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Wheelbarrow vs 2-wheeled cart

 
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I am going to be a contrarian and say I love a good single wheel wheelbarrow. The one I grew up with is aluminum with wooden handles, older than me, and works very well. I find it much more ergonomic than a pull behind cart, and better balanced, especially on hills, than 2 wheeled wheel barrows. It can turn on a dime around tight corners too! I have hauled way more firewood and garden scraps and dirt and rocks and sand in that thing as a teenager than I care to remember. It dumps super easily too.

I tried another single wheel barrow, and hated it- tippy, awkward, heavy, so there does seem to be a huge difference in quality and balancing. The centre of gravity on ours is low and balanced closer to the front I think.

Whatever you buy, if possible, try before you buy would be my suggestion. Load it up with something slightly Heavy like a bag of soil and see how it behaves in the store.
 
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Catie George wrote:

I tried another single wheel barrow, and hated it- tippy, awkward, heavy, so there does seem to be a huge difference in quality and balancing. The centre of gravity on ours is low and balanced closer to the front I think.

I totally agree. Not all wheel barrows are created equal, nor are all humans. The cheap, shallow, wide barrows are an accident waiting to happen in my opinion, particularly if loaded with anything heavier than raked leaves or grass. The deep "contractors" type come in more than one size. We bought one 25 years ago that still gets used, but I wasn't happy when it was my only option as I find different jobs benefit from some of the alternatives. We test drive cars! Most places selling a wheelbarrow would also have bags of something the seller can load a barrow with for test purposes, and possibly some slopes or bumps to make the test more accurate. Some barrows actually have two brackets so the wheel position can change slightly. If one position doesn't work, I'd try the other.
 
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Here's a fun Story there is a guy that is walking across China with a cart. You can find his channel on YouTube but I don't remember the name good luck y'all
 
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Notice how the front rest is in this pic?

From experience, I can say that when the front rest is like this (one straight bar across) it tends to hit the back of my heels when pulling...especially when going up a hill!  I don't even have very short arms, so keep that in mind. I do take big steps though so that could be the issue...others at the farm seem to be ok with it.

I prefer the style of cart shown in an earlier post where two rest are used, one on each side with gap in the middle.

* I want to mention that the Strongway cart pictured may be of different dimensions than the one we have and could possibly work just fine...just a pic I pulled from the web for reference of rest design!*
 
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One + for a wheelbarrow is that if you have tight rows in a garden it's easy to cut through since a single wheel can track a narrow path w/o crushing/dragging as much stuff.
 
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