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Not bad but not great
on 11 May 2014
I hurt my back recently and needed a barrow to move around soil and bark and the usual gardening bits and pieces in a medium sized garden. My last barrow passed away quietly at the age of 23, so I had high hopes of a new one.
Purchase and delivery
This was purchased from Amazon Marketplace provider DF Sales Ltd, who dispatched my order really quickly and it was delivered to Northern Ireland 2 days later. Really fast. The packaging box was a mess with two large holes in it. The box is fairly flimsy and really not meant in my view for the rough and tumble of a courier service (Parcelforce) and better packaging would have helped. Items are loose inside and they were marked here and there...but hey, its a wheelbarrow.
What you get
Firstly this is advertised as a Bristol Mucker by Lamboro. If you Google this barrow you will see it is different to the one pictured. The item picture is exactly what I received but is actually a Walsall, 'Barrow in a Box' Shire model. (note comments on the box and transit above). So the picture is correct but the description isn't, although I've a notion they are made by the same company.
The barrow itself comes ready for assembly which is really attaching the handles to the frame, the front wheel and the bucket with a set of good quality nuts and bolts. This is easy to do and suggestions by other reviewers about not tightening nuts fully until build applies. I would suggest that you mount the pan before you screw the frame to the handles/spacers, as I found doing the handles first left the pan seriously out of line with the two front holes in the frame. If you get one you will know what I mean!
The frame is plastic coated so should not rust and a little bit of duck tape round the front of the frame at the tipping point would save the metal from becoming exposed. I've filled it with soil so far and chip bark and it handles and manoeuveres and tips easily. My main concern is that the leg supports are too narrow and if over filled this will tip if on any incline.
As barrows go these days its fine and will do my job,but I can't get excited about it. Best I can say is its okay. Not bad, but not great either.