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Old 09-15-2019, 11:57 PM
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The old one I inherited finally collapsed.
Apparently wheelbarrow technology has changed.

Thoughts on general use wheelbarrow?
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I'm 6'2" and 63. I just a few weeks back bought a double wheeled barrow from Lowe's. I like it. It fits me as good as any, I think they are all made for shorter folks.

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Gorilla dump cart. Just pull the loop and the bed pivots to dump the load. Super tough and will carry up to 1200 lbs.
The tires need to be aired up every day you use it though. Only complaint.

https://www.google.com/shopping/prod...UU0Bj0Q8wIIvAM
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Jackson wheelbarrow. Lasts forever, solid rubber tire for no leaks. Thick, sturdy, wood handles. Its what the masonry trades use, that says it all right there. Those guys are extremely tough on their equipment. They cost more, but you get your money's worth hands down.
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After years of pushing around one wheelers, I bought a two wheeler a couple of years ago. It took some getting used to.

Pros: It has a bigger bed than the smallish homeowner 1whlr I had been using, better for hauling light bulky stuff. You can push it one handed on smooth surfaces. You can tip it up on it's nose and scoop out stuff like dirt or stiff cement for accurate placement.

Cons: It has a bar across the back that makes you take short steps. I'm normal size,5'10", but the handles and wheels arraingment is built for even shorter people than me. The bed isn't near level when I push it. If you want to dump it, the bar on the nose makes you do a two stage lift. It gets in the way when you are dumping cement into 2X4 forms.

It took some getting used to but I think I prefer the 2whlr. now especially since I don't do much cement work anymore.
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When my old wheelbarrow finally wore out after several decades of use and abuse I replaced it with a new one several years ago. Several wooden handles rotted, broke and was replaced over the years on the old one and I constantly fought the inflatable tire being flat. The new one has a flat free tire and steel handles. I got it at Home Despot. It will likely last me the rest of my years since I have my tractor with front end loader to handle most moving chores. I also use a 4 wheeled cart for tasks like firewood collection.

Being tall the problem I have with all wheel barrows is in terms of catching the front wheel guard as I trundle them along. I looked at the 2 wheeled verity and they seemed ungainly.
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I love my two wheeled barrow because I can push a load with one hand, leaving the other hand free for more important tasks, like holding a coffee or a beer.
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Get the solid tire and never look back
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+ 1 on two wheel units
I ran construction crews
I would never let my crews use them, too slow
But for me yes
Young, strong, use one every day
One wheel
They are way faster
Me two wheels
Perfect
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Two wheel units for manual labor. For the old, weak and lazy like me, I bought a dump cart I can pull behind a mower or 4-wheeler.

If you get pneumatic tires, fill it with expanding foam. Same principle as the hard wheel, but easier to push around since it's still rubber.
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Old 09-16-2019, 10:32 AM
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Get the solid tire and never look back

Yes!
I recently replaced the pneumatic tires on my garden cart with solid rubber tires. I got tired or airing one or more of them up after the cart had sat for a while. Sure I could have patched the tires and eventually one or more would have started leaking again, instead I chose to go with solid rubber tires and deal with the problem in a more permanent manner.
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I dont know how old mine is borrowed from dad, and it followed me. I remember pouring concrete sidewalks as a kid at home early 70s, and it wasnt new then. I does have decades of cement scars inside and out. I did put a solid tire on it late 90s. The oak handles are getting worn and a bit loose, but I cant haul the heavy loads over 2x12 anymore like I used to. It will probably outlast me... It is much heavier than the ones I look at when I go to a buildOrama store and windowshop.
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That brings back memories. I haven't scraped the bottom of a metal barrow while mixing cement for quite a while... it's one of those sounds that you can distinguish from any other.
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I scored one off of Craigslist "free" section. Got it home and realize it's probably junk. Tire is shot, all the wood is close to decomposed. It'll cost more to fix than buying a new one. And since it's the shallower version it isn't as handy.
I'll probably just scrap it and save for one that fits my needs.
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I personally like a one wheel barrow. I used a double wheel at work for 16 years and went out of my way not to use it. I would rather just go get the backhoe. It takes a 4' trail or walkway, & 40 acres to turn. Try turning one on its side.
My one wheel barrow here at home will turn on a dime. Can get into places like the rabbitry, garden, flower beds, and smaller doors on the garage and wood shed. You can easily tip/dump it left or right. I use it for mixing potting soil, mortar and cement. In the winter, I use a wheelbarrow loaded with [email protected] day to heat the house. So it gets used a lot. I haved wheeled many a yard of concrete with a one wheel barrow to pour basement floors.

I'm on my second tire & rim with this one. It might take two hands, but I don't push the wheelbarrow and tx at the same time anyway.
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The old one I inherited finally collapsed.
Apparently wheelbarrow technology has changed.

Thoughts on general use wheelbarrow?
Hang on to the old one...

I've been the recipient of a lot of hand-me-down wheelbarrows... after the original owner can't use them...

I can usually take parts from 4 or 5 different wheelbarrows and get one working...

Re: the 2 wheel types... if you are on flat ground... with a wide pathway... might be usable... but on the slope, or through the thick weeds and brush... stick with the single wheel type.

Re: poly tray vs steel tray... poly sucks for rocks and firewood... but it's fine for manure... which rots out the bottom of the steel wheelbarrow.

suggest test driving every wheelbarrow at the hardware store... some are too heavy to push, some are balanced funny... gonna be a personal choice about which one you are gonna be able to operate in your specific conditions.
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Two wheel units for manual labor. For the old, weak and lazy like me, I bought a dump cart I can pull behind a mower or 4-wheeler.

If you get pneumatic tires, fill it with expanding foam. Same principle as the hard wheel, but easier to push around since it's still rubber.
Interesting. What expanding foam do you use and how do you get it in the tube?
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I love you guys.
Funny how the simplest things have the best discussions.
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Every time I see the word wheelbarrow on the boards my mind drifts back to a simpler time when gunkid and gecko45 informed and enlightened us. Those were the days...LOL


When my last wheelbarrow bit the dust I realized I didn't want another but still had to be able to move heavy/loose stuff around the yard. A garden cart works well, maybe not as efficient as a wheel barrow, doable none the less.
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Gorilla dump cart. Just pull the loop and the bed pivots to dump the load. Super tough and will carry up to 1200 lbs.
The tires need to be aired up every day you use it though. Only complaint.

https://www.google.com/shopping/prod...UU0Bj0Q8wIIvAM
Do you find it as easy to pull this as pushing a regular 2 wheel wheelbarrow? We have very uneven terrain and Iím curious how well it maneuvers. Thank you.
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