'Tis the season of leaf-raking soon here in the northern reaches of the USA, not to mention the other autumnal chores that tend to need doing. This means the old trusty wheelbarrow is pressed into service, and I am reminded that I have been intending to write something on this odd subject off and on ever since I started regularly blogging over a year ago. Better late than never!
In the USA, wheelbarrows are defined by their volume capacity in cubic feet.
I dislike the smaller wheelbarrows in the 4 cu. ft. range (not pictured) because they are typically designed for someone of the average female height, and I spill stuff out the front if I try to maneuver one due to my average male height. They also hold less, obviously, and the proportions are just wrong for me to use effectively. I once did yard work for a woman who owned several of these, and I hated them all.
The black wheelbarrow in the photo above is a 6 cu. ft. model, and it's usually adequate. It's also built for someone of my stature, so it handles and maneuvers fairly easily. It is easier to overload, depending on what you're transporting, and it doesn't handle especially bulky items very well. However, it's generally a handy size for most purposes.
The blue wheelbarrow is at least an 8 cu. ft. capacity, and perhaps more. I am honestly not sure. The larger bin is great for lightweight but voluminous cargo. Its two wheels help balance heavy loads, but it also presents a major drawback, too. This particular wheelbarrow does not handle well on rough terrain, because the two wheels cause it to bounce and rock back and forth with even the slightest unevenness in the ground. This means it's a lot of extra work to push and control. If you are moving leaves on a well-maintained lawn, its capacity and dual tires are fine. If you're moving stuff on rough ground, use a smaller wheelbarrow with a single wheel for better control.
No, I did not cut or stack that pile of wood, by the way.