If you are a gardener, builder, or own horses, you can never underestimate wheelbarrows in the farm. They offer the best solution for carrying items within the farm, which could have rather taken you long trips were you using hands. In fact, there are many tasks around the farm that cannot be done without the help of a wheelbarrow.
On the other hand, now there is another alternative to wheelbarrows, that best suits people who cannot lift heavy loads, or do not prefer a heavy duty wheelbarrow. They are yard carts. If you intend to purchase any of these, you may consider reading these tips, as you could know how to choose the ideal one for the task.
a) The material used to manufacture them
This equipment can be made using different types of material ranging from steel to plastic. Before purchasing you first need to weigh the benefit of the material. For example, steel wheelbarrows are most common in the market these days since they are capable of handling loads of different weight. On the downside, if they are not well stored after work, they will get rust. If you intend to use the wheelbarrow for light chores such as light gardening, then a plastic one is preferred. Its downside is that it cracks under either heavy load or extreme cold.
b) The wheelbarrow handles
When using a wheelbarrow, tilting, and flipping are inevitable. Traditional handles make it easy for these to happen. However, you need to be strong. Ergonomic handles such as single hand grips and closed handles are thought to be more superior and make pulling easy. Single bar handles fit people of all sizes while if you have narrow shoulders, using the traditional two-handle design won’t be advisable.
c) The wheel
With the traditional wheelbarrow, it may be easy to maneuver and dump due to its wheel, positioned at the center. You will, however, need great strength to control it. With a two wheel up front, you gain more stability hence a perfect choice for heavy loads. Nonetheless, it might be a little hard to maneuver. If you are working on the hills choosing the two-wheel-upfront wheelbarrow is discouraged.
d) Is the wheelbarrow pneumatic or nonpneumatic?
Pneumatic wheels, when inflated, makes it easy for you to maneuver and the inflated tube acts as a shock resistance. Their flipside is that without regular maintenance, they may become deflated. Also, these wheels are not suitable for rough terrain as they are likely to pop. Nonpneumatic, on the other hand, may not move smoothly.
Upon more research, you understand much more things to consider when choosing a suitable wheelbarrow for work. Several websites on the internet will give you reviews of certain kinds of wheelbarrow that will suit your needs. There is more to consider when selecting a wheelbarrow.