The quality of a construction best lightweight wheelbarrow depends on the steel it is made of. The stiffness of this product is determined by the thickness of the metal, which can be 0.8 - 1.5 mm. To make the steel resistant to the action of corrosive media and not to rust, it is applied to it powder paint or galvanized it. Thanks to this, it is possible to transport any material in a wheelbarrow.
When choosing a construction wheelbarrow, you should pay attention to its elements, such as the body, frame, handles and wheels.
If the body of the wheelbarrow is properly designed, it is much less physical stress on the person during the work. The best option is a wheelbarrow that has a trapezoidal shape with no seams, a beveled front and a square flat bottom. This shape allows you to load not only bulky materials, but also loose materials slightly above the edges of the wheelbarrow. Also, a lot more materials with the right geometric shape can be placed on the flat surface. Thanks to the beveled front edge, the weight of the construction wheelbarrow is distributed in such a way that the load on the hands is only 10-30%, and the rest of the weight is transferred to the wheel.
It is very good if the wheelbarrow has front and side stiffeners.
They prevent deformation of the body during transportation of quite heavy materials. If you plan to transport only loose and liquid materials, these ribs are not necessary. In some cases they can interfere, for example, during the unloading of lime or cement mortar, because it does not flow down completely because of the grooved surface. As a result, you have to scrape off the rest of the mortar with a shovel. To transport such materials, you need a wheelbarrow with a rounded body, which has no sharp corners. It will be even more convenient if the cargo compartment has a slightly narrowed and elongated shape.
If you need a very durable wheelbarrow, choose a body with curved sides. It is the most resistant to various shocks. Also, curved sides eliminate the possibility of steel cuts when working with a construction wheelbarrow.
It is worth paying attention to the width of the body. If it is very wide, it may not fit into the wicket or doorway. The load is unloaded from the wheelbarrow when it tilts forward. It falls out on its own under the weight of its own weight. Such parameters of the body as height and tilt angle of the side play the main role here. They determine whether the load will be on the ground or on the wheel. A good wheelbarrow when tipping should stand without holding. This is very convenient not only when unloading the material (will not twist your arms), but also when storing it (does not require much space). In order not to require additional physical strain, the construction wheelbarrow should have a tilt in the side of the overturning.
The wheelbarrow is also equipped with a metal rim that secures its body. This rim prevents the wheelbarrow from tipping over during a violent tilt and also reduces the burden on the person when emptying the body. Each product has one wide or two small rear stops. Thanks to them, when loading material, the wheelbarrow can be positioned so that its body is positioned horizontally on the frame. Some construction wheelbarrow models can be used without a body.
There are also wheelbarrows in which the body is made of plastic. These models can be used for light garden work.
To test the quality of the construction wheelbarrow, lay it on its side and push hard. If the frame does not sag strongly, such a wheelbarrow can be bought.
When choosing a wheelbarrow look at the frame. It should not be welded and have crooked seams. High-quality wheelbarrows made by good companies have a frame without seams, which consists of a single piece of pipe.
Pay attention to the shape of the frame as well. If it has the wrong curve, the wheelbarrow will be hard to push. This will quickly fatigue your shoulder girdle and arm muscles. A good frame completely encompasses the trough, resulting in support in the front and bottom, as well as support in the back.
A construction wheelbarrow should have long and widely spaced handles between which a person's body can freely rest. This will reduce the physical load on the spine as much as possible, as well as provide good maneuverability when working with the product.
It is easiest to move the wheelbarrow in the natural body position. The arms should be straightened along the body and the wrists should not rotate while grasping the handrails. Because of this, the frame should be made with a characteristic curve. You should also pay attention to the surface of the handles. It should be non-slip or have grooved plastic tips, which have recesses designed for the fingers.
The wheel of the construction wheelbarrow is also important, because it shoulders almost all the weight of the transported materials. Also, he has to ride on the potholes and other irregularities, so it must be strong, high quality and smoothly move.
The larger the diameter of the wheel, the better cushioning it has. Wheels are available with and without tubes. Tubeless versions are better in that they can be vulcanized with special means when punctured. If a wheel with a tube is damaged, it is necessary to replace the tube with a new one.
Some construction wheelbarrow models have a metal bearing in the wheel axle, which makes it much easier to move the product. However, it is worth knowing that it needs to be lubricated after a certain time, over time it begins to rust, as well as if cement and sand fall into it, it can jam at all. You will have to pay a lot of money to get the bearing sealed. And this justifies itself only on professional construction wheelbarrows.
Not such a demanding model is a wheelbarrow with a plastic sleeve. It does not succumb to rust, can withstand high temperatures, has a pretty good durability, it does not need to lubricate.
Wheelbarrows come with one wheel and two wheels. Each of these options has its own advantages and disadvantages. Wheelbarrows with one wheel are more maneuverable, and with two wheels - more stable, they are easier to manage. Single-wheeled wheelbarrow can easily turn around on the spot or drive through a narrow aisle. However, when working with such a product is a big load on his shoulders and hands. A one-wheeled wheelbarrow is unstable, tilts sideways, and leaves a deep track behind. Although two-wheeled wheelbarrows are not as maneuverable, they are still easier to transport cargo, because they are stable, do not press on the ground, it is easier to load and unload them. However, it is worth noting that a two-wheeled wheelbarrow weighs more and costs more.