I love a good tool, one that helps out, makes your life easier but also doesn't cause you undue stress. This fold up wheelbarrow is the perfect example of this.
We don't have the largest garden in the world, but we have just had our back garden patio done, because of the layout of our flat, the sand and gravel needed was lorried and dumped in our front garden. This was fine; this was as close as they could get to our back garden due to the narrow alleyway connecting front and back garden. It wasn't until it had been delivered that we suddenly thought about the lack of wheel barrow to transport the said gravel and sand into the correct garden. After looking on the internet for wheelbarrows, we found the spectacle that was the folding version. We found it for £25.00, which was cheaper than normal rigid barrows, the one disadvantage is although we needed it now, we now had to wait for delivery. It only took two days; and we had other tasks that needed doing in the garden. Once it had arrived and was unpacked we opened it up and marvelled at the ingenious view in front of us, obviously it is just a wheelbarrow, which works as well as normal wheelbarrows, but after we had used it we could now fold it and store in neatly upright in our shed. Opening and closing of the barrow is very simple, it is basically Velcro holding it together and a few clips securing it when it is down. It does come with a leaflet of instructions, but you could work out how to use it without this extra help.
I never thought a wheelbarrow would be something I would need an awful lot in my garden, but now I have one, I use it all the time. I think because normal barrows are bulky and not easy to pack away anywhere, they take up too much room, unless you have a big shed, they just stay outside getting rusty. Now we can neatly hide ours away, I don't mind having one so much. Although the actual bag itself is made from fabric, it is very sturdy and durable. It is waterproof and can hold weight up to roughly 30kg. If it gets muddy or dirty (which ours inevitably does) we just rinse it off with the hose and leave upside down to dry. You could wipe it with a cloth but I find hose just as easy.
Never in the history of all my reviews has one of my titles ever been so apt.
Because this fold-away wheel barrow wheeley wheeley is excellent value for money!
But more than that it is compact, collapsible and cleverly constructured meaning it is easy to store and easy to move around the garden to wherever it is needed.
With the summer in hand (not that you would know it from todays weather-raining again!), I have turned my hand to my garden in an attempt to make it more manageable and somewhere nice for me to sit and have a beer in the evening.
This wheel barrow has been a god-send!
Only having a small-ish shed, there is not a lot of space inside so having this, that folds handily away and can be hooked onto the wall, leaves me much more space than it would if I had a conventional wheel barrow. Made of strong, durable canvas, it has several pouches to store small tools and firm rubber grips that prevent any slipping in wet weather.
It only has a weight loading capacity of around 30 kg so if you have a bigger garden, this may not be ideal but I am sure (though am not a hundred percent certain) that larger sizes must most likely be available. It is extremely lightweight and easy to use but the fact that it does not weigh a lot also goes against you because in strong, blustery weather you may want to weight it down or you could find it tipping over! This has happebed to me twice so I have learnt from my mistakes!
This is a brilliant idea and the person who came up with is a genius! Simple to construct from scratch (it comes in flat-pack but only takes seconds to put together!), it is exactly what you need in the garden ~ something light enough to carry around but strong enough to take a decent load!
At anything up to £40, it can be a bit pricey to buy if you don't shop around but a friend I know bought a cheaper brand for his allotment and it wasn't as strong and bust after a few months! With this, you can be sure it is built to last and comes highly recommended!
I am all for buying anything which will make my life easier, no matter how big or small the task might be, if it makes it easier then I am buying it. By now you have probably realised that as well as being a beauty product junkie and cat lover that the Hubby and I also have an allotment and I like my gadgets.
When we took on our allotment we read millions of books, articles, blogs and helpful guides to setting up and starting off and many of these revolved around the kind of tools you would be needing to make your allotment life much easier. Naturally a spade, fork, rake and hand tools were all par for the course but when it comes to the bigger items and more specialist type items then the internet often proved to be the best source of research. So last year I went along to the Hampton Court Flower show which in a word is amazing and there you will find everything you need, want and desire and you will also find the weird and wonderful at the same time.
It was at the Hampton Court Flower show that I purchased the folding wheelbarrow. Now I admit it isn't that exciting to everyday people, but to me it was the most brilliant thing ever. Whilst we had all the hand tools, digging tools, compost heaps, a shed and water butts, the one thing we didn't have was a wheelbarrow and it is on the list of essentials tools that you will need. The reason we didn't have one was pure and simple, our car is an Audi TT and a wheelbarrow simply wouldn't fit into it, so we had put off getting one for as long as possible and were lucky enough to be able to borrow one from someone else on the allotment. The downside to that is you can only use it when they are not using it and if they are using it you have to carry everything everywhere.
Wheelbarrows come in all shapes and sizes, some are huge and not really designed for an allotment and some are quite small and again not really suitable for an allotment. One of the stands at the Flower show was allotment orientated and they had all kinds of weird and wonderful items on offer and the one thing I wanted was the foldaway wheelbarrow which was on offer for £15 at the time, if you look anywhere online these wheelbarrows can and will set you back anything from £20 right up to £40 so I got myself a real bargain.
This fold-up wheelbarrow measures at 57 x 122 x and is 73cm high when fully ready to use, folding it up it is naturally half that size. The wheelbarrow is manufactured from steel and a fabric which makes the belly/bag is known as oxford fabric and the fabric is shower proof is also really strong and has a weight capacity of 30kg, so when you are moving leaves backwards and forwards to your compost bin or bramble roots that you have been digging up, you can shove them all in this wheelbarrow and then wheel them to wherever you need to wheel them too. The fabric is also wipe clean, so you won't end up with a very smelly wheelbarrow, I always wipe mine clean using Flash wipes or any other wipes that I tend to keep in our shed.
When it comes to setting up this wheelbarrow it is really easy. It comprises of just one wheel, again another advantage for those of you with an allotment or small garden because wheeling it around and in-between rows of plants and vegetables is really quite easy, effortless and there is less chance of wheeling over something because it is so lightweight you can change direction much quicker than with your more traditional wheelbarrow. This wheelbarrow was flat packed when I bought it and it came with no extra packaging just a leaflet which told me how to set it up. All you simple do is pull the Velcro which fastens the belly/bag of the wheelbarrow into place so it doesn't flap about, away and then pull the wheelbarrow belly/bag away from the handles, then you simple secure the stand using the clips and you are ready to use your wheelbarrow, it only takes a few seconds to have everything ready before you are off.
The handles on this wheelbarrow are rubber grip handles, so when you do have it full to the brim with leaves or weeds it is really easy to grip onto and manoeuvre around without your hands slipping. Then on each side of the middle are little pockets within which you can store your gloves, trowel or any other items that you need to store when using this wheelbarrow. The wheel is called a pneumatic wheel which has a tyre on it, makes it much easier to wheel through mud, weeds, grass and such like. The final thing to mention is that there are two legs which act as a stand, so when this wheelbarrow is not in use or being wheeled it stands unaided allowing you to tip things into it. The only thing I would add though is that during times of really blustery winds, you will need to weight it down to stop it from falling over, but that has only happened to me once and as soon as it had items in the bag there was no further problems.
When it comes to storing this wheelbarrow, once it is folded up there is a hanging loop which will allow you to hang the wheelbarrow of a hook in your shed or garage and this is again one of the things which makes it such a useful tool because it takes up little or no room.
For me this wheelbarrow has been a lifesaver and it is definitely worth its money. It has saved us hours of man time being able to wheel leaves, grass, weeds and other items across our allotment with little or no effort and because it folds up, we can store it in the shed without any problems and worries that it will take up too much room. For the price I paid for it, I only wish I had bought two.