Super Mag Hauler
I frequently hunt moose in areas where motorized vehicles are not permitted. Looking back, it was a rough haul packing these animals out on my back. Even after your animal is quartered and skinned we are talking upwards of 200 lb quarters. Considering this, completely de-boning your animal is the only reasonable method of transporting your moose if you have to backpack it out.
While shopping at Cabela’s, I came across a game cart with a stated capacity of 550 lbs (up to 700 lbs with optional tandem wheels). Upon a closer look, it certainly appeared rugged…Well, I left the store with the Super Mag Hauler in my truck. The cart assembled easy enough. However, the holes in both of the side support bars would not align with the upper handle. The manufacturer (www.pacific-cycle.com) requests “PLEASE DO NOT RETURN THIS PRODUCT TO THE STORE! We will be happy to correct any problems that you may have…” I fired off an email to Pacific Cycle to see how they would correct this deficiency. They suggested that I re-drill the holes in the side support bars to match the upper handle. This is what I would have suggested…either that or return the product.
It wasn’t long before I put the cart to use…I was alone…but, ♫ ♪ I had a cart in my truck…I was off to the rodeo ♪ ♫ . It happens that I was within cell phone reach of my family and both my wife and son responded to the call. They are both seasoned veterans of Dad’s dreaded call from the woods…Having the cart, I decided to cut the animal into just three pieces, the head, front half and rear half. The halves were probably just short of 400 lbs each, well within the stated capacity of the cart. It wasn't easy, loading a 400 lb half, onto the cart. This took quite a bit of manoeuvring…but we succeeded. Holding this much weight, the side support bars are integral to the successful operation of this cart. After successfully delivering the front half to the truck we returned to the carcass when we noticed that one side support bar was disconnected…a quick inspection revealed that one of the bolts securing the side support to the frame was gone! The threaded knob had vibrated loose and the bolt had fallen away. Luckily the bolt was found…literally finding the needle in the haystack. We were not successful however, in finding the knob. This snag was temporarily repaired with some para cord…and we continued to transport the rear half, and finally, the head back to the truck. The durability of this cart cannot be overstated…the final test was to load the moose into the bed of the truck while the cart was still laden. Placing the rear handle of the cart on the tail gate and lifting the front handle up (it was all we could handle!) we were able to transfer the moose from the cart into the truck bed without first removing it from the cart. To otherwise lift the 400 pound halves off of the ground and into the truck would have been too much for us.
Specifications - as provided by
Super Mag Hauler
Our Super Mag Hauler is designed for hauling out big game from the roughest locations without wearing you out. Lateral reinforcements under the heavy-duty nylon platform cover, and the 20" puncture-proof tires and improved heavy-duty wheels can handle heavy loads and any trail hazards without a problem. The 24" x 82" platform provides plenty of room for hauling out a trophy. The welded square tubular steel construction gives the Super Mag Hauler a load capacity of 550 pounds, and it even folds down to a compact 44" length for storage and/or transport. The Super Mag Hauler also is sturdy enough to use every day for chores around your home.
- Weight: 39.6 lbs
- Approximate Length: 85"
- Width: 28"
- My cart was not drilled correctly at the factory – this was easily overcome by drilling new holes
- Loss of bolt and knob was inconvenient – I would suggest replacing the bolt and knob assy with a wire lock pin or a pin and cotter pin assy....in other words, any fastener that you can remove and install without tools and will not fall away
Overall - It’s a keeper
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