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    Default Nice wheelbarrow - stupid axle design

    Not really my own DIY, but of interest if you are like me and try to fix rather than replace.

    While building our house, I got fed up with the wheel barrows lasting approx. a month, before they fell apart.

    In desperation, I purchased a Lasher Ecobarrow, and was really impressed with the quality.

    (first image).

    The wheelbarrow survived the building project, and is now being used by my garden assistant.

    I admit I did not pay much attention to the wheel barrow, until the other day, when I saw that the wheel was wobbling badly when he pushed the barrow.

    On inspection I saw the problem.
    The axle design was destined to fail.
    Very nice wheelbarrow, but dumb axle design.
    It has a steel shaft, with a plastic insert, supposedly to act as 'lubricant' for the plastic wheel. No bearings or grease points.
    The axle has worn away to half it's diameter (refer second image), which caused the wheel to wobble on the axle.

    No spares from the manufacturer.

    The rest of the barrow was still in good condition, so I visited my good friend with the machine shop in his backyard.

    (You should see this guy's set-up.
    He has a fully equipped machine shop in his shed in the back yard.
    Industrial size lathes, milling machines, line borers, the lot !
    He was a self-taught plumber before starting his machine shop !

    He previously refurbished a planer-thicknesser for me, when spares were no longer available. He machined new bushes, gears, etc, to make the planer as good as new.)

    I asked him to 'maak 'n plan' with the wheelbarrow's axle.
    An hour later he called, saying I can pick it up.

    R450 later, the axle for the R1000+ barrow was as good as new !

    Everybody should befriend a handy machine shop owner!

    (East London members can get his info from me)
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    Default Re: Nice wheelbarrow - stupid axle design

    Quote Originally Posted by 4eTouareg View Post
    The axle design was destined to fail.
    Very nice wheelbarrow, but dump axle design.
    Nothing wrong with the design, designed to be dumped at end of lifespan. Lifespan not quantified.

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    Default Re: Nice wheelbarrow - stupid axle design

    We have a 30-something-year-old wheelbarrow, still going strong, they don't make them like they used to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4eTouareg View Post
    !R450 later, the axle for the R1000+ barrow was as good as new !
    You spent R450.00 fixing a R450.00 wheelbarrow?

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    The old solid wheel had bearings with a solid axel
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    Default Re: Nice wheelbarrow - stupid axle design

    Quote Originally Posted by hunter26 View Post
    The old solid wheel had bearings with a solid axel
    ...but did it have low range?

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    Default Re: Nice wheelbarrow - stupid axle design

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Manny View Post
    You spent R450.00 fixing a R450.00 wheelbarrow?
    Yes, so by the time he would have had to buy a second one it would have paid for itself...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Manny View Post
    You spent R450.00 fixing a R450.00 wheelbarrow?
    Stop moaning ,if he had paid a plumbers rate the axle would have cost R800.Sounds like this ex plumber and me have something in common. Except I would have forgotten to write out an invoice.

    I hope he made some vesconite bushes for the wheel and did the shaft from hardened steel so it will last forever. Then you will have to fix it differently. You would have to change the frame and tub.

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    Default Re: Nice wheelbarrow - stupid axle design

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Manny View Post
    You spent R450.00 fixing a R450.00 wheelbarrow?
    Can't you read English?

    Those wheelbarrows cost R1000+

    Even if I did spend the money as you (incorrectly) state, what is it to you?
    I did not ask you to help pay.

    The thread is about fixing rather than replacing!
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    Drill out the shaft add a grease nipple and would outlive generations to come.

    If it was me I would have dumped that wheel barrow.

    May be I am lucky mine is of the old proper designs around 50 years old.
    It is not what you buy its what you build.

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    Default Re: Nice wheelbarrow - stupid axle design

    Quote Originally Posted by 4eTouareg View Post
    Can't you read English?

    Those wheelbarrows cost R1000+

    Even if I did spend the money as you (incorrectly) state, what is it to you?
    I did not ask you to help pay.

    The thread is about fixing rather than replacing!
    Your Wheelbarrow is R429.90 at Cash Build, new, right now...

    But you are right, this is the Fabrication/DIY section & not the "Economically Viable Decisions" Thread...

    Your are also right, it's none of my business how you waste your money...

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    Default Re: Nice wheelbarrow - stupid axle design

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Manny View Post
    Your Wheelbarrow is R429.90 at Cash Build, new, right now...

    But you are right, this is the Fabrication/DIY section & not the "Economically Viable Decisions" Thread...

    Your are also right, it's none of my business how you waste your money...
    Ah """ Sometimes you just have to love this site. If it only R450 bucks Manny is obviously right .But in many ways it pays for itself. It gave an ex plumber some cash. It saved some carbon by not being smelted or landing up in a landfill site and it gave the Op a good feel for resurrecting his favourite wheelbarrow. Thats priceless.

    I would have done the same thing. Why not do it yourself, EVEN if it costs a little more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grips View Post
    Drill out the shaft add a grease nipple and would outlive generations to come.

    If it was me I would have dumped that wheel barrow.

    May be I am lucky mine is of the old proper designs around 50 years old.
    You got a wheelbarrow for your sixth birthday?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Stoffel View Post
    You got a wheelbarrow for your sixth birthday?
    He worked fo his school fees 😀
    Always think: Could this be sarcasm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Stoffel View Post
    You got a wheelbarrow for your sixth birthday?
    Dit is `n erf stuk
    It is not what you buy its what you build.

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    Default Re: Nice wheelbarrow - stupid axle design

    With this one you can buy a new replacement wheel and axle for R150.
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    Does your friend know that you are handing out his details?
    Always think: Could this be sarcasm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Manny View Post
    Your Wheelbarrow is R429.90 at Cash Build, new, right now...

    But you are right, this is the Fabrication/DIY section & not the "Economically Viable Decisions" Thread...

    Your are also right, it's none of my business how you waste your money...
    Your passion to always question other members' intelligence clouds your vision

    Compare your cheap option to the Lasher Ecobarrow I am talking about.

    Spot the difference?

    Those 'cheapies' are the ones that last 1 month on a building site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oppies3800 View Post
    Does your friend know that you are handing out his details?
    Where are his details?

    If I do, he would appreciate the opportunity to increase his turnover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4eTouareg View Post
    Where are his details?

    If I do, he would appreciate the opportunity to increase his turnover.
    4e,goodjob
    to dump that wheelbarrow with plastic bin, would have taken a thousand years to break down and disappear. Money well spent, imho
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