Horse-Drawn Log Carrier
Benbros Qualitoys Log Carrier
1) YELLOW cart & shafts RED pmw BROWN or WHITE horse Log Farm Labourer
2) ORANGE cart & shafts RED pmw BROWN or WHITE horse Log Farm Labourer
Variation 1 with yellow & red label on lidded box
photo from Farming in Miniature
Making use of existing castings in new models was often an attractive option for toymakers. Benbros used the shaft and chassis section as well as the wheels and the horse from the Farm Hay Cart to help create the Log Carrier. It was not surprising that the two models also shared a box.
The extra castings needed for the Log Carrier were the central spine of the trailer and two log holders or bolsters. The spine was a hollow girder-style section onto which the supports were fixed. Sometimes the rear one was moveable but with difficulty. Beneath the front support was a spindle onto which the axle-bracket was centrally attached thereby giving it turning ability. The shafts and front wheels were on the ends of the bracket much as a real log carrier would have been configured. The rear wheels were fixed to the rear support.
Painted yellow or orange after assembly but before the wheels were added, the Log Carrier was brightened by having red wheels and made realistic by carrying a real log which looked much like a miniature tree trunk.
The brown or white horse was the standard casting which Benbros used for horse-drawn models. It was finished with black trim although the Log Carrier horses seem to have often had extra gold and white trim added.
The Farm Labourer was the same as the figure included with the Farm Hay Cart but it is not known if it was originally issued with the Log Carrier as well.
The Log Carrier shared a cream-coloured lidded box with the Hay Cart on which were illustrations and names of both models. The printing on the lid was normally in dark-blue but shades varied to quite pale blue or turquoise. There was also a red printed lid in various shades, and one with a bright yellow label. To identify the contents, 'Farm Log Cart' was stamped at one end of the lower section of the box.
Later the Log Carrier was included in a multi-model end-flap box marked 'Benbros Farm Equipment' which carried illustrations of several horse-drawn and tractor models on all four sides. The end-flaps had 'Benbros Qualitoy' and one end had a blank panel for the model details to be added. (see photos on Tractor with Log Trailer page).
Despite being a fairly straight-forward toy, the Log Carrier must have been quite popular because it is not too hard to find and often still has the original log held in place by elastic bands. The boxes are more scarce.