9 Best Powered Wheelbarrows To Make Life Easier


Picture of Wheelbarrows

Since the beginning of time, moving stuff has been hard work. First, there was the handbarrow – a flat rectangular frame with handles at both ends, carried by that two people. Then a wooden wheel was added in front, followed by a metal wheel, followed by a rubber wheel positioned slightly back.

These machines are convenient for construction, gardening, and restoration projects since they allow you to transport heavy things without stressing your back muscles. So, who wouldn’t want to make their lives easier with a motorized wheelbarrow?

In 1970, James Dyson introduced the Ballbarrow to improve balance and spread the load over a broader surface.

The first electric power-assisted wheelbarrow, the Nekomaru HPE60, was introduced by Honda in 1998. Now there are several manufacturers to choose from – making powered single-wheel wheelbarrows to minified monster dump trucks – all called wheelbarrows.

Powered Wheelbarrow Options

We’ve provided you with an overview table below, ordered by Amazon reviews for your convenience.  The price range column reflects the cost order, from the least expensive (1) to the most costly (9).

ModelReview SummaryBasic SpecificationsCapacity*Price Range
SuperHandy Utility Service Cart Power Wagon Wheelbarrow4.6 out of 5
45 Reviews
• Two 13-inch front high-traction tires.
• Rear swivel wheel
• Max 15 degree incline
• 48V Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries
• 2 – 5 hours use before recharge
• Up to 3.5 mph forward
• Up to 2.2 mph reverse
330 pounds 6 cubic ft.5
SuperHandy Wheelbarrow Electric (2 wheels)4.3 out of 5
132 Reviews
• All-Terrain 13- inch Pneumatic Wheels
• Balanced for weight and tipping
• Max 12 degree incline
• Light, durable steel frame
• 180W Variable Speed Motor
• Rechargeable Deep Cycle Non-Spillable Sealed Lead Acid Batteries
• 2 – 5 hours use before recharge
• Up to 3.5 mph forward
• Up to 2.2 mph reverse
300 pounds 4 cubic feet8
Greenworks GC40L410 40V4.3 out of 5
122 Reviews
• All-Terrain 10-inch Pneumatic Wheels in front
• Small swivel wheel at rear-end
• Forward and reverse options
• 2-way speed
• Max 12 degree incline
• Tipper function.
• 40V Lithium-Ion with on-board battery life indicator with fade-free performance
200 pounds 3.75 cubic feet6
Landworks Wheelbarrow4.2 out of 5
94 Reviews
• All-Terrain 10-inch pneumatic wheels
• Balanced for weight and tipping
• Max 12 degree incline
• 180W Variable Speed Motor
• Rechargeable Deep Cycle Non-Spillable Sealed Lead Acid Batteries
• 2 – 5 hours use before recharge
• Up to 3.5 mph forward
• Up to 2.2 mph reverse
300lbs 4 cubic feet1
Makita XUC01X1 Wheelbarrow4.2 out of 5
33 Reviews
• One front traction pneumatic wheel
• 2 x rear smaller pneumatic wheels
• Interchangeable steel bucket or steel tube flat bed (optional).
• 100-minute run-time
• 2-speed with maximum speed up to 2.5 mph on a 12-degree incline.
• Please note that prices mostly exclude batteries. It can fit two 18V LXT 5.0Ah batteries providing 100 minutes of run-time
290 pounds 3 cubic feet7
YARDMAX YD4103 Power Wheel Barrow4 out of 5
38 Reviews
• Tire Size: 16″ x 4″
• All-terrain, full-time all-wheel drive
• Turn on a dime with a zero-turn radius
• Multi-speed heavy-duty transmissions (3 forward speeds plus reverse)
• One-handed release to easily dump where you need it
• Engine: Briggs & Stratton CR950
6.5 hp, 208cc
660 pounds
4.4 cu. ft.
9
Snapper XD 82V MAX Cordless Electric Self-Propelled Utility Cart4 out of 5
96 Reviews
• Motorized or able to hitch for towing (max 6mph)
• Up to 3 hours (180 minutes) run time with the 2. 0 Briggs & Stratton 82V Lithium-ion battery (charger and battery sold separately)
220 pounds 3.7 cu ft4
PAW 44219 Power Assist Wheelbarrow3.8 out of 5
67 Reviews
• Dual front pneumatic wheels
• Reviews express 15-degree incline ability
• Variable Speed forward
• Single-speed reverse
• 24-volt rechargeable battery-powered motor drive system that detaches easily
• 12-hour run-time
200lbs3
SLT Gdpodts Electric Wheelbarrow3.5 out of 5
10 Reviews
• Single front all-terrain 13” pneumatic wheel
• Forward: 3.1 mph – variable
• Reverse: 2.2 mph) (Variable)
• Up to 4 hours (240 minutes) run time with the 2.0Ah Chaowei lead-acid battery
• 24V DC 500W AGM Battery Drive
• All-Electric 24V Brushless motor system, (2) 12V 7Ah Rechargeable Deep Cycle Non-Spillable Sealed Lead Acid Batteries
330lbs2

Vital Statistics

Given the diversity of the nine selected powered wheelbarrows, and to simplify the comparison process, we’re selected six considerations for a powered wheelbarrow – owners views, maneuverability, terrain handling, stamina, utility, and robustness. Then we averaged the scores out for each powered wheelbarrow. The score is out of 10.

Owners’ Review

Many factors influence review writing. We will reflect the general feelings of owners who bought the product on Amazon – the good, the disappointed, and those in between. Owners’ reviews are the only part that reflects what others think; the rest are my impressions.

Maneuverability

I want a powered wheelbarrow that allows me to move stuff without fuss. It must be agile, able to turn in tight spaces and get to the places in my garden. In this regard, it must be better than a traditional wheelbarrow.

Terrain Management

I want a powered wheelbarrow that won’t get stuck and won’t leave ruts in my lawn. It must be able to handle slopes with a load. This evaluation category looked at the attraction, wheel sizes, and comments from others about getting stuck at roots and pavements.

We’ve condensed all the information to give you a reasonable indication of which machine can handle the demands placed on it.

Stamina

I work hard, and I expect my powered wheelbarrow to match my pace. I need it to serve me well and not run out of juice on the job. The power source must be sustainable and the motor strong.

There are three main categories of power supply: Lithium-ion batteries, sealed lead-acid batteries,  and gas-powered. While the lead-acid batteries can provide longer usage times, their position on the wheelbarrow is important as they weigh quite a bit more than the Lithium-ion batteries.

The run-times of the nine selected machines are for 40-minutes to 12-hours for the battery-powered machines. One machine runs on gasoline – the baby beast YardMax.

Utility

The loading and unloading of my powered wheelbarrow mustn’t break my back. For that, it needs to be low enough to load easily and have a tipping function to unload if needed.

The utility of a machine is also the load capacity – both volume and mass. Marketing material seldom gives the full picture. A wheelbarrow that can carry 330 pounds and still has a lead-acid battery right in front of the operator will be difficult to lift, even if it is motorized.

Robustness

Robustness is the feature that will save you from having to call the manufacturer (or agent) to let them know your wheelbarrow broke. I expect that tools should be able to perform their function adequately. A wheelbarrow that buckles under a load is of no use to anybody, even if it does push itself.

The 3 Best Powered Wheelbarrows Rated by Amazon Reviews

According to powered wheelbarrow buyers on Amazon, these three provided the best satisfaction levels. The additional scores are our evaluation of the products. The average at the top is our review opinion, based on the above criteria.

Picture of the Superhandy Utility Service Cart
Picture of the SuperHandy 2-wheel powered wheelbarrow
Picture of the Greenworks Wheelbarrow

SuperHandy Utility Service Cart Power Wagon Wheelbarrow

Screenshot of Amazon ratings of a wheelbarrow

Of the SuperHandy Utility Service Cart purchasers, 74 percent were delighted with their purchase, 23 percent were happy, and only 3 percent were disappointed. That’s a good score for any product.

So what is it about the SuperHandy Utility Service Cart Power Wagon Wheelbarrow that made spending just under $800 worth the pain? The language used to describe the product in reviews holds a hint – terms like:

  • It works great
  • I love it
  • Sent from heaven
  • Faster than I thought it would be
  • Battery lasts well
  • Best thing I have ever bought
  • Very handy

Maneuverability

We gave the SuperHandy Utility Service Cart a maneuverability score of 8/10.  Though the machine handles well, its ability to make a short turn-around is limited compared to short-base wheelbarrows or the YARDMAX.

Terrain Handling

We gave the SuperHandy Utility Service Cart a terrain handling score of 9/10. This is a go-anywhere machine that is comfortable on sandy and rocky soil.  The 13-inch wheels make sure of that. It handles 15-degree slopes with ease – if all the tested machines, this is a winner in this category.

Stamina

We gave the SuperHandy Utility Service Cart a stamina score of 8.8/10. This is a machine that runs on the lighter lithium-ion batteries that makes changing them easier.  If you have four of them, you could swap out and keep going

Utility

We gave the SuperHandy Utility Service Cart a utility score of 9.5/10. The main reason for the high score is the ease of access and the modular flatbed. The whole configuration makes this a very versatile “wheelbarrow.”

Add to that a hauling capacity of 1,000-pounds (460kg) and a load capacity of 500-pounds (230 kg), and you see why it stands head and shoulders above the rest.

Robustness

We gave the SuperHandy Utility Service Cart a robustness score of 9/10.  Here again, the Super Handy Utility Service Cart stands out. The build is rugged, and the construction solid.

All-in-all a good buy. Even the price will be a nice surprise.

SuperHandy Wheelbarrow Electric (2-wheels)

Screenshot of Amazon ratings of a wheelbarrow

I specify two wheels because SuperHandy used to make a single-wheel electric wheelbarrow very similar to SLT Gdpodts Electric Wheelbarrow which we review here too.

Of the SuperHandy Wheelbarrow Electric purchasers:

  • 68 percent were totally satisfied
  • 13 percent were happy with most of the trasnsaction
  • 8 percent were unsure
  • 3 percent were not happy
  • Only 14 of the 152 reviewers were dissatisfied with some part of the transaction

So what is it about the SuperHandy Wheelbarrow Electric that made spending just under $800 worth the pain? The language used to describe the product in reviews is a lead. The general trend included terms like:

  • Excellent addition to our ranch
  • Minor assembly issues, overall an awesome product, awesome price! I added casters to make it better
  • Sent from heaven
  • High quality / Fantastic packaging
  • Climbs like a tank, but instructions need review by an English speaker and part protected better
  • Works great, tires suck
  • Absolutely blown away

Maneuverability

We gave the SuperHandy Wheelbarrow Electric a maneuverability score of 9/10.  This is a well-balanced machine with two wheels located right in the middle of the weight. The drive is wheel-independent, so turning is a breeze.

Terrain Handling

We gave the SuperHandy Wheelbarrow Electric a terrain handling score of 9/10. 13-inch pneumatic wheels make this a comfortable drive over rocky terrain. The wheels are not tractor-type threads, so you may lose grip when not loaded, up a slope, and on wet grass.

The Super Handy electric wheelbarrow can handle 15-degree inclines with a variable speed motor. You do have a reverse gear that can reach 2.2mph. Forward speeds are up to 3.5 miles per hour.

Stamina

We gave the SuperHandy Wheelbarrow Electric a stamina score of 8.8/10. This machine runs on a special AGM sealed lead acid battery with deep-cycle charging ability for rapid charge and two to five hours run-time.

The 180W motor delivers a surprising punch and even on slopes of more than 12-degrees just keeps on rolling. The lead-acid batteries also perform better in the cold.

Utility

We gave the SuperHandy Wheelbarrow Electric a utility score of 7/10. The main reason for the lower score is that the power unit sits right at the lowest spot – just in front of the handlebars. Loading should therefore be done from the side, which is about 3-feet off the ground.

This is not a major issue, but comparatively, this is higher than the counterparts. The unit does, however, have a tipping function.

Add to that a load capacity of 330-pounds (150 kg) and a bin of 4 cubic feet, and you see why this is a runner-up to a machine from the same brand.

Robustness

We gave the SuperHandy Wheelbarrow Electric a robustness score of 7/10.  The assembly is generally robust, but the lower score is due to concerns regarding the frame.  The bin itself is impact-resistant, and the whole unit is powder-coated to banish rust.

All-in-all a good buy. The price is a bit steep, but as they say, you get what you pay for.

Greenworks GC40L410 40V Wheelbarrow

Screenshot of Amazon ratings of a wheelbarrow

Our bronze medal winner is a fan of all those that made the purchase. Eighty-three percent of buyers say they are happy with the Greenworks GC40L410 40V Wheelbarrow.

So what is it about the Greenworks GC40L410 40V Wheelbarrow that made spending just under $800 worth of the pain? The language used to describe the product in reviews is a lead. The general trend included terms like:

  • FANTASTIC PRODUCT!! Blown away in fact
  • What a workhorse
  • Handles dirt hauling with ease
  • This item is great! I use it to bring wood pellets into the house from outside
  • Some build issues, but great unit so far.
  • One of the best yard investments
  • A very handy wagon/wheelbarrow

Maneuverability

We gave the Greenworks GC40L410 40V Wheelbarrow a maneuverability score of 8/10. It is a  nifty unit applauded for a whole lot of things. Two drive wheels and two lockable rear pivot wheels make this a dream to maneuver in tight spots.

The unit has two forward speeds and a reverse function too for additional maneuverability.

Terrain Handling

We gave the Greenworks GC40L410 40V Wheelbarrow a terrain handling score of 7/10. Compared to the previous winners, this unit only has 10-inch pneumatic wheels in front.  Some customers complain of the smaller trolley wheels at the back, saying they leave ruts in the lawn.

Stamina

We gave the Greenworks GC40L410 40V Wheelbarrow a stamina score of 6/10. The smaller voltage compared to the two winners was a concern, but many responders indicated that the lithium-ion battery exceeded their expectations.

Some owners bought a spare battery in anticipation of requiring a replacement mid-work but have never needed to use it.

Utility

We gave the Greenworks GC40L410 40V Wheelbarrow a utility score of 7/10. Though the unit sits low and is easy to load, the construction is definitely for domestic use only.

This unit has a surprising 3.75 cubic feet hopper that tips and can carry 220-pounds – even uphill at the gradient of 12-degrees.

Robustness

We gave the Greenworks GC40L410 40V Wheelbarrow a robustness score of 7.4/10. It is fitted with a rust-resistant polypropylene cargo tub and a solid build.  Warning: follow the instructions regarding tire pressure.

All-in-all a very good buy. Even the price will be a nice surprise.

ModelReview RatingsManeuver-abilityTerrain HandlingStaminaUtilityRobustnessAverage Score
1SuperHandy Utility Service Cart9.28.09.08.89.59.08.92
2SuperHandy Wheelbarrow Electric8.69.09.08.87.07.08.23
3Greenworks GC40L410 40V8.68.07.06.07.07.47.33
4Landworks Wheelbarrow8.49.08.08.86.57.07.95
5Makita XUC01PTX1 Wheelbarrow8.49.08.07.06.08.07.73
6YARDMAX YD4103 Power Wheel Barrow8.010.09.010.09.08.09.00
7Snapper XD SXDUC82 Utility Cart8.07.08.08.08.07.47.73
8PAW 44219 Power Assist Wheelbarrow7.69.08.010.07.07.08.10
9SLT Gdpodts Electric Wheelbarrow7.07.09.09.06.07.57.58

The 3 Best Affordable Battery-Powered Wheelbarrows

We all love getting a bargain, but we’re also deeply aware of the adage that says you get what you pay for. Below, we list three bargains under the $600 mark with specifications that match more pricy machines. Take a look.

Picture of the blue Landworks wheelbarrow
Picture of the PAW powered wheelbarrow
Picture of SLT Gdpodts Electric Whee;barrow

Landworks Wheelbarrow

Maneuverability & Terrain Handling

The Landworks Electric-Powered Wheelbarrow is a special find, coming in at under $600. With two well-positioned 13-inch pneumatic wheels located in the middle of the payload, using it is a delight. It turns well, fits through narrow gaps well, and tips well.

The specifications on the Landworks Electric-Powered are almost identical to the runner-up to the best reviews section, the SuperHandy Electric Wheelbarrow. The only notable difference is the lower price tag.

13-inch pneumatic wheels make moving loads so much easier, dealing with obstacles in their stride. The unit handles 12-degree inclines with its variable-speed motor with reverse.

Stamina and Utility

Like the SuperHandy Wheelbarrow Electric, this unit runs on a special AGM sealed lead acid battery with deep-cycle charging ability for rapid charge and two to five hours run-time for the 180W motor.

Add to that a load capacity of 300-pounds and a durable, impact-resistant bin of 4 cubic feet, and you have an affordable, well-reviewed dirt mover – without the sweat – even up a 12-degree slope.

PAW 44219 Power Assist Wheelbarrow

Maneuverability & Terrain Handling

PAW – Power-Assisted Wheelbarrow is a no-frills assembly that is worth looking at. It has a unique adjustable tray brace that helps with the dumping motion.

The unit has the standard forward and reverses controls, allowing you to get work done effortlessly.

Stamina & Utility

Other than the gasoline-powered YARDMAX, this unit has the longest breath – 12-hours of service between charges. It is rated to move 330 pounds; the motor matches the task easily.

Robustness

Some feedback is that the unit can do with some strengthening. If you are willing to strengthen the frame, you could have a quality workhorse for a fraction of the cost of other units.

SLT Gdpodts Electric Wheelbarrow

Maneuverability

Again, the SLT Gdpodts Electric Wheelbarrow has the same specs as a product that SuperHandy used to sell – a single-wheel electric wheelbarrow. Known for their maneuverability, single-wheel wheelbarrows are the traditional standard for a reason.

Terrain Handling & Stamina

Gdpodts are known for the wheels they make, and this wheelbarrow has a single traction flat-free wheel that is sure to handle any obstacles.

The SLT has a stipulated four-hour battery life before needing recharging. An acid-lead battery supplies power.

The 3 Best Popular-by-Demand Powered Wheelbarrow

Below are three powered wheelbarrows that impressed us as well.

Micture of the blue Makita powered wheelbarrow
Picture of the YARDMAX wheelbarrow

Makita XUC01X1Wheelbarrow

There is much to be said for the impression a brand makes over time, especially if they continuously can deliver a quality product. It develops trust. And that’s what Makita has managed to do, and it’s paying off for them in the electric wheelbarrow arena too.

Their wheelbarrow offering may be a preferred choice for brand believers, known for their expertise in power tools manufacturing and matching quality lithium-ion batteries.

Just make sure you buy the complete set with batteries, the Makita XUC01PTX1. It’s a well-balanced machine with good quality finishing.  Battery life is a realistic 100 minutes with super-fast recharge time – 50 percent faster than other batteries of the same capacity.

With a 3-cubic feet bin and load capacity of 290 pounds, this is a safe buy.

YARDMAX YD4103 Power Wheel Barrow

Okay, so we had to fit one monster wheelbarrow in. The YARDMAX is a continuous 4-wheel drive wheelbarrow that can turn on its axes – loaded with 660 pounds. It’s like a minified monster truck with a tipper and all.

We included the only gasoline-powered unit driven by a Briggs and Stratton CR950 6.5 hp, 208cc motor. The unit scores four stars out of five on Amazon reviews, with some comments enthusiastic about what this machine can do.

Snapper XD 82V MAX Cordless Electric Self-Propelled Utility Cart

The Snapper is a variation on the Greenworks GC40L410 but with a different powertrain configuration. They have opted for the 82V Briggs and Stratton Lithium-ion battery that provides 3 hours run-time. 10-inch wheels in the front and a castor wheel at the back make this unit quite maneuverable.

Please note that you buy the battery too, as some units don’t include the power source.

Conclusion on 9 best powered wheelbarrows to make life easier

Overexertion is the cause of many delayed ailments. Looking after yourself can reduce the risks of injuries. Depending on your individual needs, I don’t think getting a motorized wheelbarrow is an indulgence. It makes life easier and gives you time to dedicate your efforts to more essential matters or projects.

So be kind to yourself, and have happy gardening.

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Tony O'Neill

I am Tony O'Neill, A full-time firefighter, and professional gardener. I have spent most of my life gardening. From the age of 7 until the present day at 46. My goal is to use my love and knowledge of gardening to support you and to simplify the gardening process so you are more productive

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