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    Default Replacing the rear legs of a wheelbarrow.

    My trenching in the previous thread overworked my wheelbarrow's rear support legs causing the thin stamped metal to buckle.

    Won't suffer that issue anymore!


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    Looks much beefier than the original, thin-gauge stamped stuff!

    I recently replaced the wood handles on my 'barrow, and look forward to having an excuse to give them a try. The steel parts were in decent structural shape, so I ended up just wire-brushing the rusty spots on them and shooting them with a zinc-rich spray. Re-assembled with new hot-dipped galvanized nuts and bolts, should be better than new.
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    Only weak point now is the metal where bolted to the handles that hold the legs. We just re-built one of our two. I think the brand is Jackson. Dual front wheels.
    Mike R.
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    While I was on a roll with wheelbarrow maintenance... No welding this time just woodworking.

    This wheelbarrow is twenty years old and gets stored outside. The wedges between the tub and the handles rotted and fell away a few years ago. I haven't really used it for anything too heavy save for moving split firewood.

    But, the thing still has some life in it so might as well fix `er up.

    Lowe's sells replacement wheelbarrow handles. I *thought* I was going to have to cut and turn my own from a 4x4. Using the store-bought replacements all I had to do was measure, layout, and drill press the holes for the mounting hardware.

    The wedges were cut on a table saw from a 2x4 section of pressure-treated pine.

    Now, the tricky part... The holes in the wedges are perpendicular to the handles. To make sure the holes aligned I clamped them to the already-drilled handles utilizing the holes in the handles as guide/pilot holes.

    Everything fit up perfectly.

    The paint photo is of the rattle can priming job done on the other wheelbarrow with the new rear leg assembly.

    At some point I will have to put in some new metal patches in the tub where the bolt holes are.
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    Front brace replacement. The cheap original metal could be bent with bare hands. The tang-and-angle-iron replacement parts can only be deformed with a BFH and a vise.

    The paint issues with the brown primer are water drops from early-arriving rain before I had a chance to move everything into the garage.
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    I used the exact same lowe's handles for my project. I believe like many tool handles, they are made of ash - nice and strong wood, but not rot-resistant.

    Nice work on fabricating the new shims. I opted to re-use mine (and there was some rot there), although at least I painted them with wood preservative (and evicted a couple bugs. ;D )
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    Lowe's also carries the steel replacement handles. However, they didn't have any in stock when I picked up the wooden ones.

    Anyway, this phase of the wheelbarrow rebuild is complete. The one with the new handles will need its tub reinforced at the connecting bolts with some steel patch panels at some point.

    Take that, entropy!
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    Semi on topic. No welding required version.

    Long arc, short arc, heliarc and in-the-dark!

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    Wood show off. Off to weld up an aluminum wheel barrow. lol
    Mike R.
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    Neighborhood trash day score!

    People throw out the most useful stuff that just needs a little TLC.

    Picked this plastic tub wheelbarrow off the curb. It needed new handles and a never-flat front wheel replacement. In addition, the tub's anchor bolts were starting to pull through the plastic.

    Lowe's provided the steel replacement handles. The no-flat wheel was sourced from Harbor Freight. A pyramid of ever-larger stainless steel washers fixed the tub anchoring issue.

    The rebuilt wheelbarrow is seeing lots of use hauling split firewood to the house for winter warmth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fyidiy View Post
    Neighborhood trash day score!

    People throw out the most useful stuff that just needs a little TLC.

    Picked this plastic tub wheelbarrow off the curb. It needed new handles and a never-flat front wheel replacement. In addition, the tub's anchor bolts were starting to pull through the plastic.

    Lowe's provided the steel replacement handles. The no-flat wheel was sourced from Harbor Freight. A pyramid of ever-larger stainless steel washers fixed the tub anchoring issue.

    The rebuilt wheelbarrow is seeing lots of use hauling split firewood to the house for winter warmth.

    Photo #1: As found curb side.
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    I have not bought a wheel barrow in years. Good find. I have two dual wheel Jacksons, both free with a little work.
    Mike R.
    Email: admineverlast@everlastwelders.com
    www.everlastgenerators.com
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    877-755-9353 x203
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    FYI: PP50, PP80, IMIG-200, IMIG-250P, 210EXT and 255EXT.

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