Haemmerlin also offers the same sized wheelbarrow with a galvanised tray. That puts the weight up to around 14kg, but the price is lower - suggested retail price is £97. You can find Haemmerlin wheelbarrows on several sites on the internet. Alternatively, pop down to your local Travis Perkins. Contact Haemmerlin direct if you require 15 or more.
You might also look at the Busy Barrow (www.busybarrow.com). I have yet to test one, but I have heard good reports. It is built in Wednesbury in the Black Country and is designed to reduce stress and strain on the body. Testing by the University of Worcester concluded that the Busy Barrow lessens the overall impact by as much as 45 per cent compared with a conventional wheelbarrow.
The Busy Barrow has a swinging tray, like that on a skip lorry, so it remains level even when moving the barrow up or down a hill. In transit, the tray moves forward over the front wheel to reduce the load on the handles and the weight on the arms. Furthermore, by raising the handles to the vertical position, the tray can be rested on the ground for easy loading/unloading. Locking the tray in position allows conventional emptying, but the operator does not need to lift the handles high.
Busy Barrow is available either as a bolt-together flat-pack for self-assembly or as a fully-welded frame version. Watch the video on the website - all will become clear.
- Sally Drury has reported for HW and its forerunner GC&HTJ for 28 years and has spent more than five years testing machinery for HW and What Kit? The advice in this helpline is independent.