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The History of the Wheelbarrow

 
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Inspired by Joshua's post "A Tale of Three Wheelbarrows", I decided to look up a wheelbarrow type cart Geoff Lawton mentioned in his online PDC. This cart, whose invention is attributed to the Chinese, could easily carry many times the weight of a traditional wheelbarrow because of the placement of a larger wheel in the center of the cart.

Here's a quote from How to Downsize a Transport Network: The Chinese Wheelbarrow

The Chinese wheelbarrow - which was driven by human labour, beasts of burden and wind power - was of a different design than its European counterpart. By placing a large wheel in the middle of the vehicle instead of a smaller wheel in front, one could easily carry three to six times as much weight than if using a European wheelbarrow.





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