Whether you're pushing a wheelbarrow loaded with decorative pavers around to the backyard or using it to hold pots of new annuals you want to plant, this garden tool comes in handy with yardwork and landscaping projects.
A wheelbarrow typically includes a large, deep bucket or tray, handles, a wheel in the front and two metal legs in the back for support. The Chinese are credited with inventing it. According to CartsandWagons.com, which sells carts, wheelbarrows and wagons online, "China in the first century B.C. gives the first record in the history of wheelbarrows. A closely guarded military secret, wheelbarrows gave Chinese armies a decisive advantage in moving goods and wounded soldiers."
These days, wheelbarrows are used for more domestic purposes around the house, and there are several to pick from with different features.
The trays range in size from 4 to 10 cubic feet and can be plastic or metal. The wheels are either solid, flat-free rub-ber or air tires, while handles can be made of wood or metal.
Wheelbarrows start at $29.99 at Orchard Supply Hardware at Blackstone and Barstow avenues in Fresno. At Fresno Ag Hardware in Fresno, they start at $34.99 for a 4-cubic-foot steel model and run through $129.99 for a 10-cubic-foot plastic wheelbarrow.
Customers seem to like the 6-cubic-feet, flat (tire)-free, all-metal wheelbarrow, says Tim Wilson, store manager at Orchard Supply Hardware in Fresno. It's the store's best-seller, he says.
"You're not a pro, but you don't want to go to the garage and get the air compressor if you got a flat. It's always ready to go." It costs $79.99.
If you're planning to mix cement for a concrete path, then you'll want to use Miller's 6-cubic-foot steel wheelbar-row.
It has rounded bars in front of the wheel to make it easier to deposit the contents.
"When you go to dump, it's stable," says assistant manager John Letlow at Fresno Ag Hardware.
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