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To most dooyoo girls the wheelbarrow is an advanced sex position that they are really not up to these days whilst for most men it means a bad back and blisters lumping around stuff in the garden that really doesn't need to be humped. But if you get a really sturdy one then you can enjoy your humping (the wheelbarrow that is) with every possible load being dumped in there at your leisure. And what gal doesn't like a man to be able to dump his load when asked?
Wheelbarrows are like men, of course, designed to be beaten on like Frank Bruno with all manner of stuff thrown at them and so it's a kind of therapy for guys treating the barrow the same way, the sanctuary of the garden shed waiting for a sly tea break. Nothing better to take away the agony of the clang of an old concrete post support being ripped out of the ground and chucked in barrow.
There are two kinds of barrows, one with inflatable tyres and one with solids. The compound tyres tend to make the pushing of the barrow a less pleasurable experience whereas inflatable tyres allow you to 'bounce' the barrow around tricky corners and up steep ramps if you are doing more adventurous building works. The softer tyre also acts as a fabulous shock absorber when you drop off the ramps, often helping to retain your load. You don't want to lose your load in public. This is macho guys stuff. The harder tyre can be much harder to push the barrow if it's full with heavy stuff. Saying that you have to keep pumping up the air tyre. It's best not to fully inflate it as a bit of give makes it easier to use.
The County Carrier is a robust barrow and has a full and deep steel pan with a healthy 80-100 litre capacity. The blurb says the barrow includes a 'unique integral under-pan support' which is supposed to give it 50% more support than your standard wheelbarrow, what ever a standard wheelbarrow is. My version has navy handles and pneumatic tyre & tube.
Dimensions Pan Size: 810 x 550 x 240 mm Pneumatic tyre size: 36cm (14in)
So what can I get in it?
Well it's fine for garden waste like foliage and mud and leaves etc. We have some tall pine trees in our garden and so pine needles and cones pile up all year around, at least twice a year a good barrow clean up needed. This stuff makes for thick and acrid yellow smoke and earns grumbles from the neighbours as their washing disappears under a smoke cloud reminiscent to a French riot when we burn it off and so we have to bag it and put it in the brown bins to go to the tip. For some reason people think bonfires are banned under health & safety laws and so you do get looks and comments when you spark a big one up.
Chucking rocks and scrap in them is not a problem and the barrow part is reinforced and so doesn't dent too easily. The grips are good on the handles and you don't blister if you on a long haul job, which is nice although garden gloves should be warn, all manner of cuts and bruises waiting if you don't. On the whole it's a decent barrow with lots of capacity and if you don't leave it to rust up the top of the garden and remember to oil the wheel axle then it will last forever. At £35-45 you cant go wrong.
As far as wheelbarrows go, for me the County Carrier heavy duty galvanised wheelbarrow is more than able to tackle the jobs around the garden I need it for. At £79.99 it doesn't fall in the 'cheap and cheerful' category, but for this price you are assured of a long lasting piece of kit with a few tricks up its sleeve. For starters, as the tray is zinc galvanised steel this allows you to use it for a wide range of jobs, such as working with hot tar and with other intense heat. Secondly, the wheelbarrow can be purchased with a few 'options'. For an additional £19.99 you can find yourself with a spare wheel, but for £24.95 you have the ability to convert the 'barrow into a twin wheeled carrier. The kit includes all you need for the conversion, and I find that it only takes moments to remove the centre wheel and change the front set-up. This is a great feature and very useful for heavy loads to allow you to keep control on uneven surfaces.
The tyres are chunky 4-ply pneumatic tubed tyres and with a 90-110 litre capacity the barrow is adequately sized to tackle almost any job with ease. Fully seam welded, the 'barrow is built to last, and will withstand daily abuse of garden or building tasks. Overall, an extremely robust and versatile piece of equipment that will make shifting rubble a pleasure (if that is at all possible!?).
Its 90 ltr tray is constructed in heavy-gauge steel, has double-rolled edges for both strength and safety, and sits on top of a well-balanced one-piece frame.