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Choosing an electric wheelbarrow

Mark and I splurged on an electric wheelbarrow a year and a half ago and are very glad we did. We chose the Snapper XD because of its hefty battery, which meant the wheelbarrow was able to go up our steep hillside while loaded down with firewood. (Check out the video above to see it in action.)

Since then, I've also started using the electric wheelbarrow to haul mulch and compost into the garden, where it also shines. Only small flaw: the Snapper doesn't turn on a dime.

If you decide to follow our lead, a few thoughts on getting the best price:

First, you'll notice you don't get a battery or charger with the wheelbarrow. At the time of our purchase, it was cheaper to buy a Snapper weedeater/battery/charger bundle than to buy the latter two on their own. This may change over time!

Second, at the time we did our research, Home Depot had the cheapest price. However, Amazon sometimes has used models available even cheaper. Shop around!

And, finally, a warning to all you men out there. Electric is just so easy --- it always starts and it just runs. Your wife may steal your electric wheelbarrow just like I did with ours. There is a key you can remove if you really want to keep it for yourself.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Wow! That is cool! It might save my back!
Comment by Wendy T Tue Jul 5 16:44:01 2022
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