Fat Tire Wheelbarrow

walhondingnashua

Burning Hunk
Jul 23, 2016
183
ohio
Anyone use one of the fat tire wheelbarrows. My wheelbarrow is on its second life and is pretty well shot at every part but the tub, which is heavy steel and I want to reuse. I am thinking about keeping the tub, making my own handles (I want longer ones because I am tall) and making new stands. The old rim and bearings are no good so I will buy new. The fat rims and tires are about $30 more but I like the idea of it on the snow and in the mud. Opinions?
 

Ashful

Minister of Fire
Mar 7, 2012
14,739
Philadelphia
That’s funny, I can’t stand those dual-wheel things. You can’t turn or maneuver them in tight spaces, and balancing a wheelbarrow has never been an issue for me. To each their own, eh?

The fat tire may help on soft ground, but will be more resistance to push on hard ground.
 
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Montanalocal

Feeling the Heat
Dec 22, 2014
324
Helena MT
I have a fairly steep side sloping area to cross to my main stack. My single wheel wheelbarrow can navigate this quite well. A dual wheel barrow would not be able to do so, I would think.
 
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Dix

Minister of Fire
May 27, 2008
6,197
Long Island, NY
No experience with the fat tire ones but I really like the double wheel one I have. Doesn't tip and moves across wet ground well.

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My "go to" for firewood & horse manure :) More balance, more "tonnage" for the buck.

Put my old wheel barrows "no flats" on it when I bought it 6 years ago, and they were 6 years old when I put them on. Never an issue. I do have to paint the handles this year, a first.
 

EatenByLimestone

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Jul 12, 2006
6,933
Schenectady, NY
That’s funny, I can’t stand those dual-wheel things. You can’t turn or maneuver them in tight spaces, and balancing a wheelbarrow has never been an issue for me. To each their own, eh?

The fat tire may help on soft ground, but will be more resistance to push on hard ground.

I'm of the same opinion w/ regard to 1 or 2 wheels. I've often wondered if those who like 2 wheels lift with their arms or shoulders. They shouldn't have any problems running a single wheel wheel barrow all day if they use their shoulders.
 
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Dix

Minister of Fire
May 27, 2008
6,197
Long Island, NY
I'm of the same opinion w/ regard to 1 or 2 wheels. I've often wondered if those who like 2 wheels lift with their arms or shoulders. They shouldn't have any problems running a single wheel wheel barrow all day if they use their shoulders.

Actually, the lift comes from my


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EatenByLimestone

Minister of Fire
Jul 12, 2006
6,933
Schenectady, NY
ROTFLMAO! That's 1 way to do it!
 

festerw

Feeling the Heat
Nov 16, 2009
353
Cambridge Springs, PA
That’s funny, I can’t stand those dual-wheel things. You can’t turn or maneuver them in tight spaces, and balancing a wheelbarrow has never been an issue for me. To each their own, eh?

The fat tire may help on soft ground, but will be more resistance to push on hard ground.
I'm of the same opinion w/ regard to 1 or 2 wheels. I've often wondered if those who like 2 wheels lift with their arms or shoulders. They shouldn't have any problems running a single wheel wheel barrow all day if they use their shoulders.
Sure keeping it balanced is easy on flat ground but throw in a surprise hole that nearly stops a load of gravel and it becomes a lot more difficult.

Plus I figured in 30 years I'll want all the help I can get!
 

salecker

Minister of Fire
Aug 22, 2010
935
Northern Canada
Sure keeping it balanced is easy on flat ground but throw in a surprise hole that nearly stops a load of gravel and it becomes a lot more difficult.

Plus I figured in 30 years I'll want all the help I can get!
in 30 years they will have antonymous wheel barrows where all you have to do is tell it to go get wood.
 

EatenByLimestone

Minister of Fire
Jul 12, 2006
6,933
Schenectady, NY
in 30 years they will have antonymous wheel barrows where all you have to do is tell it to go get wood.

Isn't that what kids are for?
 
Just one ????? I have two single wheel and one double ..the double is great for yard cleanup .. a HD metal one is used for rocks.. and the other is almost gone .. some times with projects I wish I has another wheel barrow..
 

Ashful

Minister of Fire
Mar 7, 2012
14,739
Philadelphia
Isn't that what kids are for?
Kids (and wheelbarrows) are useless, when you have these:

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Since getting the FEL, my wheelbarrow only gets used for two tasks:

1. Mixing concrete
2. Sending the boy out in the yard to pick up sticks when he has too much energy to burn.
 
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DodgyNomad

Feeling the Heat
Dec 19, 2009
494
West Michigan
Bought the wife one of the PAW electric wheelbarrows a few years ago. Really works excellent, and what a back saver. Thing has a ton of power and is very well balanced. Nice in the winter, and to bring stuff up hill.
 

SpaceBus

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Nov 18, 2018
2,579
Downeast Maine
Kids (and wheelbarrows) are useless, when you have these:

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Since getting the FEL, my wheelbarrow only gets used for two tasks:

1. Mixing concrete
2. Sending the boy out in the yard to pick up sticks when he has too much energy to burn.
I plan on using the tractor to mix concrete/aggregates with a PTO mixer Ina year or two. With the tractor we only use the wheel barrow for places the tractor can't get to.
 

Ashful

Minister of Fire
Mar 7, 2012
14,739
Philadelphia
I plan on using the tractor to mix concrete/aggregates with a PTO mixer Ina year or two. With the tractor we only use the wheel barrow for places the tractor can't get to.
My concrete projects tend to be small. Basketball post footer, elevated pad in basement for some gun safes, replacing a small section of sidewalk, etc. Definitely too small to make a PTO mixer worth buying, storing, or even cleaning. Heck, for pointing work, I mix with a rubber glove in a 2 or 5 gallon pail!

What concrete work are you prep’ing to do?
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
2,579
Downeast Maine
My concrete projects tend to be small. Basketball post footer, elevated pad in basement for some gun safes, replacing a small section of sidewalk, etc. Definitely too small to make a PTO mixer worth buying, storing, or even cleaning. Heck, for pointing work, I mix with a rubber glove in a 2 or 5 gallon pail!

What concrete work are you prep’ing to do?
The kind that doesn't involve me carrying and mixing it by hand! More specifically we want to pour a giant slab for a barn in a few years. It will be cheaper to just invest in a PTO mixer. I would also like to experiment with cob, adobe, and other "alternative" building techniques.