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With the recently improved weather I decided it was time to get out into my garden to start preparing for the spring. We have several trees in the garden and clearing the leaves is always a massive job. A little bribery ensured I enlisted to help of my boys! I don't mind raking up the leaves, but as I have a back problem, bending and putting them into the wheelbarrow is difficult and painful. Luckily my youngest son likes this job and was happy to dig the wheelbarrow out of hibernation from the shed!
I think good quality garden equipment is important and always buy the best I can afford. With this in mind I opted for a traditional galvanised steel wheel barrow a few years ago when our ancient wheelbarrow finally fell apart. I did consider a trendier looking polypropylene model but decided I preferred the look of traditional steel. I recently read that over 2/3 of garden wheelbarrows are chosen by women and they tend to focus on quality over price. The model I opted for is made by county and is the coaster model. I bought it from my local farm outlet shop and really can't remember how much I paid, but do remember it wasn't cheap! This model is still available fro several web sites and retails at around £60.
What you get for your money.
I bought this wheelbarrow fully assembled, so it was ready for use! It is a sturdy beast and boasts some impressive workmanship. For example the frame is made from galvanised steel to prevent it from scratching and rusting.
The frame is seam welded as opposed to being spot welded. This makes it stronger. The legs are made from solid steel, making them less likely to fracture after rough treatment.
The single tyre has a pneumatic inner making it easier to repair any puncture. It also makes it a pleasure to wheel as it bounces along! Solid tyres make a wheelbarrow less stable and more difficult to push; I know I have owned one!
The tray has a 100 lire capacity .It measures 143 cm from the tip of the handles to the end of the tray. The handles have a green plastic grip and are easy to hold. There is also a green trim on the wheel rim and matching spacer that helps cushion the tray onto the frame. The spacer helps the tray to keep its shape.
If you prefer you can buy a kit to convert this model to a double wheel version. This would make it a lot easier to push.
I am really pleased with this wheelbarrow and think it was well worth the high price tag. It has had a lot of use and still looks relatively new and is rust free. I do keep it in a shed and obviously this helps to protect it from the great British weather!
I find it really light to push, even when it has a full load. The handle height is perfect for my 5 foot 5 frame and it is equally good for my 6 foot son! I was worried that the tyre would be prone to puncturing, but it has been fine.
It is easy to keep clean and a quick wipe is all that's needed after it has carried soil. I can honestly think of no negative points unless you included the high cost!
With a very large garden to look after we own two wheelbarrows and both are frequently in use. The larger of the two is a County Coaster galvanised wheelbarrow, it has an 85 litre tray, a traditional look about it and is my favourite by far. We bought it a few years ago shortly before we embarked on a landscaping project where we needed to move a great deal of soil in order to create French drains (stone filled channels under the ground) as well as re-shape and level a large part of our garden. The Coaster wheelbarrow served us well throughout this project and since then has been an excellent wheelbarrow for all kinds of general use in the garden and around the home.
It measures approximately 57 inches in length, 26 inches wide and 26 inches high. It has a steel tray and one piece chassis which means it is much stronger and sturdier than our other wheelbarrow with a polypropylene tray and sectioned framework. The steel is galvanised so this helps to prevent against rusting. We store our wheelbarrows in a garden shed so they are rarely left out in the garden, despite this though the frequent wet and damp weather here in Wales will still take its toll on garden equipment stored in the shed and items will tend towards rust quite easily, especially during the winter. Our Coaster wheelbarrow, quite impressively, shows hardly any signs of rust.
The wheels have double ball bearings ensuring they run freely and are good and stable. There is a tipping bar across the front of the wheel so this makes for easy and balanced tipping by preventing the wheel from turning once the wheelbarrow is lifted. Whilst transporting much soil and stone during our landscaping project the wheelbarrow felt easy to handle and there were no concerns over its lack of strength for the task, it was steady and balanced throughout. There is a polypropylene spacer which provides additional support under the tray. The tray has remained in good shape which proves the strength of this wheelbarrow although there are a few scuffs, scratches and minor dents. As far as I'm concerned this kind of wear and tear is all part of a wheelbarrow and also far better than the split along one side of the polypropylene tray of our other wheelbarrow which means we will need to replace it at some point soon.
The tubed 4 ply tire is straight forward to repair if a puncture occurs. We haven't encountered a puncture despite the vigorous use and wheeling the wheelbarrow over very stony ground, so I think the tire must be pretty tough. However if you were to use this wheelbarrow for construction and home renovation projects where various very sharp materials may be littered around, the easy to repair tire is good to know.
I consider the Coaster as my trusty wheelbarrow as it suits the size of my garden, is reliable and sturdy as well as smooth and easy to use. I use it for hedge trimmings, branches, compost, soil, carrying plants in pots, weeds and plant cuttings. I would say it is ideally suited for the more heavy duty tasks in the garden and around the home so if you are looking for a strong and durable wheelbarrow, the County Coaster galvanised wheelbarrow is a good choice.
I have found it currently available at Amazon for £59.99 plus £4.95 delivery and although unsure of the price we paid for it a few years ago I would happily pay this price for it today. I confidently give it 5/5.
Thanks for reading :)
© Lunaria 2012
I do a lot of DIY jobs around the house and also do a lot of gardening. My old wheelbarrow had served me well for years but it was long past its best, rusty and on its last legs. Pushing it was getting harder and it was rickety. I invested in a County Coaster Galvanised Steel Barrow as recommended to me by a good friend. Personally, I am very glad I took his advice.
It cost me £55 but I htink it is money well spent. The barrow belly will hold from 85 - 100 litres of general household stuff (medium weight) inlcuding my pots and plants and as I have been clearing out the shed and demolishing it to make way for a new one, I have ordered a skip and put the shed remnants on the barrow and it is not taking me too many trips to get to the front of the house and back, so it can hold a lot of waste.
It has agood sturdy solid frame. The handles are easy to grip and feel solid too and it is very easy to push forward even when filled to maximum capactiy - certainly much easier than my old one! The tyre at the front is made of rubber and the body is made of sturdy hard galvanised steel, so I am sexpecting it to last me a long time. I have had this now for about eighteen months and I have left it out overnight in the garden in the rain, and sofar there is no sign of rust, so fingers crossed. So far I am delighted with my wheelbarrow and it has proven to be a great asset.
Great product and well pleased with it.
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I purchased this wheelbarrow about a year ago as me and my family had decided we wanted to put a pond in our back garden. Not only did this involve a lot of earth having the be moved, but we also had to break up a lot of concrete from where our old driveway had been covered with turf. It was therefore essential e had something to ferry all of this waste away from the site.
I purchased mine from B&Q and at the time they were on special offer so it cost me around £35, although looking around now the average price for this product seems to be about £50. This wheelbarrow has a 90 litre capacity, which means that it can hold a fair amount of earth and rubble but also means that it is not so large t is a pain in the neck to manoeuvre around the garden. It is made from galvanised steel which means that it is very strong but also very light. It is also clearly quite weather proof as mine has always been stored hanging outside the garage and is yet to show any signs of damage from this. This is clearly a very good feature as it stops me from having to replace it purely because I cannot store it safely.
The one wheel (because funnily enough that's all it has) is very securely fixed in place and therefore does not wobble or move, apart from spinning of course, and makes this product very easy to control, even with a very heavy load. The rubber casings on the end of the handles also make this product more comfortable to use as they are just a nicer surface to hold onto, as a pose to bear, cold steel.
As far as easy of use is concerned, this thing is like a dream. It has been used fairly non-stop for a year, ferrying dirt, bit's of tree etc back and forward from my garden to the recycle bin at the front of the house (which is probably about 50m) and at no point has that caused any trouble at all. The pivot on it is perfect for weight distribution so you hardly feel the weight you are transporting, and the product itself shows no signs of strain or pressure.
I would recommend this wheelbarrow to anyone who, well, needs a wheelbarrow, because it has served me well and doesn't look a day old. Oh and btw you can buy it in pink, how cool is that??
Where I live we have two gardens. They are not massive but they are big enough to cause us some problems. By that I mean they grow, which for me is a problem. While they are not the most beautiful gardens in the world they are reasonably nice and we do try to keep them well maintained and looking nice. Every so often there comes a time when giving thing a clip and a trim is not enough, things get over grown or we decide we want a change and more heavy duty labour is involved. Admittedly this only happens once every few years but on such occasions we need slightly more serious equipment. One of those pieces of equipment is a wheel barrow.
The wheel barrow that we currently make use of is this one, the Country Coaster Galvanised Wheelbarrow. This is one that we have been using for a few years and it has done rather well, hence it getting a review. So what can I tell you about this wheelbarrow? Well first of all the important things, it's 90litres which makes it a decent size but not to big or awkward. It has one wheel as you would expect from a wheelbarrow. The handles have a nice rubber coasting which makes them more comfortable when carrying heavy loads.
This wheelbarrow has been very reliable over the years. The fact is we very rarely carry heavy loads in it. In fact the only occasion I can recall when this wheelbarrow has really been put to the test was when we had 100 bags of stones delivered. They were dumped at the bottom of the drive and we had to move them all the way up the drive into the back garden, a distance of about 60 meters. To do this we used the wheelbarrow carrying 5 bags at a time. The bags were very heavy and the wheelbarrow dealt with them very well. I don't think I would have liked to add much more weight as you could tell it was near the limit, but it managed to carry the loads well and still remain controllable.
The main function we use this for is just moving around bits of trees, grass and soil. When you are walking with the wheelbarrow the wheel moves nice and steadily and does not wobble in any way. The whole thing has a very nice balance to it and it is easy to make turns.
When we first got this we kept it in the garage which seemed like the sensible thing to do. But since then we seem to have accumulated more and more stuff and so it has been kicked out the garage and now sits behind the garage out in the open. We tip it upside down so it kind of protects itself from the weather, but while it has been outside we have never really seen any serious signs of wear, it still works very well and has not rusted. I imagine the longer it is left outside the more likely it will be that it does rust, but so far so good.
This wheelbarrow cost us around £50 a few years back. I had a quick look online and it does seem to be around the £60 mark at the moment, but if you shop around you may find it cheaper somewhere. We have the silver version but it also comes in green, blue and even red which I think is quite funky for a wheelbarrow.
Overall then I would have to give this the thumbs up. We have had no problems with this product, it is very reliable and has always done everything you would expect a wheelbarrow to do. There are cheaper options available but for a good solid wheelbarrow that will last you along time you really can't go far wrong with this one.
Living on a major building site for several months as we removed the roof from our recently purchased village bungalow with belated plans to add a second story, it's no wonder we managed to accumulate several more wheel-barrows than first anticipated. The fact our builders were renowned for their forgetfulness helped this collection along, but luckily enough it was a wheel-barrow we had bought ourselves which I have chosen to review today.
The 'County Coaster Galvanised Wheelbarrow' is a piece of kit every gardening/building site of any significance should contain. With a hard cast galvanised steel metal body (...coated with water-proof green metallic paint), the barrow is good for most medium tasks - its basin being of an average size, allowing for an 85-100 litre capacity of 'stuff' means some of the larger tasks may require double the journey (...or the addition of a larger barrow altogether).
The general build quality of the barrow is good. Whilst the strength and durability of the main 'bucket' is excellent (...meaning even if you were to throw the thing off a building it would survive without much more than a 1-2 centimetre gash), the weight of the device is still kept reasonably low. Making that return journey from depositing a load is as easy as can be. Similarly, the durability of the silver metal framing is good, keeping the contraption together well.
None metal components of the device (...the blue rubber hand sleeves and wheel) are not as durable, as can be expected. After having my barrow in full use for 3-4 weeks, the sleeves began to slip and tear - though this isn't a major concern as when working you should be wearing gloves anyway, but grip is still reduced when the sleeves do finally vanish. The wheel (...after inflation) performs well, and I've had minimal need to top it up with air even after heavy use. I still see having a rubber tyre as being a disadvantage to the user on a dangerous (...nail infested) building site where punctures seem imminent.
I feel the designers have got the sitting height (...when the elbows of the frame sit flat on the ground) just right, and it's the same for the handle height when pushing or pull the contraption around. I understand this is a very traditionally designed tool, but maybe that's why it works so well - simplicity can be relied on.
Overall, I feel I made the right decision in purchasing myself a County Coaster wheel-barrow (...even after facing incredible variety from the wheel-barrow world of sales), and I really do believe the thing will do the distance. It's reliable, durable, easy to use, but most of all it is simple - and that's exactly what you want on a building site as it reduces the chance of machinery failure and loss of time in a deadline situation.
Well its been a lovely day weather wise and its that time of year to get in the garden, which is what I have been doing all morning. It's also the time of year to get things in order as with this weather we have ben having things have grown at a ridiculous pace and the hedges in my garden have been in need of cutting back for quite a while now, but you can't cut the hedges back until the birds have stopped nesting and the fledgelings flown the nest.
So, you can imagine how much of the hedges have grown in that time.
When I had to cut them today they took quite a while and I had piles and piles of hedge trimmings which needed moving to the compost pile and I have just the right tool for this a County Coaster Galvanised Wheelbarrow.
I bought this wheelbarrow last year and the thing that attracted me to the purchase wasn't the price but the shape of the barrow itself, if you look at it you can see that it is not as deep as other wheelbarrows, this gives it an ideal advantage over other wheelbarrows when tipping the contents from the barrow into the compost pile.
It tips and slides the contents easily and theres nothing left to fish out like with other barrows. It also doesn't tip sideways and lose the contents on the floor before you get to your desired tipping spot like my other wheelbarrow tended to do when it was full and is easy to lift and wheel.
The country barrows are galvanised to avoid visible scratching while in transit or on display, and to postpone and stop the rusting process which usually gets the other styles of wheelbarrows in time.
They are also seamed welded rather than spot-welded, and the cross-braces are oversized to stiffen and strenghten the frame.
The wheel at the front has a pneumatic inner tube, for easy DIY repairs. We've all had enough of tubeless tyres that are virtually impossible to reinflate once they puncture or lose pressure.
A vast majority of tires are pneumatic, comprising a doughnut-shaped body of cords and wires encased in rubber and generally filled with compressed air to form an inflatable cushion. Pneumatic tires are used on many types of vehicles, such as bicycles, motorcycles, cars, trucks, earthmovers, aircraft and now on wheelbarrows.
You can convert them into double wheel barrows if you like as these sometimes come in handy for small or elderly people to handle.
There are many types of country barrows to choose from and you can even get a pink one if you like novel items.
I am happy with my wheelbarrow and think it will last a few more years, I have had no trouble with it and it is easy to handle and push when full of hedge clippings and earth from digging the garden over and moving the soil to another growing patch.
I bought mine at a garden centre and it cost me £54.99 which seems a little expensive for a wheelbarrow but it has been a handy tool around the garden and has been durable and reliable, I have not had to mend any tires and find it easy to use.
It's does the job I bought it for quite well and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to you.
Galvanised Steel Tray with 85 - 100 litre capacity.