What makes me happy in life – stuff that makes my life easier. I don’t need luxuries but seriously – vacuums and wheelbarrows thrill me.
We have three horses – two of them are draft horses. We had a small accident a little while ago with one of my draft horses and he wrecked my wheelbarrow. I have still been using it but it isn’t in very good condition anymore – it is more than a bit of a hassle to use. And now that winter is here – I can easily make 6 to 9 trips with the wheelbarrow to dump messy stall contents. There are times I can get away with one or two trips but then they sometimes surprise me with a day’s worth of trips… If I am lucky I have help on that day – if not I am almost in tears by the time I get to the 7th and 8th load… There had to be a better way.
Since my wheelbarrow was wrecked I needed a new one and did plenty of research. Turns out what I really needed was this Tri Will Burrow Retrofit Kit. It fits on a standard medium sized wheelbarrow. It replaces the “stand” at the bottom of the wheelbarrow with wheels and adds handle extenders. Once put together I can easily push this wheelbarrow with one finger (before it is full of course).
There is even a brake because with three wheels it can easily roll away. I don’t need a wheelbarrow full of poop rolling down the road on its own… As you can see this is the morning after a snowstorm and yup – this baby had no problem going through pretty much any mess I encountered. Not every spot was plowed like this and it just rolled through no problem.
So here is what I learned – this kit is awesome. I am quite happy. I did have some hiccups with installation though and I will point them out so you don’t have the same issues. First – do not buy a Jackson wheelbarrow if you want to use this extension. It is a great wheelbarrow but the handles are more wide than others (like my broken wheelbarrow). Therefore the extension handles didn’t fit very well. We had to use mallets and soap to “slam” them on and it peeled apart the wood – yup smaller handles would have been so much better. I couldn’t get the screws all the way into the handles by hand (as you can see). A friend of mine will screw them in with his drill when he gets a chance. For now they are into the wood enough to work. The last thing to note was that there were no instructions to put the wheels on. That was very odd. I had instructions for the wheel rack and the handle extensions but nothing for the wheels. I am pretty sure they are not on properly – but it works.
The last thing to note which probably isn’t important for almost anyone that isn’t using it for poop. To dump the wheelbarrow I often need to be able to lift it up and flip it over to empty it. This wheelbarrow is now a great deal more heavy and awkward to try to manage that maneuver. I am not complaining and I will take that ten seconds of struggle happily because I no longer break my back for hours moving that wheelbarrow.
My new wheelbarrow is the envy of everyone at the barn – don’t worry, I am more than happy to share. The worst thing in the world is breaking your back cleaning a stall and having the wheelbarrow tip over! Then you have to do it all again! Not anymore…
This kit is available on Amazon with FREE shipping – it arrived very quickly… There are a million reasons to need this in your life – know a farmer? Equestrian? Gardener? Spread the word they will thank you profusely!
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