One tool that is indispensable when you do any kind of gardening or yard work is something to haul things in. Carrying everything by hand is a slow and tedious way to get any job done. You will find yourself making several trips back and forth from your work site and your shed or storage area to equip yourself for the simplest jobs. That adds time and stress to the completion of any task. While the wheelbarrow has long been the go to for such tasks, I find them unwieldy. Keeping a load balanced on that single wheel just seemed like too much work to me so I started looking for an alternative. I found the Gorilla Carts GOR866D Heavy-Duty Garden Poly Dump Cart with 2-In-1 Convertible Handle, 1,200-Pound Capacity, 40-Inch by 25-Inch Bed, and Black Finish. This cart has exceeded every expectation I had for it.
The GOR866D is built to give a lifetime of service even in abusive environments. The frame is welded steel for strength and the bed is heavy duty poly so that it is weatherproof and strong enough to haul the big loads. The bed is 10 ¾ inches deep with pockets molded in to allow you to add higher walls to it to contain taller loads. It is 25 inches wide and 40 inches long with a taper at the back to help when dumping loads. When dumping, the bed tilts almost all the way vertical so everything slides out easily.
Features and Benefits
- The Gorilla Carts GOR866D comes with a 40 inch by 25 inch bed that is 10 ¾ inches deep so your biggest loads will easily fit.
- The cart is rated to carry 1200 pounds so no matter how heavy your equipment or material is, you will have to make fewer trips.
- The dump mechanism on the cart makes it easy to unload as the bed tilts to near vertical allowing everything to slide out with little effort.
- The welded steel frame is built to last and coated to resist rust so you will get years of service out of it.
- The handle is padded for comfort pulling the heavy loads you will be moving.
- The handle easily converts to allow the cart to be pulled with your riding mower or lawn tractor.
- The 13 inch balloon tires make pulling your load a snap even over rough, uneven ground or up inclines.
- The bed is molded of heavy duty poly so it will not be effected by the weather.
- The bed has pockets molded in along the front and down both sides to allow the installation of a wooden fence to support tall loads without having to worry about anything falling out.
The Gorilla Carts GOR866D has made many reviewers happy. It is rated a perfect five stars by 70% of them and at least four stars by 91%. It is praised as a high quality product that meets or exceeds its promised usefulness. It fills the roles of a wheelbarrow, a wagon, and a pull cart for your lawn tractor in one package and does the jobs of each as well as or better than the specific items do.
All the reviewers agree that the GOR866D is built for a lifetime of service. The construction uses quality components and it is weatherproofed so it will not see a landfill any time soon.
The cart has plenty of room in it to haul large items without problem and it remains easy to pull even with a full load. The dumping mechanism doesn’t bind and is easy to activate even with a full load pushing down on it although it is only rated for use with loads weighing 500 pounds or less.
The large tires make it easy to roll over almost any surface, even rough rocky ground. And if you happen to load enough in it that you can’t pull it by hand, the handle easily swivels out of the way to allow you to attach it to your lawn tractor. The tongue is even long enough to use it with a zero turn mower.
The biggest complaint in the reviews is a petroleum smell that it emits when first opened and assembled. You definitely want to open and assemble it outside or in a very well ventilated area. After assembly, a few days outside allow most of the smell to dissipate and it will be okay to store inside.
There were also complaints about the assembly although my fourteen year old son was able to put mine together with limited supervision. There are a few tricky steps in the process where someone to assist, while maybe not absolutely required, will greatly ease the assembly.
Another comment mentioned several times was that a brake would be a very good addition. The cart rolls easy enough that even a slight downgrade can make it get away from you. When hauling a load by hand, be very attentive any time you encounter a incline no matter how steep. If you let go on the way up, it will roll back to the bottom and if you let it get away from you on the way down, it will try to run you over.
A last complaint (somewhat tongue in cheek) is that the bed is large enough that it easy to load enough material that you can’t pull it by hand. That is where the convertible handle really saves the day. Swivel it out of the way, get your riding mower, hook it up and you are quickly on your way.
Built solidly and designed for ease of use, the Gorilla Carts GOR866D Heavy-Duty Garden Poly Dump Cart with 2-In-1 Convertible Handle, 1,200-Pound Capacity, 40-Inch by 25-Inch Bed, and Black Finish is easily one of my favorite purchases. There are few jobs that I do outside that it doesn’t make easier in some way. I think everyone that has ever had to move something from here to there would be well served with this cart.