By now, we are used to starting motorised barrows — fuel on, prime and pull the recoil cord. The controls on the Power Barrow are just as simple. The throttle is on the left and there are two levers on the right, one to power the barrow forward and another for reverse. Reverse is slower than forward travel.
The testers note that having the forward and reverse drive levers on the same side means it only takes one hand to control the unit and reduces the temptation to engage both drives at the same time. Releasing either drive lever brings the barrow to an immediate stop. Tipping involves grasping the pistol lever and raising the left handle.
What our testers most like about the Power Barrow is the fact that the drive can be quickly and easily disengaged to give a manual barrow that is well balanced, still easy to push and remarkably manoeuvrable. To re-engage the drive, the pegs and loops on the drive wheels must be lined up and connected — a simple task that can be done in just a few seconds.
“It’s a very user-friendly machine. I like the fact that you can use it in manual and then engage the drive for shifting heavier loads or for work on slopes,” comments one tester.
We reckon this is a very thoughtfully designed machine for its price.
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