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OxCart Utility Cart Review – The Best Dump – Yard Cart?
I asked my wife to come out and look at the new utility cart OxCart sent me. I showed her how strong it was, and that her compost won’t stick to the bottom when she dumps it. I showed her how easy it was to dump a full load of compost with the hydraulic assisted lift. I then showed her how you can leave the cart hooked up to the tractor and spin it around to dump right in her landscape beds. I mentioned that even though it had a tailgate when you dump it everything came out. I showed her how much clearance there was underneath so she would not be catching it on her landscaping rocks if she got too close. As an afterthought I mentioned that it had self-sealing tires so she would not have to drag out the air compressor every time she wanted to use this cart.

I asked what she thought of the new cart. She had only one word for a response.

“Mine!”

Now I am going to have to ask permission to use it for my review…….

I’m kind of a connoisseur of utility carts. 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.

The $250-$400 carts 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. Yes, they have one inch axles and tractor grade tires. Yes, they are rated to thousands of lbs. But don’t actually try loading them to capacity and then pulling the cart around your “normal” utility.


So when Todd Dechant, the inventor of the OxCart, had read I was looking for a good utility cart, he asked me to give his OxCart a try. I told him, “Great, I just ordered a Polar Cart so I’ll be able to compare it to the cart that looks best on paper. I said yes, “send it over,” and it arrived four days later by UPS.

Before I get into the assembly I would like to go through the features of this cart:



OxCart calls this model “professional-grade” and I have to agree. The tubing is heavier duty than the other carts on the market. Everything fits and works well. I would have no problems letting my crews use this cart when I owned the landscape company.

The rated capacity of the cart is 750 lbs and has been independently tested at 150% capacity. (1140 lbs.) This is one cart you can FILL with bags of cement and the cart will haul it to where you want the cement and dump the load without deforming the cart or breaking your back trying to tilt the cart with that much weight in it.

Ladies – you can dump this cart even when it is full of dirt! No I’m not picking on you. The one thing that I don’t like about most carts including my old 80 Deere is when you fill it full of dirt or sand and then go to dump it – it can sometimes take two people to lift the front end up to dump. The OxCart uses a hydraulic dampener (like the tailgate of your car or SUV) to help you tip the load. A 500 lb load of dirt tips with less than 40 lbs of effort!


The OxCart arrived in a very sturdy box. Even UPS was not able to wreck the box!



OxCart out of the box. Everything is zip tied together so nothing can fall out if the shipping box gets damaged.



The Instruction Booklet is laid out well.



OxCart parts all laid out ready to assemble. Notice the blister pack of all the parts!



The full frame is mounted to the tub with 4 heavy-duty bolts, washers and vibration proof lock nuts. You may want another person to help you at this step to hold the bolt while you put the nuts on them.



The Swivel Pin is one inch. The tubing is reinforced so this will area will never crack or bend.



Two more pins and the frame is installed. Notice how the fulcrum point – the dump pivot is behind the axle. This makes it a lot easier to dump heavy loads.



The dampener mounted. OxCart supplies the little wrench to make this easy



It’s got Tractor-Grade Run-Flat tires and graph-oil bushings. The wheels are held in place with a washer and cotter pin.


That’s it! The cart is assembled and ready to use.


My Review
Over the next few months I will add a few pictures of using the OxCart. The ground is still frozen up here so I can’t load it up and show you how well it actually works.

By the way: I canceled my order for the Polar Cart. I realized that the Polar Cart that I had ordered did not dump cleanly. The way the rear of the Polar is designed when you dump the cart it actually just tips. Hardly anything spills out the back and you have to use a shovel or rake to get the material out.

Buy The Red/Craftsman Version Here: 12 cu. ft. Swivel Dump Cart with Hydraulic-Assisted Lift & Run-Flat Tires. You can order one and pick it up at your local Sears store.

The rest of this article I will show you the highlights of the cart and what I think makes it one of the best carts on the market.


One of the biggest features for you is where the fulcrum point is in relation to the axle. By having the combination of the dampener and the pivot point behind the axle it makes heavy loads a lot easier to dump. It also allows the cart to dump loose materials cleanly.



The OxCart swivels 110 degrees to either side. This way you can get close to where you want to dump the load and then swivel the cart to exactly where you want the load to go. The hydraulic assist helps you to hold the load until you are ready to dump it.



I wish I had one of the cheap u-channel hitches to show you how much stronger this hitch is. It’s also more compact and the edges are rounded off so you won’t pinch your finger trying to hook the cart up to you tractor.



Take a close look at the dump latch. There is a rounded lip between the trailer tongue and the latch plate. This gives you clearance to get the cart dirty. It will still latch full of mud.



All of the metal joints are completely machined through and the joint is completely welded on both sides. No spot welds that will break over time.



This swivel joint is a little hard to describe but the joint is sleeved and the sleeve welded into the frame. This joint will not get sloppy over time and make the trailer hard to latch.



Every part is made of thick tubing or heavy steel plate. The powder coat paint rivals the quality of your sport bike or ATV.



Finally, a cart strong enough for the Raven.



As you can see here, there is plenty of room for your tools and debris.



There is plenty of room in the OxCart Utility Cart



The OxCart Utility Cart is just the right size for the Raven MPV-7100



400 lbs in the OxCart Utility Cart