Jul 20, 2017, 11:02 AM
First, full disclosure, this is my first barrow,
The first thing you notice when you receive the barrow is that it is heavy - about 30 pounds. It is also solid and seems to be very well built. The welds are clean and all parts fit together easily.
I opened the box and took out the parts as carefully as I could. The small parts were somewhat loosely packed and the washers went rolling down the hall when I picked up the piece they were packaged with. Be careful when unpacking.
So all the parts are neatly arrayed on the floor and I dig through the almost empty box and packing debris for the instructions. There were none. Not that it was not simple enough to put together, but the parts for the wheels needed some trial and error. A simple diagram would have saved me some time and effort.
The pneumatic wheels are great. One was inflated, one was flat, so a quick stop at the local garage took care of that, but both should have been properly inflated. Makes me wonder of the one that needed air has a leak. I guess I will find out soon enough.
I used the 2 wheel setup. The clip that holds the wheels are secure, but they interfere with the wheels' inflation valves. I tried using washers to space things a bit, but then the clip could not be installed. They seem to work fine, but they are suspect.
In use I found the barrow heavy on the arms when loaded. There is no forward shelf to load more weight on the front wheels. Perhaps I will get better at packing the barrow, with more experience. Other issues are that the sides and front do not have any mechanism to hold them up, so if not supported by equipment they easily fold in. I would have liked at least a detent to hold them open.
And that brings me to the best thing I found about this barrow. It does fold flat. I use a small bungee to hold it all together when folded. I have a sedan, and my trunk is full of fishing gear, but I can still get the barrow into the trunk quite easily. The wheel support comes off the barrow for transport, and the wheels can be removed if needed. It is a bit of a pain, but requires no tools. I opted to remove the wheels and they also fit in the trunk easily.
This is a smallish barrow. It works for me as I do not have lots of equipment to tote - just too much to carry. I found the barrow bag very useful for smaller items but it would be nice to have a cover for the bag. I put some buckets, bait, mallet, and my very compact pod into the bag. In addition I carry a 4 rod carryall, 1 medium rucksack, a large folding camp chair, unhooking mat, lunch cooler, another large bucket, all of which fit comfortably.
Overall I think this is a good barrow, and worth the price. I expect to get good mileage out of it. I would not buy this barrow for larger, overnight kits, but it is fine for day sessions.