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On Sun, 25 Apr 2021 20:23:38 +0100, newshound wrote:

On 24/04/2021 10:04, PeterC wrote:
On Fri, 23 Apr 2021 23:04:37 +0100, NY wrote:

On 23/04/2021 22:28, PeterC wrote:
'My' (given to next door by a builder, left when nextdoor moved,
'rescued' before new people arrived) is about shot. The pan is OK but
the chassis is rusted through in critical places and will break soon.
I looked at strengthening the affected bits but I don't have the
material or equipment.

It's at least 30 years old and was used on building sites until next
door had it. It's really well made and rather heavy (helped by the
layer of mortar inside it) - I doubt that a new one would be as good.

I need something robust, not the twee domestic sort, but can't find
anything. Ebay, Amazon, nothing good. Builders merchants, same things
but twice the price.
Any pointers please to decent ones or, if none, the least bad of
those available? Need metal pan and prefer solid tyre and quite big.
Capable of carrying 150kg+.

Go for a barrow with *two* wheels rather than one - much less likely
to tip over, spilling its contents where you don't want them to be

Yes, I'm considering that - although it can be difficult/impossible to
get into some places.
I'd like a twin-wheeler with the wheels on about 6" - 10" centres -
some stability and still narrow. Could be done with the axle mounted as
with one wheel with more spacing.

Exactly. The default design is single wheeled for a good reason, for
example running up a scaffold plank. Two wheelers are great where the
access is reasonably flat and level, and you don't have to turn on a

I learned my barrow running on building sites many years ago, and the
ability to run along a scaffold board, stop, and stand the barrow on the
nose to empty it was very useful. Swivel from side to side as well.

I remember builders using a shovel as a stop to help get the barrow up on
the nose, especially when running in concrete.

So I'm not sure how I would cope with multiple wheels!


Dave R

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