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#1 Gregg J

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 02:43 PM

I really don't want to get burned with one that breaks all of the time.

I have heard that Hill Bill's cart is good, not fancy and dependable.  I also have heard great things of Motocaddy

I found this one company online called NovaCaddy, which is very reasonably priced but no distribution to think of.  I also have heard Bat Caddy is nothing but trouble.

I would love input from the Forum.  Trying to spend less than $1000.  Thanks.


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Posted 19 May 2016 - 06:15 AM

Check out Motocaddy, That will be my next major purchase.
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Posted 19 May 2016 - 07:03 AM

For reliability it's hard to go wrong with a Motocaddy S1. They've been offered as rentals at many courses in UK for the past decade or so and generally considered durable and reliable. But of course they can and do break occasionally so having a solid USA distributor is important, too. I believe the current distributor (Golf Sellers Direct) has been handling USA importing, service, warranty for about 4-5 years now and seem to do OK with stocking spare parts and providing warranty service.

I am happy with my plain, black, manually operated S1 but for some reason here in USA nobody seems to want an electric trolley if it isn't remote controlled. I've never seen Motocaddy's remote version in person so I can't comment. Most of the remote electrics I've seen over the years look to me like over complicated kludges but there seem to be slightly more modern designs nowadays. Anything with two drive motors plus a steering motor plus radio control bits is going to HAVE to be less reliable than a basic Motocaddy, it would seem to me.

The current pricing on Motocaddy S1 Digital with Lithium battery (and you absolutely, positively do want to get Lithium, not lead acid/SLA) seems to be $795 shipped and that price is the same from any authorized distributor. The trolley weighs 20 pounds plus 5-1/2 pounds more for the Lithium battery. Trolley plus battery together weigh exactly 2x as much as my SM SpeedCart and the S1 folds to roughly the same size.

For about a hundred bucks more Motocaddy makes the similar-featured M1 that folds up smaller like a ClicGear push cart would.
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Posted 19 May 2016 - 06:04 PM

Thank you for the input.  From what I have seen Motocaddy and Hill Billy are the most reliable, until you start getting into the $2k+ stage.  Its amazing how many there are int eh UK, but hardly anyone will ship here.  There is one amazing one in the UK called GoKart, that works based on hand pressure, and it is extremely reasonably price.  DOwnside is shipping costs and lack of service in the US.

I should just bit the bullet and get the one I want.  This sport costs enough already so what is a few hundred more.

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Posted 19 May 2016 - 06:09 PM

I put it off for quite a while but am happy I went ahead and got one.

IMO the only way you can go wrong would be to get one where you're on your own finding and buying replacement parts on eBay or something for a trolley without a USA distributor.

Good luck!

Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 01:49 AM

I ran the very ugly, but US made Clubrunner by Motocaddie for nearly 4 seasons on the same SLA battery - no issues!  I only gave it up to try out one of the modern push carts, a Clicgear 3.5 and won't go back to electric.  Too easy to push.

For me, I don't need the oddity of electric as hardly anybody here in the desert SW uses one.  I play quite flat courses, plus I am a fitness geek with running/mtn. bike - was never needed!

OP in California - if you have local ties/connections here around PHX, my unit I would sell you for $100 cash with the battery/charger.  It still is very good, but a new battery (yes, it is SLA Heavy) would up its top speed.  It is a non-remote version, so just one motor, can't escape your remote's range of control, either. :blush2:

B4 this CG, was going to get another electric. I researched all the models wanting to stay below $1K.  That GoKart via UK did sound pretty cool.   Others could be made in China - OK for golf clubs, but moving electric parts - think about all the cheaper mass-produced hover boards of recent times.
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Posted 20 May 2016 - 07:43 AM

A fellow in my foursome every week has a motocaddie and it runs flawless and makes things easier for him.   Looks like a good brand to go with!!

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 08:26 AM

Just to clarify...

Clubrunner is a USA company and they have a model called "Motorcaddie". They have been making electric trolleys since about 2002.

Motocaddy is a UK company and they call their models "Motocaddy". They have been in business since 2005 and have had a USA distributor since 2013.

Both of these have a solid warranty and aftermarket infrastructure in this country and both brands are available through Motogolf.com (which also carries many other brands).

The advantage of Motocaddy is a little more modern design and Lithium battery option. The advantage of Clubrunner is USA ownership plus they've been established a slightly longer time with a good track record. Pricing is similar either way.

Edited by North Butte, 20 May 2016 - 09:19 AM.

Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 10:10 AM

Thought I'd chime back in.....would love seeing a WRXer pick up the QOD.  Yeh, $900 is bit steep, but looks solid & is Lithium powered.

http://qodgolf.com

I just don't need electric, but dang!
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Posted 20 May 2016 - 10:22 AM

Looks like the QOD is about 1/3 the folded size and exactly the same weight as a Motocaddy M1. The tradeoff is four wheels and a smaller/shorter wheelbase (when in use) most electric caddies. Guess it  depends on how small the space you need to pack it into!

Do they have a USA distributor?

Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 01:58 PM

The Jucad is the one I have my eye on. Need to win the lottery first though

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 02:06 PM

carttek looks interesting to me. I don't know much about them other than what is on their wed site.

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 05:13 PM

I've known of one case of "infant mortality" with a CartTek breaking down the first time it was used. But honestly that can happen to any brand of any sort of electro-mechanical gadget.

I just happen to know of more success stories with Motocaddy specifically than other brands.  So I feel real sure my odds are good with that brand and have only limited 2nd-hand information on most other brands. We tend to hear about the bad luck stories more than the no-problem ones!
Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.

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Posted 31 May 2016 - 06:00 PM

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I love my Lectronic Kaddy TS-1 fold up. Dependable, easy set up, and makes walking 18 a breeze.

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 04:57 AM

I've had my Motocaddy M1 Pro for two and a half years and can't fault it. I have the 36 hole lithium battery. I recently had it serviced but there were no major issues with it, I just thought it was worth having it looked at after logging a lot of miles. I can highly recommend Motocaddy. The trolley folds down pretty small and will fit in the boot/trunk of most cars. The trolley itself is very stable. The battery doesn't make much noise when in use but becomes a little more audible as you increase the speed.

If you can find a US distributor I'm sure you will be very pleased should you go with Motocaddy.

N.B. Regardless of which brand you go for I would definitely choose a lithium battery over lead acid. Yes it is more expensive but is definitely worth the extra money. They are much lighter and easier to transport plus they last a lot longer than lead acid.

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