Wheelbarrows are an essential tool for many homeowners, gardeners and professionals. They can be used to haul a variety of items, including dirt, rocks, sand, gravel, soil or anything else that needs to be transported from one place to another.
But with so many wheelbarrow options on the market today – it’s easy to become overwhelmed by all of your choices!
So what do you need in a wheelbarrow? What size should you get? And how much should you spend? In this article, we answer these questions and more!
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Why do you need a wheelbarrow?
Wheelbarrows can carry a wide variety of materials, including dirt, rocks, sand or gravel. They are often used by homeowners who want to transport soil from one place in their yard to another.
Gardeners use them for transporting plants and stones out of the garden.
Professionals such as landscapers may also find wheelbarrow helpful because they do not have any other means of transportation available when on-site at a customer’s property.
What to look for in a wheelbarrow
When you’re looking to invest in a new wheelbarrow you’ll want to consider the following:
How to choose the right size of wheelbarrow for your needs
To choose the right size of wheelbarrow for your needs, you’ll need to consider:
Wheelbarrows vs carts: which should you buy?
The main difference between wheelbarrows and carts is that the former has a single-wheeled front caster while the latter has four hard rubber tires.
Can you leave wheelbarrow outside?
Storing your wheelbarrow outside may not be a good idea if you live in an area where the winters are harsh. The metal frame of your wheelbarrow can easily become rusted or corroded and will need to be replaced, which can get expensive over time.
The best option is usually to store it inside under shelter from rain and snow.
What is a good size wheelbarrow?
The best size wheelbarrow for most people is a medium-sized one. This will be big enough to carry many different things but not so heavy that it’s too hard to push around when full of something like sand or mulch.
A smaller (or larger) sized wheelbarrow may work better depending on the person and what they need it for, though in general, medium is good!
Can I hire a wheelbarrow?
Yes, most tool hire companies will rent you a wheelbarrow.
What pressure should wheelbarrow tyres be?
The tyre pressure of your wheelbarrow is important for safety and efficiency. It should be at the manufacturer’s recommended level or slightly higher, but not too much higher as it may affect how easy it is to push or pull the barrow around.
Walking through a muddy garden? You’ll need a big wheelbarrow with large wheels and well-inflated tyres that won’t sink down into the ground!
What kind of lever is a wheelbarrow?
A wheelbarrow is a second-class lever. The fulcrum lever is the wheel, while the load is on one end of the barrow and the force (your weight) will be applied at a height to lift it.
We hope you found this guide useful!
If you have any more wheelbarrow questions, please let us know.