YERF DOG GO CART W/5 HP GASOLINE POWERED TECUMSEH MOTOR DRIVE
My 11 year old keeps asking for a go cart, I bought this one at
auction, and I am wondering if this can be used by kids, with proper
supervision of course. It seems to benidely done, with the motor
behind the driver, roll cage etc.
But I do not know much about go carts.
I bought my son one just like this when he was 8. Must have been OK,
he's 30 now.
After the first test run, he wanted to make it go faster. We worked
together in the shop many nights upgrading that old cart. He was
making parts on my bridgeport for it at 10 or 11. This worked too,
he's now a master CNC machinist in the prototype shop of a large
It's good that it has the front facing roll bars. A youngster was killed in
Aus. when he ran a kart under the back of a parked vehicle. It was a
supervised activity on some grass & the kid just lost control or couldn't
Set Rules: Child must have parent in supervision before driving. Lock
it to a pole if you have to.
Child must wear protective clothing - at a bare minimum a helmet with
a face shield or goggles, long sleeve shirt and pants, gloves and
sturdy shoes. After they have a big hunk of gravel bounce off the
goggles a few times that would have taken an eye out, they won't need
to be reminded.
Safety: Child must wear seatbelt and shoulder harness at all times.
Safety: For very young kids (under 10) you can buy or make a Kill
Switch - a garage door style clicker and receiver on the cart that
kills the ignition. They use them on Monster Trucks...
Or just rig a string to a pull-the-pin type Kill Switch from a
Jet-Ski, and walk behind them with a retracting dog leash attached to
the string. They take off, just pull.
There is usually a throttle limit screw on the engine throttle cable
linkage to govern back the top speeds. And take it for a spin
yourself every so often - a smart kid will find it and s-l-o-w-l-y
back it off and think you didn't notice the change.
YOU are in charge of backing the limit screw off slowly as the kid
gains competence and confidence.
And realize that kids over about 14 are going to outgrow this cart
FAST. And you can't go that fast without suspension, so expect to be
buying them a "Big Boy" Quad or ATV in the near future, then this one
gets handed down to the next generation. Or they get an old Honda
Odyssey or Pilot as a Project to fix up.
A 1A-10BC Extinguisher on board wouldn't be a bad idea, and a very
good habit to teach them while they are young.
(Amerex B417 in a double-strap 817S "Aircraft Bracket" on the floor,
tucked in front of the seat under their knees - a cheap Kidde /will/
/not/ take the pounding.)
You don't want to be out running around in a dirt field and something
catches fire (the grass or the cart engine) - and they're sitting
there going "Now what do I do...?" By the time you go back for help
from Dad, it's too late - you have to stop the fire as fast as you can
while it's small.
When you set up a Gasoline Burn Pan or pile of busted pallets behind
your shop and do fire extinguisher training, bring the kids along too
- Show them, then light it again and let them do it themselves.
Approach from upwind, pull pin, squeeze and slow sweep. Do this right
as the old tags expire on a few, then let the Extinguisher Company do
the annual refills on them.
Heroes are born, but Dead Heroes are the ones who leap in without
thinking first - Have some safety training, and always stop and think
long enough to make a plan on what you will do and how you will get
OUT AGAIN before you go running into a burning building.
Looks like a well enough made cart.
All you need to do is put plenty of slack in the cable leading to the
throttle. He mashes down on it and it only will go as fast as you want
him to go.
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