The key to getting the job done and saving your back, hands, arms, shoulders, knees, etc is having the right tools. Levers, incline planes, the wheel and such. This simple hand cart is a big back saver around the farm letting us lug heavy loads up and down the driveway. It gets a lot of use, sometimes out in the field on rough terrain. One of the wheels fell off the other week when it was being used to haul barrels of seed for spreading on the new pastures. Fortunately it was an easy repair. This particular cart is very ruggedly built. I’ve had it for about 16 years and it keeps on going.
The wooden box being carried on the cart is a crate we use for hauling apple pomace. You’ll notice that the back interior of the van is setup to transport livestock. The third door, swung in on the right, lets us load multiple pigs in a session keeping the first ones in while we have the next ones walk up the loading ramp and chute. The heavy duty utility panel and FRP (white wall panels) butt up against the chest cooler that is in the central area of the van. On their journey to the slaughterhouse our pigs get all the same comforts as the driver. Since we take to the butcher year round this is important. I would not want to delivery pigs frozen to the butcher after a three hour trip on the highway. 40°F below at 4 am and 65 mph wind chill would be nasty. Keeping them inside the van with us makes the long trip much more humane, reduces stress and delivers better meat quality.
Outdoors: 59°F/30°F Mostly Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 69°F/63°F
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