Pros: Strong, durable large cart bed. Price.
Cons: Hooking and unhooking cart could be a little easier. Took some time to assemble.
Agri-Fab Poly "10" Convertible Push Tow 45-0274
After finally breaking down and buying a lawn tractor last year I knew that it would not be long before I found myself shopping for accessories. I was basically in the market for a tow cart, a soil aerator, maybe even a small snow plow for the winter. You can even buy a snow blower attachment for most tractors, but they cost as much as some of the tractors cost. Anyway, that will have to wait for sometime in the future. I figured that the tow cart was probably the most practical accessory I could acquire so I set out to get one first. I usually check a couple of stores for these things and in doing so discovered fairly quickly that there is not a lot of competition in the tractor tow cart industry, not in my locality anyway. If you wish to buy one off the floor you have the choice of either Agri-Fab or John Deer. A lot pf places that sell other brands will have a catalogue of accessories you can order, but all of those that I have seen just resell the Agri-Fab accessories anyway. Although color was not really a concern of mine, the John Deer accessories are green and/or yellow to match the John Deer tractors. They all hook up universally, but the John Deer ones were also more expensive. So I was happy to settle for an Agri-Fab as my tractor is not a John Deer anyway. I had come across an Agri-Fab display model at one of the local building supply centers which was the first store I checked and vowed to return the next day to pick it up. It was one of those metal box type ones and I dont think it dumped or doubled as a push cart, but at the time I just wanted a tow cart and was not even much aware of what was available in terms of such features. It was marked half price as well. Upon my return to the store the next day, of course the display model had been sold already and all of the others were packed away for the winter. Disappointed, I resolved to probably just wait until the spring as it was late November already.
It must have been within a day or two that I found myself in Sears on a family shopping excursion for Christmas gifts and I decided, as I usually do, to stroll on over to the lawn, garden and Craftsman tool section. I immediately spotted a display model of the Agri-Fab Poly Convertible Push Tow Cart with no price on it. I inquired at the desk and it was $150.00. Sold. I picked it up in a box about a week later.
There isn't really a lot to one of these. They are made to be simple, useful and durable as is the case with most Agri-Fab lawn tractor accessories. The body of the tow cart consists of a fairly large poly resin bed which is tapered in the rear for easy dumping. The frame is black painted metal and the tires are air inflated rubber on metal rims which are painted white and are connected by what appears to be stainless steel axle. The tow bar can be extended fully for towing, or folded under for storing the cart. This is secured, as is the cart to the tractor, by large easily removable cotter pins. There is a foot on the underside of the tow bar when it is folded under which allows the cart to rest on level. It also has a metal handle which is secured to the frame so that the whole cart can be pushed like a wheelbarrow when not attached to the tractor, although the foot sometimes scrapes the ground when pushing.
As I said above there isnt really much to this thing so there isnt a lot to complain about either. It was a little tougher to set up than I had thought it would be. I am pretty good at mechanical stuff and putting things together, but this took about 2 hours to assemble and there just werent that many parts. Some of that time was spent kind of forcing things to line up and then getting the bolts in place. In the process I knocked over my beer. So be prepared for a little frustration there and give yourself enough time too get it done right (and maybe have a back-up beer handy). I guess they expect you to be somewhat handy yourself if youre going to be towing around loads of who-knows-what with your lawn tractor.
Another thing that made me wonder after I got it together was that it seemed to rattle a bit. Thats just because the tow bar is loosely held together with cotter pins until it is hooked up with a load on it. Once in use it was fine.
The only other real complaint would be that hooking it up and taking it off the tractor is a little more of an effort than just popping a trailer on and off a ball hook. You have to get down and pull out the pin to unhook it and then youll want to flip under the tow bar by removing another pin and usually youll want to secure it again right away with another pin so the cart can rest upright. So this takes a few seconds.
For the price and for the amount of time it spends in use the above complaints are perfectly acceptable. This cart seems durable and strong. I think it is rated for 500 pounds, which means two of my biggest friends should be able to ride on it. Ive carried loads of dirt and rocks with it and havent had any problems. The bed has plenty of room and seems much larger than one of those metal box types that I almost ended up with. The poly bed in this thing should last forever as it wont rust (although I do store it inside anyway).
So all-in-all this was a good purchase. Everything seems solid and I plan to get many years of use of out this item. I am looking forward to trying some other Agri-Fab products now.