Charterhouse Power Barrow

We know this unit can cope with slopes after seeing it come down a 45? incline from its delivery lorry. Although it is aimed at "connoisseur gardeners", we reckon it should find uses in smaller landscape schemes and could provide an economical entry-level solution for easy movement of materials up to 100kg.

The unit is heavy duty and has a plated quick release pan. Its style is similar to the Zallys Brio but it has two steering castor wheels at the rear, instead of one. Drive is from the two large front wheels. One reviewer immediately wants a version with a sprayer fitted.
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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