If you own an ATV, you probably see all kinds of accessories, and each one is presented as the one thing you need. In the case of the OxCart trailer, it really is the one ATV accessory every outdoor enthusiast needs. I’ve been testing one for a while now and can say that it is the only ATV accessory that gets used multiple times every week on a year-round basis.

What is the OxCart?

The OxCart is a pull-behind wagon with a dumping cargo box. It has a 12-cubic foot capacity cargo bed made from a heavy-duty plastic. Don’t let the plastic part fool you, though. This tow-behind dump cart is rated for ½ ton capacity. Should you max that out all the time? No, but you wouldn’t do that with your truck either. The cargo box dumps with a pneumatic assist that helps take the weight off you. The latch is very sturdy and latches solidly every time. The box also does something else that has proven very handy – it pivots 55 degrees to either side. We used it to clean up a dead tree in the yard. (The Husqvarna 450-E chainsaw is not included.)

But wait, there’s more. The frame is made from sturdy square-tube steel that is powder coated for long life and durability. The cart rides on multi-terrain, 4-ply tires. The cart pulls very nicely, and seldom comes off the back of our 2020 Honda Foreman Rubicon. These two combine to be a serious workhorse.

Why Do You Need an OxCart?

The OxCart is amazingly tough

The uses we have found for the cart merely scratch the surface of its usability. For hunting alone, we use ours for hauling gear back to the area we hunt. It is much easier to toss stuff in the cart than to strap it all down on the racks. And then we don’t have to worry about things like the bow case getting in the way of our movements on the machine. Game recovery is also so much easier, and cleanup afterwards is a snap. Hauling fertilizer and lime back to the foodplots is easier as well, as is clearing rocks from new plots.

Around the house, the OxCart really shines. We use it to run trash to the road, haul firewood, clearing brush, fertilizer to the garden and orchard, feed for the animals, and a plethora of other things on the honey-do list. Hauling clothes out to the clothesline? Check. Moving heavy stuff from the top of the house to the basement? Check. Saving the UPS guy from carrying a heavy package up the driveway? Check. My neighbor borrowed mine for a day and went out and got his own to tow behind his lawnmower. I see him use it all the time, too.

Options

There are two versions of the OxCart. The standard model is black with a blue frame. The one I’m betting you’ll be drawn toward is the Realtree edition, with a black tub and frame, and Realtree graphics.

The Realtree Half-Ton Hauler OxCart.

Another option you should seriously look at is the wheelbarrow frame kit. I picked up one to use in places I can’t get the ATV into. It was helpful setting up my Shelterlogic shed, especially when we poured the concrete footings. My kids use it when it’s time to clean out the barns, too. It still retains the dumping function, so dumping heavy loads is super easy. Switching between the wheelbarrow option and the trailer only takes about minutes.

Being plastic resin and with the steel frame powder coated, cleaning the OxCart is really easy. So don’t feel afraid to use it for cleaning out the barn one day and hauling your gear to the stand the next.

Cost for the OxCart is around $400. That might be a little more than a cheaper, metal wagon available at a local supply store, but the OxCart will outlast anything else. Trust me on this. I’ve tested it. If you own an ATV, or even a riding lawnmower, the OxCart is simply a must-have accessory for around your property.

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