Soil is typ about 1T/cu yd
Sand is typ about 1.5T/cu yd
Concrete, about 2T/cu yd
Wheelbarrow capacity is typ 1/6 cu yd
So, sizing with concrete's density in mind
suggests it would never see more than ~700lb load.
Anything that you'd EXPECT to encounter with a
wheelbarrow that would EXCEED that? (i.e., you
wouldn't be lugging gold bullion around in one)
I am not sure what you're getting at with this post, but being a farmer,
I have used wheelbarrows all my life. Mostly to haul manure. Never fill
them so much that you have to struggle to use them. All it takes is one
small hole in the ground and it will tip over if you cant hold it
upright, and then you will have to scoop it all up a second time. NOT
Just fill it enough so you can handle it. Its better to make a few more
trips with the wheelbarrow than to lose control of it and spill it, or
hurt your back moving it. Concrete is heavier than manure. Half filled
might be plenty. With manure I fill it to the top, but I dont pile it
above the top.
You would never try to load more than about half of that much concrete
in a wheel barrow and that would be for a guy who does it for a
living. Your average homeowner is going to struggle with >250lbs over
anything but a paved surface.
Make sure the tire is properly inflated so it can support the weight.
When you load in the 1/6 yard of concrete, be sure it in in the
permanent position because you are not easily moving it. Nice lawn
I've yet to find anything that defines what sort of weight it (any
particular manufacturer's offering) can support! Lots of offerings
but all they use to express capacity are volumes. I suspect they'd be
hard pressed to support 2 cu yds of FEATHERS, despite the (lack of) weight!
Again, not concerned with moving it -- if the wheel bearings, tire inflation
level, support arms, bucket, etc. can support the load (whatever # that
Probably why they don't give a weight rating. It will generally hold
more than a man can move if loaded fully with something very heavy
while some idiot will sue because he could not get 800 pounds of
feathers in it.
Stationary, it can support a lot. Moving, it is a matter of balance
and muscle. So you load it to capacity with gold bullion from under
the bed and you want to take it to the bank. The unit can take the
weight, but you lift and spill it because it is too heavy. You then
sue the manufacturer because they said you can move 2500 pounds.
Just like a measuring cup, volume is what counts, the rest is common
Again, I'm looking at the limitations of the *tool*, not the *user*.
You've just conceded that volume is NOT what counts -- as the density of
the material also plays a role (feathers, gold bullion, cement, etc.)
I suspect they are described in terms of volumetric capacity simply
because folks can more readily relate to that as pertaining to
I have a "conveyance" that is rated for 1200lb loads -- the frame, wheels,
wheel bearings, etc. Chances are, that doesn't help you visualize the
sorts of applications to which it would apply! (Hint: a refrigerator
is typically in the ~300lb range.)
I imagine they are assuming most users are going to be carrying around
yard waste, mulch and other things that are not that dense. If a
homeowner is using a wheelbarrow for concrete, they are usually mixing
it in the wheelbarrow and that will be a bag or 2 at a time. That is
about all you can work.
They are the ones most likely to buy a cheap one. A good one is not
going to break with any load a user can pick up. I have seen them
loaded to the brim with concrete, too much to actually move without
spilling it but the wheelbarrow was fine.
On Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 11:37:41 AM UTC-4, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
g: Give up. Don doesn't care about your answers, he only cares about
his question. It's his typical "I asked a specific question and not only
won't I tell you why I asked that question, I also don't want to hear
anything that doesn't answer my exact question."
Just tell him that the industry standard for the average wheelbarrow
is 674.32 lbs and be done with it.
On 4/21/2016 8:37 AM, email@example.com wrote:
But I'm not concerned with "how much weight a CHEAP wheelbarrow can
I couldn't find a number. So, I looked at it from an "application"
standpoint: how are they typically USED?
To lug dirt around. Dirt is about a ton per cubic yard. Wheelbarrows
tend to be 4-6cu ft capacity. Guesstimate 4.5 cu ft (1/6yd) as a nominal
load size (to account for angle of repose, etc.) suggests a wheelbarrow
would typically see ~300 pounds -- when hauling dirt.
Ah, but there are things that are heavier than dirt -- like sand! At
1.5T/cu yd, that suggests a load of 450 pounds!
Then, I recall seeing the grunts hauling the concrete from the cement
truck into the neighbors' back yard in wheelbarrows. At ~2T/cu yd,
that suggests 600 pounds.
I know "aggregate" is about the same density as dirt. And, I'll
guess that "stone" (e.g., washed river rock) is about the same
density as that.
I don't know anyone who hauls gold bullion or large quantities
of coins around in a wheelbarrow. Nor anyone who hauls feathers.
The folks at the metal yard have different conveyances for the
large blocks of steel they transport. Wood isn't dense enough to
even be of interest in the calculations.
Is there anything more dense than concrete that would likely be hauled
in a wheelbarrow? Dunno. Let's ASK! (which brings me to my original
post...) I've not heard anything denser ("more challenging") than
concrete as a suggested typical load.
[I've seen landscapers transport large (potted) plants around a job
site prior to planting. But, don't see that as much heavier than
a big load of dirt -- the rootball]
Note that Vic turned up some references that describe capacities
(dimensioned by weight) that were all over the map -- presumably
to reflect the various "quality levels" of wheelbarrow products
Of course, differences in capacity may also be side-effects of other
desirable features: someone wanting a light-weight wheelbarrow
might be willing to settle for one that can't carry as much weight.
Or, someone who wants something more "watertight", etc.
Those numbers are not published. And, I suspect if you called and
asked, it wouldn't be a simple matter of "let me look it up for you".
"Could you email me a list of the capabilities for ALL your models?
So I can evaluate that characteristic in my purchase choice?
Meanwhile, I'll check with other manufacturers -- as I don't know if
YOUR models are at the high end, or low end, of the market..."
"How many M&M's are there in this bag?"
"I don't know"
"Well, I *guess* that's a CORRECT answer. But, its not an answer to
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