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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by VO Landscape Design, Jan 5, 2007.

  1. VO Landscape Design

    VO Landscape Design LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Mt. Pleasant Ia.
    Messages: 365

    I am in the market for some new wheelbarrows. What have you found a good size for transporting rock or other heavy material? Also lighter items like mulch-Plastic ones? I have been using shallow steel for moving dirt but need something a bit more substantial. With just starting this year I have several jobs coming up that will need river rock and mulch transported about 100 yds. or so. I have seen some Construction Grade 6 & 8 cubic ft. on both plastic and steel.
  2. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    I prefer plastic...doesn't rust and we leave our wheelbarrels outside to weather a lot. We have a 10cuft, two 8cuft, and a single wheeled (5-6cuft??) wheelbarrel. I actually prefer one with two wheels for transportation and loading. Can't tell ya how many times I tipped a single wheeled over with heavy materials (i.e. stone).

    JKOOPERS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,259

    if you are transporting that long of a distance you might want to consider renting a power buggy plus they had almost a whole cubic yard and the dump is hydraulic.
  4. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 863

    I have a plastic 2 wheel 10 cuft, a plastic single wheel 6 cuft and a metal run flat single wheel 6 cu ft.

    I use all three. Love the dual wheel for moving heavy loads and long distance but it doesn't fit through some gates and you can't drive it into the middle of a perennial bed.

    The single plastic is great for mulching the middle of landscape beds and the single metal is great for sites with nails and moving rocks and mixing cement. -but its heavy.
  5. RedMax Man

    RedMax Man LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,051

    I have a 8cu.ft. Brentwood Ind. landscaper dual wheeled plastic wheel barrow. Its very built with grease fittings on ball bearing turf tires. I prefer plastic because it doesn't rust and weighs less than steel.
  6. VO Landscape Design

    VO Landscape Design LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Mt. Pleasant Ia.
    Messages: 365

    Thanks for all the suggestions.
  7. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    Go w/ the plastic. Also, the 2-wheel setups make a world of a difference when going very far. I wish I'd bought one years ago.

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