“ Brand: Stubby / Equipment Type: Wheelbarrel „
My dad used to have the traditional Stubby wheelbarrow which was only really used by mom to take the shopping from the car into the house so she only had to make one trip. When helping a friend put gravel down on her driveway I phoned a landscaper friend of mine to ask if we could borrow one of his wheelbarrows and a Stubby is what he brought over for us.
It didn't look anything like the only Stubby that had one wheel. This one has two wheels up front and instead of being a sort of triangle it's a square with the side nearest user open and flat. Apparently this was going to be the best for what we were doing because you fill it up with gravel, wheel it to where you want them and then stand the wheelbarrow up on its front wheels dumping the gravel out.
In theory this was exactly right for what we were doing ... in practise however was a different story. When filling the wheelbarrow up you can't fit as much as you would in a standard wheelbarrow because of the open side. The gravel was flowing out. I was told it can handle more and is lighter. It was a bit lighter and was easier to manoeuvre about but certainly couldn't hold as much.
I mentioned to my friend that it wasn't really the best wheelbarrow in the world. Not complaining or anything because if he hadn't lent it to us we would have had to think of something else! He agreed saying he hardly uses it but thought as it was light weight is would have been the best for us ladies (I let that comment roll over and didn't bother starting that conversation). Apparently he only really uses it to carry his fishing equipment as the two wheels go down the towpath a lot easier and he has more control over it.
I've done some homework and found that this Stubby is priced at around £190. Crazy how much something like a wheelbarrow can be but they do tend to be a lot of money even for the standard ones. Comes in blue, green, purple and shocking pink
* Zinc plated steel frame
* Pneumatic tyres
* Length 143cm
* Width 76cm
* Dry capacity 117 litres
* Height 55cm
* Weight 21.3kg
I think the odds are I won't ever buy a wheelbarrow of my own when I can rent them from the tool shop in town or borrow from a friend. Plus it's a high price tag for something I won't be using that often.
© oioiyou 2011
The loop handle permits single-handed operation and easy tipping.