Ef­fort­less haul­ing; easy dump­ing


The first time I used a gas-pow­ered wheel­bar­row, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. I was in heaven vi­brat­ing like mad with ring­ing ears, but at least my back wasn’t killing me. How­ever, the Green­works G-MAX 40V self-pro­pelled wheel­bar­row pro­vides the best of both worlds—it gets your stuff where it needs to go, and does it qui­etly and pain­lessly.

The dual 10-in. pneu­matic front wheels sup­ply the propul­sion while the back wheel does the steer­ing. It’ll haul up to 220 lbs. while tack­ling in­clines of up to 20 de­grees. The nearly 4-cu.-ft. tray is spa­cious enough to haul dozens of tools, many bags of mulch, or arm­fuls of twigs and weeds. It dumps with the squeeze of a lever and the lift of a han­dle.

It has “tor­toise” and “rab­bit” speeds as well as for­ward and re­verse. The throt­tle is a mo­tor­cy­cle–style twist grip. Ac­cord­ing to the man­u­fac­turer, the bat­tery will last up to 45 min­utes be­tween charges. Two dinky quirks: You can’t dis­en­gage the drive sys­tem and push it like a nor­mal wheel­bar­row, and you need to push the “safety switch” each time you put it in mo­tion. Both are eas­ily for­given once you haul four bags of mulch up­hill with­out break­ing a sweat. The bare ver­sion costs $350; with bat­tery and charger, $500. The G-MAX 40V wheel­bar­row is avail­able on­line and at some home cen­ters.

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