True Temper Total Control Wheelbarrow - Review
Late last year, True Temper sent us their new Total Control Wheelbarrow to check out. Winter hit, so we didn't get to dig into it too much, but now that spring is here, the wheelbarrow with the funky handles is getting a workout.
And that's really all it boils down to: a wheelbarrow with funky handles. The deal is that it has D-handles, sort of like a recip saw, in order for the operator to have more holding options and thus more control.
So we've got to be honest, we took one look at this wheelbarrow and thought, "there is absolutely no way we're going to let the neighbors see us using this thing." The handles give off this severe 'training wheels' vibe that's hard to get over. It's like you couldn't master using regular handles, so you had to get a wheelbarrow with 'helper handles.'
So anyway, we got over ourselves and gave the wheelbarrow a try and we're glad we did. The handles, while goofy looking, do add a considerable amount of control, particularly on inclines, whether going up or down. Because of the D handle, you can grip it anywhere. They're also great when you're dumping the load too because you can keep your hands on the handles at all times, rather than do that quick little shift that you have to do with regular handles.
The total control is available with a steel bucket or a poly bucket. We happen to think that poly buckets are totally useless, so we'll recommend the steel one. It's about $120 (the poly is $100), which is about right for a nice, high-quality wheelbarrow that, if taken care of properly, should last a lifetime.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at June 3, 2011 6:47 AM
nice review Doug, I agree with sticking with the metal ones, some folks put a quart of herculiner in the bed to prevent rust. Mine is a couple years old and still hanging tough, but I may have to give it a treatment in 2 yrs.
Overall these are pretty well built, but I agree with John the brace at the wheelbase seems to catch the ground alot, if I used the wheel barrel all the time I would probably have to remedy that, but I just happen to use it infrequently enough that it doesnt drive me nuts.