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Old 12-11-2006, 09:35 PM
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never seen a 10 but we have 2 8 cu yd ones and they work fine
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Old 12-11-2006, 10:49 PM
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Originally Posted by topsites
My biggest challenges are weight, and speed.
The heavier something is, the slower things go and the faster it wears me out.

With topsoil, forget it, I can't load more than 4 cubic feet regardless how big the barrow is.
A cubic yard of dirt weighs right around a ton, so a cubic foot is 24.7 pounds...
4 cu.ft. = ~100 pounds.
Still not sure if that is right, but it is heavy.

With mulch, if I load further than flush with the sides, some always spills.
But load it flush with the sides and I can hit some bumps pretty hard without even a tiny spill.
I watch those guys really load it up, then spill a half a pitchfork along the way, every single trip...
And much over 5-6 cubic feet and the barrow is suddenly no longer nimble and agile.

I love working topless in 40 degree stuff, and for that to happen, I have to be able to pump out some adrenaline, not slog along at full power barely getting the stupid thing moving.

It's one thing to run at the top of my aerobic ability, I can do that for hours on end.
But it's quite another to run at the top of my physical limits, that wears me out in no time.

So, even thou the larger barrow makes less trips out of the job, the smaller 6 cu.ft.'er gets 10 trips done in the time the other gets 6-8 done, and it wears me out considerably less.

30 minutes per cubic yard tops, that's dumped and spread.
I really like doing 4 cu.yds. at a time.
My fave is 4 in the morning, 4 in the afternoon.

For me, it doesn't work out slower like you mentioned with our big wheelbarrow, as long as it's just barkdusk, which is light.

But you reminded me of when I lived with my mother around 1985 about the time I was going to college.

She had about 3/4 acre of lawn. It was all irregular shapes, and some on a slope.

When I used a 22 inch mower, it took about 2 hours to mow - recollecting from memory.

Then, we got a 21 inch with the smaller lighter 3.5 hp. engine. I thought it would take longer with the narrower deck, but it actually took 20 minutes less because it was so light, I could walk much faster.

I hadn't thought of that in years. What a great piece of property too. My mom cried when she sold it. One of Beaverton's last rural lot remnants - now with 11 houses on the 2 acres. It was a great place to sled down the hill in winter.
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Old 12-12-2006, 10:34 AM
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For the way I am reading this. He is building powered wheelbarrow. I think I would go with the 10 cu/ft. The smaller size and weight *should not* slow down the setup. On hills and such a lower gear or smaller load.

When I was driving dumptrucks more the joke was you could climb a hill in 2nd gear, add another yard because you still have anther gear.
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Old 12-12-2006, 05:34 PM
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You can't put two pounds of olives in a one pound bag. nc-native
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Old 12-12-2006, 11:38 PM
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I use an 8 and it is easy to push around.
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