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Ketter Easy Go Multi Purpose Garden Cart
Member Name: jo1976
Ketter Easy Go Multi Purpose Garden Cart
Advantages: Lightweight, can be exposed to the elements, easy to push, large capacity, robust
Disadvantages: No lid so does fill with rainwater, does not tip out all contents
This wheeled device is made from thickened plastic and features a very high back, deep central section and a single opening for ease of pushing. It is, to all intents and purposes, a modernised version of a slim plastic wheelbarrow. Ours is a bright yellow colour although it can also be purchased in more sombre shades if preferred. The advantage over a traditional steel wheelbarrow is that this device is very light and easy to push whilst its plastic exterior means that this can be left exposed to the elements without the risk of rusting and deterioration.
Despite its small proportions, it is surprising just how much this device can actually carry. According to the manufacturer's details, this can cope with weights up to 60kg and contains volumes up to 55 litres. What this equates to in reality, is a convenient way of carrying and shifting great quantities of garden or building waste. Around our home and garden this has been used to contain several full loads of old pebbles/gravel (which we replaced with some more aesthetically pleasing stones.) The old pebbles were simply loaded into the cart loose and then wheeled around to the back of the house easily. The replacement stones were placed straight into the cart in their original bags from the boot of the car, which cut down the number of trips needed and avoided having to lug around heavy bags. Despite the weight of the bags and the loose stones, the thick plastic exterior managed this without any problems and there has been no sign of damage to the two surprisingly sturdy plastic wheels, either.
Our most common use for this cart is to transport cut branches from the top level of our garden down to the brown bin used for the disposal of garden waste. I find the slim and tall design of the cart to be ideal for this purpose as it is deep enough to contain lots of tall branches and the high back prevents them from falling out while being pushed.
The beauty of the design is that it can be either be pushed or pulled from behind, making it far more versatile than a traditional styled wheelbarrow which needs to be lifted with two hands. Our garden slopes downwards so I find it most convenient to drag the loaded cart backwards. This also helps to prevent any of the contents escaping too.
The layout of our garden does mean that there are split levels and steps to navigate. Being a wheeled container, this is not ideal for going up and down steps but the lightweight plastic and slim proportions do make it easier to navigate down steps than a standard wheelbarrow would be. When I need to take this down the steps, I just keep the weight of the load down to a manageable level (or alternatively, ask the other half to take it down instead!) Bringing it back up the steps is far easier as, when empty, the cart is light and slim enough to be carried up the steps.
The only slight drawback to this design is that it is not quite as efficient at unloading its contents as a traditional wheelbarrow. It is easy to tilt forwards and empty, but there is always quite a lot left behind due to the depth of the container. Fortunately, the cart is light enough that it's usually possible to tip it upside down to dislodge the remainder.
We've owned ours for a few years now and, despite being left outside more often than not, the cart still appears to be in excellent fully functional condition. The only drawback to the design is that it will collect rainwater if left exposed and the slightly sloping design of the container section makes it difficult to cover over between uses. Ours ends up looking like a bizarre yellow water butt if left outside for long enough! Ideally, this should be stored away in a shed or other covered area between uses where it will still take up considerably less space than a traditional wheelbarrow would do.
This Keter Easy Go garden cart can be picked up from Homebase for just £24.99. This seems a fairly reasonable price for a sturdy product that can help to make tasks in and around the garden easier and quicker. Whilst it is not an essential gardening item and I probably would not have purchased one myself, it has proven to be a useful gadget to own so I'm happy to recommend it.
Summary: A compact and durable alternative to a traditional wheelbarrow
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