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Aug 16, 2019 - 5:44:33 AM
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5155 posts since 8/19/2012

Yesterday we were out in the wood lot cutting up trees downed in the storms from a month ago, 7 tornados in the area. So She loads up some wood in the old contractors wheelbarrow that Dad bought in 1952 when he built a home. She lifts up the handles and one breaks.
We went to the farm store to pickup up a pair of handles, might as well replace both sides. Good thing that today is going to be rainy so I can work in the shop putting on the new handles.
Ok, so I violated our informal rule about taking the pickup to Fleet Farm, ended up bringing home a new trailer for the lawn tractor, at least I don't have to assemble that. The all metal one we bought 20 years ago has rusted out and has holes in the bottom but still works for hauling wood. You would think an $89 yard trailer would last longer than 20 years.

They don't make them like they used to.

Aug 16, 2019 - 6:07:22 AM
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DC5

USA

6676 posts since 6/30/2015

When my wheelbarrow broke I went online to look for handles and ended up with a DR Power Wagon. You got out a lot cheaper than I did.

Aug 16, 2019 - 6:17:30 AM
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heavy5

USA

928 posts since 11/3/2016

I have one of those I bought from Tractor supply a LONG time ago for about $100 . I've replaced the tires & painted it green & yellow & it's still in pretty good shape but don't use it much now that I have a bucket loader .

Aug 16, 2019 - 6:50:35 AM
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rinemb

USA

11512 posts since 5/24/2005

My old wheel barrow came with our house, so it is likely nearing a hundred years old, at least 75yo I bet. It is all steel: handles, box and wheel. Still works great. I am also on my 3rd second wheel barrow with the typical wood handles, steel box, and rubber tire. These are easier to handle, but..they don't make em like they used to. Brad

Aug 16, 2019 - 12:49:21 PM

64 posts since 8/25/2009

On a much smaller note:

Sometime in the early 60s, a friend advised me on making a cheap pre-amp and recommended I get a pair of Craftsmen needle-nosed pliers from Sears-Roebuck, which cost me all of $6 (in those days,that was a big investment for a starving student). When I got a hard case for my $35 Dobson banjo (after I had graduated, but still a lot of money for a recent graduate), the pliers became my string-changing tool, and they were really well made for the job.

A few years later, I saw a small pair of chrome-plated pliers in the local hardware store, and decided to buy them (for maybe $3-4) in case the blued Craftsman pliers rusted. I took them out of the packaging, and threw the packaging and receipt in the trash. A week later, when I decided to change my banjo strings, I discovered the pliers wouldn't grip the strings and the side cutters couldn't cut them. They might have been OK for copper bell wire, but they followed the packaging and the receipt into the trash. (My first experience with made-in-China.)

The Craftsman pliers lasted for decades (without any rust -they knew how to apply bluing back then), but got misplaced when I used them for something else. I read that Sears has sold the Craftsman brand, and the new ones were the same price as in 1960 -$6. I had smartened up a bit and didn't even try them. Instead I ordered a pair from Stew-Mac for around $20. They are OK as long as I am careful, but the old Craftsman's worked without any need for special care.

Does anyone know of a quality pair of pliers for use with a banjo? I've seen some possible candidates on amazon, but since I have a pair that do the job... And the likely candidates are a bit more than $6 :)

Aug 16, 2019 - 1:05:02 PM
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grandpafive

Canada

329 posts since 8/30/2014

I got a contractor style wheelbarrow from the scrap metal pile at work, someone had left concrete in it and of course it had hardened about an inch thick. It took quite a beating with a sledge hammer to break it up. And then there was the matter of the shredded tire, one of the mechanics in the small engine shop gave me a gang mower tire. Works great but, I get alot of questions about why I have a snow tire on a wheelbarrow.   frown

Aug 16, 2019 - 1:36:29 PM
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DC5

USA

6676 posts since 6/30/2015

Reminds me of the story of they guy who for years would leave a construction site with a wheelbarrow full of sawdust. The security guard suspected him of stealing something and would search through the sawdust and find nothing. This went on for years until the man retired. At the retirement party the security guard said he knew the guy was stealing something, and just had to know. He promised not to tell or turn the guy in so the guy replied "I was stealing wheelbarrows."

Aug 16, 2019 - 2:10:53 PM

figmo59

USA

29184 posts since 3/5/2008

I read the title...
N.... ahmeadyately..thought of me..Mom...

Aug 16, 2019 - 2:25:27 PM

Cleitus

New Zealand

355 posts since 6/10/2011

I bought a nearby house and in the basement was an old contractor's wheelbarrow - hefty is NOT the word - built like a tank with steel tray and thick tubing. The modern light plastic tray and thin tubing wheelbarrows are far easier to move but three of them have rusted to bits since I found the old barrow which is still going strong!!

Aug 16, 2019 - 5:43:02 PM

RonR

USA

1484 posts since 11/29/2012

I'm on my third wheel barrow in 45 years. The first one disappeared, the second one was pushed off of a roof, and third one has been here 20 plus years. Its a blue masons wheelbarrow. It runs fine as long as I'm close to the air compressor.

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:34:40 AM

bubbalouie

Canada

12595 posts since 9/27/2007

I've had the same wheelbarrow for 14 years. I went through 2 tires before I changed to one of those yellow No Flat tires. It has the plastic bucket. It's showing some wear around the big rivets that hold it on. If it fell off today I got my moneys worth out of it! It moved a lot of dirt & crap.

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