PVC Portable Adjustable Bag Trolley

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Introduction: PVC Portable Adjustable Bag Trolley

Have a bag with heavy contents? If you did not buy bag with built in trolley, well, this project might be a nice solution for carrying your heavy bags!

Nowadays, kids’ school lessons are more and more in Indonesia. This also made their bag becomes heavier.

We need to build a portable trolley which will fit to any bag!

Step 1: Gather Tools & Material

2 meter ½” PVC tubes

1 meter ¾” PVC tube

6 pc ½” PVC elbows

2 pc ½” PVC T-Joints

1 tube of PVC cement

7 pc rivet nails and rivet tool

Angle grinder with 1mm thickness cutting blade

Hand drill with 3mm drill bit

Whiteboard marker/pen

Hammer

Step 2: DESIGN YOUR TROLLEY

You can use either your smartphone, computer or even hand sketch.

Above is my hand sketch on my smartphone. It was a super quick and simple one!

Step 3: CUT ALL THE PVC TUBES

Note: my measurement is for Asian ergonomy, which may not be as tall as our caucasian brothers. You may need to add/reduce the length as per your region ergonomy standard.

Cut the tubes as per sketch using heck saw or angle grinder.

Step 4: JOIN ALL TUBES USING PVC CEMENT

Right after you applied cement to the tubes and joint, knock them in using hammer for best strength before the cement dry.

Step 5: ADD WHEELS / CASTERS

Mark the wheel fastening location at the joint using pencil/pen.

Drill the joint (3mm hole diameter for rivetting). Continue with rivetting the wheels.

Step 6: MAKE IT ADJUSTABLE!

  • Cut the 2 handle pillars into 2 sections: 30 cm lower side and 6 cm upper side (see following photo). Then cut the ¾” tube into 2 sides x 35 cm (left and right). These ¾” tubes are for sliding mechanism.
  • Cut a slit 3 cm away from both edges of the 30cm tubes (one side only, the other side is optional).
  • Drill both slit ends using 3mm drill bit. Both holes are for resting/stopping mechanism.
  • Smooth away the edge of the holes using cutter. This is to ensure smooth sliding.
  • Drill the ¾” tube (1” away from edge) then join it with the slit hole using rivet.
  • Try the sliding mechanism. If it is not smooth yet, redo the smoothing using cutter
  • Join the ¾” tube with the upper section of ½” tube using rivet (if you do not like using rivet, using ¾” to ½” reducer is also fine).

Step 7: FINISH !!!

FINISH!!!

Ask somebody to bring it around with a bag tied on it (bag usually comes with shoulder & waist ties). Try the height adjuster by pulling and pushing the handle.

When you need to carry the bag in your truck/car/motorcycle luggage, push the handle down.

Once you are going to carry around using hand, pull the handle up!

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    cguide

    8 months ago

    How heavy a weight can the trolley handle? Could you use it for shopping?

    3 replies

    for shopping, you can tie a strong basket/plastic container onto this portable trolley

    Hi cguide,
    it depends on PVC tube/T-Joint quality we use, the caster/wheel load rating, and also the jointing structure.
    This one I is the cheapest (which is also thinnest) in the market of my district.
    However for my unit, I am quite sure it is able to withstand 10 kilograms load since the wheels are directly mounted on the T-Joints. The PVC tubes themselves do not carry heavy load. Yet the T-Joints & wheels do.

    *The PVC tube I used is the cheapest in the market of my district.