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Does anybody have experience with one of the Polar carts? I need a cart that I can fill with dirt, then haul across the lawn with the my zero turn. I'm hoping that fewer trips with turf tires will not be as harsh on the lawn as more trips with a bucket on he tractor.

So, my question:

  • is the Polar unit tough enough to hold up under heaping full loads of dirt. (Assuming that I'm not overly abusive when I load it or haul it to the dump site.)
I had a chance to pick up a used JD 18. It was a nice cart, but shorter than my bucket. The Polar unit is about much longer than my bucket is wide.
 

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I have one and it is pretty sturdy and stable. The big tires give good flotation over mud and are easy on grass. I have put a lot of weight in it, but not a full bucket load from my tractor. As long as you stay under it's rated capacity I think you will be fine. You do have to think about what you do once it is full however. There is a lot of weight in front of the hinge so it won't just tip up on it's own when you release the lever. Once you get it dumped to a position that the rear is on the ground you then have to either shovel it out or unhitch it and use the tow bar to dump it further. That is a heavy lift.
 

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... There is a lot of weight in front of the hinge so it won't just tip up on it's own when you release the lever...
Thanks - Looks like I need to keep looking. I wonder why they didn't design it with a more centrally placed tipping point?
 

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Thanks - Looks like I need to keep looking. I wonder why they didn't design it with a more centrally placed tipping point?
I am guessing it would have to higher and less stable, and a full load would be too heavy for most to dump any way.

I have a dump cart from Home Depot. It's marked Allfit HD. I think it's made by Ohio Steel. It looks just like one of their models, but was $150 cheaper. Same capacity and large floatation tires. I use it to haul dirt to fill low spots/holes in the yard. I don't dump, I shovel out to fill holes.
 

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I have both a JD 10 and 18 dump cart. I've really abused my 10 over the years and have hauled dirt heaping until it was spilling over the sides. That is not to say there wasn't consequences, but when something broke, the repair process was more than a repair, but a reinforcement to make sure the same failure didn't repeat itself. I've loaded my 18 to the brim with dirt as well, but I have to load it tail heavy so I can dump it.

I know you were looking for something longer, but if you go with an 18, you may want to checkout my posts on reinforcing them and do them before hand, rather than when something lets go:

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