Wheelbarrows And Garden Carts – A Comparison Review

There are many different types of wheelbarrows and garden carts to pick from today. There have been many innovations in design and materials used to construct these garden tools.

Let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of some of them, because choosing the right one to fit your needs makes all the difference!

Check out – Garden Carts and Wheelbarrows for guidelines and questions to consider before buying.

Folding Yard Carts

A Light weight Folding Yard Cart can be an ideal companion for those tight on space and only need to pick up and move sticks, leaves, spread mulch or collect weeds.

Advantages: Lightweight (about 15 pounds), easy collapsible design, makes loading at ground level simple allowing user to shovel, rake or slide materials into barrel.

Disadvantages: Weight limit of approximately 100-150 pounds limiting the amount and how much can be hauled.

Price: $35 to $175

Manufacturers: Allsop | Vertex | Tipke | Schiffmayer


Traditional Wheelbarrow

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For decades building contractors have used the wheelbarrow day in and day out as it is one tool which meet the demands of everyday rough use and abuse. A quality wheelbarrow constructed of high quality materials provide reliable service for years. Great for moving soil, rock, stones and other heavy materials.

Advantages: Classic design useful for many daily tasks. Variety of construction material used – from steel pan or bucket to lighter weight molded poly. 1 and 2 wheel models, large pneumatic tires for easy rolling.

Disadvantages: One wheel designs can be difficult to balance when fully loaded. Some models must be assembled which some homeowners find challenging.

Price: $50 to $250

Manufacturers: Ames | Marathon Industries | Ace | True Temper | Jackson | Brentwood


Motorized Wheelbarrow

The motorized wheelbarrow hauls the heavy duty loads up to 600 pounds. Perfect for traversing narrow paths and slopes of a property.

Advantages: Powerful, allows 1 person to move heavy payloads, handles very heavy loads, great for carrying loads up slopes, most have dump beds.

Disadvantages: Expensive. balance a major factor, especially when ascending or descending a slope. Important to learn handling with a smaller load before filling it to the max.

Price: $1,000 to $2800

Manufacturers: Muck Truck | Troy Bilt


Plastic or Wood Garden Carts

If you need a stable garden cart for hauling yard waste, firewood, moving sand or dumping gravel, the modern molded plastic or wooden garden cart could be the answer. The clean, ergonomic design and sturdy construction make these carts perfect for many lawn and garden task.

Advantages: Clean ergonomic design, more stable than wheelbarrows, choice of bucket capacities, variety of tire sizes depending on model. Great for toting objects in yard, easy dumping and filling

Disadvantages: Many different designs, best to try before you buy, finding one that “fits” your body-type and work style.


Price: $50 to $350

Manufacturers: Agri-Fab | Tricam | Fiskars | Ames | Flowtron


Four Wheel Garden Yard Cart

Advantages: Four wheel garden carts are extremely stable. Can hold weights up to 1,200 pounds, designs utilizing strong plastic or steel, many can be pulled by hand or behind a garden tractor/ATV

Disadvantages: Stability can make maneuvering difficult in tight spots, uneven terrain or slopes can make pulling difficult with a tractor/ATV

Price: $80 to $350

Manufacturers: Agri-Fab | Tricam | Fiskars | Ames

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