Trolley to move large pots

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  1. Spruce

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    Hi team .... any one suggest a trolley to move large pots in the garden ....immm getting too old to pick them up

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    • pete

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      Me too, I use a sack barrow with pneumatic tyres
       
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        Mine's a simple (thick) piece of ply on castors, with two hooks and a rope.. You tip up the pot (and saucer if there is one), slide the trolley under and tip back, keeping one foot on the other side of the trolley, and pull the pot fully on. After a few goes, you stop falling over and Bob's your oncle!:biggrin: I've never found a sack barrow with a big enough platform to take big pots.....
        The only drawback to my trolley is the tendency of the nuts holding the wheels on to unscrew themselves as we're trundling along, so a merry game of 'hunt the nuts' is in order each autumn :roflol:
         
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        • ARMANDII

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          Hi Spruce,

          I've been using a Porters Trolley
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          for years to move my large heavy pots around the garden as well as sacks of Compost, sand, potting grit and fertiliser from the Garage to the side passage and Patio. They also fold up so that they will take less space when stored.
           
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          • Scrungee

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            If you've got a plant in an oak ex-whiskey half barrel, prising them up with a sack barrow foot/toe plate can cause them to fall apart, so I've twisted them onto a sheet of plywood and used that as a sled to pull them on.
             
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            • Mike Allen

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              Amarndii, what are you worried about. With your wealth, you can afford to get someone else o do the moving......'Fly me to to the moon my friends. Where did i park my F-35? Smile.
               
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                Mike, you have the wrong impression of me:nonofinger::dunno:.........Shiney, Woo, FC and I have to take turns with our sad eyed Dog, Flat Cap, Bucket and Banjo to stand on the Street corner to feed our Cats, Puppy, and Birds and to make an honest penny.:dunno::heehee:
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                I'm too:old: now for moving big heavy pots, sacks of compost, fertiliser, etc around without the Porters Trolley, so I try to make tasks easier for myself now. I've grown mostly Hardy Perennials in the garden so they do all the work growing, flowering and dying back, all the Bearded Iris are organised on the wooden bench, while most of the pots are now in their final place. I only have to prune one or two of the Shrubs every now and then, while the Buddleia get their annual cut back so, I think, I still have enough energy to enjoy doing my own. gardening for a good while.:heehee:
                 
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                  I'm with @ARMANDII on this. A porters trolley is perfect for moving heavy items round the garden.
                   
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                    @noisette47 I think some nyloc nuts would solve the problem.
                     
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                      Just Googled those, @mazambo. Thankyou :) Looks like rather advanced technology for France, but I'm sure the postage will be bearable from China :biggrin: Even 4 dabs of superglue might do the trick. It's not as though I haven't got time...:whistle:
                       
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                        The butler delegates some of the 'below stairs' staff to do mine. :old:

                        The sack barrow is sometimes used. :noidea:
                         
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                          A skateboard works well for me. It's fairly easy to slide under a pot and moves well even on a rough ground. It's also quite fun to play with, especially if there is a slight decline in the drive. [​IMG]

                          When I grow up I'll buy a porters trolley- looks just the thing a bad backed girl like me will need. I like container gardening and have several 50cm ones.
                           
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                            I've got a few obstacles in my garden so the board with some castors on it wouldn't work.
                            Going up steps for instance or over door cills.
                            It's pretty easy to slide a thin metal foot plate under a big pot, if the pot is larger than the foot plate you just wrap some rope around plant or pot ,depending on what it is , and tie it to the back frame.
                            You then just tip it back wards and away you go.
                             
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                              Have you never cracked the overhanging rim of a plastic pot, pete? Or do you only use posh terracotta? :biggrin: A lot of my bigger pots are 'funnel shaped' so the base of a sack barrow wouldn't get near to the bottom of the pot :scratch: Must admit, though, that nearly all my pot movement is on the flat, and the half-barrels on wheels get pushed under the roof overhang, then the 'conservatory' constructed around them.
                               
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                                I do know what you mean about cracking the rim, yes it can happen, but usually on old pots that have gone brittle.
                                I find at that stage the pots tend to crack even when you try to move them around anyway.:smile:

                                Often thought of getting someone to weld a longer foot plate on my barrow as its not really big enough, then you could put a spacer at the back of the pot to stop the rim taking the weight when tipping it up.:smile:
                                 
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