Monthly Archives: October 2014
Q. Will the refuse service still pick up my trash?
A. I have a letter of approval from the service in my area and don’t see why yours would refuse it. It takes far less time for the trash man to open the Trash Knight™ than the individual lids, and they don’t have to pick up spilled garbage. There is no downside for them.
Q. Is the Trash Knight™ an environmentally responsible product?
A. Yes it is. Bears and other animals can be very secretive and often consume your trash away from the can site. We regularly see acres of trash strewn forest surrounding some of our neighborhood subdivisions. Our products keep America beautiful.
Our unusable steel cutoffs and scraps are recycled or used for sculpture, and powdercoating is a very ‘green’ coating process. Applied dry and baked to flow over the steel structure, it produces no overspray and zero volatile organic compounds (VOC) into the atmosphere.
Q. $400.00 for a trash cart?
A. For what it is and does, the Trash Knight™ is priced very well. A two can Premium unit costs the same as eight lineal feet of the three foot high steel fencing that would be built to surround a deck.
Q. How durable is the Trash Knight™?
A. Very. They are made of MIG welded .090 wall mild steel with .120 wall hinges and hinge bushings, 250lb. capacity greaseable ball-bearing casters with plated, galvanized or stainless steel hardware. Each rolling unit has a capacity of over 800 lbs. Designed for commercial or residential use, the hinged lids will withstand many thousands of cycles. Latches are easy-use spring loaded stainless steel.
Many of the three year old units in my area(mountainous, snowy, rainy) still look like the day I delivered them, as long as they haven’t been rolled too many times by the bears, which sometimes scratches them. We do not bill our units as ‘bear-proof’, but they have managed to be for over three years (as of 6-30-12) through hundreds of attempted entries. In a three week period in May/June 2012 alone, my personal three can Premium unit was hit over twenty times without effect. There have been three exceptions to the above: two cans have had the sides bitten through by enormous bears, and one unit was forced open. We design the stainless steel latch rod on the Premium model (a ten dollar part) to fail so that the units are not destroyed if forced, and the bent rod was repaired in seconds with a wrench. There was no other damage.
The secret to the bear-resistance of our product is its light weight and the fact that the cans spin in the units when pawed at. They are barrel-rolled, bitten and stomped on with great regularity, and although they are designed to fail in a specific place, only one out of hundreds has, as leverage against the unit is so difficult to attain. Many customers claim that bears in more heavily populated areas learn quickly to go to the neighbors unprotected trash cans. The three incidents discussed above happened in more remote areas.
Our Premium and Standard units are canine, feline, raccoon, opossum, feral hog, rodent and bird proof.