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Putting footman's loops on metal cart help, please :-)

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Has anyone added footman's loops to a metal cart?  If you have, how did you go about it?  Thank you!

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Get someone to weld then on.

Or, use metal screws

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I was thinking about screws, but would drilling through the shafts compromise their integrity? Good idea about the welding, I do know a welder, buddy of hubby, so maybe that would work.  He did some work on my horse trailer, so this should be easy.  

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I put some on my jogging sulky. Hubby just used metal screws. He drilled a small pilot hole then just screwed them on. Since shafts don't have a heavy down force on them they will be fine. two small holes in steel tubing will be fine. I would, however, not drill holes all the way through the tubing to use nuts and bolts. The holes would have to be bigger and you would be making 4 holes in each shaft.

Welding them on will only work if you have them fabricated out of steel. Most of the ones you can buy won't weld well. Bad welding will weaken your shafts far more than a couple small screws. However, sounds like you know someone who could do a nice job for you :)

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 MC can I bother you for a picture of how your husband put them on? If your cart is with you and not in AZ, that is :-).  What did you use for the footmans loops, did you improvise with something or get the "real deal?"

I have a cart on  trial right now and I love it, but no loops.  If I can figure out an easy way to do the loops, I am going to buy it. 

I have heard there is a way to wrap the hold backs so the locktight and footman's loops would be unnecessary, but darned if I can figure that one out.

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I'll see if I have a photo from when I put them on. It's down south but I'll see if my parents will snap a photo when they are down at the barn. I bought footmans loops from the auto parts store. Jeep enthusiasts use them quite a bit :)

I got my cart on a screaming deal but really wanted loops too. Hubby said "easy fix" and he was right :)

 

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Okay so I lied... and sorry this is the best pic I could find. Hubby drilled all the way through the shaft and used a flat headed bolt and an acorn nut so there were no sharp edges. I think he decided it was worth drilling clear through to have a more secure loop "just in case". They have worked perfectly. I guess if you figure that the shafts have two metal "beams" running through them now it doesn't seem like they would be weakened... Hope this helps.

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Thanks for the picture, it helps a lot in explaining it to hubby!

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