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The Brake Is A Pain. The Cart Is Light and Maneuvers Easily.
on September 19, 2014
I paid more for this CaddyTek model because I wanted the cooler. The photo is misleading. The bag is mostly storage. There cooler is fairly small, but it is effective.
CaddyTek brags about their foot brake. Don't believe them. A hand brake is a much better design. This foot brake is a little more difficult to reach, but more important, it is impossible to tell if it is on or off. I found that I sometimes tried to push the cart with the brake on, or worse, hit the brake thinking I was disengaging it, only to turn the brake on when I wanted to move the cart.
I installed a narrow piece of masking tape just to the left of the foot pedal. The tape is covered when the brake is off, but exposed when the brake is on. Now I can tell the position of the brake easily by looking at it. I will replace the masking tape with white paint eventually.
The brake is a ratchet design. If the cart is parked on a hill, the cart must be either pushed or pulled to allow the brake to be released.
The cart collapses easily by the push of a button. But raising it from the folded position is not easy - I have yet to figure out the right way to do it consistently.
On the plus side, the cart is light and easy to maneuver. This is a big upgrade for me from the old pull cart and much easier on my back.
Two Year Update:
I use the cart 2 - 3 rounds a week. Unlike some reviewers, I do not have a problem with my bag fitting between the wheels. For the most part, I have gotten used to pushing / pulling the cart when parked on a hill to disengage the brake. However, today I had one situation where I had difficulty getting the brake to release.
I never did paint the mark to help me see if the brake was on or off. The masking tape is still there. I see it when the brake is engaged and it disappears when released. It works great.
I borrowed a cart with the hand brake. Definitely easier to use, but the cart is more expensive.