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at what point do you just let the wheelbarrow R.I.P.?

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  • at what point do you just let the wheelbarrow R.I.P.?

    Okay, pushing wheelbarrow up steep ramp of muck trailer this morning, about to make the risky "run up the ramp", when, start the run and bam, wheel assembly snaps off. Grrr. Sheared the screws on both side holding the wheel assemply to the wood shafts. Definitely not the 1st repair job we've done to this barrow.

    At what point do I just let the thing enjoy it's retirement? After 15 years, doesn't it deserve it?

    I'm trying to convince myself it really is okay to get a shiny new one.

  • #2
    It's time. Turn it into a loffly barn planter, tho, so it can enjoy it's retirement holding pretty things, instead of poop.

    Then go treat yourself to a Horse Mother's Day present and bring home a shiney new wheelbarrow. You deserve it!
    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.

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    • #3
      i usually retire mine after the body comes off the frame, though i did try and reattach one with baleing string once-it was a disaster

      mind you if 'people' keep on driving into my little wheelbarrow with big farm machinery i might have to think about providing it with either its own armory or even weaponry

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      • #4
        I was going to say... this is what baling string or wire is for! I'm bad. I keep the bodies long after they are useful too. Just in case I can perform a frankenstein type surgery and put some parts together to make a new one. I have a good solid plastic tub on a rotted out wooden shaft/body and a rusted out metal tub on a still good body/shafts. now I just need a laboratory and some lightning. In the mean time I am just pissing off my husband and using his wheelbarrow.

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        • #5
          LOL time for an art lesson with found objects!
          Originally posted by BigMama1
          Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
          GNU Terry Prachett

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          • #6
            Not sure what your present model is, but I purchased a two-wheel model last time around. I also got the plastic tub, though the smaller size, 8cuft instead of the 10cuft. I tend to overload myself, and the larger size is TOO BIG. Made myself a rule that I would fill this one to the tub edges, holds plenty. Don't have to pile it way high, kill myself with a load. Easier to make two trips if I need big quantity.

            The plastic reduces weight right away, in daily handling. I was shocked at how HEAVY my mom's metal wheelbarrow is now!

            The dual wheels are a great time saver, not having to pick up dumped loads when wheelbarrow tips itself over! NEVER have to worry about load pulling it sideways after setting it down, or that single wheel catching, to make me dump the load myself. So infuriating! Less work managing the handles, because front end is stablized.

            Mine is a Union brand, black tub. Has held up well with hard use by son. We have a spreader, but wheelbarrow hauls the sawdust in daily.

            Be nice to yourself, get an improved model to work with. You will be glad you did. A girl needs to get herself some new tools now and then. You got your money's worth from the old one, retire it to yard ornament!

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            • #7
              Very timely post for me.
              My 'barrow was in the shed when I bought the house so no telling how old it is. House is 40yo+.

              I put a nice coat of Rustoleum on it and for the last 5 years it has trundled along faithfully not giving me any decent reason to replace it with a nice new one. The dang tire is near bald but still hasn't gone flat on me!

              That is, until goodhors' post made me think about retiring it and getting myself a nice B-Day Barrow, one of the sexy new 2-wheel-plastic-tub models.

              And Old Barrow can retire to a life of petunias in the meadow.
              *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
              Steppin' Out 1988-2004
              Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
              Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015

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              • #8
                Did you know you can buy parts of wheelbarrows separately?
                The tray can be replaced fairly easily. The wheels are quite easy
                to buy replacements for as well as the inner tubes in them. The
                handles are also sold separately and extra long handles are
                sometimes found at Amish auctions (longer handles make for a
                less burdensome load on your arms). However, if the axle is
                going, it probably is time for a new barrow. I also love the
                two wheeled ones.
                Robin from Dancing Horse Hill
                Elmwood, Wisconsin

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                  #9
                  The axle is pretty much shot. The wood shafts are cracked, the tub is plastic and the screw holes are cracked so no screws hold it down tight (makes dumping it an advanture sometimes).

                  I would love to get a 2 wheeled version, but I dump into a 5'x7' dump trailer so not much room to manuever.

                  My husband's on his way out now to give his opinion on whether it can be brought back to life.

                  It's kinda funny how you get attached to certain things. This wheel barrow and I have been through alot.

                  Thanks everyone! I've been in the mood to plant pansies so maybe I'll have a new large planter!

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                  • #10
                    It depends on the wheelbarrow. I have 2 Jacksons that are over 25 years old. I will continue to add new handles, wheels, etc. They are incredible, and every bit as good as they were new. The newer cheap wheelbarrows never last that long.

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                    • #11
                      Apparently my wheel barrow was just too much for my neighbor to handle anymore. It had it's share of problems, mainly flat tires and the body rusted off the frame eventually.

                      He felt bad for me and presented w/ me a brand spanking new shiny wheel barrow one day, an even bigger one. He offered to haul away the old one, but I couldn't let it go. Two years later, I finally let it go. Didn't dawn on me to use it as a planter.
                      A Merrick N Dream Farm
                      Proud Member of "Someone Special to me serves in the Military" Clique

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                      • #12
                        If it's just the part that holds the wheel to the shaft, just fix that. If that's just the straw and the camel's back, so to speak, then it's time for a new one.

                        I have an older (12 years?) metal wheelbarrow that keeps on ticking. My newer (3 years?) plastic Jackson 2-wheeled barrow came with really shoddy wheel-shaft attachments, and 2 have busted already. It's HARD to find the good ones anymore. So if/when you do, get several of them.

                        But if the shafts are cracked, AND the bed is cracking, it's probably time to find another job for it. Planter duty sounds awesome
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                        • #13
                          My old Jacksons were originially the metal ones, but they lived outside, and the tray rusted thru within about 5 years. At that point, we ordered the Jackson poly replacement tray. That tray is what we still have now 20+ years later, and just replace the handles, or tire every 10 years, but the tray is like new. I also find that the heavy duty handles (larger shaft and hand grips) are much more comfortable for me to use, so we have to search for them each time.

                          We used to also have a Jackson conctete wheelbarrow, but it was shaped to be a bit more narrow, and longer, and that one was less balanced.

                          The best thing I ever did was to spend the money on the blue poly tray though. I think those wheelbarrows run about $150. (single wheel)

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                          • #14
                            If you had my husband the poor old things would never get to retire....he just keeps adding screws and patches and spare parts, poor things. We look like the Klampetts.
                            Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique

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                            • #15
                              Maybe they don't make them like they used to?
                              I have two, one all metal, another wood frame with metal inside, that we have used for everything, even mixing concrete by hand and they are still trucking.
                              They were bought in the 1940's and kept clean and inside, most of the time.

                              I have been eyeballing those two wheel ones, but wonder how handy they were...

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                                #16
                                It's a miracle!

                                Well, no shiny new wheel barrow after all, as the old one is fixed and working great! Dear Hubbie fixed it so I'm back in business and don't need to go buy a new one, at least not yet. Wahooo!

                                Gotta find a new place for all those pretty pansies...

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Bluey View Post
                                  I have been eyeballing those two wheel ones, but wonder how handy they were...
                                  My trainer has the two-wheeled kind. I hate them. No, they're not as likely to tip over, but IMO they have no maneuverability. You can't spin them as you're dumping and they're much harder to turn. I'll just stick with my old single wheel models.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by shakeytails View Post
                                    My trainer has the two-wheeled kind. I hate them. No, they're not as likely to tip over, but IMO they have no maneuverability. You can't spin them as you're dumping and they're much harder to turn. I'll just stick with my old single wheel models.
                                    Thank you for the report.
                                    I was wondering about the turning, with two fixed wheels in front.

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                                    • #19
                                      The dumping of the 2-wheel models is really hard to, because you can't shake them out. When I worked at a barn that had just them, it really hurt my back from fighting with them. I ended up taking my own to that farm to work with.

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                                      • #20
                                        The barn where I am keeping my colt is self-board. They have one of those huge rubbermaid two wheel ones. HATE the thing. The wheels are too narrow and do not go through mud, the axel sticks out and gets hung up on the gate I'm trying to get through withut letting the two yearlings out, it is too big to handle (for me), I can't tip it up if it is more than 3/4 full because it is too havy, and it does not tip well. Some designs are just better left alone.
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