Wheelbarrows...what and where?
Anna33 Posts: 300
edited January 2021 in Tools and techniques
I'm looking at buying my first wheelbarrow since I've moved to somewhere with a bigger garden, and I was wondering whether most wheelbarrows are much-for-much, or if there are definite brands/types of wheelbarrows that are better than others? Having had a look online it seems that there are loads of features etc about wheelbarrows I never thought of - I just thought one was as good as another.
In the next few months I will be using it primarily for hoiking soil/compost/organic matter from one place to another whilst I dig in loads of stuff to new borders I'm creating (the soil in those areas is very poor so this will be a lengthy job.....).
As time goes on I'll be using it for moving small trees and shrubs around, and then finally just the normal use of everyday gardening.
What should I be looking for, and does anyone have any recommendations? Or are they all pretty similar and it won't matter which one I pick?
And where is the best place to buy wheelbarrows from?
Go for one with a solid wheel, not a ball or inflatable tyre and feel how heavy it is empty before you buy.
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There are heavy duty ones that are more suited for the likes of paving slabs and then lighter ones for such as compost. I've used both for such as moving manure from one end of the allotment to the other and the heavy ones make it much more tiring.
Tyres that are inflatable are imo nicer to push over obstacles but they need inflating and are prone to punctures.
I've seen people used the four wheel carts which are better for larger weights with less effort, but aren't as manuverable.
I'm sorry but I know little about specific brands or models.
Ive got one in purple, carry’s heavy logs, bags of compost, we wouldn’t have anything else. They cost about £50.00 from local hardware shop, well worth it.
Just to ad... ours are made of a strong polycarbonate material.
Whats even better, it’s the same as Monty uses 😀
We have single Ihard) wheel, aluminium wheelbarrow (from B&Q). Our previous inflatable wheelbarrow got a puncture, so we decided to go down the hard wheel route as a result. As mentioned above, it is a bit more uncomfortable to use, as you feel more of the vibrations as it bumps along, but at least we know we won't get a puncture. Ours are left outdoors all year, so aluminium is best for that.