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There are tons of different wheelbarrows, with many different designs. You would be surprised at how many - how do you choose the right one for you?
Wheelbarrows have been around for donkeys years, and fill many needs,
from hauling manure from the stable to the compost bin, to mixing
concrete mortar on building sites. I use one to sift compost into, with a
screen that sits over it.
All of the different permutations may look similar, but the slight alterations in dimension and size, not to mention weight, make them perfect, or not so perfect, for a particular task.
Flatter and shallower wheelbarrows sold as homeowner types are good for general use - a few twigs or grass clippings are all it will hold.
Deeper ones are designed to hold concrete to transport it, so they are much more sturdy to carry the weight.
height of the sides makes it possible to really load it up with wet or
sloppy materials, but the trade off is that it makes it a lot more top
heavy and hard to handle.
If you're lucky enough to be able to purchase a new wheelbarrow, and you know what it will most likely be used for, here are a few things to look for;
I use a wheelbarrow pretty much every single day in my garden.
The best type for me is one with a low wheelbase, and one wheel in front, in the typical setup.
Wheeling it along my narrow pathways is easy, and it's also a snap to dump it out. My question is, why are wheelbarrows so different in shape and size? I see wide shallow ones, deep unstable ones and all kinds of other dimensions.
What is the purpose for them all?
I would like to buy a new one to replace my current one, but I'm not sure which would work the best for hauling plants in flats and pots, manure and compost, and tree trimmings.
There are so many wheelbarrows. Depending on
what you'll be primarily using it for. The shape and size of the perfect
wheelbarrow for your height, and the situation you'll use it in, vary.
Here are a few choices that are popular for all kinds of gardening; This one is 31.8 x 8.5 x 24.5 inches.
This style is 36 x 25.5 x 27 inches;Jackson M6T22 6 Cubic Steel Wheelbarrow
This one has dimensions of 57.8 x 27 x 25.5 inches;True Temper R625 6 Cubic Foot Steel Wheelbarrow
This is just a quick glimpse at all the types of wheelbarrows available. Choose the one that is comfortable for you to use, is easy to keep stable, and doesn't let you fill it too full.
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