Small turning radius
Sturdy and durable
Small for a tow-behind
Quick-dumping feature works but is clunky
Gorilla Carts is a Minnesota-based company that specializes in garden and utility carts sold through big box home improvement and farm stores. To see if its larger 6-cubic-foot Gorilla Carts Heavy-Duty Poly Dump Cart delivered on its promise of being an easy-to-use alternative to basic wheelbarrows, we tested it over several weeks in our home’s garden in Colorado. We assessed its durability, stability, as well as its quick-release dumping feature. Read on for our insights.
Performance: Durable and stable, even when full
The Gorilla Carts Heavy-Duty Poly Yard Dump Cart delivers on rigidity and stability, which we noticed the first time we filled it with rocks we’d pulled out of a new garden bed area. The product specifications claim that it has a 1,200-pound load maximum, and we purposely overloaded it with rocks to see how it held up. While we’re pretty sure we didn’t come close to its nearly half-ton max, it held as many rocks as we could pack into it. Although towing a load that heavy was difficult, the cart didn’t complain as much as we did, and the steel frame and PVC bed looked no worse for wear.
This cart was easy to turn around in tight spaces—something we always struggled with while using wheelbarrows.
Thanks in large part to its steel frame, the cart is fairly heavy at 54 pounds. That said, you don’t want to skimp on build quality if you intend to load it up as we did. We also moved it across uneven terrain, and it never tipped or gave out in any way.
Additionally, we thought that this cart was easy to turn around in tight spaces—something we always struggled with while using wheelbarrows. The air-filled tires also provide some shock absorption going over rocks and rough terrain. The cart’s tire treads feel rugged, although though since its wheels roll passively, this isn’t as essential as it would be on a motor-driven ATV or tractor.
Features: Quick-release dumping is very helpful
This cart has a quick-release dumping feature, which is essential since the four-wheeled cart doesn’t tip its contents as easily as a wheelbarrow. The function is simple: Just reach down and pull the release handle to untether the front end of the bed.
This cart has a quick-release dumping feature, which is essential since the four-wheeled cart doesn’t tip its contents as easily as a wheelbarrow.
Do note, however, that there’s no action to help start the tipping, so you’ll need to perform a somewhat awkward move where you pull the release and lift the bed up to dump. If the bed is fully loaded, this will require a substantial amount of strength to do in one motion. Additionally, the cart’s steel frame, while heavy, isn’t much compared to a full load of rocks or dirt, so the dumping motion tends to lift the frame off the ground a bit before you’ve gotten rid of your cargo. The process can be a little clunky, but it works—and that’s what matters.
Design: Utilitarian and rugged
As the name suggests, Gorilla Carts are brawny and rugged. Translation: if you’re looking for an antique wood cart to plant flowers in your garden, this is just about the opposite. That said, the all-black bed is the best option for hiding wear and tear, and the steel frame boasts a simple, semi-glossy black paint job.
The grip-coated handle is removable, leaving a tongue that can be hooked up to a tractor or ATV, which is great for especially heavy loads. We don’t own a tractor so we didn’t test this feature, but the cotter pin connection is easy to remove and replace.
The all-black bed is the best option for hiding wear and tear, and the steel frame boasts a simple, semi-glossy black paint job.
Setup: Simple assembly required
The GOR6PS (-C) comes partially built. You must use the included nuts, bolts, and other minor pieces of hardware to build the frame and attach the bed and handle.
The assembly process is straightforward, led by mostly visual step-by-step instructions and a blister pack of accompanying parts. If you’re comfortable using basic hand tools, you’ll be fine. A cordless drill and ratchet and socket set will make the process go a lot faster. With the right tools in-hand, it took us about 30 minutes to get the box open and build the cart to completion.
Price: About the price of a decent wheelbarrow
While this cart isn’t cheap (MSRP $159.99), it’s priced competitively with the better two-wheeled wheelbarrows out there. We felt it was worth the price because it was easy to use, durable, convenient, and versatile.
Gorilla Carts GOR6PS (-C) vs. Gorilla Carts GOR4PS (-C)
If you like the design of this model but don’t think you’ll need the capacity, you can save about $60 by downsizing to the brand's 4-cubic-foot version. Everything is the same for the most part, save subtracting the trailer hook-up option, and it’s much easier for smaller folks to hand-tow this version than the fully loaded larger cart.
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A workhorse product at a great price.
With the same capacity as your standard-size wheelbarrow, the 6-cubic-foot Gorilla Carts GOR6PS (-C) Poly Dump Cart is a significant upgrade in convenience and versatility. There aren’t many competitive products out there that offer the features and sturdy build quality of this cart for less than $200. For this reason, we think it’s a great buy.
- Product Name GOR6PS (-C) 1,200 lb. Heavy Duty Poly Yard Dump Cart
- Product Brand Gorilla Carts
- MPN GOR6PS (-C)
- Price $159.99
- Weight 54 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 44 x 25.7 x 26.2 in.
- Volume 6 cu. ft.
- Materials PVC, steel
- Warranty 1 year, limited