Having purchased a wheelbarrow some years ago of the rather standard
design, I never liked it. The design is an "A" frame of 2x2-ish lumber
attached to the metal "bucket" area. Ahead of the tire the 2x2's are
tied together with a metal cross brace. The problem with the design is
that this cross brace is too low and too likely to snag on the ground,
especially if the ground is uneven.
A few days ago I finally decided to saw that "nose piece" off, so I
did and the result seems quite adequate, and MUCH LESS ANNOYING. If I
ever decide to add strengthening perhaps I'll build a brace above the
tire or add angle iron to the bottom of the wooden frame, but I doubt
that will be necessary.
I agree that the current wheelbarrows are badly designed, especially with
the cheap wood and the undersized wheel they use. It is difficult for anyone
over 5' 4" to use. I have an 30 year old wheelbarrow that has a tubular
steel frame. The frame is not straight but curves to put the handles at a
correct height and to put the nose at its correct height, and has a large
steel wheel with inflated rubber tire. It was not expensive when I bought
it, but I cannot find an equivalent to replace it with, even the large size
replacement wheels for it seemed to dissappeared from the market.
OK, Dave, now load that sucker right up full with wet concrete, wheel it
somewhere that you want to dump it, and without using a wheel chock, dump it
right where you want it.
Bet you fail. That brace is there for a reason - to use as a pivot point
More likely I would snag the nose somewhere, lose my balance, and dump
a good portion of the load on my way to the desired location. It is a
trade off, surely, but I just don't do much precision dumping, day to
On 6 Aug 2003 19:43:52 -0700, galt firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave) wrote:
I have a wheelbarrow with the exact same design issue. If you go over
the slightest bump on rough terrain it grounds out.
I cut the lumber shorter and reinstalled the brace. It's closer to the
wheel, but since the tire doesn't grow, it's not a problem. I suppose
one day I'll bend it and it will rub - and then the claw hammer will
have a job to do.
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