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  • Your Favorite Wheelbarrow

    (Did a search, but didn't quite get the results I wanted.)

    I normally use the Bobcat to clean stalls, but I don't like using it every single day to get a night's worth of poop out of two stalls. I use a wheelbarrow or a muck bucket if the wheelbarrow gets full. If it's dark, I don't use the Bobcat which means pushing the wheelbarrow pretty darn far away over ice or snow or mud. Not sure on the actual distance, but it's a good 3 minute walk each way. It's not a bad wheelbarrow, really, but it does get heavy, and it doesn't hold as much as I would like.

    So. What I want: a wheelbarrow or cart with large capacity, easy to push, well balanced, easy to dump. Has to be able to be pushed/pulled by a person, not an ATV. Here are a few from Home Depot that look interesting. Thoughts?
    http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053
    http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053
    http://www.homedepot.com/Outdoors-Ga...atalogId=10053
    http://www.homedepot.com/Outdoors-Ga...atalogId=10053
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  • #2
    I have a version of numbers 1 and 2, and while it's handy for little stuff, it's WAY too small for mucking, and prone to being top heavy if you overload it. Less capacity than a muck bucket.

    I have number three, the exact one, and love it. The size is just right--anything larger would be REALLY heavy when full. Number four looks nice as well, but is smaller and therefore more three minute walks for you.
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    • #3
      None of the above.

      I have had this cart: http://www.rubbermaidcart.com/produc...roducts_id=904

      for about TEN years now. I am only 5 feet tall, and can push it AND dump it when it is completely over the top full. It has very large wheels which makes it MUCH easier to push. I have NEVER had a flat tire on it in all these years. It fits through the 4' stall openings easily and is very easy to push even through mud. I have had horses for 30+ years and it is by far the best muck cart I've ever had - both for durability and also for ease of use.
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      • #4
        I have the two wheeled wheelbarrow version, it's been a rock for me, many years old and banged around.
        We're spending our money on horses and bourbon. The rest we're just wasting.
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        • #5
          Agree with Deltawave and DLee. I love the 2 wheeled wheelbarrows! I added the no flat tires to mine and it's been going strong for a number of years.

          I also have the Rubbermaid but for some reason I have a tough time dumping it-it's hard to completely flip over. I think it's because the front sticks out farther than traditional wheelbarrows so it takes more leverage to flip it(?). I use it for bringing my haynets to the horses and it's great for that-plenty of room. I also added no flat tires to that. (can you tell I'm strongly suggesting no flat tires, lol?)
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          • #6
            I have the smaller version of the one cyndi has:

            http://www.rubbermaidcart.com/produc...roducts_id=907

            I have had it since the spring of 1999...so...11 1/2 years now? Yep. It is still going strong. For the first 8 years I used it to clean stalls daily, pushing it about 200 feet over bumpy ground to the manure pile. I've done and continue to do everything with it: use it to tote hay, tote feed (three 50 lb. bags fit in it fine, and four will work if you are careful), pelleted bedding, use as a garden cart, carry fencing materials around in it when I'm making my fence repair rounds...I've even used it as a stool (not a good idea, and I don't recommend it, but it worked in a pinch). It goes through mud, snow, over ice, whatever. I simply abuse the poor thing.

            I keep wondering when it is going to fall apart. I have never so much as tightened a screw, a nut, or anything on it. It has truly been maintenance free...gee, now that I think about it, it is probably the only thing I own that can make that claim!

            I wholeheartedly endorse it, and I'm sure the larger one is just as tough.
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            • #7
              I'm getting this one for Christmas

              http://www.acehardware.com/product/i...598682.2602618

              I wanted a bigger one, but BF bought me the one he likes. He didn't want a plastic one, so it's metal and I"m worried it will be really heavy and not hold as much muck as I'd like. Oh well, at least it has two wheels... I better be getting something else for Christmas besides just the wheelbarrow....
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              • #8
                It won't be that pretty, shiny and blue for long! But what a cool boyfriend. Hope you get some other stuff, too, but you can't beat a guy that buys you barn stuff.
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                • #9
                  I have this one:
                  http://www.cartsonthego.com/ursa-wagon-dump-cart

                  Love it, love it, love it. I have the clevis hitch but have not bothered to hitch it up to the tractor (although its nice to have that option). I'll never go back to 2 wheels again. It turns on a dime and is easy to dump. I just pulled the sucker through 3 feet of snow without difficulty. I can clean 4 stalls plus pick out the run in and it all fits in one load. I think they have a larger model as well.

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                  • #10
                    I dont want to be the one that shoots down number 3 but here goes.

                    We have something very similiar, ours may hold more but from the looks of it they look almost identical.

                    It actually holds an insane amount of $hit but I speak from experiance.. as the weather gets colder and colder ( here wind chill was 7 last night) it becomes very easy to tell yourself you can fit one more stall in there and it can wait until tommorrow.... DO NOT DO THIS, Ill say it again... DO NOT DO THIS... Unless of course you can get your SO to push it out

                    I have a slightly longer walk than you do from barn to manure pile and to put it lightly..... ITS A BI^CH.

                    To keep it manageable, I should push it our 2x a night but I dont because thats rational ( and lets face it, one trip is PLENTY per night ) , I just load that sucker up and cuss at it the whole time... To each their own I guess !!!
                    Ride it like you stole it....ohhh sh*t

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                    • #11
                      Oooo, Karen, that's very nice! I have a thread about towable muck carts. Likey! 400 pounds doesn't seem like much; is it pretty rugged? How long have you had it?
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                      • #12
                        I have this one and like it. I'm with all of those who have mentioned the two wheeled wheelbarrows. They are much more stable and don't tip easily.

                        http://www.tractorsupply.com/lawn-ga...barrow-4431520

                        I also have this muck bucket cart (picked it up on clearance at a show a while back) and really like it. The big wheels make it very stable, and I use it a lot for bringing clean shavings in to the barn. I generally use a UTV now to bring dirty shavings out to the poop pile.

                        http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...=21-89471669-2

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                        • #13
                          http://www.farmtek.com/farm/supplies...roductId=20298
                          Nothing says "I love you" like a tractor. (Clydejumper)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by deltawave View Post
                            It won't be that pretty, shiny and blue for long! But what a cool boyfriend. Hope you get some other stuff, too, but you can't beat a guy that buys you barn stuff.
                            Our First Christmas he got me Carhart Coveralls and new Ariat boots! You are right about the color, I wish it were an ugly color so I wouldn't mind putting poop in it
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                              #15
                              Thanks for the input, everyone! I'm trying to avoid shipping costs and not pay a ton.. Tikidoc, that 10 cubic foot one looks awesome! Do you find that it's awkward or hard to move when it's full? How does it do with snow/mud?
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by cyndi View Post
                                None of the above.

                                I have had this cart: http://www.rubbermaidcart.com/produc...roducts_id=904

                                for about TEN years now. I am only 5 feet tall, and can push it AND dump it when it is completely over the top full. It has very large wheels which makes it MUCH easier to push. I have NEVER had a flat tire on it in all these years. It fits through the 4' stall openings easily and is very easy to push even through mud. I have had horses for 30+ years and it is by far the best muck cart I've ever had - both for durability and also for ease of use.
                                Yep - me too! I could've written your exact post! I wouldn't consider any other wheelbarrow!
                                Cindy

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                                • #17
                                  DW, I've had it for 2.5 years and haven't even had to add air to the tires yet. I think they have a larger model that handles up to 600 pounds, but I haven't felt the need to upgrade yet. The best thing about it is how easy it is to maneuver - I can spin that sucker around tight corners, back it up - so much easier than a wheelbarrow.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by amastrike View Post
                                    Thanks for the input, everyone! I'm trying to avoid shipping costs and not pay a ton.. Tikidoc, that 10 cubic foot one looks awesome! Do you find that it's awkward or hard to move when it's full? How does it do with snow/mud?
                                    I have not found it to be awkward to move but I have only done light duty with it (picking out run-in, moving a few hay bales), so not sure on the snow and mud. We only had 2 at home (and no barn) when I was using it, and now that I have 4 at home and stalls to clean daily, we have a UTV (Polaris Ranger 400 that I LOVE) for hauling poop. But having 2 wheels on the wheelbarrow really helps a lot with the stability issue. For what I used it for, it was very easy to handle, and the price is certainly very reasonable.

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                                    • #19
                                      I think the fourth one is probably the best design that I've seen. I have not seen it in person but have used all sorts of wheelbarrows from 6 cubic foot ones for pouring concrete to my favorite, the 10 cu.ft. version of the third one (I lift weights though so a normally heavy wheelbarrow is not a problem).

                                      I'd get that fourth one, and get tubes for the tires while you are in Home Depot and go ahead and put them in to start with. The large diameter wheels in a balanced position must make it the easiest pushing wheelbarrow ever. If I had much concrete to pour somewhere, I'd buy a couple of them.
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                                      • #20
                                        If you've never used a two-wheel wheelbarrow, try one first before buying. I absolutely hate them, so does DH. They're wider,heavier, don't pivot well and in general are less manueverable- at least for me, and I'm far from petite.

                                        My favorite wheelbarrow is an old standard steel thing that's cleaned plenty of stalls and is finally rusting through (probably from using it for concrete) after about 15 years. I usually use a muck tub dumped into the spreader, but since the spreader's frozen I'm using the wheelbarrow and dumping outside- I fit 3 stall's worth of manure in it easily (stalls are cleaned 2x/day).

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