What we say...
Tester: Neil Eddom, HCP 20
Pros: The price of less than £200 was a real attraction, but that didn’t mean it didn’t perform. It was easy to assemble and fold down with the quick release mechanism, and it was very straight-forward to use. The LED display is clear and the trolley can be set to travel 10, 20 or 30m away at a time.
Cons: Taking into account the price, there was very little to dislike about the GT2. However, there’s little getting away from the weight of the lead acid battery – it’s very heavy and I did find the trolley had a tendency to pull a little to the left. It’s also a little on the noisy side, although you do get used to this and long term it’s not a massive issue.
Conclusion: Looking at the bigger picture, the sensational price of the trolley makes it a winner, but as you might expect it's not all-singing and all-dancing. The lead acid battery made it incredibly heavy and both the TG Test team and Neil found that it pulled to the left, which meant constant hand to trolley supervision was required for best results.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Ease of use: 4.5
Ease of assembly: 3.65
What we like: It was simple to use (initially!), a doddle to assemble and comes at a very impressive price. We also thought it punched above its weight in the looks department too.
What we don’t like: Now, we said that it was simple to use, and it is… but if you want the thing to go straight without the use of your mitts, you’ll be sorely disappointed. In the space of less than 25 feet, the Stowamatic veered straight left, and showed no sign of correcting itself. Ultimately, you can probably correct this a little by packing the right side of your bag full of balls, waterproofs and Mars bars, but it’s hardly ideal. Maybe our long-term tester will find a solution.
Looks: 3.8 Ease of use: 3.3 Ease of assembly: 3.8 Functions: 3.0 Performance: 1.5
The GT2 performed really well in all areas, and one thing for us to mention immediately is the battery.
The upgraded 27-hole battery actually lasted 36-holes – and it was comfortable going up the last too!
Fergus noted how easy it was to control, while Ian commented on the ease of manoeuvrability! If price is an issue for you, this is just a sensational offering that won’t let you down or disappoint.
If you’re on a tight budget, there is probably no better model for your money than the Stowamatic GT2. It performed stoically in our electric trolley test in the latter part of 2010 and there really was very little to dislike about it. The company’s
27-hole battery actually lasted a full 36-holes on a wet day too, which obviously appeals to those of us who want to get the most out of one battery. One final thing to note – it’s incredibly small when folded up and will comfortably fit into the majority of car boots.
Battery options: 27-hole lead acid £199.
Warranty: 1 year
Tel: 01527 598 388
Stowamatic Electric Trolleys User Reviews
I owned one of these for a total of 15 months, after the first 10 months had elapsed the trolley became intermittent in motion, sometimes stopping inexplicably. I persevered with it until it became a source of incredible irritation, and contacted the manufacturer who took great relish in telling me that my trolley was a week over their warranty period of one year, and that it would cost me at least £45 to return it to them, and there was no guarantee they would fix the fault without replacing the electronics at an unspecified cost. I decided to fix it myself with a little tightening and WD40. This took us up to 15 months when the aluminium handle to the top half of the trolley sheared completely. It now lies on the tip in our local dump. Would not go near this manufacturer again.