Manual wheelbarrows will get the job done but just because they have wheels on them doesn’t make them any easier to move along with a lot of weight inside.
Even on hard surfaces moving heavy supplies via wheels and your back isn’t easy, and nearly impossible across rough ground. Unless of course, you have a motorized wheelbarrow.
With a powerful little engine to turn those wheels you can load it up with much more than a manual and still move it across any kind of terrain.
They may look something like the kind kept in your grand parents shed, but that’s all that motorized wheelbarrows have in common with traditional ones. Easy to operate with controls on the handle, all you need to do is load them up and steer.
Why sacrifice your back lugging heavy bags and tools from one end of the yard to the other? Give technology a chance, let it do the heavy hauling for you and make gardening more of a joy and less of a chore.
Below we’ve reviewed the top 10 best motorized wheelbarrows on the market in 2018.
Table of Contents
- 10. Makita Power-Assisted Wheelbarrow
- 9. YARDMAX YD4103 Power Wheel Barrow
- 8. PAW-Power Assisted Wheelbarrow
- 7. Power Assist Wheelbarrow
- 6. Greenworks 40V Cordless Garden Cart
- 5. Gorilla Carts Dump Cart
- 4. Overland Carts Heavy-Duty Powered Dump Cart
- 3. Greenworks 40V Cordless Garden Cart
- 2. Decko 24 Volt Power Assist Wheelbarrow
- 1. WORX Aerocart Wheelbarrow
- Which Motorized Wheelbarrow Should You Buy?
10. Makita Power-Assisted Wheelbarrow
Makita brushless motors are famous for their dependability. Use one battery for up to 60 minutes, or if you need more time than that this model allows for a second battery so no stopping in the middle of a job to recharge or changes batteries.
Rear wheels are adjustable and detachable when the L-shaped legs (included) are more convenient for the job. There are two speed settings with a maximum of 2.5 MPH on 12-degree inclines, and side rails are reversible.
- L.E.D. lights on either side of the frame help bring light to a dark area when you need it.
- Double the power option.
- Designed to work under the harshest conditions. Resistant to dust and water.
- May stall on an overly long uphill trek.
- Second battery doesn’t always kick in automatically.
9. YARDMAX YD4103 Power Wheel Barrow
The compact Yardmax is easy to maneuver in small areas and has no problem hauling up to 660 pounds anywhere you need to take it (on level ground.) The more you can haul at one go, the faster the job is done and that’s what owning a wheelbarrow like this one comes down to.
Designed to be user-friendly this durable little workhorse has a zero-turn radius, all-wheel drive, multi-speed transmission, and you only need one hand to dump it.
- 3 forward speeds allow the operator to set a comfortable pace.
- Large load capacity shortens the work day.
- With this kind of maneuverability work can actually be fun.
- Uphill speeds are much slower with heavier loads.
- Can only be shipped within the U.S. or to APO/FPO addresses.
8. PAW-Power Assisted Wheelbarrow
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When it comes to the weight of a loaded wheelbarrow it’s how easy it is to move that counts most. The 24-volt twin batteries in this P.A.W. has all the power they need to move up to 200 pounds and when forward or reverse is as simple as the push of a button they don’t come any easier to operate.
Independent two-wheel drive takes the work out of trying to move around in tight spaces, plus there is a “power burst” for short uphill climbs.
- Depend on P.A.W. power to haul whatever you need to and save your back.
- Rugged steel frame is built for endurance.
- Roomy 6.0 cubic foot poly tub can take a little rough handling when necessary.
- Tires are not puncture proof.
- Power burst doesn’t last long enough to do any good.
7. Power Assist Wheelbarrow
Even loaded to capacity (200 pounds) the 24-volt twin batteries in this wheelbarrow have no problem keeping up with demand. Turning or working in tight spaces isn’t a problem either with two-wheel drive, and when you add pushbutton forward or reverse controls they really don’t get any easier to operate than this model.
Pneumatic 13-inch wheels glide along smoothly and the “built to last” quality steel frame ensures once you buy this wheelbarrow, you won’t be replacing it any time soon.
- Bed tilt helps take the work out of unloading.
- The 6.0 cubic foot poly tub holds an amazing amount of supplies.
- Not all motorized wheelbarrows come with a charger but this one does.
- Anything over a 15-degree incline and it barely moves at all.
- Frame may loosen over time and require retightening.
6. Greenworks 40V Cordless Garden Cart
This cordless garden cart gets all the power it needs from 40-volt lithium-ion batteries, and the charger it comes with can have it powered up and ready to go in only 2 hours. On flat grass or pavement with a full load of up to 200 pounds, it will run for 40 minutes before a recharge is needed.
Self-propelled wheels are 10 inches, and the cargo tub is a generous 3.75 cubic feet. No need to lift heavy items up over the edge with this wheelbarrow, it has a quick release dumping feature that will do the unloading for you.
- Lithium-ion batteries are the most dependable on the market.
- Super-fast charge up time.
- Cargo tub is rust proof.
- Battery and charger are not included.
- Off-loading assist handle tends to jam.
5. Gorilla Carts Dump Cart
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With a load capacity of 1,200 pounds there isn’t much this dump cart and its 13-inch pneumatic tires can’t handle. Pull it by hand or tow it behind a lawn tractor, its 2-in-1 handle makes it easy to switch from one method to the other in just seconds.
The tub is made of tough, extremely durable non-rust poly so if it gets a little wet the bottom isn’t going to fall out, and unloading doesn’t get any easier with its quick-release dumping mechanism. Tub measures 40 by 25-inches with a height of 26.2-inches and it only weighs 60-pounds so storage is not a problem.
- Padded handle is so much easier on the hands.
- Plenty of ground clearance and tight turning radius.
- Off load in a fraction of the time with the least amount of effort.
- The tub may be poly but there is no drainage, and this could lead to rusted out bolts.
- Pin attaching handle to frame is weak and if it breaks, the entire handle comes off.
4. Overland Carts Heavy-Duty Powered Dump Cart
This battery powered (C27-8A) dump cart can handle any job you have for it. All you need to do is load the 8-cubic foot poly tub, then twist the throttle and let it do the hauling at up to 2.4 miles per hour.
This workhorse can haul 750-pounds on a level surface and 500 on 3:1 degree slopes so you don’t have to stop at the base of an upward incline and carry your load by hand the rest of the way. Chassis is made from powder-coated steel and they don’t come any stronger than that.
- Rear wheels are flat-proof and swivel for maneuverability, and front wheels are heavy-duty Dual Ag so there will be no tire issues with this cart.
- Electric motor is earth friendly. It has no fumes, so it can be used indoors or out, and makes very little noise.
- Batteries need 6 – 8 hours for a full charge and are then good for up to 7 hours.
- Hopper locks aren’t that reliable and should be checked frequently to guard against spilling the load.
- At 168 total pounds, moving this cart without power could be a problem.
3. Greenworks 40V Cordless Garden Cart
Powered by lithium-ion batteries this cordless garden cart is ready to work whenever you are, and yes, the charger is included. On flat grass or pavement, its 3.75 cubic foot tub can handle up to 200 pounds in a single load, and 10-inch self-propelled tires make those loads so much easier on the human handling the machine.
No more struggling to lift heavy items up over the side when you have this cart in your tool inventory, just use the off-loading assist handle and let whatever your hauling slide right out.
- Charger only needs two hours for full power.
- Using the assist handle for unloading is a real blessing for your back.
- Self-propelled wheels take the work out of the job.
- Only 40 minutes run time under perfect conditions (flat, firm surfaces.)
- On/off button is very stiff and difficult to operate for anyone with joint issues in their wrists or hands.
2. Decko 24 Volt Power Assist Wheelbarrow
Whatever you need to haul, the Decko and its 24-volt drive system can handle up to 200 pounds. Two-wheel drive makes turning and working in small places easy to do, no more struggling to get in the right position as with an older, standard type wheelbarrow.
Forward and reverse are controlled with the simple push of a button, and for those times you need just a little more power to get up a hill, there is a “power burst” option waiting to help you move up any 15-degree incline.
- 6.0 cubic foot tub is made from high-grade, durable poly, built for endurance and long-life.
- Rugged steel frame is rust proof and can take a little dampness without rusting apart.
- At 57” in length, 28” wide, and only 27” high, storage is not a problem.
- Assembly is tricky, requiring a lot of patience and time.
- Battery power must be fully charged, or it doesn’t seem to work as it should.
1. WORX Aerocart Wheelbarrow
For something that barely weighs 48-pounds this sturdy little cart knows how to get the job done just as quickly and easily as a one twice its size. With a two-wheel design heavier loads are easier to manage, and the extension arm can take as much as 80-pounds.
The ergonomic design makes 200 pounds feel like less than 20, and with oversized, flat-free tires that never need inflating there will be no tire issues with the Aerocart. Built to last from high-grade, rust proof steel with all that this cart can do, perhaps it should have a name with the word “multi-purpose” in it.
- Two-wheel design allows the operator to work with gravity, not against it.
- Fold out extension arm is a very sensible idea. Obviously, the designers of this cart kept user-friendliness in mind when they were building it.
- Accessories like a flower pot strap, cylinder/bag holders and a mesh rock mover are deal makers when it comes to yard work and getting it done.
- Wheel bearings are weak, and if they break the cart becomes useless.
- Customer service needs improvement.
Which Motorized Wheelbarrow Should You Buy?
I’m sure if you thought about it, you’d come up with at least a dozen reasons to have a motorized wheelbarrow in your arsenal of yard tools. Either that or hire someone with a strong back to do your hauling for you and then you would have to deal with other people.
It’s much easier on the nerves to simply buy a machine. My favorite from the above list is # 1, the WORX by Aerocart. The possibilities of a fold out extension arm are very interesting.