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NuBarro super tool

big wheel firewood carrierOne of the biggest problems with the basic wheel barrow is the wheel.

When an inflated tire sits for a few months or longer you can expect it to loose some of its air pressure.

The solid tire version can only handle so much weight before it gets too hard to push.

The NuBarro from Germany seems to be a new level in single wheeled hand trucks.

That big wheel never needs air and is extremely tough. I've never seen this in real life, but it's easy to imagine how much more traction a person can expect when you look at the impressive design. The maximum weight is 750 pounds, and the price is in the 150 dollar range. A bit more than your average wheel barrow, but it might be worth it if you're pushing through ground heavy in sand or snow.

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After working as a mechanic in the outdoor power equipment industry for the past 20 years or so I have seen many a slow leak or flat tire. and I would dare say 90% of all slow leaks are in the valve core. An easy way to defeat this problem is to remove the core and dip it in bearing grease then screw it back in. you will notice a lot less flat/low tires if you do this
Comment by john wilson Mon May 4 10:23:13 2009
Fascinating! I wonder if we've added inner tubes in some cases where we didn't need to.
Comment by anna Tue May 5 07:32:03 2009

Where did you buy your NuBarrow? I am looking all over Europe for one. My handicapped husband need the wheel to his "rollator". Very,very grateful for an answere.Inger

Comment by Inger Difslofva Tue Mar 4 13:14:58 2014
Inger --- Unfortunately, Mark just found this information on the internet --- that's not our wheelbarrow. Good luck in your search for one near you.
Comment by anna Tue Mar 4 16:10:45 2014

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