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Cub Cadet Hauler

Cub Cadet Hauler Boxes. One box for the Hauler. Two smaller boxes for the optional accessories. I’ll spend a little time going through the assembly, the features and then compare it to a few other carts.

I’ve been using the new Cub Cadet Hauler that MTD Products, Inc. sent me to review for a few weeks now and overall it fits my expectations of a strong yard cart that stores easily. Like every yard cart currently on the market it has it good features and a couple that I personally don’t like. This article is intended to help you decide if the Cub Cadet Hauler is the best yard cart for you.

MTD Products sent me this cart. I did not pay for it. I will use it for this review and continue to give it a long term test. When I am done with it I will donate it to a worthy cause.

CUB CADET HAULER Features:

  • Four collapsible sides, the Hauler can be folded flat for larger loads.
  • Side access allows for easy unloading,
  • 10 cu. ft. offers plenty of space.
  • When folded flat, it takes up 70% less space than a typical cart. You can stand it up in a corner – out of the way.
  • Good utility tires. 15 in. x 6 in. pneumatic air filled tires included with sealant to help protect against punctures and leaks up to 1/8 in.
  • Heavy powder coated frame, 3/4 inch axle.
  • High-density, high-strength polyethylene tub won’t dent or rust
  • Foot pedal dump release makes dumping fast and easy
  • Bed folds flat and has molded locations for securing tie down straps
  • Fold-out side panel allows convenient access for loading or unloading
  • Molded-in groove allows for a board to be placed inside the cart creating a partition for separating contents
  • 10 cu. ft. load capacity
  • 800 lb. load rating
  • Optional Handle Kit turns the cart into a wheelbarrow
  • Optional shovel rack.

 

You can buy the Cub Cadet Hauler at Home Depot and other retailers online or at your local Cub Cadet Dealer. 

Cub Cadet Hauler @ Home Depot: Hauler Tow-Behind Dump Cart

Optional Handle Kit: Home Depot: Optional Handle Kit

Optional Tool Holder: Home Depot: Optional Tool Holder

I’m a connoisseur of utility carts. 

Like me, I know you are tired of buying crappy yard carts. Carts that rust. Carts that vibrate apart. Carts that bend or warp when filled with a “normal” load. I have listened to hundreds of you state, ” I just bought this cart and the first time I used it the tires went flat!”

You know I use a 40 year old cart everyday just because the new carts won’t hold up to the jobs I do around my one acre yard.

Husqvarna Rider

1969 John Deere 80 Yard Cart & Husqvarna 970. Still In Use Today!

I have had enough different carts to know what works for me over the years and what doesn’t. I despise the $100-$200 carts the box stores sell. They are good for hauling dry leaves and that’s about it. Don’t even get me started about the tires on these cheap carts. I’ve seen birthday balloons that are thicker and last longer. The $250-$400 carts at Sears, Lowes, Home Depot and Amazon are not a whole lot better. Most of them have a u-channel tongue made of the same thickness metal as the side of your toaster. They work fine for a while but as soon as you try to pull a load of firewood out of the timber and go through a drainage rut the tongue deforms. Once that happens it never latches right again.  So does this Cub Cadet Hauler have those faults? 

Do I Recommend the Cub Cadet 10 cu. ft. Hauler ? Yes.

Why? The Cub Cadet Hauler is a well built cart and is a great solution for anyone who does not have a lot of room to store a bulky cart. I recommend it for anyone who needs a cart for yard clean-up, leaves, branches and even hauling firewood. It is strong enough to handle more weight than you should pull with your lawn tractor or ZTR.  I like the self sealing tires. I also like the optional handle kit. I have a feeling that this cart will have the handles installed a lot. If you leave your cart outdoors you will like the fact that it does not hold water. It can rain and whatever you leave in the cart does not end up waterlogged.

 

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Cub Cadet Hauler Assembly. Open the box, pull out the hardware bag, install the wheels and you are done.  No tools needed. The hardware bag has four large washers for the wheels, 2 snap clips to hold the wheels on and grease to lubricate the axle the first time. The wheel rims do have grease zerks so you can add grease later on.

 

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Cub Cadet Hauler Assembled. Once you look at the picture directions and realize this is a simple job it will take you less than 5 minutes to assemble the hauler.

 

 

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Cub Cadet Hauler in storage position. The pictures in the manual are not quite clear. To store it you remover the trailer tongue – just one pin. Then you tip the cart on it’s nose to store. The trailer tongue slides into the square hole above the axle after you tip the hauler up on it’s nose when stored.

 

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Cub Cadet Hauler optional handle kit. Remove the trailer tongue and use the trailer tongue pin and the hitch pin to hook up the handle kit. It’s very simple and strong.

 

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Cub Cadet Hauler with handle kit and tool holder installed. I really like the handle kit. It turns this yard cart into a very nice wheel barrow for hauling, debris, bags, dirt and gravel around.

 

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Cub Cadet Hauler assembled. This cart will not hold water so if you leave your cart outside it won’t be full of water after every rain.  This is actually a benefit for my wife and I because we tend to leave yard waste in the cart until it’s full and then go dump it in the compost pile. With a cart that holds water that debris can sometimes get pretty rank and water logged if it rains.

 

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Cub Cadet Hauler with side panel folded down. I’m not sure if this is a big feature or not.  I like the fact that you can pull up alongside a garden or flower bed and drop the side but with the side dropped the cart feels very flimsy. So I would use it for lightweight mulch and debris but I wouldn’t use it for heavy loads like sand, dirt or rocks. I’m going to use this cart all summer so if I do break it I’ll tell you here.

 

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Cub Cadet Hauler tipped. This is the main reason why I still use my old John Deere cart almost every day. I’ll explain in a later picture.

 

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Cub Cadet Hauler Construction, The trailer tongue, bottom frame and axle support is the standard way they are building yard carts now days. The two large yellow levers are for locking down the sides of the cart when you fold it for storage.

 

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Cub Cadet Hauler Tongue Latch. You step down on the latch with your foot to release the cart to dump. I thought this latch was cheaply made when I first looked at it but…. After assembling the cart I see that the axle is placed farther back on this cart than most.  This puts more weight on the tongue so this latch does not have to be extremely strong to hold the load if you put the weight to far back in the cart. In other words the latch works and I expect it to last for years.

 

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Cub Cadet Hauler latch. The bottom slot is where the trailer tongue latches into. The top slot is for the optional handle kit. Nice thick steel here.

 

 

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Cub Cadet Hauler full of yard debris. The 10 cu ft. trailer is just the right size for most yards. You can get a lot of leaves, etc. in the box. The tool holder is very nice. It will hold hand tools and string trimmers.

 

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Cub Cadet Hauler Dumping. Here is what nobody gets. When you dump a load it would be really nice if you could jump back on the lawn tractor or ZTR and the load would cleanly slide out of the bed. With tapered back ends that ALL of the poly trailers have you have to bring along your rake and pull the stuff out.

 

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Cub Cadet Hauler Dumping. Even if it does fall out there is still something always left so that you have to get back off the tractor and clean the trailer out.  The tailgates on today’s steel boxed trailers are no better. Yes you can remove them but you lose half the capacity of the trailer. If use them like they are designed the metal is so thin that it bends and won’t work after 2 or 3 loads of dirt. A combo split door and dump gate is a reasonable request in my opinion.

 

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Cub Cadet Hauler Folded.  The tool holder snaps off so you can carry larger loads. There are slots along the bottom that you can use to strap boards and other long stuff to the hauler.

 

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Cub Cadet Hauler with 1000 lbs.  I thought I might as well try and break the hauler. Here is 1000 lbs of rocks. Looks good so far.

 

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Cub Cadet Hauler full of rocks. Another picture of the load. I made a big mistake when I unloaded these rocks. I thought I would just loosen the rear panel let it drop and then use the tilt. Wrong! the panel drop in such a way that you can’t get the trailer to tilt. The trailer is not designed to have  the rear panel unhooked.

 

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Cub Cadet Hauler.  The trailer is only rated for 800 lbs and you can see I have enough in it that the sides are starting to bend.  The latches that hold the side up did not bend, break or pop loose.

 

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Cub Cadet Hauler Comparison.  Here is the old John Deere cart. The two carts are the same cubic capacity. The old JD has a higher load rating because is uses 1 inch axles. Today’s new carts like this Cub Cadet Hauler use a 3/4 inch axle. Take a look at the following pictures to see what different loads weigh.

 

250 lbs load

250 lbs load of 2 by 10’s

 

Craftsman 12 cu. ft. Swivel Dump Cart

15 bags of Mulch! 300 lbs

 

OxCart Utility Cart

500 lb load of sand/black dirt

 

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1000 lbs of rocks. It is real easy to over load your tractor and trailer hauling landscape bricks, rocks and sand.

Home Depot has the best price I have seen on the Internet

Cub Cadet Version: Home Depot: Hauler Tow-Behind Dump Cart

Optional Handle Kit: Home Depot: Optional Handle Kit

Optional Tool Holder: Home Depot: Optional Tool Holder

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