Where do Amish buggies come from?  Most established Amish settlements have at least one full-time buggy maker, but those that don’t usually acquire their vehicles in larger settlements.

Amish buggy makers rarely make a buggy from top to bottom.  Parts such as the wheels or undercarriage may come from other Amish shops.

One buggy shop owner acquaintance produces one new vehicle per week.  Stephen Scott writes in Plain Buggies of a Lancaster buggy maker who estimates 100 man hours of work per vehicle, not counting wheels or top, which are done elsewhere.

Buggy making may be a side project for some.  I recall a Daviess County, Indiana Amishman constructing a buggy in his garage as an after work project.  Buggy makers meet at annual trade meetings, to share ideas and boost morale.

These photographs are from a buggy maker and repair shop in Big Valley, Pennsylvania.

Amish buggy wheels
A used set of wheels.  Most brake systems are hydraulic, rather than the bicycle-style friction brake, once more common.

Amish buggy springs
Elliptic springs, or the buggy ‘suspension’.

Amish buggy chassis

This particular buggy is a challenge to ride.

Amish buggy box

The box and top framework.

Amish buggy interior
The interior.  Flowers optional.

Amish buggy lights

Accessories:  lights and reflectors…

Amish buggy SMV

And the all-important SMV (slow-moving vehicle) triangle.

Yellow Amish buggies big valley

Stick to the instruction manual, and the end-product should come out looking like these.


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