wheelbarrow question

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by The Curious Porpoise, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. The Curious Porpoise

    The Curious Porpoise LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    i'm planning to investing in my first GOOD wheelbarrow for what hopes to be a lot of mulching service come spring. what are some good models to choose from? also, what's the pro's and con's b/t a 2-wheeled wheelbarrow and a one-wheeled wheelbarrow? what's size should i get?
  2. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,899

    Go w/ a 10 cu ft wheelbarrow (2 wheel jobber) for mulch. You will probably want to replace the 2 upright tray supports w/ some steel as the cheap tin bands break after a short peiod of time. Do not overload them weight wise - a good 6 cuft barrow is best for heavy soil and/or stone.
  3. Tvov

    Tvov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,157

    With single wheels, the wheelbarrows are much more manuverable. Most 5-6 cuft (if I am remembering my sizes correctly) wheelbarrows are single wheeled. The big "mulching" wheelbarrows (most are around 10cuft) are usually two wheels, and they can move a lot of mulch at once. One thing to remember with the big wheelbarrows, you put anything else beside mulch / weeds / leaves in them (for instance, dirt, stone, etc) they become very difficult to move. If you are only going to have one wheelbarrow, I would get a 6cuft plastic (thick plastic, not homeowner model) single wheeled one first. If you are doing a LOT of mulch, the big two wheelers are very much worth it.

    Edit: Like Turfdude said!

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Jackson makes a top grade wheelbarrow we have had 1 for seems like 20 years.
  5. nocutting

    nocutting LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    If I were You, I'd go to the Home-Depot, get 2-3 6cubic foot jobs $40.00 oper unit, a good pitchfork, and a plastic scoop, and a "Load-Handler" for my pick up.......My 1st wheel barrows of this grade lasted almost Five years or more[ as long as I didnt let them fill up with rain water and when they finally rusted through, I crushed up some old coffee cans to use as big washers to hold the tray to the framepayup :waving:
  6. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I personally like the one wheel. Easier to move I feel. Downside, you can't carry as much weight or load
  7. Doug Z.

    Doug Z. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    I ve bought a few wheelbarrows over the past few years. The first one i had was a contractor grade one that I bought from a Contractor supply store. I think it was about $80.00. It was a very good wheelbarrow. Then i bought a two wheeled 10 cubic foot one from Fleet Farm. It is ok for mulch, but nothing else. I bent the axle on it right away. THe best wheel barrow I've had is the Concrete Wheelbarrow from Sterling. That got stolen from a job site. Tried to replace it, but now it only comes with those red never flat tires----junk!!! They always feel flat! but both of those were around $ 140.00 each. I found another supplier that has them with the regular tire, Ill be getting one in spring. I was having a hard time justifing buying another new one, when my first one is still in great shape, until this fall when I lost it off the trailer... I learned a lesson on that ALways strap down your equipment!!!
    The reason I say the Sterling are so good is that first, the pans are so solid, ther is no flex in them, unlike the cheaper ones. and second, the spread on the handles is a perfect distance, very comfortable. The down fall is that they are a heavy wheelbarrow. Doing the landscaping part of it though, I will always need a good wheelbarrow, and it seems that it is just easier to push the good ones..
  8. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    I love my two wheel 10cu ,but you still need a one wheeled also to take for places you need manuverability,I also have a one wheeled fold-up that you can lay on the ground an rake the mulch right in.called EasyWheel.I need and use all three of these
  9. jreiff

    jreiff LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 402

    If you are going with a one wheeler, I would recommend going with a steel tub. We have went threw far too many plastic tubs. Might be heavier, but steel just lasts alot longer.
  10. Tvov

    Tvov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,157

    That's interesting, my experience has been kind of opposite. Now I am talking the thick plastic commercial wheelbarrows, not the ones available at WalMart. I have not worn out metal wheelbarrows, but they are bent and twisted. The plastic ones, except for scratches, are in excellent shape after 10 years. And it is a heck of a lot easier to put the plastic ones into the back of the trucks!

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