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Do you have work coming up soon that requires you to transport a lot of heavy debris? Or do you already have a wheelbarrow that may have broken down or is causing more problems than it solves? Then you’ve come to the right place!
In our wheelbarrow test 2022 we have compiled detailed background information about wheelbarrows and answered frequently asked questions. Different types of wheelbarrows are also presented in more detail and we provide you with criteria that you should definitely pay attention to when buying a wheelbarrow.
- 1 Summary
- 2 The Best Wheelbarrow: Our Choices
- 3 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a wheelbarrow
- 3.1 How does a wheelbarrow work?
- 3.2 What material are wheelbarrows made of?
- 3.3 How heavy is a wheelbarrow?
- 3.4 How many litres does a wheelbarrow hold?
- 3.5 How wide is a wheelbarrow?
- 3.6 What does a wheelbarrow cost?
- 3.7 Wheelbarrow – what is important?
- 3.8 Are there also electric wheelbarrows?
- 3.9 Where can I buy a spare wheel for my wheelbarrow?
- 3.10 Are there foldable wheelbarrows?
- 4 Decision: What types of wheelbarrows are there and what are their advantages and disadvantages?
- 4.1 What does the classic wheelbarrow offer me and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
- 4.2 What can the two-wheeled cart be used for and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
- 4.3 What does a powered wheelbarrow offer me and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
- 4.4 What can I use a folding wheelbarrow for and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
- Wheelbarrows are used to transport different types of debris and loads, both in craft and private areas.
- By shifting the weight, transporting fresh soil or gravel should no longer be a problem. This additionally relieves the user of a wheelbarrow.
- You should consider the dimensions, volume and price of the wheelbarrow when making your final purchase decision.
The Best Wheelbarrow: Our Choices
Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a wheelbarrow
How does a wheelbarrow work?
When working with a wheelbarrow, it makes sense to place the load mainly over the wheel to relieve the user. When working on uneven, boggy terrain, it can be useful to take the weight off the wheel. In this case, the load should be placed closer to the grab rails. Alternatively, you can reduce the air pressure in the tyre to provide more contact area for the tyre.
The wheelbarrow makes the work easier because the weight is shifted. It is better distributed. Since you place most of the weight directly over the wheel and push through the wheel, so to speak, and have a support, this already makes transport easier.
The main load is on the wheel. In addition, there is the leverage effect due to the long handles. The leverage is particularly noticeable because you notice that the closer to the tub, i.e. to the weight, you lift the handles, the heavier the loaded wheelbarrow feels.
What material are wheelbarrows made of?
Wheelbarrows today feature a frame made from a single piece of thin-walled steel tube. The diameter of the tube is 15 mm for the version for small children, otherwise from 25 mm. Even in heavy-duty versions, the diameter hardly ever rises above 30 mm. The reason for this is that the handles can still be grasped acceptably by the hands.
The tube runs in a tight curve around the front of the wheel and holds the hollow axle of the wheel, which is about 15 cm long, by means of holes or lugs welded on at the bottom with a bolt and lock nut.
Today, the wheel usually has a plastic rim, a tube with a bent car valve and a tyre about 10 cm wide and 30 cm in diameter. Wheels with puncture-proof tyres made of heavy PU foam are offered as spare parts.
The tub is usually made of deep-drawn sheet metal and is stiffened all round at the edge, where the sheet metal retains its thickness, by a round fold on the outside, which also serves as a grip groove. The tub is wider at the front and runs relatively flat at an angle over the wheel to enable good pouring to the front.
With practice and momentum, the wheelbarrow is set up very wide and rests on the tubular bar running in front of the wheel from a lifting angle of 45°.
This also makes it easy to turn the wheelbarrow to the side and to empty it there as well, in order to keep the track, which may only consist of a 20 to 25 centimetre narrow wooden plank, clean. Depending on the price, the sheet is rather thin-walled at 0.8 to 1 millimetre. From one millimetre, it is considered robust and is also designed for bulky goods.
How heavy is a wheelbarrow?
How many litres does a wheelbarrow hold?
How wide is a wheelbarrow?
What does a wheelbarrow cost?
There are also so-called tipping wheelbarrows that can hold up to 400 litres.
These are particularly handy and manoeuvrable and can therefore also be used in confined spaces such as stables, etc. They are particularly well-balanced. They have a particularly well-balanced tipping device that makes emptying easy.
Wheelbarrow – what is important?
It should weigh at least 10 kg for a capacity of 80l. For 120l, a weight of 14 kg is recommended. For wheelbarrows in between, you should look for an approximate average.
You should also make sure that the sheet metal is not too thin-walled. From 0.8 – 1.0 mm it is considered thin-walled, from 1.0 mm it is robust enough to hold even bulky goods and to transport them well. The sheet metal should be galvanised in addition to being painted to prevent rusting.
- Weight of at least 10 kg
- The sheet metal should be 0.8 – 1.0 mm thick
- Sheet metal should be galvanised to prevent rusting
Are there also electric wheelbarrows?
Where can I buy a spare wheel for my wheelbarrow?
Are there foldable wheelbarrows?
They are usually used for private use in the garden or similar and often only have a smaller capacity and are not as resilient. However, they are certainly suitable and recommended for private use. Foldable wheelbarrows can be found on Amazon for around 30 euros.
Decision: What types of wheelbarrows are there and what are their advantages and disadvantages?
Wheelbarrows were already used in ancient Greece and China and have since been used practically all over the world as a tool on construction sites and for gardening. In German, this implement has numerous regionally different names. In Austria, for example, the wheelbarrow is also called Scheibtruhe, and in Switzerland Garette or Karette.
In terms of wheels, too, there are usually only two choices, the tyre with an inner tube on a metal or plastic rim and the wheel made of solid rubber or PU foam filling.
|Material||Metal wheelbarrow||Plastic wheelbarrow||Pneumatic wheel||Solid rubber/PU foam wheel|
|Advantages||Load-bearing and robust, therefore very durable||Lower own weight||More stable driving comfort||Puncture-proof|
|Disadvantages||Heavier than plastic wheelbarrows||Can be damaged quickly by overloading||Risk of a flat tyre||Less stable on uneven terrain|
The typical wheelbarrow available in DIY shops or online shops usually offers a load capacity of 50 to 100 kilograms. The trough usually measures 640 by 840 millimetres and its capacity is usually 80 to 120 litres.
The most common forms of wheelbarrows are briefly described below and their advantages and disadvantages are compared.
- Classic wheelbarrow
- Two-wheeled wheelbarrow
- Wheelbarrow with drive
- Folding wheelbarrow
What does the classic wheelbarrow offer me and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
This is by far the most common and popular variant of the wheelbarrow. It is used in both the commercial and private sectors and is ideal for quickly transporting building materials, soil, wood or gardening utensils from A to B.
What can the two-wheeled cart be used for and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
Basically, a two-wheeled wheelbarrow can be used for the same activities as the single-wheeled one. However, due to the second wheel, the barrow, which is also called a Japanese or tipping Japanese, also offers some advantages for work on the construction site or in the garden.
Some manufacturers also offer models with a tipping trough. To be able to empty the trolley, it does not have to be tilted completely. The trough can simply be detached from the frame with the contents.
What does a powered wheelbarrow offer me and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
A major relief when working with an electric or motorised wheelbarrow is that it is much easier and faster to push due to its assisting drive.
Of course, this fact is also reflected in the purchase price, which is higher than that of conventional models. Wheelbarrows with power take-off are usually offered in the form of the so-called Japanese.
What can I use a folding wheelbarrow for and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
A folding wheelbarrow is ideal if it is to be used regularly in different places. Thanks to its good transportability, it can be taken from home to the allotment garden, the summerhouse, the allotment garden or the cemetery without much effort.
The folding wheelbarrow usually offers less capacity and is mainly intended for transporting lighter materials such as leaves or animal feed. The trough is usually made of tear-resistant fabric, the wheelbarrow frame of an aluminium frame on which a small solid rubber wheel is mounted.
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