Rustin packed alot of custom features into his pull cart build. Starting from the bottom he made an axle using 3/4" pex and a threaded rod. He mounted the wheels to the axle using a nut and threaded insert. He connected the back part of the frame using a T Connector and a vertical piece of conduit. Half way up that pipe he added a 4 way connector that adds a pipe from the front to back. This allows for a shelf to be added. At the top of the frame he used 90 degree connectors to connect the back pipes to the front. From that 90 he ran a curved pipe to the 4 way connector on the front.
There are two shelves total, and he accomplished those by adding wire shelving to the cross pipes that are connected between the 4 way connectors. The top of the caddy has a hinged lid that opens to reach the disks and doubles as a seat. He uses a recycled scooter handle to pull the cart around. He attached those with two hole straps. A couple other small features are the plastic fairings he added around the bottom, and the water bottle holders mounted to the back vertical pipes.
Q: How long have you been into disc golf?
A: "I’ve been in to disc golf for around 18yrs."
Q: Is it more of a leisurely hobby or do you like to compete in tournaments etc.?
A: "It’s just a leisurely hobby but my son is starting to get into it so we might start pursuing some of the competitive aspects of the game."
Q: What gave you the idea for a caddy?
A: "I played a few rounds with friends that had moved on to using carts, which I’d known existed but always disregarded, and I got to see how convenient and handy they were especially in hot weather. And throw in the fact I’m now playing with my younger kids so extra stuff is always needed, it made sense."
Q: Why did you decide to build vs buy?
A: "I saw the value in the carts but I didn’t know if I’d use/appreciate one enough to justify the cost, the better ones run $250+, I also thought it’d be fun project to try and tackle."
Q: Did you know about Maker Pipe prior to designing and building or did you find us when searching for DIY solutions?
A: "I’d seen Maker Pipe adds and thought it was a great idea and would be a good solution to some problems, but hadn’t had a project that it fit for. Shortly after I started thinking about building a cart I remembered Maker Pipe and looked into how I could make it work. It seemed to be a really viable way to build what I wanted while still being flexible in the design process and built with comparatively limited tools."
Q: I love all of the different techniques and hacks that you used to attach things like the scooter handle and lid. Which added feature is your favorite?
A: "Hard to say, I guess I’d have to say that those two would be a toss up. Most carts come with a single handle and the scooter T-handle is actually quite handy. The flip up lid that also works as a seat was in the plan from the start but it was kinda tough figuring how to make it work and function without spending a ton of money."
Q: Do you have plans to add any more features or make modifications to the caddy?
A: "Since the photos I’ve done a few other things, including painting it with a rubberized undercoating, putting on taller lighter weight wheels which makes it pull better, and installing a foam kneeling pad on the seat to make it more comfortable to sit on. I’m guessing I’ll continually fiddle with stuff to improve it."
Q: Lastly, any advice for anyone looking to do a similar project?
A: " Ideally plan out as much as possible prior to building to limit having to go through excess time and materials."
Rustin's pull cart is fantastic and shows the possibilities for customization when you put your mind to it. He couldn't find an exact solution that met his budget and needs so he built one instead. Be sure to check out his post here if you have any questions or want to show some love on his post. If you need help designing or coming up with solutions feel free to contact us here. Thanks for reading and happy building!