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Thread: Wheelbarrow "Failures"

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    Picture the steel tray of a large wheelbarrow, roughly trapezoidal in cross-section, with a rolled lip around the top opening periphery.

    Nearly every wheelbarrow of such construction which I have used over the years, has developed a crack vertically through the very front edge of the rolled lip. The crack causes the weight of material being dumped out forward to bend the lip outward, resulting in it's increasing the extent of the crack.

    Can anyone explain why? jocular


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    Quote Originally Posted by jocular View Post
    Can anyone explain why?
    Yes, I can. It is because that section is weak.


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    The frames of most common wheelbarrow are not really properly designed to handle really heavy liquids. I'm guessing you must use wheelbarrows mostly in masonry and so you probably are using it to move and dump mixed cement or concrete.

    The average wheelbarrow user these days uses it for home gardening. About the most they are going to be hauling around is going to be seedlings and potting soil. When I see contractors pouring cement I usually see them using heavy steel wheelbarrow that have a rounded front end that acts like a pour spout.

    But then, it's been a long time since I've seen a wheelbarrow not made of plastic and I haven't checked out construction workers in a very long time.... like since I was 14 and saw one bend over showing too much crack.
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    Cheap wheelbarrow?
    Its the way nature is!
    If you dont like it, go somewhere else....
    To another universe, where the rules are simpler
    Philosophically more pleasing, more psychologically easy
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    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    But then, it's been a long time since I've seen a wheelbarrow not made of plastic and I haven't checked out construction workers in a very long time.... like since I was 14 and saw one bend over showing too much crack.
    Try looking at the construction equipment, instead of the construction workers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    But then, it's been a long time since I've seen a wheelbarrow not made of plastic and I haven't checked out construction workers in a very long time.... like since I was 14 and saw one bend over showing too much crack.
    Try looking at the construction equipment, instead of the construction workers.
    That's the problem, I saw too much of their equipment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    But then, it's been a long time since I've seen a wheelbarrow not made of plastic and I haven't checked out construction workers in a very long time.... like since I was 14 and saw one bend over showing too much crack.
    I, too, tried to find "crack" to view, at around 14, but failing in that, settled for the tight skirts which emboldened the asses of the girls dancing on Dick Clark's American Bandstand show! In my bedroom with the door shut, I watched them gyrate and quickly became an adult, wondering once where the stuff landed; it was on the wall six feet away from the bed, near the T-V! I thought then that such propensity was average. joc
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    Quote Originally Posted by jocular View Post
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    But then, it's been a long time since I've seen a wheelbarrow not made of plastic and I haven't checked out construction workers in a very long time.... like since I was 14 and saw one bend over showing too much crack.
    I, too, tried to find "crack" to view, at around 14, but failing in that, settled for the tight skirts which emboldened the asses of the girls dancing on Dick Clark's American Bandstand show! In my bedroom with the door shut, I watched them gyrate and quickly became an adult, wondering once where the stuff landed; it was on the wall six feet away from the bed, near the T-V! I thought then that such propensity was average. joc
    Holy cow lol, I wasn't looking for "crack" to view, it flashed me without warning. I was horrified and scarred for a long time.

    ... as for the rest.. I don't know what to say
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    "... as for the rest.. I don't know what to say


    Shocking old man, ain't I?? jocular
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    lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by jocular View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    But then, it's been a long time since I've seen a wheelbarrow not made of plastic and I haven't checked out construction workers in a very long time.... like since I was 14 and saw one bend over showing too much crack.
    I, too, tried to find "crack" to view, at around 14, but failing in that, settled for the tight skirts which emboldened the asses of the girls dancing on Dick Clark's American Bandstand show! In my bedroom with the door shut, I watched them gyrate and quickly became an adult, wondering once where the stuff landed; it was on the wall six feet away from the bed, near the T-V! I thought then that such propensity was average. joc
    That is the first time I've been moderately disturbed by something in my life. The first time was discovering that females don't have the same genitalia. You have shocked shlunka, and deserve a medal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shlunka View Post
    That is the first time I've been moderately disturbed by something in my life. The first time was discovering that females don't have the same genitalia. You have shocked shlunka, and deserve a medal.
    Happens most of the time I read the majority of your posts.

    Including this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by shlunka View Post
    That is the first time I've been moderately disturbed by something in my life. The first time was discovering that females don't have the same genitalia. You have shocked shlunka, and deserve a medal.
    Happens most of the time I read the majority of your posts.

    Including this one.
    Isn't that why you love me so much though?
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    I do not love you, kitten kisser.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by shlunka View Post
    That is the first time I've been moderately disturbed by something in my life. The first time was discovering that females don't have the same genitalia. You have shocked shlunka, and deserve a medal.
    Happens most of the time I read the majority of your posts.

    Including this one.
    hold on, by bolding the sentence in shlunka's post that you did, are you saying that it is only by shlunka's posts that you realize women don't have the same genitals as men?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
    I do not love you, kitten kisser.
    Those were analogous interpretations of things that we've done in that photo album.
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    you guys are a hoot
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    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    hold on, by bolding the sentence in shlunka's post that you did, are you saying that it is only by shlunka's posts that you realize women don't have the same genitals as men?
    Considering the obvious- do you really want to push your luck?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    hold on, by bolding the sentence in shlunka's post that you did, are you saying that it is only by shlunka's posts that you realize women don't have the same genitals as men?
    Considering the obvious- do you really want to push your luck?
    It wouldn't necessarily be obvious if you lacked observation skills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    hold on, by bolding the sentence in shlunka's post that you did, are you saying that it is only by shlunka's posts that you realize women don't have the same genitals as men?
    Considering the obvious- do you really want to push your luck?
    We may be so well matched that we speak in stereo at times but you still manage to surprise me quite often.
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    This is in response to post #7.

    There is a formula for the trajectory of a projectile....

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    In response to wheelbarrow designs, I have always utilized HD contractor wheelbarrows and the best one I ever owned had an upward curve ahead of the front wheel.

    This enabled the user to lift the handles to whatever angle was comfortable for their back/arm length and also prevented the front of the barrow from catching when navigating uneven ground and obstacles such as rocks, sticks, trenches and furrows.

    Similar to that pictured below:

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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    This is in response to post #7.

    There is a formula for the trajectory of a projectile....

    Ha! I didn't have physics until age 15! Besides, the formulae all involve velocity, a rather nebulous quantity given the inability to know, or measure, it! joc
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    In response to wheelbarrow designs, I have always utilized HD contractor wheelbarrows and the best one I ever owned had an upward curve ahead of the front wheel.

    This enabled the user to lift the handles to whatever angle was comfortable for their back/arm length and also prevented the front of the barrow from catching when navigating uneven ground and obstacles such as rocks, sticks, trenches and furrows.

    Similar to that pictured below:

    Cannot tell from the pic, whether there are two horizontal cross braces between the support legs. Mine came with one, about an inch wide, and the legs promptly gave way sideways such that I had to fasten an angled cross brace from one leg to the other. Regarding the tray, mine has no vertical supports for the front of the tray as yours does. Therein may lie an answer to flexion of the rim allowing cracking. Size of the tray appears similar.

    Aside, the biggest, deepest wheelbarrow I can ever remember seeing was the one used to move 15 ton of anthracite coal from a big pile out in the street, in front of the house, up the driveway, and dumped through a basement window into our "coal bin". This occurred once a year, the truck delivering the load to our house was a gigantic Mack, rear wheels being driven by huge chains! The driver left after dumping the load, a black man remaining to shovel the coal into the wheelbarrow, then lug it to the coal bin, a distance of perhaps 75 feet. He accomplished this feat in under 4 hours! The wheelbarrow was rectangular in cross-section when viewed from above, and very deep, perhaps 30 inches or so, the width being also about that amount. This always occurred in summertime, and my Mother always offerred the poor sweating guy something cold to drink, which he gratefully accepted. This was in a suburb of Chicago, one of the most prejudiced against blacks areas of the country, just after WW-II ended.

    Sorry for running off-thread. Memories rule! joc
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    Quote Originally Posted by jocular View Post
    This occurred once a year, the truck delivering the load to our house was a gigantic Mack, rear wheels being driven by huge chains!
    WoW! Are you really showing your age, now? I've messed around with old Macks that had chain drive rather than driveshaft and all of then were pre 1920!
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    Sorry for running off-thread. Memories rule! joc
    This time was fine, but the other tangent will earn you the nickname Jacular.
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    I find this type very sturdy and well made.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler View Post

    I find this type very sturdy and well made.
    I think I saw one of those in a Mad Max movie.
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