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    Hauling a battery down a beach.....

    Before too long, I'd like to do some beach mining.

    I'll be running off a typical 105ah deep cycle battery

    Just wondering what will help me haul a battery down a sandy beach.....

    A large, skinny tired cart?

    An wider, smaller diameter tire on a garden wagon or hand truck?

    Any input?
    Last edited by A#1; Jul 29, 2019 at 08:17 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Most of the fishing guys and the local beach goers in FL use the wide tired carts. I have one looks like a kid's wagon only larger and has tires that are plastic and about 6" wide. You can get those wagons at Walmart. They fold up for the trunk
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    In sand you'll want the wider tires, as those skinny ones will
    just sink in and make life even harder.

    Have you looked at any of the wheelchair batteries? Don't know
    how big of a pump you're running, but I have one that lasts for
    hours, and is about half the weight.
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    I use a Gorilla wagon. Not on a beach but gets pulled thru and over a lot of unfriendly terrain including deep sand. The upside of wagon is it also can carry lot of other stuff. Carrying such a heavy battery the steel mesh cart is best can strap battery down so it don't slide around and crush your other stuff.

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    Absolutely something with very wide tires.
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    Okay, thanks guys.

    I'll probably be running two 1100gph bilge pumps. I already have the battery, and would rather invest money elsewhere. It's either that or a 20ah, but I'd rather have the larger.

    With any luck I'll be able to get the truck close enough to where I set up the sluice that power won't be any issue at all. I could just run an extension cord, maybe even run a larger sump pump. But I can't guarantee that and I want to be prepared for possibilities

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    I would think this would be good:
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    I suggest 4 wheels (not the 2-wheeled beach carts). The reason is that with two wheels you spend a surprising amount of energy just balancing the cart (I learned this the hard way trying to use a deer cart to move dredge equipment down a rocky creek).

    I now have this gorilla cart for the rocky creek, but I will warn you that it's very heavy. I have trouble getting it up on top of my SUV by myself:
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    Quote Originally Posted by brianc053 View Post
    I would think this would be good:
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    I suggest 4 wheels (not the 2-wheeled beach carts). The reason is that with two wheels you spend a surprising amount of energy just balancing the cart (I learned this the hard way trying to use a deer cart to move dredge equipment down a rocky creek).

    I now have this gorilla cart for the rocky creek, but I will warn you that it's very heavy. I have trouble getting it up on top of my SUV by myself:
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    The fold-up one seems perfect for beach mining. Wide wheels and a three point stance for stability. I think it has 150# capacity or the one I looked at did. Plenty to haul equipment, a bucket or two of feed sand and to haul water for a recirc unit.
    Last edited by arizau; Jul 30, 2019 at 11:03 AM.
    If it can't be grown, it must be mined!

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    I used to use an electric powered wheel barrow years ago to get to an old dredge spot because it went down the deer trail well. Should work well for you and let you haul pay dirt too as you need it

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    The gorilla cart is what I have my eyes on right now. It's big enough to haul the tub, sluice, battery, and solar panels. The tires are plastic and not rubber, and I'd want to change those.

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    The bigger and fatter the better. The dry beach sand gives no support.
    I'm a drinker with a heavy prospecting problem and I'm out of dirt again

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    How about balloon tires like on wheel chairs?
    (Google "home made beach wheel chair".)
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    Quote Originally Posted by PetesPockets55 View Post
    How about balloon tires like on wheel chairs?
    (Google "home made beach wheel chair".)
    That's the ticket right there!
    I'm a drinker with a heavy prospecting problem and I'm out of dirt again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt Nemo View Post
    The gorilla cart is what I have my eyes on right now. It's big enough to haul the tub, sluice, battery, and solar panels. The tires are plastic and not rubber, and I'd want to change those.
    I have a Gorilla cart very similar to the one pictured above. It came with rubber tires I purchased mine at lowes.
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    Currently the thing I use for hauling gear and feed sand on the beach is a mortar tub with a rope attached. Loop the rope around my waist and pull it like a sled.
    Last edited by arizau; Jul 31, 2019 at 09:20 PM.
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    If it can't be grown, it must be mined!

 

 
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