A wheelbarrow is a frequently-used workhorse for many outdoor and garden projects. It’s one of the most useful tools in your shed.
Investing in a quality wheelbarrow can be a great investment as they can make your projects so much easier - and save your back. But which one to choose? This guide provides an understanding of wheelbarrows to help you select the best model for you and use the tool efficiently and safely.
A wheelbarrow operates on the simple principle of leverage. Experts call it a "class two lever". The wheel is the fulcrum, the load is positioned close to or directly above the fulcrum, and effort is exerted on the handles. This means that you can put a 100kg load into a wheelbarrow and feel as if you are lifting 10 to 20kg.
Deceptively simple, the wheelbarrow design we know today appeared in China nearly 2000 years ago and has remained largely unchanged. Here are the basic elements of a wheelbarrow:
The basic functions of a wheelbarrow are to carry and to contain, making it easier for you to move heavy loads. Use your wheelbarrow to:
Knowing the right way to use your wheelbarrow will make your work more efficient and safer. Here are some safety tips:
Clean your wheelbarrow regularly to extend its life and keep it operating efficiently and safely. Here are some ways you can maintain your wheelbarrow:
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