Garden Equipment Compared

Carriers

Wheelbarrow

Advantages

Inexpensive ($30-$80) Low maintenance Works on a narrow path Works on hills and rough ground Dumps easily

Disadvantages

Awkward carrying large objects Big effort required for heavy loads Too high for moving large plants Takes two hands to push Tires lose air

Garden Cart

Advantages

Good for bulky loads like brush Very easy to push where level Can carry long ladders, boards Allows free hand when pushing Large capacity

Disadvantages

Expensive ($150-$300) Difficult on hills and rough ground Too high for moving large plants Too wide for many places Tires lose air, bolts fall out

Plant Carrier (Low boy or hand truck styles)

Advantages

Loads at ground level Handles very heavy loads Long-lasting (ours 60 years)

Disadvantages

Very expensive ($350-$800)

Garden Tractor and Cart

Advantages

Fast Good for moving heavy loads Good for carrying long distances Allows a sit-down rest between loading and unloading Easy dumping More realistic pretend-farming

Disadvantages

Very Expensive ($1000-$3000) Too wide for some places Too high for loading large plants Difficult to back in tight places Power machinery to maintain Fuel consumption Noisy Storage requirements