Wheelbarrow Buyers Guide
Choose the Perfect Wheelbarrow
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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
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
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
- Steel construction is much more durable than plastic or aluminum.
- What you give up in weight will add more maneuverability.
- Size matters; heavy when empty means that if you load it up with
heavy materials like compost or manure, it will be extremely hard to
- The construction of the wheelbarrow reflects the quality; flimsy
and poorly made tools will be horrible to use; buy the best quality you
can afford and make it last a lot longer.
- The shape of a wheelbarrow is what makes the construction wheelbarrow a
bad choice for gardening; steep sides and a narrow box are great for
transporting concrete, not so good for loading with garden mulch or
waste. The height of a construction wheelbarrow makes it really tippy.
- For a gardening wheelbarrow, look for one with an inflatable
tire, not a solid one, and a wider box. This will make it easier to
push on uneven ground.
Donna from Hamilton asked this question about Wheelbarrow Dimensions;
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.
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
What is the purpose for them all?
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.
Garden Star 70018 Easy Barrow Wheelbarrow
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.