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Choosing the Right Stable Wheelbarrows

Technology marches on delivering new ways of doing things and clever gadgets to make life easier. However, some of the things that we use never seem to be usurped by modern advances. These tend to be the simple but brilliant things that it is all too easy to take for granted. Who would want to be without their Wellington boots for instance? Stable wheelbarrows are another great example of equipment which has been with us seemingly forever and yet has changed little over the years.

Improving a Winning Formula

Naturally there have been subtle changes to wheelbarrow design. New materials have been introduced to make wheelbarrows more durable than ever and less vulnerable to corrosion. Reinforcements have been added so the barrows can support more weight. Wheel bearings have been improved to produce a smoother role. Wheelbarrows are better than ever but retain much of their original design.

The Choice

There are many wheelbarrows for you to choose from. Your stable wheelbarrows are going to get through a lot of work and so you need to choose the style which best suits your circumstances, and which makes life easiest for you.

Size

Wheelbarrows are available in a variety of sizes. The more you have to muck out, the bigger the barrow you will need to cut down the number of journeys that you will have to make whilst pushing it. But don’t order enormous stable wheelbarrows if you don’t need them because the bigger they are the heavier they will be, either empty or full, making them harder work to push. In addition, the larger the barrow the bigger the space you need to store it.

Check out the capacity of the models that you are considering to ensure that you choose something which suits your workload. Don’t get carried away! It is tempting to select the biggest model but that means it will the heaviest one so make sure that it won’t be too heavy for you to manage.

One Wheel or Two

A wheelbarrow is much easier to manoeuvre and to tip when it has only one wheel but two wheels make it more stable when on the move. Two wheels can be useful if you are handling heavy loads but will make it harder for you to negotiate corners and hills. Some models have a single wheel but can be converted to doubles. These will give you the maximum versatility.

Material

Stable wheelbarrows with steel buckets are extremely robust and can handle very heavy loads but are liable to rust. Steel barrows should be stored somewhere where they are protected from the elements. Plastic buckets are lighter and will not rust but can crack under the strain of the heaviest loads. Plastic might also crack if exposed to extreme cold.

Colour

OK so the colour of your wheelbarrow isn’t going to affect its functionality but it can be fun to brighten up your life with something funky. Wheelbarrows with plastic buckets are available in a variety of colours so why not choose something which reflects your personality? A coloured barrow could also help to distinguish yours from others used at the stables.

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