solution to the stand issue to me.

    As you can see I've also tied on a couple of webbing straps - these were part of the packaging of two Fujitsu-Siemens servers, hence free. I might get some ladder locks / fastex buckles for them, but I reckon that a loop tied in one, pass the second through it, then just tie it off (as when doing a trucker's hitch) will probably work just as well.


    So - thanks for the idea! A very serviceable canoe trolley for a total outlay of 18.58, and 5.60 of that was on a cutting and a grinding disk, both of which will be used again. I even found some pipe lagging in the cellar (which I briefly used with some roof bars.) Magic!



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