Picked up a Carry All at TSC for $129. Another $50 in plywood and bolts at Lowes. 4x4 sheets are a little big for the frame so I am going to cut them down a bit. Tool holders, eye bolts, painting, and a grab bar are on the menu for today. My wife stood in back as we cruised around, loves it. Hard to sit on the fender with a 1025R.
Fred, be careful what kind of plywood you use...mine looks pretty but I had to brush it with several
Heavy coats of polyurethane to make the plywood waterproof. Other wise gets wet and starts to delaminate, think I picked the wrong stuff for the project, but at this point is holding up.
Have fun building your project. PS my carryall was orange, just HAD to paint frame green:good2:
Mounted the plywood, a few grab handles, some eyebolts to secure loads, and some traction tape to the floor. Trimmed the back about a foot to reduce the overhang. Coated it in Thompson's waterseal.
We went for a trip on the trails and the back is a little high. Going to cut the back down to the frame, mount the grap handles on top, and trim the floor corners for more turning clearance. May put some flags at the back if I can't see over it when backing.
Work in progress. Thinking now about a ballast load that I could install and remove easily unto the platform for loader work.
I've been updating the carry all over time and getting it setup for what my needs are. Couple of garden tools, the chainsaw, trimmer, and chains are what I need most. Had to cut some holes in the backplate to allow clearance for the HF Quick Hitch.
Next project will be a 3x3 angle frame to attached underneath and out the back to form a cradle for carrying longer stuff sideways and with a cross member up about 12" with a ball for the trailers.
Finally got a few minutes of slack at work. Had the guys weld up a frame for the Carry All.
3x3x1/4 angle matching the Carry All construction
4 -1/2" bolts holding the frame underneath
Cross bar is 12" high to match my truck hitch height minus 2"
The Frame will allow additonal loading without falling out the back and quick moving of trailers for mowing.
A problem that I had feared is that the 3 point won't lift my big trailer. Quick hitch, Carry All, plywood, and my new frame, all hanging out there 3' is a lot of weight. I can't pick up the trailer tongue so I am not sure what to weighs, at least 150# I would assume. It will pick it up a bit, but when connected I can give it an assist and get the rockshaft at max height. You can hear the hydraulic flow quit when you lift it up to the max height.
A little manual intervention and it works like a charm.
The real intent is to be able to carry a small utility trailer around I think it will do just fine for that purpose...when I get one..
A little cold last night for paint, but it will be green someday.
I don't use a bushing on the top link. I installed 3/4" pipe couplings on the lower links for $1 a piece. Works just fine for me.
The top hook on my Harbor Freight quick hitch doesn't seem to extend far enough out. The bracket binds up on the Carry All frame most times and takes a swift kick to get it to drop. I think it would be worse with a top bushing. Also had to cut slots in the plywood to allow room for the hooks.