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How Much Weight Can a Wheelbarrow Hold? What are Common Wheelbarrow Sizes?

    Do you have a wheelbarrow sitting in your storage, or are you seeking to buy one for your gardening and other activities around your house? Then you need to understand the size of the wheelbarrow to buy and how much weight it can carry.

    You wouldn’t want a situation where you try to carry things on your wheelbarrow only to damage it because the load is too much. You also won’t want to buy the wrong wheelbarrow that you’ll be able to use for your activities.

    So, we’ll be doing the calculation to let you know what you can carry on what size of a wheelbarrow, and the type to get depending on your needs.

    What are the Popular Sizes of Wheelbarrows? How Much Weight Can They Carry?

    You’ll find that wheelbarrows often come in the range of 2cubit feet to 8cubit feet, with the 6cubit feet wheelbarrow being the average size within and outside the U.S.

    Generally, you’ll find that the size limit for most wheelbarrows produced within and outside the U.S is 8cubic feet, being the large-sized wheelbarrows for construction and industrial purposes. However, on rare occasions, you will find wheelbarrows that are 10 cubic feet in size.  

    When it comes to usage and carriage, the range of 3cubit feet to 5cubit feet sized wheelbarrow can serve as both the typical garden barrow used for carrying fertilizers, plants, sand and other equipment used in your home garden, and the wheelbarrow used to carry building material like aggregate, concrete, sand, and cement in small quantities.

    On the other hand, larger-sized wheelbarrows from 6cubit feet to 8cubit feet are used for construction, which involves carrying bricks, granite, sand, and other construction materials, especially in large quantities and heavy weights.

    Smaller size wheelbarrows of 2cubit feet often have a shallow basin compared to sizes above it and are used in gardening more than anything else.

    When you go shopping for wheelbarrows, you’ll most likely find 6 cubic feet of wheelbarrows in the hardware store around you.

    While these sizes of wheelbarrows have what they have been primarily designed to carry, you can always use them for other purposes, as they can naturally serve multiple functions.

    For instance, although the 7 cubic feet wheelbarrow is considered a builder’s wheelbarrow, you can use it for medium-scale industrial purposes, and for your home garden as well as heavy-duty jobs at home.

    In most cases, the wheelbarrow will come with a document stating its capacity and size. You might also find markings on the barrow that tells you how much it can carry.

    However, when the size of a wheelbarrow isn’t expressly stated, you will need to calculate it yourself, which we will discuss next.

    How Heavy Is a Wheelbarrow Full of Bricks?

    How Heavy Is a Wheelbarrow Full of Bricks?

    The weight of a wheelbarrow full of brinks will depend on how many bricks are in it, as well as the weight of the wheelbarrow.

    For instance, a single brick weighs 4 pounds, and an average wheelbarrow weighs 42 pounds. If the 8 cubic feet wheelbarrow can carry 112 bricks, that would be 448 pounds plus the 42 pounds wheelbarrow weight, which is 490 pounds.

    However, you need to know the weight limit for the wheelbarrow you buy to avoid overloading it.

    The best type of wheelbarrow for moving bricks is the metal or galvanized metal wheelbarrow because it can withstand the weight adequately without giving way under pressure.

    You can buy this wheelbarrow that comes with either one or two tires, depending on how much balance you need and how skilled you are at moving stuff with wheelbarrows.

    How Many Gallons of Liquid Does a Wheelbarrow Hold?

    How Many Gallons of Liquid Does a Wheelbarrow Hold?

    The average wheelbarrow of 8 cubic feet can hold between 208 to 227 liters of water or 60 gallons of liquid. 

    Due to the nature of water, you might not want to overfill your wheelbarrow but carry it at half capacity instead if it isn’t in a gallon. However, that depends on whether or not the wheelbarrow is well sealed.

    With liquid, you can use any kind of wheelbarrow, whether plastic, steel, or galvanized provided the size is right. You might also want to opt for two wheels for better balance, although single-tire wheelbarrows work just as fine.

    How Much Gravel Can a Wheelbarrow Carry?

    How Much Gravel Can a Wheelbarrow Carry?

    A standard 3 to 5 cubic feet size wheelbarrow can carry as much as 300 to 5oo pounds of gravel. The higher the cubic feet, the more gravel it can carry.

    It’s best to use steel wheelbarrows to carry gravel because they won’t buckle under the weight of the material. Also, steel wheelbarrows have reinforcements that make them impenetrable by things like gravel and brick.

    How Much Sand Can a Wheelbarrow Carry?

    How Much Sand Can a Wheelbarrow Carry?

    An average wheelbarrow can carry 85kg of sand when dry. Bear in mind that wet sand is often heavier, so calculate an extra 15 to 20 percent added to the weight of sand when you’re dealing with wet sand.

    All types of wheelbarrow can carry sand comfortably, whether single or double tires, plastic or steel. However, if you’re just moving sand for gardening, you don’t need to deal with the weight of a steel wheelbarrow; you can simply use the plastic one.

    How Does Your Wheelbarrow Make Affect What You Carry?

    There are three common types of materials used to create wheelbarrows, which are plastic, steel, and galvanized steel.

    1. Weight Carried by Plastic Wheelbarrows

    Wheelbarrows made of plastic basins are best used for moving materials such as manure, concrete, and fertilizers. Plastic wheelbarrows are light, have fewer issues with corrosion, unlike metal materials, and are not prone to rust or sticky materials.

    For instance, you can remove dry concrete from plastic wheelbarrows easier than from metal.

    2. Weight Carried by Galvanised Steel Wheelbarrows

    Galvanized steel is a step up from plastic wheelbarrows in terms of sturdiness. It is better for moving heavy materials like stones and bricks, and it won’t bend because of the weight of these materials.

    While sharp and rough materials can destroy plastic wheelbarrows, galvanized steel can withstand such scratches and remain intact. It can also stay under sunlight for longer with little damage compared to plastics.

    3. Capacity of Powder-Coated Steel Wheelbarrows

    Powder-coated steel is practically the same as galvanized steel, except that it has better finishing, making it look nicer. They practically perform the same functions.

    However, powder-coated steel is more likely to be scratched when you use it to move pointed or sharp objects and materials.

    How Much Weight Does a Wheelbarrow Carry? [Summary]

    Wheelbarrow SizeLiquidSandGravelBricks
    2 cubic feet57l/15 gallons47lbs300lbs112lbs
    3 cubic feet85.1l/22.5 gallons70lbs450lbs168lbs
    6 cubic feet170l/45 gallons140lbs900lbs336lbs
    8 cubic feet227 l/ 60 gallons187lbs1200lbs448lbs

    Final Words:

    Now you can walk into a shop to purchase a wheelbarrow knowing what you want and how you can use it. Always read the manufacturer’s manual to understand what your wheelbarrow can hold because it varies from brand to brand.