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How Much Weight Can A Wheelbarrow Hold?

If you enjoy gardening or doing any DIY activities around the home, you most likely have a wheelbarrow somewhere in your storage. Due to how effortless these garden-vehicles make yard work, with their ability to conveniently pack materials in one or significantly fewer trips than you'd normally take without one, wheelbarrows have become a staple tool in most homes. But, what is too much to take in one load and how much weight can a wheelbarrow hold? Since there are different types of wheelbarrows, this can differ for each one. This article will go into detail of what to keep in mind when you’re shopping for one.


How Much Weight Can A Wheelbarrow Hold

How Much Weight Can a Wheelbarrow Hold?

Regardless of their differences, you'll find that typical wheelbarrows can't carry more than 10 cubic feet.

Most wheelbarrows come with their volume capacity properly documented, and even if you lose the paper, some of the markings on your one wheel garden tool can probably give you a clue as to how much it can really carry. Knowing this information will be able to help you know exactly how many trips you’ll need to take when doing work.

Here are a few measurement characteristics of the most typical garden/construction wheelbarrows.


Most wheelbarrows have a volume of 8 cubic feet, which weigh 55 lbs or around there when empty. Their measurements are about 30 inches wide, 65 inches long and 30 inches high. Or 30" W x 65" L x 30" H. Keep in mind that even though 8 cubic feet is the average size of wheelbarrows, you could probably find everything from 1 cubic feet to 10 cubic feet.

For example, those small toy wheelbarrows kids use when building sandcastles - though completely useless when you need to do actual work, are still classified as wheelbarrows. The point is, it isn't completely bizarre to imagine a 2 cubic feet wheelbarrow.


As important as it is to know the cubic footage of a wheelbarrow, it is also important to know how well that footage converts. Although you can guess how much you can transport per trip, just by knowing the cubic feet, the conversion tells you how much liquid a well sealed wheelbarrow can hold. This figure is usually given in either liters or gallons.

Your typical 8 cubic feet wheelbarrow should be able to hold 227 liters or about 60 gallons of liquid. Note that this depends on how well sealed the wheelbarrow actually is.


Regardless of what you'll be moving, it's always good to know the weight of the wheelbarrow (while it is empty). The reason is that because a wheelbarrow has just one wheel, its weight, as well as the weight of the items been transported could alter the direction the user pushes the wheelbarrow towards. This could potentially injure the user, especially if they are more petite.

Next Steps

How much weight can a wheelbarrow hold? The average wheelbarrow with 8 cubic feet can hold about 460 lbs of water or at most 1,200 lbs of concrete. Try not to overload your wheelbarrow, even if it means leaving it half full. Once you reach the limit, stop loading. It's much better to take several extra trips than to have avoidable accidents on the way. To make things easier for you, consider putting different add-ons to your wheelbarrow such as pivoting wheelbarrow handles by Simply Dump It.