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A Buyer’s Guide to Wheelbarrows

Find the best wheelbarrow with the Blain’s Farm & Fleet buyer’s guide.

Whether you’re transplanting shrubs or hauling fall leaves around your yard, a wheelbarrow is a good piece of equipment to have in any garden shed or garage. But how do you choose the right one? There are a few differences and key factors to keep in mind when shopping for a quality wheelbarrow. Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here to help you find the best wheelbarrow.

A Buyer's Guide to Wheelbarrows
There are a few differences and key factors to keep in mind when shopping for a quality wheelbarrow. Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here to help you find the best wheelbarrow.

Handles

Some wheelbarrows have traditional, straight handles while others have ergonomic bar-grips. The traditional handles provide great maneuverability and make it easy to tilt, flip and dump the wheelbarrow. However, they also require more hand strength, and can be more difficult to manage if you have narrow shoulders. Ergonomic handles are great for users of any size, and make it easier to pull the wheelbarrow.

Wheels

Traditionally, wheelbarrows come with one wheel in the front and center, with legs that jut out in the back under the handles. While this traditional style takes a little strength to control, it’s pretty easy to dump out and maneuver around your garden. Some wheelbarrows have two wheels in the front, for better control.

It’s also important to consider the type of tires you want on your wheelbarrow – pneumatic or non-pneumatic. Pneumatic wheelbarrow tires provide a smooth ride and they’re easier to manage because of the inner tube. However, keep your terrain in mind. If you’ll be on rough terrain, a pneumatic tire can pop – it can also go flat just like any other tire with an inner tube. Non-pneumatic tires are solid, so they can’t pop or go flat. There’s less shock absorption, but you don’t have to worry about inflating the tire.

Material

Most modern wheelbarrows are made of either plastic or steel. Steel wheelbarrows can handle heavier loads. Steel is susceptible to rust, so it’s important to properly store your wheelbarrow and keep it out of the elements. Plastic wheelbarrows are great for light loads, and are inexpensive when compared to their steel counterparts. However, they can’t handle the same gardening duties as a steel wheelbarrow. Plastic can crack from heavy loads and extreme cold, so keep that in mind as your’re shopping for a wheelbarrow.

With a little research, you can find the perfect wheelbarrow for your needs. For tips on lawn care and gardening, buyer’s guides and more, visit the Blain’s Farm & Fleet blog.

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