MANY MANY thanks clippytclop. I hope once I see it, everything is good with it. The woman who's selling it seemed very honest when I asked what happened to the shaft, wheel, and it's condition. She also had a few other pony and small horse carts for sale as well.
In my little fantasy world I would very much like to buy it and fix it up. Then have a nice cart that I would never otherwise be able to afford. LOL. We'll see how reality plays out I suppose.
When you go look at the cart lift up the axel on one side and spin the wheel, make sure it spins freely and doesn't bind up at all. The wheel should spin at least 3 or four times around with a good yank on it. Mine spin about 6 or 7 times around. Then do the other side. The wheel should spin true , it should not wobble back and forth on the axel, and it should not be warped or have flat spots. Now a little is okay. The wheels should have a slight dish in them, I will have to get a photo to show you what I mean.
Check to see if the wheels are tight on the axel, by taking the top of the wheel and shaking it back and forth to the inside of the cart then to the outside, the wheel can have some play but not so much that it wobbles around on the axel. Check the fellows on the wheels, make sure where the spokes go into the fellows they are tight and not split. Make sure where the spokes go into the hubs they are tight too. Check to make sure the metal rims are on tight and the rubber is tight too. What kind of hub does it have? Roller bearings or standard? Ask when or if the bearings have ever been checked, doesn't really matter but you will want to know for maintenance.
If you are refinishing the cart you will probably want to replace the shaft, straight heel shafts are not that expensive and I think you can order just one.
I have a cart that the shaft is fixed with a muffler pipe, and it has lasted for years, but check that out before you use it. Check the balance of the cart, make sure you like the way you get in and out of it and you are okay with that.
The wheels are the most expensive part of the cart, so really check them out.
I hope thay helped it was a good box its a shame it had to go but im saveing up for a trailer with a bit of liveing and a new van so I can take quincy and tricky out with a horse drawn veichle as well im intrested in an equitrek medium up to 16 hh.
DSCF7039 here is a side ways vew of my motorised horse box as you can see the side ramp fr debarkcation with ponys faceing foward as I said the shafts go in the luton above the cab.
The van is a 3 1/2 tonns loaded.
Hiya as you can see from the rear of the horsebox the 3rd upright is were the partition was so if you emagine in your minds eye that the rear of the carts there and the shafts are above the cab and the pony had plenty of room on the back and tucking in to a hay net of hay whilst on the road also it had cctv with sound so I had that on the dashbord of the van so when I was on the move I could keep an eye on tricky or tammy and the cart as well.
I loved my old trailer for being able to see what was going on inside. My new trailer has a dressing room in the front so there's no way to see what's going on so we just listen for anything out of the ordinary. My dad wants to install a video monitor system that goes from the horse box to the car.
You can now get wireless units so there is no wires to run to the car from the trailer so you can just plug into the cigar lighter and play.
Sorry it was the 2nd upright of the body of the horsebox and I think nylon ratchet straps will hold your cart sturdy and secure as well you can even scoch the wheels with 2 lengths of 2 by 4 so no movement occures to the wheels whilst in motion.