An earth moving experience that's what I call it. I bought this wheel barrow several years ago. From Menards, the price that you pay is well worth it. I only paid $30.00 for it on sale. They usually run about $40.00. You can buy this just about anywhere.
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I had been looking for a good one for quite a while. I have seen my neighbors use the really cheaper ones, but after looking at them a lot closer I found them to be of a less superior quality. They were not very sturdy. When you are hauling a big load the body seems to twists a little which throws the weight distribution off. This in turn makes you tip to one side or the other causing you to dump your load. Using the cheaper ones will also cause you to possibly twist your back or something like that when you lose your load. You will also have to make a lot of extra trips to finish your job.
So after seeing that I would be wasting my time and money buying a cheap one. So I decided to put out a little money and buy a very sturdy and well constructed one. With the job that I had to do, I decided on the one made by TRUE TEMPER it is a heavy duty one. It can haul up to 5 cubic feet of dirt or whatever you can haul. With the heavy gauge material that the body is made of you can bang the heck out of it, and scratch it up without damaging it.
A lot of times I will see one with a flat tire, sometimes they will go flat just buy not being used. But not this one, so far mine is still inflated. Also the wheel has an oil lubed stainless ball bearing to ride on. Plus there is a couple of extra braces in front, on the body for more support. It also has a 16" wheel, centered perfectly for better weight distribution.
I have put this one through all the rigors of a real construction site. I have used it to mix cement and haul fifteen tons of limestone rock, and dirt, bricks, etc. I have built a very large deck and put up 600 feet of fencing and moved lots of dirt through out all of these jobs. I was also wondering if this one would be okay after my Saint Bernard got done chewing its handles to a point. The wood that these handles are made of is weather resistant and made of a very hard wood. They also stay intact after years of weather, sun, and rain, they have not damaged the wooden handles at all. My dog did more damage. She sharpened them to a point and dragged it all around the yard, but that still did not ruin it.
A couple of tips that I could give you is to try and center your load over the tire and lift evenly so you will not tip your load. Lift with your legs not you back and the job will go a lot smoother. Also when you are finished rinse out your wheel barrel thoroughly and turn it upside down to dry. That way it will not rust. Well at least not as quick.
This is also safe enough for kids to ride in. You might get a little tired of giving rides, but the kids will have a lot of fun.
I would highly recommend this wheel barrel to the average handyman. This does not cost a lot of money, so that should not be a problem. This one is a little big for the kids to handle. So just let the big guys handle it. This wheel barrel is very durable and lasts a long time. I still have mine and plan to use it on a lot of future jobs.
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