- Tips for Shopping:
- The Little Extras
- Personal Preference Of A Good Wheelbarrow
- Buy a garden cart or a wheelbarrow? The answer was yes.
- Wheelbarrows are best for …
- And garden carts are best for …
- Garden cart/wheelbarrow all-in-one
- What made the Marathon Yard Rover stand out
- Why a Gorilla Cart Is Better Than a Wheelbarrow
- GORILLA CART
- Wheelbarrows and Garden Carts
- Carts and Wheelbarrows
- Choosing The Perfect Wheelbarrow
- Types of Wheelbarrows
- Wheelbarrow Features to Know
- Best Wheelbarrows For The Money
Ease Of Moveability
Users can easily draw and push garden trucks. However, moving them makes a hard task, particularly along cramped ways and in small spaces.
- If you need to push a truck along a straight road, you will encounter no issues. However, pivoting a patio truck can come as a troublesome effort.
- A wheelbarrow, by correlation, works much simpler to turn since it only holds a solitary wheel to rotate and turn.
- Turning an unfilled wheelbarrow feels much less difficult than turning a stacked wheelbarrow since you should precisely adjust the heap weight while turning.
- Wheelbarrows make a more practical choice when it comes to limited, narrow spaced ways since you can tilt them easily from side to side to move through tight spaces.
Things To consider While Buying A Garden Cart Or Wheelbarrow
- Strength and size of the gardener: If you buy a heavy item and you can’t even lift its handle to pull it, then everything will go waste. Appropriate size will make the work easier.
- The size of the garden: Consider the number of trips you need to do if you have a bigger garden. Also, always remember; the bigger the cart or wheelbarrow, the harder to pull and balance.
- The topography of your land: Handling a wheelbarrow in bumpy lands makes a hard task. On the other hand, carts usually tend to move faster in steep lands.
- The quality of the product: Always opt for the best built and sturdy wheel barrow. You should look for a good grip, and the plates should appear thick and sturdy to hold the load.
- The material of the plates: Choose the right material for the plates. Metal or steel sits at the top choices regarding durability, and you need to maintain it yearly in the occurrence of rust and corrosion. Plastic also makes a good option due to its light weight but ensure the material consists of high-quality plastic. Among all choices, wood gives lesser durability as it gets easily damaged than plastic and metal.
- Look for air filled tires as they make the motion easier and give more balance to the cart. In case the tire gets flat, you can easily fix it by using a regular tire pump. Metal tires won’t get flat, but they add more weight to the cart.
- In advanced carts and wheelbarrows, you can opt gas or electric powered ones which will ease your task to a great extent.
- Some carts and barrows come available with brakes which will help with the navigation in steep lands.
- Folding wheelbarrows and carts work great for storage, and they will save a lot of space for other tools.
Tips for Shopping:
- Carts often come with a choice of tire size and style (inner tube or solid, spoke wheel or not). Your conditions and the intended use are factors to consider when choosing tire type. Read the manufacturer site, or ask.
- Though there are lookalikes in wooden carts, it sounds as if I am not alone in recommending the ones from Carts Vermont, which are sold in catalogs and at Amazon.
- The Smart Cart I favor is also much copied, but the original is from Muller’s Garden Carts in Maine. It, too, be had in garden catalogs, or cheaper at the ubiquitous Amazon.
- I don’t know if plastic-tub wheelbarrows were popular when I got my un-fancy red steel True Temper ages ago. If I ever need a new wheelbarrow, I’ll investigate those, thanks to the advice shared by my expert friends above.
Video of the Gorilla Cart A “Utility Wagon Garden Dump Cart”
The Little Extras
The little extras are features which set one product apart from another.
Large wheels make operation much easier in navigating, hauling and overall ease of use. Some of the 2 wheel carts which you pull by hand have nice size “buckets” but small wheels making operation and maneuvering more difficult.
The less parts the better… bolts need tightening over time. Metal rusts where molded plastic or poly formed trays do not. Wood handles can rot over time – Are replacement parts available?
Some carts are designed with a drop-down front gate making it easier to fill and unload. This can be a big help when loading mulch, raking leaves or spreading compost.
Personal Preference Of A Good Wheelbarrow
The above items should help you in your buying wheelbarrow or cart buying decision, but let me leave you with my “buying” preference.
My preference has always been a 1 wheel model, a steel wheelbarrow frame holding 6 cubic feet, constructed of a durable molded poly bucket for most of the jobs I have need for.
The poly bucket or tray does not rust, is easy to clean and durable. It handles and hauls a wide range of durable materials.
The large pneumatic wheelbarrow wheel rolls smoothly, remains steady when filling and dumps easily. Apart from the pneumatic tires, they make a nice seat to take a break when needed.
Buy a garden cart or a wheelbarrow? The answer was yes.
When my wife’s landscaping/gardening efforts got a little more ambitious, she started looking at buying a garden cart. I suggested that a wheelbarrow might be a good double-duty solution—especially since I was going to need a wheelbarrow for some backyard projects. And I didn’t want to borrow my neighbor’s beastly heavy ‘barrow anymore.
She wasn’t too keen on the idea of wheelbarrow as garden cart. But we had a bigger problem: we don’t really have room for both. We have a separate garage, but there’s only so much room for tool stuff. Plus, why spend more if we could kill two birds with one stone?
So we surfed high and low and did our homework and watched videos and asked our friends and neighbors and here’s where we netted out. We bought kind of a hybrid cart that does the work of both wheelbarrow and garden cart because it fit our needs best.
And that’s what it comes down to: your needs. Carts can do some things better than wheelbarrows, and vice versa. So if you truly need both, and have the room (and money), why not? Here’s a few tips that may help you decide.
Wheelbarrows are best for …
Wheelbarrows are great for maneuvering in tight spaces and for going through narrow garden rows in particular where carts might not fit. They’re also somewhat easier for dumping exact amounts of soil, fertilizer, gravel, etc. And clearly the biggest upside versus a garden cart is that wheelbarrows are specifically made for moving and dumping heavy loads.
The biggest downside is stability. It’s easy to accidentally tip over a wheelbarrow. And depending on the load, it can take some real strength to get where you’re going—especially uphill.
Probably the biggest difference is obvious: you push a wheelbarrow (while balancing it on one wheel), whereas you pull most garden carts like a wagon. If you’re trying to decide between the two, that difference maybe the deciding factor if you live on steep or unsteady ground. Luckily, we don’t.
And garden carts are best for …
Garden carts, on the other hand, are 2-, 3- or 4-wheeled, so they’re way more stable, unlikely to tip over. They’re best for hauling stuff around the yard when you have to make lots of little stops. Putting down multiple plants, spreading small amounts of fertilizer or mulch, gathering bits of brush, or simply carrying all manner of gardening tools and supplies around the yard—just a few of the tasks made easier with a cart.
True, you could manage lots of the same things with a wheelbarrow, but most people just find carts easier to handle, especially after an hour or two in the hot sun.
Most garden carts today are essentially wagons. 4 wheels with a handle, pull to move. But what my wife thinks of as the ‘classic garden cart’ is the kind with 2 wheels and ‘legs’—the kind you push, wheelbarrow-style, and then set down. Some of them even have shelves to hold several flats of plants at once.
And that’s how we got to what we really need. She does a little bit of flower-gardening and landscaping—but not enough to need a larger garden cart that holds bunches of flats at once. And we don’t have a big garden with multiple rows where a wheelbarrow might be more practical. I on the other hand needed something that could do some heavy material-moving like a wheelbarrow.
Garden cart/wheelbarrow all-in-one
In our search for a solution, we stumbled on to these hybrid carts. They’re like classic 2-wheeled garden carts, so they’re easy to handle. But you can also haul and dump stuff like a wheelbarrow. There are a few models available, made more or less with the same idea. We chose a Marathon Yard Rover (pictured below) because it seemed to make the most sense for the money.
It’s worked out pretty well. For my wife, it’s lightweight enough that she can push it (or pull it I suppose) anywhere she needs to. It doesn’t have as much ‘floor space’ for plant trays as some carts, but she says it’s not a problem.
For me, the wheelbarrow function is more than adequate. The two wheels makes it more stable than a 1-wheeler and it’s easier to push. Less exertion: I like that. Dumping is simple, though like I said, a little less precise than a standard wheelbarrow.
What made the Marathon Yard Rover stand out
Once we decided on they hybrid approach, there were a few things that set this particular one apart. Cushioned handle. Inflated tires. Fairly high ground clearance. Easy assembly. 300-pound rating. And a good thick poly tub, or ‘tray’ as they call it. That was important to me, and just like any old-timer I worried that poly/plastic wouldn’t be up to snuff like a classic metal barrow. I shouldn’t have. It won’t rust, and though it’s got a scratch or two from some bricks, it’s solid and strong and doesn’t show any signs of weakening.
My wife wanted the pink one because it’s cute. I couldn’t do it. Give me the standard garden green version, thank you.
So if you find yourself trying to decide whether you want a wheelbarrow, or a garden cart, consider that you might be able to get both in one.
Happy hauling. Hope this helps!
Why a Gorilla Cart Is Better Than a Wheelbarrow
As we give birth to our gardens every year we experience labor pains. If you have ever hauled a weighted down wheelbarrow, you know exactly what I am talking about. The tell-tale grunts as you push (and push) the wheelbarrow across the yard, the gasps as you try to negotiate turns, the loud straining noise associated with hoisting and dumping and the resigned sigh acknowledging the many wheelbarrow loads your poor back has yet to endure.
I recently had the opportunity to assemble and test drive the Heavy Duty Poly Cart (GOR10-COM) from Gorilla Carts and I can say that it’s high time to convert that gardening relic known as ‘the wheelbarrow’ into a garden planter for annuals and perennial flowers. Your back will thank you.
The Gorilla Cart was quick and easy to assemble and completed in less than an hour. And, when I say this, it means a lot. I am not mechanically inclined whatsoever and past experiences with other assemblies have reduced me to the fetal position after hours of frustration. The assembly (and initial storage) of the Gorilla Cart should occur in a well-ventilated area as the tires on the cart do emanate a strong odor that wears off gradually over time.
The GOR10-COM Gorilla Cart is designed to tackle heavy duty landscaping and gardening projects with a rugged steel frame, a potential load capacity of 1500lbs/10 cu ft, a bed size of 49.6”L x 32.6”W x 12”H and four 15” pneumatic tires. This, however, may be too much Gorilla for you. Whether you do small-scale or large-scale gardening, there is a Gorilla Cart out there specifically for you. They are offered with smaller beds in other load bearing sizes, such as 600 lb and 800 lb.
If I were to assign the Gorilla Cart a buzz word, it would be ‘COMFORTABLE’. Unlike a wheelbarrow, a heavy load is easy and effortless to transport with a Gorilla Cart. The patented 2-in-1 cushioned handle can be used to easily pull the cart by hand or easily converted into an ATV or tractor hook-up for an easy tow. Stability is always a concern with a wheelbarrow but not with a Gorilla Cart, courtesy of a four wheel design that maximizes stability on all terrain. No more weebling and wobbling trying to balance a wheelbarrow load – that is just monkey’s business. The Gorilla Cart also features a fast release dumping mechanism which, when pulled outward and lifted, makes completely emptying the cart an easy task.
If you’re a gardener with back ailments or want to prevent becoming a gardener with back ailments, I would highly recommend the Gorilla Cart over a traditional wheelbarrow. I was truly amazed by how well the Gorilla Cart maneuvered heavy loads and easily negotiated tight turns with minimal effort on my part.
For more information about Gorilla Carts, please visit their website www.gorillacarts.com or connect with them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/gorillacarts.
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Anyone who loves to garden knows how much of a pain it can be from time to time. Enjoying the flourishing plant life is fabulous, but a lot of hard work and sweat has to go into a garden before any fruits of your labor can be cultivated.
One of the most essential tools of a garden is a type of wheelbarrow, but when it comes to a wheelbarrow vs a gorilla cart, which is best?
A wheelbarrow is more traditional and classically designed, but are sometimes prone to rusting. A gorilla cart is rugged and sturdy, but may be a bit too bulky depending on what you need it for.
If you’re not sure which tool would best suit your outdoor needs, just read on to check out some useful information that could help you come to a decision.
|Have nifty, one wheel design||Have four heavy duty wheels|
|Classic yard tool||Have a deeper basin|
|Can teeter a bit easier||Have dump accessibility|
|Could be hard to move||Would need to be protected from rain and sun|
Table of Contents
USING A WHEELBARROW
A wheelbarrow is a traditional tool used in building and gardening to help haul materials like soil, mulch, compost, etc. It is a single wheel cart that has two supporting legs and two handles at the rear to help the user move things more efficiently.
The wheelbarrow has a plastic, steel or aluminum basin that comes in various sizes dependent on the type of wheelbarrow you need. You can typically find steel wheelbarrows on building sites and in larger gardens since the basin is built for more heavy duty work.
Some people prefer plastic wheelbarrows over steel ones since plastic basins will not rust and are typically lighter and easier to maneuver. Each type of wheelbarrow has its pros and cons, but you’d really need to determine what kind of jobs you’d need the wheelbarrow for before you decide on a plastic or steel basin.
BENEFITS IN USING A WHEELBARROW
Wheelbarrows are great when you need to move something quickly across the yard or building site. They are versatile in design and with so many to choose from, you can easily find the perfect wheelbarrow for almost any job.
As stated earlier, the most common types of wheelbarrows are plastic or steel. Plastic wheelbarrows are easier to move around since they are lighter. Steel wheelbarrows, however, do tend to be a bit sturdier in that they can carry a heavier load without buckling or folding inward.
Wheelbarrows are a classic garden tool and you can find them pretty much anywhere a job requiring the hauling of materials is. Wheelbarrows are great for moving bricks, wood, gravel and other types of building materials. Using the two handles, the load can easily be moved with ease due to the classic one-wheeled design.
DRAWBACKS IN USING A WHEELBARROW
One of the biggest drawbacks in using a wheelbarrow is that it can be hard on your back. Especially if you are handling a heavier load, such as bricks or rocks, the wheelbarrow could essentially cause great harm if it’s not used properly. You do have to use your back muscles in order to move the wheelbarrow, so if it’s not lifted right, you could end up injuring yourself pretty badly.
Another major drawback in using a wheelbarrow is the wear and tear. Steel wheelbarrows will rust if left outside in the rain or snow. It’s important to remember to move the wheelbarrow under some protective covering to protect it from the elements, such as a patio or garden shed.
Plastic wheelbarrows can also experience weather damage and become brittle from sun exposure. It’s important to make sure your wheelbarrow is kept in a dry, shaded area if you can’t keep it under a patio or in a shed.
USING A GORILLA CART
More like a garden cart, a gorilla cart has four heavy duty wheels with a deep, poly bed with steel framed basin. It typically has a 600 pound capacity, but comes in various sizes depending on what you need it for.
The gorilla cart has a dump release feature that acts like a dump truck would. It has a switch that releases the bed backwards to quickly and easily dump gravel, soil or any other kind of material that needs to be dumped.
The large, ridged tires are good for moving across difficult terrain and pulling the gorilla cart is typically effortless. The gorilla cart can be purchased in various weights and sizes depending on how heavy duty the job is. Lighter versions are also available for gardening and household requirements.
BENEFITS IN USING A GORILLA CART
Gorilla carts are great when it comes to moving materials, even heavy materials, because they act more like a wagon or garden cart. They have four heavy duty wheels, so you can easily move them without too much personal strain. Check this video out:
Instead of having to lift the tool, you can just pull it by the handle, saving your back and arm muscles. For exceptionally heavy loads, the cart can both be pushed and pulled depending on what the material is. The deeper the basin, the heavier the load will be, so keep that in mind when looking for the perfect cart for your needs.
Since the gorilla cart has a steel frame and poly bed, the product shouldn’t rust, but it would be best to keep this in a garden shed or patio to protect it from the elements.
DRAWBACKS IN USING A GORILLA CART
Some setbacks in using the gorilla cart is the bulkiness of it. Some people simply prefer the nifty design of a classic wheelbarrow instead of a rectangular cart. Since it is a bit boxy, some people may be turned off in the storage space it would take. You can’t easily hang up a gorilla cart like you could a smaller wheelbarrow.
Another drawback is the axels. Any tool needs upkeep, but if you left the gorilla cart in the rain, the wheels’ axles and washers could easily rust. Since this tool has four wheels, it would be in your best interest in keeping it in a shed to protect it from rain and rust.
Hopefully you’ve found all this information on wheelbarrows and gorilla carts useful enough to help you make a decision. Each tool offers so much efficiency in use that it may be a bit tough, but just remember to assess the job you’ll be using it for beforehand to help make the decision.
In my personal opinion, the gorilla cart would be the better tool since you can move it around so much easier than a wheelbarrow. The gorilla cart just seems sturdier and the fact that you don’t have to lift it to move it is a great plus.
If you have any experience using a wheelbarrow or gorilla cart, leave your advice in the comments so we can get even more perspective!
Wheelbarrows and Garden Carts
Homeowners and gardeners often use wheelbarrows and garden carts to move materials around their property.
Wheelbarrows and carts are very handy for hauling bags of fertilizer or mulch, plants, tools, trash or bulk materials like soil, sand, gravel or compost. Both types of conveyance are useful, but each offers certain advantages and limitations.
Traditional wheelbarrows have a hopper, one tire and two handles (Figure 1). The hopper is located between the tire and the handles, so the operator must lift much of the weight of the cargo. The single wheel makes it possible to roll a wheelbarrow along a board over a muddy spot or up a narrow ramp; on the other hand, the single wheel makes a wheelbarrow somewhat unsteady. The operator must be careful to keep the load balanced to avoid tipping over.
Wheelbarrows are generally available in 4 or 6 cubic foot sizes. The smaller size often has a small, hard rubber (semipneumatic) tire, but the larger size usually has a wider pneumatic tire that rolls more easily. Some wheelbarrows now have two tires, which provides much better stability, but still leaves much of the weight on the operator and negates the ability to traverse a narrow board or ramp.
Small Garden Carts
There are many styles of small garden carts. The hoppers may be metal or plastic. They typically have two small tires. Load capacity is fairly small. They are often capable of tipping over forward so leaves can be raked directly into the hopper. These carts are useful for light loads in small yards. Some types will fold up for storage.
Large Garden Carts
Large garden carts with 20- or 26-inch bicycle tires (Figure 2) have become popular in the last 20 years. These carts typically have a tubular steel frame with a plywood body that is open at the rear. They are often sold unassembled, and, in some cases, you can buy a kit without the plywood. The models with 20-inch tires hold about 6 to 7 cubic feet, and the models with 26-inch tires hold about 11-12 cubic feet.
These carts thus hold twice the volume of a wheelbarrow and, because of the big tires, they roll much easier. They are best at hauling light, bulky materials like leaves, pine straw and compost. When hauling soil, sand or gravel, they should not be fully loaded or the weight will be excessive. With these carts, the hopper is mounted over the axle instead of behind the wheel like a wheelbarrow, thus more of the weight is carried by the tires and less by the operator.
Stability is excellent. When the carts are tipped forward, the front panel is flush on the ground, thus making it easy to rake materials directly into the hopper. On most models, the front panel can be removed or swung out for easy unloading.
You can get a small garden cart or a small wheelbarrow for less than $50. A large wheelbarrow may cost from $40-$100. Large garden carts will range from $60-250, depending on size and quality.
Some special uses favor a particular design. Mixing concrete, for instance, can be done in the bin or tub of a wheelbarrow or small cart, but not in a large, wooden cart. On the other hand, the large carts are handy for hauling small grandchildren around the yard!
In summary, a good wheelbarrow is a sound investment for home construction projects involving mixing concrete or moving sand, gravel, etc. A large garden cart is the best choice for serious gardeners. It is easier to use and will carry more of the type of things gardeners typically carry.
Carts and Wheelbarrows
Photo by Erik Rank
Men pushing barrows and carts moved the stuff that built civilization, and aside from the addition of a little power and rubber tires, not much has changed. From trash to topsoil to building materials, everything travels more quickly when you stick a wheel underneath it.
Carts and wheelbarrows help you move heavy loads by distributing the weight over the wheels. A wheelbarrow has a sloped tray and one or two wheels in the front. You have to push it, but it maneuvers easily and can go anywhere (provided you don’t jam it into a hole). A cart, on the other hand, has straight sides and two or more large wheels. It works best when pulled—ideally over a smooth surface, though its big wheels can bridge holes. Carts are also more stable and carry more volume than wheelbarrows.
When choosing either, follow the recommendation of This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook to look for foam-filled or solid tires, because pneumatic tires can go flat. And when it’s lunchtime, do what Roger does: Throw a piece of plywood on top and set out your picnic spread.
Shown: A powered cart, like this electric model, can make moving heavy objects up and down a hill a real breeze.
Photo by Erik Rank
Best for: Moving heavy or bulky loads—mulch, firewood, construction debris, household appliances—across smooth terrain.
Look for: Two wheels, sturdy wood or metal box, and a folding body (left) for easy storage.
Shown: Tipke Foldit aluminum cart; about $270; cartsandwagons.com
Photo by Erik Rank
Best for: Moving heavy loads up and down hilly terrain.
Look for: Large cart with gasoline engine or smaller cart with electric motor and rechargeable batteries.
Similar to shown: Neuton garden cart; about $350; neutonpower.com
Photo by Erik Rank
Best for: Trundling tools and flats of plants into the garden.
Look for: Four wheels for stability and a handle/cover that flips over so you can sit on it.
Shown: Ames Lawn Buddy gardening cart, about $50; amazon.com
Photo by Erik Rank
Best for: Transporting large gardening tools and heavy supplies, especially loose materials such as loam, gravel, sand, compost, and mixed concrete.
Look for: Sturdy wooden handles, 6-cubic-foot-or-larger tray of easy-to-clean, nonrusting plastic.
Shown: Brentwood ProBoss poly-ethylene wheelbarrow; about $170; amazon.com
Photo by Erik Rank
Best for: Easily loading leaves, rocks, soil, or firewood without lifting, as the tray unhooks and lies flat on the ground.
Look for: Single wheel, tough fabric tray, metal frame.
Shown: Allsop WheelEasy canvas wheelbarrow; about $85; allsopgarden.com
Photo by Erik Rank
To unload a wheelbarrow, tip the tray up and over, shifting your grip from overhand to underhand as you approach the balance point (left). Rest the wheelbarrow on its front support and let the load slide out. Don’t spill it on its side or you might lose control and end up hit by a flying handle.
When moving a loaded garden cart or wheelbarrow up or down a steep hill, tack from side to side in a wide S instead of a straight run to maintain control and save your strength.
When I first started gardening, I did everything by hand.
It got tiresome after just a few months, so I decided to invest in some garden tools for heavy loads. The first thing I bought myself was a high-quality wheelbarrow. If you haven’t yet invested in a wheelbarrow, it’s the most efficient way to transport your soil, mulch, weeds, or pretty much anything else you can dream up.
In this article, we’ll dive into what matters when buying a wheelbarrow. In the past, there weren’t too many different types of wheelbarrows on the market, but that’s changed. Now, there are dozens of different types, all with their own features.
It’s a little overwhelming, so we’re going to demystify it a bit for you. You’ll learn:
- The 3 different kinds of wheelbarrows
- The materials the top wheelbarrows use
- Everything to know about wheelbarrow tires
And a lot more! We’ll also recommend some of the top wheelbarrows for your money.
Gorilla Carts GOR6PS Heavy-Duty Poly Yard Dump Cart with 2-In-1 Convertible Handle, 1,200-Pound…
Gorilla Carts come in 600lb capacity or 1,200lb capacity. The 1,200 capacity is the best heavy duty wheelbarrow out there.
Other good options that aren’t traditional wheelbarrows include:
Best Two Wheel WheelbarrowBest Small WheelbarrowBest Collapsible WheelbarrowWORX WG050 Aerocart 8-in-1 All-Purpose Wheel barrow/Yard Cart/Dolly, 18″ x 12″ x 42″, Orange, Black,… Marathon Dual-Wheel Residential Yard Rover Wheelbarrow and Yard Cart – Green Mac Sports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon, Blue Best Two Wheel WheelbarrowWORX WG050 Aerocart 8-in-1 All-Purpose Wheel barrow/Yard Cart/Dolly, 18″ x 12″ x 42″, Orange, Black,… Best Small WheelbarrowMarathon Dual-Wheel Residential Yard Rover Wheelbarrow and Yard Cart – Green Best Collapsible Wheelbarrow
Mac Sports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon, Blue
The WORX Aerocart 2-Wheeled Yard Cart. Well-built and inexpensive, this dump cart has a lot of different configuration options.
The Marathon 2-Wheeled Yard Rover. 300lb load capacity and a classic design. Great for small jobs around the house.
The Mac Sports Collapsible Utility Wagon. Not technically a wheelbarrow, but still a good choice for portability and small loads.
Choosing The Perfect Wheelbarrow
Let’s get this out of the way first: the perfect wheelbarrow for you will be different from the perfect wheelbarrow for me.
Everyone has a different garden and gardening needs. To make a good buying decision, we need to look at what makes wheelbarrows good in general.
The most important thing to consider is what you’re going to use your wheelbarrow for. Answering this question will help narrow down the size, shape, and price range you should consider.
Types of Wheelbarrows
There are three kinds of wheelbarrows available to you. Which you choose depends on both the conditions of your garden and your own personal preferences.
Hybrid wheelbarrows are a mix of classic wheelbarrow design that has been updated for modern times. In the past, wheelbarrows had a single wheel and a load tub that was so shallow it wouldn’t much of anything.
Now, wheelbarrows come with 1, 2, or even 4 wheels and a variety of tub sizes, depending on the type of load you need to haul.
If you live in a hilly area, get a heavy-duty wheelbarrow that’s easier to use!
Most traditional wheelbarrows are suited for hills, but you want to choose a lightweight plastic wheelbarrow or poly wheelbarrow that’s easy to maneuver with heavy loads in it.
The ball bearings in the wheels should be well-lubricated and the hardwood handles should have grips to help pull it up a hill. Avoid a steel frame for this as it adds to weight and makes a heavy load even heavier.
Also consider getting a wheelbarrow with two wheels so you have extra stability when going up or down steep inclines or navigating rough terrain.
The most high-tech option for you to consider is the electric wheelbarrow. As you might imagine, these are more expensive than the traditional or hybrid models. Even after you purchase one, there are additional maintenance costs to consider.
While there are some of these on the market, they’re not too popular and they’re not one of my recommendations in this guide, simply because most people do not need them.
Wheelbarrow Features to Know
Just like other garden tools, there are a ton of different options and customizations that wheelbarrow manufacturers add to their products.
I’ve broken all of the most common wheelbarrow features down so you can understand exactly what to look for when making your purchase.
Load Tub Material
The load tray of your wheelbarrow can be made from:
- Plastic (Polyethlene)
- Fabric (Typically a folding wheelbarrow)
- Metal (Stainless Steel)
As a general rule, the heavier and more sturdy the load tub material, the heavier loads and higher load capacity the wheelbarrow can carry. At the same time, this means that the wheelbarrow itself is heavier, which makes it harder to operate.
Choose a load tub material that can support everything you want to haul in your wheelbarrow while still remaining light enough for you to operate it easily. For most people, this means a lightweight metal or a polyethylene plastic is the best choice.
Every single wheelbarrow manufacturer lists the weight limit that their wheelbarrows can hold. The weight is depending on a wheelbarrow’s construction, with heavier and more sturdily built wheelbarrows able to carry more.
However, the introduction of polyethylene load beds has made some wheelbarrows extremely lightweight, but still have a high load capacity.
Cargo volume refers to how space you can fill in your wheelbarrow. Most wheelbarrows average around 10 cubic feet of material.
Volume is an important factor to consider. Most people only look at the weight a wheelbarrow can carry, but it doesn’t matter that your wheelbarrow can carry 1,200 pounds if you can’t fit 1,200 pounds worth of material on it! Do some thinking and plan out what you’ll be putting in your wheelbarrow on a regular basis. This will affect the size that you need to buy.
Wheelbarrows come with either one, two, or four tires. The classic wheelbarrow is the single tire wheelbarrow, which can be hard to maneuver, especially if you are going up hills or have an heavy load. However, it’s also easier to turn around corners and move up narrow pathways.
Most people opt for a two-wheel wheelbarrow for stability’s sake. Some go for a four-wheel hybrid because they want to drag it behind them with ease. These are more like a garden cart, which I have reviewed in detail here.
A pneumatic tire makes for an easy to maneuver wheelbarrow, but also runs the risk of popping, forcing you to buy replacement pneumatic tires.
Most high-quality wheelbarrows will have pneumatic tires, which are filled with air and are similar to car tires. These are the best tires you can buy, because they roll smoothly over almost any type of terrain.
Some less expensive models will skimp on the tires, making them out of plastic or without any tread. Try to avoid these as they will break down much quicker, potentially causing a huge spill in the garden!
The final factor that will affect your tires is the ball bearing that is within the tire. The quality of this ball bearing will affect both how much weight your wheelbarrow can carry as well as how fast and smooth the tire rolls along the ground.
Choose a wheelbarrow that has a high-quality, industrial-grade bearing if possible. It will last much longer and won’t break down.
A standard set of wheelbarrow handles
The handles of your wheelbarrow will affect both how easy it is to turn and how easy it is to dump the load. Most wheelbarrows will have long wood handles that attach to the front of the wheelbarrow for easy leverage when dumping.
Some other types will have a single handle that can be either pulled or attached to a tractor or an ATV. These will have a dumping feature on the load bed so you do not have to awkwardly empty your wheelbarrow.
The best handles come with a rubberized or plasticized grip of some kind to help maneuver the wheelbarrow easier. When hauling a heavy load, it’s helpful to have a nice grippy surface to hold onto instead of holding on to bare wood.
When you set your wheelbarrow down after moving it, you’re setting it down on rests. Unless your wheelbarrow has four wheels, it will have some kind of structure to rest on when not in use.
The best ones are made out of stainless steel and will not warp even under the heaviest loads.
This is a rare feature, but some wheelbarrows have additional storage racks running in between the handles or on the sides of the tub. They allow you to load up oddly-shaped items, garden tools, or mulch bags.
Unless you’re using your wheelbarrow inside (not likely!), you’ll want one that is resistant to the elements. If you get one with a load tub made of plastic, you only have to worry about sun damage. If you get one made out of metal, you have to worry about rust, so try to get a stainless steel one if possible.
Whenever you invest in a piece of gardening equipment, especially one that’s a bit more expensive, it’s always good to check the warranty. Some Brands offer better warranties than others, so make sure to check exactly what’s covered and what isn’t before you make a purchase.
The better the warranty, the more you can trust that the company stands behind their product. Think about it: why would a company offer a good warranty if they knew they made low-quality wheelbarrows? It just doesn’t make sense.
Best Wheelbarrows For The Money
Sale Gorilla Carts GOR4PS Poly Garden Dump Cart with Steel Frame and 10-in. Pneumatic Tires, 600-Pound…
For most people, the best overall wheelbarrow for the money is going to be the 600lb capacity Gorilla Cart. The 36 x 20″ tub is made of polyethlene plastic, making it durable but lightweight. It comes with four pneumatic tires for smooth rolling over any terrain.
The most impressive feature is the fully-vertical dumping ability of the tub, so you don’t have to awkwardly maneuver the tub to get everything out.
The handle is a pull-handle only, meaning you can’t attach it to a tractor or ATV. But you shouldn’t need to at this size. On top of that, it comes with a 1-year limited warranty.
Heavy Duty Pick
Gorilla Carts GOR6PS Heavy-Duty Poly Yard Dump Cart with 2-In-1 Convertible Handle, 1,200-Pound…
Unsurprisingly, my pick for the best heavy duty wheelbarrow for the money is also from Gorilla Cart. The 1,200lb model comes with a few features that the 600lb one lacks, all for not much more money.
The first and most obvious is the larger load tub at 40 x 25″. It holds 10 cubic feet of material and up to 1,200lb. That is a HUGE amount of space!
The second major improvement is the two in one handle. It can either be a pull handle or attach to an ATV or tractor for serious hauling power.
Small Wheelbarrow Pick
Marathon Dual-Wheel Residential Yard Rover Wheelbarrow and Yard Cart – Green
If you just need a wheelbarrow for smaller jobs around the house, the Marathon Yard Rover is the best one for you.
It has two pneumatic wheels and will carry 300lb and 5 cubic feet of material. That’s not a lot, but it’s more than enough for many home gardeners.
It’s also extremely lightweight, coming in at just under 30lb.
Two Wheeled Option
WORX WG050 Aerocart 8-in-1 All-Purpose Wheel barrow/Yard Cart/Dolly, 18″ x 12″ x 42″, Orange, Black,…
This unique design from WORX is my pick for the best two wheeled wheelbarrow for the money. It can be turned into a wheelbarrow, yard cart, dolly, or trailer tote at a moment’s notice, making it super versatile.
It’s made of solid steel but is still easy to manage and even features a fold-out extension arm to load up extra cuttings, tools, or other gear.
It’s on the more expensive side, but for the versatility it offers it’s hard to beat.
Mac Sports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon, Blue
If you care about portability more than load capacity, choose this wheelbarrow. Again, it’s more of a utility cart than a wheelbarrow but it’s still a good option if you just need a bit of extra help pulling around some gear.
It’s 35.5″ x 20″ x 22.5″ when unfolded and only 8″ thick when collapsed, making it easy to store.
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