View Full Version : OT: Poor man's wheelbarrow

06-27-2009, 01:24 PM
Seeing the backhoe thread reminded me I have a few yard chores to do now that the weather is hot enough to kill the average citizen. Nothing like procrastination, eh?

I needed to gather up and move a bunch of misc. debris out to the curb and shift some topsoil around to fill in some low spots but my Home Cheepo wheelbarrow rusted through a couple seasons ago and I finally threw it out when the tire rotted off last year. I'm too broke to go buy another one and haven't found one yet in a yard sale.

I was given a pretty stout 2 wheeler in like-new condition a couple years ago and decided to adapt it for earthmoving use. I picked up a $10 plastic mixing tub at Home Cheepo and mounted it with a couple scraps of angle, some metal straps, 2 hose clamps and a few pieces of wood. It comes off easily by removing 3 screws and the 2 hose clamps. I was going to make a couple of angled extension handles to keep the bucket parallel with the ground but found it works fine without them. It oughta come in real handy when (if) I get around to setting those 4 fence posts in the back corner.




06-27-2009, 02:13 PM
The handle looks like it should be higher, as it might put your back in a bad position when you push it around with a load. Not bad if it works for what you need it for.

06-27-2009, 02:44 PM
Store your wheelbarrows tilted upright on their front tire and they last a lot longer....

- Bart

06-27-2009, 03:14 PM
It actually lived an easy life. It was stored hanging on the back wall of the shed so it didn't have standing water in it. The metal blank was thin and when it was stamped, the bottom just plain stretched out too thin. I should've taken it back & swapped for another one but never got around to it.

Doozer you're right about the angle but with my arms hanging in a natural position and the tub about 3/4 full, it wasn't bad at all. I wouldn't want to roll it a 100 yds. over rough ground though.

If I ever get the ol' riding mower I got my eye on, the point will be moot. I'll hitch that sucker onto the back so fast you wouldn't believe it.:)

Roy Andrews
06-27-2009, 05:04 PM
i've found the bucket from my backhoe to make a very good wheelbarrow and is very easy on my back.:p hard on the yard at times though.

06-27-2009, 05:33 PM
Nicely done, my parents have the exact same model of hand-truck and it has seen some amazing use over ~20 years. I'll have to forward this on because their wheelbarrow is aging and difficult to manage when traversing the hillside at their new abode...

06-27-2009, 05:37 PM
Aah the humble wheelbarrow - A.K.A the builder's armchair.

Has anyone here ever tipped one up so the handles touch the floor and sat in it? They make a very comfortable break-time seat.

Weston Bye
06-27-2009, 06:04 PM
I pole vaulted with my wheelbarrow years ago - running empty, down a long slope, reached bottom, the front wheel dropped into a small dip and the frame on front of the wheels dug in. It stopped and I went over the top holding onto the handles, landing on my back - still holding the handles.

Used the monster to build two houses. I can attest to moving 100 yards of sand with it, and more that I didn't keep track of. Replaced the handles and put a new tube and tire on it along the way. Just used it again this morning. The tub will need repair (OA welding job?) or replacing soon.

06-28-2009, 09:24 AM
Looks great! Why not shift the center of the tub to just behind the wheels centerline? Could then carry heavier loads with less effort...

06-28-2009, 02:15 PM
The one I built has larger wheels a little further back under the basket for better balance.

You can dump it over.

Or, you can tip the basket all the way out.

I doubt it'll carry as much as Dickeybird's, though.


06-28-2009, 03:40 PM
Man, that looks great Roger; clever!