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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 16 10:44 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
properly filled a good barrow should have only a few kilos of lift on the handles and the wheel takes nearly all the load.a badly filled one feels heavy or falls over sideways

That doesn't work when you're lifting soil, sand, wet concrete etc. Even you cannot override the laws of physics, you'll still have to life a load of 20-30kg if the barrow is moving 90kg of cement.

I've also used barrows for years and do put heavy items in mixed loads at the front if possible but that does make the nose more unbalanced which can't be done on a slope.

NMK, I have also found a twin wheel barrow with the axle at the front, but I'm not sure if that would be better, hence the question.

As Chez says, I think they will be better for some people in some situations so I'll get one and have a play.

WW, I've also looked at the 4 wheel carts, for different reasons. I couldn't really find a robust one that would be suitable for me. I kept thinking for 400 or so for a decent one I could make something. Then there's something like a logging arch for moving long logs...

I've now come to the conclusion it's a shame you can't but some form of adult Meccano, so you could buy a kit to make various barrows or carts to see which one is best.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 16 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

if you have a huge amount to move up or down a slope it is possible to hire conveyor belt kit

another option is to hire a labourer for the mass transport jobs which is easy on the back and probably cheaper than a selection of experimental barrows.

i try to load a barrow so there is very little to lift and do not find that unstable ,

decent barrows are designed with a nose deep container so when in use a level load has more weight at the front and the centre of gravity is only just behind the wheel . they also have long handles so leverage is on your side.

anything over about 30 degrees either needs approaching at an angle across the slope or a ramp to extend the distance and reduce the angle.

as a slight aside i have considered experimenting with a lithium battery/motor and control gear /auto retardation for slope work. i suspect owt robust enough would be a daft price.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 16 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've always liked the idea of these things: http://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2011/12/the-chinese-wheelbarrow.html

They seem to combine the steerability of the traditional wheelbarrow with a more sensibly placed axle. Never seen one for sale on this side of the world, though.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 16 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We had a twin wheel one once.

Never again.

I dont like filling the things once never mind refilling it when it self empties as its wheel are so close to the balance point that one spade full to much to the front has it tipping forward.

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