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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Dec 27, 2016 11:19 PM CST
I want to buy a new cart/wheel barrow/wagon to lug heavy things such as top soil, compost, bricks, etc. around in.

The one I've used for 10,000,000 years is falling apart and I got it at a yard sale, so when I googled "garden cart" I was surprised to see so many thousands of models and varieties. Obviously I'd prefer not to spend a ton of money but the selection available is overwhelming.

I'm interested in hearing what brands/models other people use, and how well you like them (or don't).

Any feedback?
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Dec 29, 2016 11:27 AM CST
I just bought a regular cheep wheel barrow from home depot.
Depending what im moving.
I'll use my hand cart or my garbage can with wheels. Or a combination of both. Secure trash can to hand cart with bungie cord !!! Hurray!
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Dec 29, 2016 11:54 AM CST
We do as Philip does. We have a regular wheel barrow from Home Depot, and a dolly we use with our trash cans. We now have a much larger garden area and could use a motorized cart, but haven't found the right one yet, so I'll be watching the replies.
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DaisyI
Dec 29, 2016 12:35 PM CST
Yep, I use a regular wheel barrow, also purchased from HD. I got one with two wheels on the front though. Better stability if you live on a hill.
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tarev
Dec 29, 2016 1:16 PM CST
I only have a very small yard so the orgocart I got works well for me to move some stuff from the garage and around our sideyard. Small enough to pass through the door of our sideyard. I like that it is collapsible, easy to store and I can do some repotting work at the top part with its small tray. We got it several years ago at Costco.

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Name: Porkpal
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Dec 29, 2016 1:17 PM CST
I suggest whatever kind of barrow or cart you get, look for one with big wheels. It will roll more easily over uneven ground.
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Dec 29, 2016 1:58 PM CST

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Rubbermaid Yard Cart. Mine's well balanced and well made
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Rub...
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woofie
Dec 29, 2016 3:18 PM CST
There was a thread a while back in the Tools Forum with some discussion of wheelbarrows:
The thread "wheelbarrow" in Tools and Stuff forum
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Name: Porkpal
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Dec 29, 2016 3:42 PM CST
Notice the big wheels on Evan's cart.
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Name: J.R. Baca
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josebaca
Jan 11, 2017 8:01 PM CST
Hey Jack, hello from southern Colorado!
If you're going with a wheelbarrow I'd recommend the Jackson single wheel. If that one you had lasted 10 thousand years then this one will ( with simple care ) give you 10 times the longevity. The tandem wheels will give the perception of stability but only the perception and limit your maneuverability, both can be purchased in matching capacity, and in my opinion, if you go for the larger single wheel, make sure the tire is pneumatic, this makes it easier to 'drive', the 'neverflat' is too soft over rough terrain with a full heavy load.

The only problem with the Jackson is the brace bar between the back stands. If you're tall then wear shin guards until you become accustomed to it. I had that problem at work when I started 20 years ago but became quickly used to it and a few years later, when I had to replace MY relic, I bought mine. I consider it one of the best purchases I've ever made.

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AnnaZ
Jan 28, 2017 3:31 AM CST
You would love that Rubbermaid cart. We have 3 of them from when we farmed. I have one up in the greenhouse that I use to mix my potting medium.
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gardenerly
Jul 4, 2017 8:24 AM CST
What is the main different between Wheelbarrow and Cart?? Really confuse. Can some body explain. Confused
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Jul 4, 2017 11:28 AM CST
Theres different shapes and sizes of both. With, 1. 2. 3. 4. Wheels.
Some people, even prefer wagons.
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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Jul 4, 2017 8:25 PM CST
gardenerly said:What is the main different between Wheelbarrow and Cart?? Really confuse. Can some body explain. Confused


The difference is in the language, not necessarily in the items themselves.

In general a wheelbarrow has a single wheel but that is not always the case.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 5, 2017 6:41 AM CST
I use my kids ' old Radio Flyer red wagon. Youngest is now 24. The wagon is going strong! They use wagons at many plant stores. I keep mine pretty with new coats of red spray paint. She hauls plants, soil, sticks, debris, and is famous for killing a mole. Happy to say this wagon will be around to haul some grandbabies. Crossing Fingers!
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Jul 5, 2017 8:48 AM CST
Yo ! Jack 😁
Haven't you ever seen, any of those multi wheel wheelbarrows?

Diference !!! a cart, is like a wagon, to hold like pots, tools, etc.
A wheelbarrow, is made to dump, like soil, dirt, leaves, etc.

Dang me D'Oh! That was to easy. Funny ? How, we get stumped, on the, simplest of things.
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Name: Dave
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TennesseeDave
Jul 5, 2017 9:02 AM CST
I've had a bunch of them over the years and the two things that are most important to me is that it have 2 front wheels for stability and a deep bucket.

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