Product Type: Haemmerlin Garden Machinery
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Large Capacity Wheelbarrow
Member Name: Oddbodd
Large Capacity Wheelbarrow
Date: 10/08/11, updated on 12/08/11 (150 review reads)
Advantages: Strong, carries lots and quite possibly will last forever!
Disadvantages: Not quite as lightweight as a smaller model
I consider myself to be a heavy user of wheelbarrows as I use them for horses. Currently I only have a couple of horses to care for but at one time I had a few and I was finding that the wheelbarrows I was using just weren't up to the job.
Not having tools that are up to the job can be very counterproductive and although it is easy to just go out and replace each broken barrow with another cheap one, there came a time several years ago when I decided to bite the bullet and fork out (pardon the pun) on one of these Haemmerlin beauties. I believe they currently sell for around £160 which is lots of money, but mine definitely cost under £100, about £75 from memory. As I mentioned, that was a good while ago though!
Since I bought the Haemmerlin, I have never looked back. There are a few things that are great about it:
== Capacity ==
For a single wheeled barrow, this has a huge capacity of 150 litres. Most regular sized barrows take about 90 litres so I instantly noticed the difference when using this one - far less trips to the muck heap! You can get two wheeled barrows which are enormous and have even bigger capacities, but I particularly wanted a single wheel as:
a) They are lighter
b) They are more manoeuvrable, and
c) Sometimes I need to wheel it up a single plank onto a muck trailer and this is an impossible feat to achieve with a 2-wheeler!
This large capacity is achieved through a wider and slightly deeper pan than the regular ones. This is in preference to a deeper narrower one which some people might rather have but for me this is easier to manoeuvre, once you get used to it, and also gives you a bigger area to aim for when chucking muck out from the stable to the wheelbarrow!
== Weight and Load ==
Being made from metal, this barrow isn't quite as lightweight as the popular plastic ones. It is far more hardwearing though. It is still much lighter than you'd expect however, weighing in at 21.5kg, and I don't find it heavy to handle at all.
Because of its sound construction, it also has a strong load-bearing capacity of 200kg. I have never tested this to the limit (I'm not sure I'd be able to push it along with 200kg inside!) but I have certainly put 60 -70kgs on it extremely regularly, which is a lot, and it has never baulked.
== Wheel ==
The wheel is a spoked metal wheel with a 4-ply pneumatic tyre. It is very well made and definitely assists with the light handling of the barrow. This wheel is clearly a large part of why the barrow survives as well as it does as the wheel has to bear the load a lot of the time. I can honestly say, in the 8 years or so that I have owned this barrow, I think I have had to pump up the wheel maybe two or three times, and that is with daily use. The wheel is sturdy and robust and really assists in being able to bounce the barrow along when it is full of, well how best to put this, erm..... horse poo?!
== Handling ==
Being larger than average, this barrow is wider than your normal barrow so the handles are slightly further apart than regular plastic barrows. This doesn't bother me one bit and, as the pan is wider to accommodate the extra capacity, this makes the whole barrow wider which I think gives it more stability. It does take a short time to adjust to the different size and balance of it but, once you've used it a few times, you will be hooked!
== Durability ==
Eight (or maybe a bit more) years of daily use and:
1) The plastic handles are still in place
2) The metal pan is in near perfect condition (and I rarely wash it down, although you can do this if need be)
3) The tyre has had to be pumped up 2 or 3 times
4) The wheel is in perfect condition
5) One bolt came loose and got lost, which I had to replace
6) One of the cross bars on the metal frame has broken just recently. This doesn't affect usage but does slightly affect the balance of it when it is resting on the ground as it is no longer holding the legs in exactly the right place. I will get around to having this re-welded at some point which will certainly be worth it.
One final point - my barrow is left unattended at the yard while I'm not there. I have reason to believe that it is regularly kidnapped and returned in my absence. In fact, another shiny and new one just like it turned up just recently. This barrow coveting speaks for itself!!
Money well spent.
(Review will also appear on Ciao)
Summary: A lot of money but worth every penny and pays for itself over and over again.
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