THE YARD MULE DIY ELECTRIC DUMP TRIKE PLAN
The Yard Mule is a slow moving vehicle with tremendous pulling power and cargo capacity that can be built using either an electric or gas engine, and it is designed to last a lifetime, requiring very little maintenance. This DIY Plan guides you through the entire build process, promoting creative alterations along the way so that you can design a vehicle from the parts you have available that does exactly what you want. We are all about recycle and reuse here!
The foundation for this robust working vehicle is a car or truck differential. which you can salvage from any rear wheel drive vehicle. The make and model is not important, so just about any car yard will have one available that you can purchase for minimal cost.
The Yard Mule's electric drive system is quiet running, maintenance free, and just loaded with incredible torque. You can install many different sizes and styles of electric motors to tailor both power and range to your needs, or even adapt the transmission for a gas engine.
The 32 cubic foot dump box that is shown in the plan is extremely durable and can be set to tip all the way over or as far as you want using the adjustable limiting chain. A locking pin secures your load for transport, even when driving over the most hostile terrain.
Every single step of this project is detailed with clear text and photos, so even if this is the first large DIY project you have ever tackled, you will be able to follow along and build your own version of this versatile workhorse. We also have a support forum you can visit for advice.
The standard towing hitch will take the same load that any full sized truck will, so you can drag your log splitter out in the bush, or move your camping trailer around the yard with ease. If it fits on the back of a pickup truck, then it will fit on The Mule as well!
The Yard Mule can be built anywhere, including outdoors, and will require only the most basic tools such as an angle grinder, hand held drill, and any basic arc welder. All of the skills required to build this project can be learnt on the fly as you progress though the plan.
Stop pushing that wheelbarrow around the yard and make one trip instead. Take your log splitter out to the bush and come back with a half cord of split firewood ready to stack. Move that 2000 pounds of creek water with an IBC in the back. Spread a long load of gravel on your driveway with ease. Pull your neighbors broken down ATV out of the bush again!
These are just a few of the many jobs that Your DIY Electric Dump Trike will do for you without ever complaining or costing you a fortune in repairs. Take pride in your own home built workhorse, and tackle all of your heavy lifting with unstoppable power!