10 Best Wheelbarrows of 2023
Written by Meg Muckenhoupt
Updated March 23, 2023
If you need to haul more than an armful of leaves, mulch, plant flats, or cinder blocks around your yard, you need a wheelbarrow. A good wheelbarrow or garden cart can be an essential gardening tool, letting you carry bulkier and heavier loads than you can tote in your hands alone. Wheelbarrows can also double as containers for mixing your own potting soil, screening compost, or making small batches of concrete for fixing low walls and pavement.
A great wheelbarrow will hold everything you want to haul, without wobbling or lurching when you go around corners, up steps, or over small obstacles. The best wheelbarrows also have tires that turn smoothly and can push through sand and gravel without getting stuck, even when fully loaded.
After testing a number of the best wheelbarrows on the market over a New England spring, the True Temper 6 cu. ft. Wheelbarrow
(available at Amazon)
emerged as Best Overall for its pairing of a sturdy metal tray and comfortable handles with smooth rolling. It also has great control for wheeling heavy loads up and down slopes, making it an excellent traditional wheelbarrow.
For a lighter-weight wheelbarrow that’s easier to maneuver for smaller loads, the Marathon Green Yard Rover (available at Amazon) is our choice for Best Value.
Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar
The True Temper wheelbarrow is the best we’ve tested.
True Temper 6 cu. ft. Wheelbarrow w/ Steel Handles and Flat-Free Tire
The True Temper wheelbarrow is useful any time you want to carry something heavy, bulky, or awkward through your yard.
It can travel over most yard obstacles and steps, and it holds more than 3 cu. ft. of mulch flat (or up to 6 cu. ft. mounded) in the spacious tray.
It makes everything easy. This model comes assembled at the store, so buyers don’t need to search around for extra screwdrivers or ratchet wrenches to put it together. The coated metal handles are smooth and strong. In our tests, it traveled easily over all but the largest branches in the obstacle course, and pushed through sand while fully loaded.
By far the best part of this wheelbarrow is how easy it is to maneuver. Even when fully loaded with bricks, the True Temper never felt like it was falling or “running away” downhill. The single flat-free rubber tire is sturdy, but filled with a soft material that provides good cushioning for rolling over rough ground, rocks, and branches.
The single-wheel construction allows this wheelbarrow to pivot around a 1-foot diameter turn.
On the other hand, this wheelbarrow is big and it weighs almost 46 pounds. It can be stored standing on its nose end, but it still takes up a lot of space—and it’s a good idea to store this wheelbarrow inside.
The paint protecting the steel tray did get scratched by both bricks and the shovel during testing, which can lead to rust. If you must store your wheelbarrow outside, stand it up so water doesn’t collect, and cover it with a tarp.
Paint can scratch
Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar
The Marathon Green Yard Rover is our choice for best value.
Marathon Green Yard Rover
The Marathon Green Yard Rover is a great lightweight wheelbarrow for small-to-medium loads of mulch, soil, leaves, or gardening equipment.
The Marathon Yard Rover’s wide rust-proof plastic tray easily holds 3 cu. ft. of mulch or hay without mounding. The loop handle lets you push or pull with even just one hand (and it makes it easy to hang on a wall hook for storage).
Its two 10-inch pneumatic tires are sturdy and roll easily over obstacles large and small, even up stairs thanks to the positioning of the tray supports. And weighing in at 26 pounds, it’s easy to lift into the back of a car.
The load capacity of the Marathon Yard Rover is 300 pounds. Consumers have complained that the Marathon’s tray can buckle and give way under heavy loads of gravel or stones; when we filled the wheelbarrow with mulch, the air-filled tires did get briefly stuck on a large branch. Also, the double-wheel combo means that it can’t make turns as tight as our single-wheeled top pick.
The Marathon wheelbarrow comes shipped in a flat pack. Set aside 15 minutes to put it together if you’re handy with tools, longer if you’re not, and make sure you have a flat head screwdriver and a wrench handy so you can tighten the nylock nuts.
Easy to store
Other Wheelbarrows We Tested
Jackson 6 cu. ft. Steel Contractor Wheelbarrow with Knobby Tire
The Jackson Wheelbarrow is a solid, heavy-duty wheelbarrow that can take on big, heavy loads. Its spacious 6-cubic-foot tray is made of sturdy painted stamped steel, and the single air-filled wheel pivots to fit through tight spaces. Overall, its performance is similar to the True Temper wheelbarrow.
Unfortunately, the Jackson wheelbarrow’s handles are made of rough unfinished wood. If you’re using this wheelbarrow without gloves, you’re going to end up with scratches or splinters.
And while Jackson claims these leg stabilizers make the wheelbarrow “40% more tip-resistant,” they make it more difficult to drag it backwards up stairs than other models.
Goplus Dual Wheel Wheelbarrow
This lightweight loop-handled wheelbarrow will do a fine job of toting most garden materials. The wide tray is slightly more square than the Marathon, making it easier to put more bricks flat on the tray. And the pneumatic tire makes it easy to go over most yard obstacles.
However, the Goplus was one of the most frustrating wheelbarrows to assemble in our sample, with holes not quite lining up without a second pair of hands helping to squeeze parts together. And its wide, low undercarriage can make it tricky to go up large steps.
Rubbermaid Big Wheel Agriculture Cart
If you need to push heavy materials in wet conditions without worrying about your cart turning over, the Rubbermaid Commercial Big Wheel Cart offers a sturdy rust-free tray that’s less likely to bend than the typical plastic-tray wheelbarrows.
The Rubbermaid cart is extremely stable. Its large plastic tires travel over gravel and sand well, and its thick, rigid, high-density polyethylene plastic tray is far less likely to buckle under heavy loads than other plastic-tray wheelbarrows.
But sloppy manufacturing left large globs of ragged plastic at various places on the test model, making it difficult to fit the cart together snugly. Assembly requires both a flathead and a Phillips screwdriver, plus a wrench—preferably a ratchet wrench.
Also, there is no way to pull this cart backward up a step if you can’t push it forward due to the bulky bottom stabilizing structure.
Worx Aerocart WG050
The Worx Aerocart is best used to transport a variety of bulky or odd-shaped items over flat terrain. It requires only a minute or two of assembly, and it can convert from a cart to a dolly for carrying large pots or boxes. It also comes with several accessories for moving odd objects like large bags and potted plants.
Compared to a real wheelbarrow, the Worx Aerocart is heavy and awkward, especially while going uphill, and the small flat-free wheels struggle to get over small obstacles and gravel. The tray is small, shallow, and isn’t flat, so it’s hard to carry bricks and cinder blocks.
The Aerocart tilts enough in its cart configuration that it can’t hold much loose material like mulch or soil—about 1.5 cu. ft. if you’re careful.
Awkward to move
Can’t carry much
Gorilla Carts GOR4PS
The Gorilla Carts GOR4PS Poly Garden Dump Cart is great for hauling light- to medium-weight materials over flat surfaces and dumping out mulch and soil.
The Gorilla provides a stable, flat surface for carrying a variety of materials, and the pneumatic tires travel easily over most obstacles. As a bonus, its quick-release dump feature works to easy empty your cart without shoveling.
However, it is terrifying to pull a heavy load in a Gorilla Cart down a slope because it’s difficult to control and there are no brakes. This wagon doesn’t give you any of the mechanical advantage a wheelbarrow offers for pushing materials uphill.
The turning radius is fairly wide compared to one- and two-wheel carts and wheelbarrows. It’s fairly easy to assemble, but there are a lot of bolts to tighten.
Allsop WheelEasy LE Foldable Garden Cart
Choose the Allsop Home and Garden WheelEasy LE when you’d love to use a tarp with wheels. The Allsop Wheeleasy can collapse onto the ground for easy loading with soil, mulch, leaves, or even large rocks. In between uses, it can be folded in stored in the space taken up by a stick vacuum.
Due to its wide handles, the Allsop WheelEasy has a surprisingly large turning radius for a single-wheel garden cart. Loads sit very upright when the Allsop WheelEasy is being pushed, making it hard to load mounds of mulch or leaves; this is a very low-capacity cart. Bits of mulch tend to dribble out the rear of the cart where there is a gap between the wheel and the cover.
MacSports Classic Mac Wagon
The MacSports wagon is great for hauling lightweight materials on level surfaces—and you can toss it into a car trunk or a closet when you’re done.
There’s no assembly needed, and it weighs just 22 pounds. The flat rectangular bed is easy to load and stack, and the wagon collapses quickly and easily for storage. It even has two cup holders!
The MacSports wagon had the widest turning radius of any of the models we tested, so it’s not a great choice if you need to tote materials around tight corners. Like all wagon designs, this MacSports wagon is heavy and hard to control going up and down slopes, and it has no brakes for keeping it still while loading. Small, all-plastic tires make going up steps challenging.
Garden Star Garden Barrow
The Garden Star Garden Barrow is a lightweight, plastic-tray wheelbarrow that would have been perfect for carrying small to medium loads if it hadn’t gotten a flat tire early in testing.
Assembly is straightforward—and the bolts are all the same size, so you can’t mix them up. But during the second test, when the wheelbarrow was filled with mulch, one of the Garden Star’s pneumatic tires collapsed. Although the flat could be fixed with the help of a valve core removal tool, the average homeowner is not a bicycle repair enthusiast with special tire repair tools on hand.
Easy to assemble
How We Tested Wheelbarrows
I’m Meg Muckenhoupt, a garden writer and reviewer. I’ve been digging up yards for more than 20 years, and along the way I co-founded a community farm and earned a certificate in field botany.
I’ve grown everything from radishes to rosemary from seed, and although I’m working to put more native plants in my garden, I have a weakness for David Austin roses. My idea of a fun day is hauling compost around my yard and rearranging rocks.
Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar
We put our wheelbarrows through an obstacle course to test handling over different surfaces and with varying weights.
We tested 10 different heavyweight, lightweight, and collapsible wheelbarrows and garden carts. No electric wheelbarrows here—these were all manual.
First, the wheelbarrows and carts that arrived in parts were assembled following each manufacturer’s instructions. Air-filled (pneumatic) tires were checked for tire pressure and inflated per recommendations. Each model was then put through an obstacle course unloaded, loaded with mulch, and loaded with 16 bricks (weighing 80 pounds).
The obstacle course involved going uphill and downhill, over a slope covered with ground cover pachysandra and branches ranging from 1/4 to 3 inches in diameter, through a pile of sand, around a 1-foot curve, through gravel, and up and over an 8-inch step with an overhanging lip. After the obstacle course, the wheelbarrows were run over a bundle of thorny rose canes while loaded with bricks.
Wheelbarrows and carts with inflatable tires were then re-checked at the end of testing.
What You Should Know About Buying Wheelbarrows
The right type of wheelbarrow for your yard depends on how you’ll be using it and where you’ll be storing it. The key factors include the number of wheels, what the tires are made of, the tray capacity and material, and the handles.
Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar
A wheelbarrow’s wheel design and tire material can make one better than another for certain yard and gardening tasks.
Wheels can be single or in pairs. (We also tested four-wheeled versions with flat beds, which are typically called garden carts.) The trade-off is maneuverability vs. stability. A single-wheel wheelbarrow can pivot around tight curves, but can feel unwieldy with heavy loads, and can sink into soft soils.
Four-wheel carts are stable, but can’t go around corners easily, and most of them can’t be dumped out easily. Two-wheel wheelbarrows are a compromise, allowing better maneuverability than four-wheel carts, and more stability than single-wheel wheelbarrows.
Tires can be air-filled (aka pneumatic), solid plastic, or “flat-free” solid rubber. Air-filled tires are the best for pulling heavy loads over uneven ground or stairs. The air acts as a cushion, reducing the effort you need to push the wheelbarrow forward and letting the wheelbarrow bounce over obstacles. Unfortunately, air-filled tires can get flat, and usually require home inflation; be careful inflating them at gas-station air pumps, which can over-inflate small tires very quickly.
Most “flat-free” tires are made of solid rubber that’s slightly soft. They offer most of the benefits of the air-filled tires without the maintenance headache. Solid plastic tires have no advantages. Since they can’t flatten or bounce over obstacles, you will feel every rock or branch in your path as you push them around–and it will take more effort to push than wheelbarrows with air-filled or flat-free tires.
Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar
Cubic feet is an important factor in wheelbarrows, but also make note of the height of the sides.
Tray capacity is tricky because wheelbarrow trays aren’t square. The angle at the “nose” end means that the cubic feet of capacity aren’t square. If you’re hauling something cubical, like hay bales, you won’t be able to use all the space in the tray, and you’ll only be able to fit as many flats of seedlings from the garden store as fit in the flat bottom of the tray, not the full length of the tray with nose.
If you’re concerned about fitting a particular type of item into your wheelbarrow, look at the size of the base of the wheelbarrow and the height of the sides, not how many cubic feet it holds.
It’s also important to consider the weight capacities of the wheelbarrow models which can range from 300 to 600 pounds.
Wheelbarrow trays are made out of painted steel or plastic. Steel wheelbarrow trays are heavier, although that really only matters if you’re going to be lifting your wheelbarrow into a vehicle or onto a wall hanger for storage.
Steel construction will rust if left outside because the paint is easily scraped off by everyday use. However, trays with a steel frame are sturdy, and won’t bend under heavy loads. Our sample included stamped steel trays suitable for home use. If you need a contractor-grade heavy-duty wheelbarrow, look for folded steel trays which are thicker, heavier, and more durable.
Plastic wheelbarrow trays are lighter weight and rust-proof, but consumer reviews complain that they buckle and collapse under loads of dense, heavy materials like gravel.
A few collapsible wheelbarrows and garden carts have trays made of nylon or canvas. They are very lightweight, but not at all sturdy. Choose these carts only if you are very short of storage space, or only plan to use your cart for lightweight loads.
Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar
Proper handles can help a heavy wheelbarrow from becoming unwieldy.
Wheelbarrows typically either have two handles made of metal or wood, or a loop handle made of metal. Two-handle models are easier for people of different heights to use. Loop handles on lighter-weight make it possible to store the barrow by hanging it up, but can be more awkward for very short or tall users. Wood handles can also be rough and feel like they’ll shed splinters if they’re made of unfinished wood.
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The Best Wheelbarrows of 2023
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Photo: Debbie Wolfe
If you spend a good amount of time gardening or landscaping, a dependable and capable wheelbarrow can help lessen your load. While these humble helpers may look pretty similar to one another, they’re not all designed to accomplish the same tasks.
The best wheelbarrow for hauling relatively lightweight twigs and fallen leaves may not stand up to the strain of concrete-mixing in its tub. We put these carts through the paces during 2 days of yard work to see just how worthy they are. If you’re in the market for one, read on to learn what to look for when shopping, and find out how these wheelbarrows performed for real yard and garden tasks.
- BEST OVERALL: Gorilla Carts 4-cu ft Poly Yard Cart
- BEST BASIC: Best Choice Products Dual-Wheel Wheelbarrow
- BEST HEAVY DUTY: Makita XUC01X1 Brushless Power-Assisted Wheelbarrow
- MOST VERSATILE: Worx WG050 Aerocart 8-in-1 Yard Cart
- BEST FOR GARDENING: Rubbermaid Commercial Products Yard Cart
- BEST FOR HEAVY LOADS: Gorilla Carts 7 cu. ft. Poly Yard Dump Cart
- BEST GARDEN CART: Hembor Collapsible Outdoor Utility Wagon
Photo: Debbie Wolfe
How We Tested the Best Wheelbarrows
To provide a useful review, we put the wheelbarrows through their paces. After loading them to capacity with mulch or soil, we pushed and pulled each wheelbarrow through an obstacle course consisting of varying terrain and a 90-degree turn in each direction. Obstacles included grass, sand, and gravel surfaces; loose branches; and sloped ground. Then we dumped the first load, stacked concrete blocks on the cart, and took it through the course again.
After considering the cart’s overall size, empty weight, volume, and weight capacity, we rated each according to its ability to navigate the course. We noted ease of loading and dumping, traveling stability, performance over difficult terrain, and maneuverability on turns.
Our Top Picks
The following wheelbarrow picks are some of our top recommendations for the best wheelbarrows for a yard or garden. These recommendations were selected because of their quality construction, capacity, ease of use, and other helpful features.
We field-tested eight wheelbarrows and garden carts with some of the best online reviews to see how they would perform in action. Whether you’re looking for a plastic or metal model, or you’re shopping for an electric version to speed up landscaping tasks, there’s sure to be a good solution here to help with most every gardening need.
A combination of high weight capacity, easy one-handed operation, and excellent stability set the Gorilla Carts 4-cu ft Poly Yard Cart apart from the competition. Loaded with mulch or concrete blocks, its wide wheelbase and pneumatic tires rolled through our terrain test with ease. The articulating front wheels and bent shaft handle made it easy to accomplish a 90-degree turn without coming to a complete stop. And the tall frame offered ample ground clearance without losing stability.
We also liked the simple, effective dump-bed feature. It was not too heavy to control with a full load of mulch, thanks to a well-balanced pivot point. The spring-loaded bed latch worked smoothly by simply lifting up on the handle. Another exceptional point is that the bed height was just right for sitting when we placed a board across the top.
Because of the structural ridges in the base and vertical sides of the poly bed, thoroughly mixing a batch of potting soil or concrete would be difficult. And if you’re trying to navigate a narrow garden path, the wide wheel base might be a bit too much. But for most yard and garden tasks, this cart excels.
- Number of wheels: 4
- Volume: 4 cubic feet
- Weight capacity: 600 pounds
- Volume and capacity similar to conventional wheelbarrow
- Flat basin and level surface makes this extremely stable
- Single-hand operation makes it easier for busy yard work
- Convenient height for loading, dump bed for unloading
- Heavy loads may require partial hand-unloading
- Poly material flexes somewhat with heavier/harder materials
- Bed not shaped well for mixing concrete, etc.
Get the Gorilla wheelbarrow at Lowe’s or The Home Depot.
At a glance, this Best Choice Products Dual-Wheel Wheelbarrow appears almost puny. It has a lightweight plastic bed and a tubular steel frame that belies the actual ability of the wheelbarrow. In reality, this wheelbarrow admirably held its own through our terrain test, including the hill portions. We pushed it and pulled it up and down a 30-degree slope while loaded to capacity with soil and stone and had zero complaints. The large pneumatic tires and long loop handle are the keys to its successful design.
We also liked the low, squatty shape of the cart. It makes for easy loading and dumping. Plus, the traditional wheelbarrow-shaped bed would be easy for mixing up a batch of concrete or home-recipe potting soil. The foam-cushioned grip made for more comfortable, less slippery work.
The listed weight capacity of 330 pounds seems a bit exaggerated due to the thin-gauge steel frame and plastic bed, but to be fair, our tests didn’t uncover a weakness. Assembly could have been easier; the tires did not come pre-inflated, and the bolts had wide slotted screw heads instead of hex heads, which would have been easier to grip. In general this is a pretty versatile cart capable of working harder than it appears.
- Number of wheels: 2
- Volume: 5 cubic feet
- Weight capacity: 330
- Lightweight design is easy to tote around the garden
- Low profile design makes it easy to load and dump
- Surprisingly capable, with a comfortable foam grip on handle
- Looks and feels weaker than it actually is
- Assembly was harder than necessary
- Hollow steel axle may weaken over time; not ideal for frequent heavy duty work
Get the Best Choice Products wheelbarrow at Amazon or Best Choice Products.
Makita’s power-assisted motorized wheelbarrow lightened our loads by doing some of the hard work. On both flat and upward-sloping ground, the electric motor pulled full loads of mulch and concrete blocks at a comfortable walking pace with no hesitation. On the downhills, the handbrake significantly improved control compared with freewheeling with only operator muscle to slow down. Sand, gravel, and branches presented no problems.
The kit came in two boxes, one with the motorized frame, handlebars, rear swivel casters, and optional rear stationary legs; and the other with the bin. The steel bin is built just like a conventional wheelbarrow bin. The motor, battery pack, brakes, and LED headlights came preassembled, so we only needed to put the body and bin together. Assembly was no more difficult than the others we tested; it took about 45 minutes using common hand tools. Batteries are sold separately.
With the rear swivel casters attached, heavy loads were stable and easy to move, although moving in reverse was slightly less stable. Using the rear stationary legs, the operator lifts up the handles to travel, as with a regular wheelbarrow. This setup worked better for narrow pathways and articulate turns. But it was a bit more challenging with a heavy load because the handles are about 6 inches shorter than those of a regular wheelbarrow, so the operator has less lifting leverage.
- Number of wheels: 1 or 3
- Volume: 3 cubic feet
- Weight capacity: 290 pounds
- Heavy-duty tires reduce work strain over rough terrain
- Quiet, efficient brushless motor helps push heavy loads
- Durable construction can stand up to frequent work
- Includes a handbrake for downhill control
- Small bin capacity compared to other options
- Large unit requires generous storage space
- Short handles reduce operator leverage with single wheel
Get the Makita wheelbarrow at Amazon, ACME Tools, or Tool Barn.
Admittedly, our wheelbarrow-testing regimen only scratched the surface of what the Aerocart can do, so we decided to take it a bit further. On the regular test, the Worx product performed well. We easily pushed it uphill, downhill, and across numerous surfaces while loaded with soil and concrete blocks.
The volume is smaller than average, which made up for the fact that the solid rubber dolly-type wheels would otherwise have dug into the sand. As a wheelbarrow, it is mostly limited to smaller, but not necessarily light duty, jobs. It feels well built, with a steel frame and bin, and assembly was the easiest of all that we tested.
What sets this cart apart is the number of peripheral jobs it accommodates. We moved the wheels into the hand-truck configuration to try out other features. The hand truck would be super helpful around the house or garage. We used it with the included propane cylinder mover, leaf bag holder, potted plant mover, and boulder mover (which moved a stump for us). It worked as well or better than a conventional wheelbarrow or hand truck for each of those tasks.
- Number of wheels: 2
- Volume: 3 cubic feet
- Weight capacity: 300 pounds
- Space-saving design is compact and easy to store
- Compact but strong steel frame and bin is built to last
- Numerous practical attachments for common household tasks
- Hard wheels do not absorb impact well; not ideal for rough terrain
- Volume is smaller than most wheelbarrows
- Lots of moving parts and adapters to store
Get the Worx wheelbarrow at Amazon or Worx.
Just looking at this wheelbarrow, we could see it is built for transporting bulk material. It holds more than a quarter of a cubic yard, so filling it up with a shovel took some time. When it was fully loaded, we rolled it through our obstacle course, and it performed well, although it was heavy on the uphill. The hard wheels only bogged down slightly in the sand.
The shape is perfect for dumping. Loading and unloading blocks was cumbersome due to the depth of the bin and the slopes of the front and rear walls.
We felt like this would be an excellent choice for anyone who hauls lots of loose material such as compost, mulch, weeds, or sticks. It also would be suitable for mixing a batch of potting soil or concrete because of the smooth tub base and sloped ends. However, the large volume and thin wheels could lead to problems with overloading if you don’t monitor weight.
- Number of wheels: 2
- Volume: 7. 5 cubic feet
- Weight capacity: 300 pounds
- Preassembled; ready to use straight out of the box
- Balanced for easy push or pull operation while full
- Large, solid wheels roll easily over uneven terrain
- Largest volume of all carts we tested
- Bigger size requires a large storage space
- Wheels do not absorb shock or ruts like inflatable tires
- Too large and heavy for small routine tasks
Get the Rubbermaid wheelbarrow at Amazon, The Home Depot or Ace Hardware.
The Gorilla Cart GCG-7 was the best for hauling concrete blocks of all the carts we tested. It performed well in all phases of our obstacle course, which we ran twice, the first time using the padded grip handle to pull it through. The second time, we removed the handle and attached it to the tow hitch on the riding mower. The cart demonstrated excellent stability throughout. A heavy load of mulch was easy to dump thanks to the well-placed bed pivot point.
This could be an excellent choice for larger properties, even if you need to haul more than just garden supplies. The rigid, flat-bottomed poly bed and heavy-duty steel frame could easily carry firewood, a generator, or building supplies.
- Number of wheels: 4
- Volume: 7 cubic feet
- Weight capacity: 1,200 pounds
- Converts to a trailer for towing behind a riding mower
- Large inflatable tires roll easily over rough ground
- Wide, stable design suitable for most yard work
- One-handed control dump bed takes strain off the user
- Difficult to steer in reverse while towing
- High bed is more difficult to load with a shovel
- Large size requires large storage space
Get the Gorilla Cart wheelbarrow at The Home Depot, Lowe’s, or Ace Hardware.
We also tested the Hembor Collapsible Outdoor Utility Wagon. A collapsible model comes in handy if you only need to haul garden items a couple of times each year, or if a home is short on storage space. This one is a multipurpose utility wagon that works just as well for carrying beach supplies as it does for weeding the garden. With an iron and steel frame and a tub made from Oxford cloth, it’s durable and waterproof.
Despite that, this is not suitable for many wheelbarrow functions such as hauling and dumping bulky or heavy material. Still, if you are short on space and just need to haul weeds and light materials, this wagon can come in handy.
When collapsed, the wagon measures just 30 inches tall by 20 inches wide by 8 inches deep for compact storage. Seven cupholders work well for storing water bottles or portable coffee mugs for early morning gardening sessions.
- Number of wheels: 4
- Volume: 4 cubic feet
- Weight capacity: 150 pounds
- Collapsible design is easy to fold/unfold
- Lightweight choice for carrying tools, drinks, and bagged goods
- Sturdy nylon liner suitable for hauling light materials
- Not suitable for loose bulk material
- Not suitable for heavy loads
- Not suitable for rough ground
Get the Hembor wheelbarrow at Walmart.
What to Consider When Choosing the Best Wheelbarrow
Though it’s easy to assume that all wheelbarrows perform similarly, a number of factors affect their functionality. The best wheelbarrows are easy to maneuver while having a sturdy enough build to maintain the desired load capacities of soil or rocks needed to get jobs done. Keep reading to learn about some of the most important qualities to consider when shopping for the best wheelbarrow.
There are several different styles of wheelbarrows. Each has its benefits, and some types will work better for specific garden tasks than others.
- Traditional: The traditional wheelbarrow design has a single wheel in the front and two steel legs in the rear to balance the tool. This design works well for maneuvering and dumping lightweight loads, but it can be prone to tipping over under heavier loads.
- Two-wheel: Wheelbarrows with a two-wheel design—one on either side of the front of the tub—offer additional tip resistance. However, these models are more difficult to pivot sharply, like when pushing the wheelbarrow down a winding path or backing up and going in a different direction.
- Motorized: Motorized wheelbarrows use either gas or electric power to reduce the effort required to push them. They typically feature multiple wheels and speed functions.
- Collapsible: Collapsible wheelbarrows feature a fabric trough—rather than a plastic or steel tub—making them lightweight and easy to push. They fold up for compact storage and some can even be hung in a garage or garden shed.
The best wheelbarrow won’t be worth much in a yard if it can’t tote a load, so one of the first considerations may be the tub capacity, measured in cubic feet. Though tubs can have anywhere from 2.5 to 10 cubic feet of space, most gardeners need only about 4 to 6 cubic feet to haul compost, soil, or garden supplies.
Larger tubs make it possible to haul bigger loads, but they’re usually heavier and harder to push, so it’s best to get the size that accommodates the expected needs. One notable exception: If planning to mix a bag of concrete, at least a 7-cubic-foot capacity is needed to keep the concrete from sloshing out while preparing it.
Weight and Load Capacity
Plastic wheelbarrows with steel frames can weigh as little as 15 pounds, while empty all-steel models can tip the scales at 65 pounds. An empty weight of around 20 to 40 pounds usually offers a maximum weight load ranging from 90 to 150 pounds, which is more than enough for most common yard tasks, such as hauling mulch and soil or moving multiple cans of paint.
Weight capacities also vary widely depending on the type of wheelbarrow chosen. For example, compact folding wheelbarrows may be capable of carrying only 50 pounds of weight, while electric wheelbarrows have weight capacities as high as 600 pounds. Also at the heavier end, contractor-type and heavy-duty wheelbarrows are suited to carrying heavy loads up to 300 pounds. Some of the lighter-weight versions can only haul about 60 pounds.
Steel vs. Plastic
The tubs on today’s wheelbarrows are made of either thick molded plastic (polyethylene) or steel, and the structural frame is usually made from steel. Steel tubs are stronger than plastic and can handle hauling heavy loads such as bricks and rocks, but they cost more than similar-size models with molded plastic tubs. A steel frame is also heavier than plastic, and the added weight can make a fully loaded wheelbarrow harder to push.
Let the intended usage be the guide. If it’s only needed to move lightweight loads, a molded plastic tub may be sufficient. If there are heavy materials to move or mixing concrete is on the to-do list, consider a steel wheelbarrow, as plastic ones are more likely to crack under heavy weight.
Tires can make a difference in how a wheelbarrow performs, especially after it’s loaded or when crossing rough terrain. Wheelbarrow tires are either solid, made of rubber or plastic, or inflatable—much like those on a car or bicycle.
Inflatable tires—also known as pneumatic tires—offer a bit of cushion. This cushion can keep the wheelbarrow from bouncing around, but if one goes flat, it will need air (with a bicycle pump) or a repair with a patch kit. If the desire is to have a maintenance-free model, solid rubber tires are a more fitting choice.
Two straight handles, often made from steel or hardwood, are standard on the majority of wheelbarrows, and they’re great for most hauling tasks. But lacking ample arm strength, it can be difficult to push a fully loaded wheelbarrow with basic handles.
As an alternative, consider bent-arm handles ergonomically designed to allow lifting and steering with less strain. There are also single-arm bar handles (think shopping cart) that allow users to pull a two-wheel model as well as push it. Some versions include cushioned grips that cut down on blisters and hand fatigue as well.
Some wheelbarrows may come equipped with additional features that offer increased maneuverability, comfort, and convenience.
- A beverage holder allows for keeping a water bottle handy to help the user stay hydrated while working.
- A cell phone holder provides a place to keep a phone close at hand.
- A tray provides a handy spot to keep gardening tools.
- Fold-down dolly shelves let the wheelbarrow do double duty for transporting boxes or even appliances.
- Elevated tires are useful for navigating rough or uneven terrain.
- LED lights may be included on motorized wheelbarrows and help illuminate a work area.
Though you now know more about wheelbarrows, you might have new or lingering questions about how to select one or how to safely use them. The following are answers to some of the most common questions about how to select and maintain a wheelbarrow.
Q. How heavy is an empty wheelbarrow?
Wheelbarrow weights vary widely depending on the type and the materials it is made from, ranging from 10 to 350 pounds.
Q. What size wheelbarrow do I need?
When shopping for a wheelbarrow, consider its tub capacity. A capacity of 4 to 6 cubic feet is usually sufficient for most home gardeners.
Q. Which is better, a plastic or metal wheelbarrow?
Plastic and metal wheelbarrows both have their advantages. Metal models are typically more durable and can carry heavier loads, but they’re usually heavier. Plastic models are lightweight, making them easier to maneuver.
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Top 5 best cars in Cyberpunk 2077 — Igromania
The area of the map in Cyberpunk 2077 is about 100 km². Exploring it on your own two feet is too long, which is why we have selected for you the best vehicles that you can enjoy driving around Night City and the wastelands around the city.
The best choice at the beginning of the game – Thorton Galena Gecko
For a modest 21.000 €$ you get an excellent all-wheel drive car that is suitable for both off-road and city driving. With a 0-60 mph time of just 3 seconds and a top speed of 290 km/h, it’s a great investment.
You can buy a car in the Wasteland from Dakota Smith.
Best Two Wheeler – Yaiba Kusanagi CT-3X
If you prefer motorcycles, this is your choice. In addition to obvious advantages such as smaller dimensions compared to cars, this bike boasts an excellent maximum speed of 288 km/h and acceleration to 100 km/h in just 4 seconds. The cost is 22.000 €$, which is much cheaper than other contenders with much less outstanding performance.
Sold by Wakako Okada in Westbrook. To purchase, you need a level 12 street reputation.
The fastest car is Rayfield Caliburn
A great looking supercar with a design that is reminiscent of the Bugatti Veyron. Under the hood, it has 1660 horsepower and all-wheel drive, thanks to which acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h is only 2 seconds. The maximum speed is 336 km/h. The car handles well even at high speed, but due to the low profile it is very sensitive to the quality of the road. Best used for driving on smooth city roads. Nothing prevents you from going off-road, but then get ready for what will shake.
Available for 157.000 €$ from Dino Dinovic in Westbrook. First, however, you will have to earn a name for yourself, because the possibility of buying will open only at level 40 of street reputation.
You can also get this car for free. To do this, you need to complete the story task “At the Crossroads”. A couple of days after completing the quest, go to the cave where you killed Nash’s gang. You should enter the tunnel only after 23.55, otherwise there will be no car on the spot. Go ahead and on the left side, in a cargo container, there will be a Rayfield Caliburn in black coloring. After you get into the car, it will be added to the list available to you, and you can call it at any time.
Best of all – Quadra Type-66 Javelina
Nomad modified version of the Quadra Type-66 640 TS is perfect in every way. Despite the fact that the Quadra Type-66 was originally created for urban roads, the Javelina does an excellent job with any type of road. Four-wheel drive gives excellent maneuverability, and 1000 horsepower allows you to accelerate right up to 304 km / h. If you need a car for everything and at once and you managed to accumulate a fortune of 73.000 €$, then this is definitely your choice.
If you have level 30 reputation, then you can pick up this beast from Dakota Smith in the Wasteland.
Most luxury cars — Villefort Alvarado V4F 570 Delegate
Ait City, then there is nothing better than this car. When looking at this six-wheeled monster, it immediately becomes clear who is the boss here. The menacing look is complemented by a stylish interior with wood inserts, and the horn plays “Cucaracha”. The maximum speed is low – only 243 km / h – but this is not scary, because behind the wheel of such a car you don’t want to rush anywhere.
All this luxury comes at a very modest price tag of only 62,000 €$. You can buy from Sebastian Ybarra in Heywood with a reputation level of 20.
You can also get a gold version of this car for free if you complete the mission “Blood and Bone: Glen”.
Bonus: Cult Car – Porsche 911 II (930) Turbo
Johnny Silverhand’s specially tuned car that speaks for itself. Despite the past 100 years since its inception, it can easily give heat to other sports cars. Almost 300 horsepower allows it to squeeze a maximum of 259km / h, and acceleration to 100 km / h takes only 3 seconds. This is the only real life vehicle in the game.