Wednesday, March 24, 2010

WheelEasy LE - A Product Review

When I first saw the Allsop WheelEasy canvas wheelbarrow, I thought, "What a great idea!" Then I got the opportunity to test it and now I know it's a great idea.  There are so many things to like about this product:

  • It's lightweight - Seriously. Compared to regular heavy wheelbarrows or carts, the WheelEasy is incredibly easy to move.

  • It's tough - The canvas barrow is made of vinyl-coated denier nylon and can haul up to 150 pounds of stone, rocks, soil, or whatever you want to move.

  • It makes tasks easier - The way it lays down flat for loading is one of the best things about it.  At the back, it has a flap that opens up and you can rake leaves right into the barrow.  If you want to haul soil or mulch, you don't have to shovel it into a cart or wheelbarrow whose bed is a couple of feet off the ground. That saves your back.

  • Folds for storage - This is another big plus. It has a really small footprint because the canvas barrow folds as you bring the handles together and you can store it vertically.

Romie and I used our WheelEasy LE over the weekend, as we cleaned out the flower beds around Our Little Acre.  There were so many leaves left from last fall, so we raked them out and directly into the WheelEasy.  Leaves are rather fluffy, but because the WheelEasy lays flat on the ground, I could step on the leaves and compact them, allowing us to load more into it at a time.

The front wheel is pneumatic, making rolling the WheelEasy more smooth as you go over stone areas or the bumpy yard.  It's ergonomically designed, so pushing it is comfortable.  As we got it to the compost bin, because it's so lightweight, we just lifted it up and dumped the leaves right into the bin. Try doing that with a regular wheelbarrow!

All in all, we both really liked the WheelEasy LE.  There is a larger model, which has a hauling capability of up to 300 pounds.  Since we have an acre here, we could have used the larger one, but this smaller one will come in handy when working in the garden itself when we haul dirt and mulch in the next couple of months. The WheelEasy LE is ideal for working in urban gardens and those with limited space.

Because we like the WheelEasy LE so much, I've decided to carry it in my OpenSky store.  The suggested retail price of the is $84.99, but if you purchase it through my store, the price is $80.00.  Shipping is $5.99.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to pricing errors by a competitor (which they have been notified of), and through no fault of OpenSky, the earlier price of $53 is not valid.  However,  OpenSky has issued a discount code of EASY20, which will give you 20% off. Discount code is valid for one week only (through April 1, 2010).  Just enter the code at checkout!

The product or merchandise being reviewed in this blog post was the sole compensation for testing and reviewing the product. All opinions expressed here are mine, with no suggestions whatsoever by the manufacturer or distributor. If I like it, I'll say so. If I don't, I'll say that, too.


Darla said...

Now isn't that interesting looking..

Nathan (2af) said...

I hate being captious but isn't the brilliance in a wheelbarrow the fact that the load is already lifted. If you load a wheelbarrow with 300 lbs you never actually lift 300 lbs you just partially life it and balance it. With this gadget you have to lift the entire load from the ground to get it to the point of being able to move it. Wheelbarrows actually originated without the leg supports much like this canvas model. I can see it's usefullness and cleverness for light things such as leaves but anything beyond that would be quite a lot of unneccessary work. Sorry to be such a downer.

Kylee Baumle said...

Darla ~ It's more than interesting looking! I really like ours. :-)

Nathan ~ No apology necessary! You bring up a good point. Each has its advantages and situations where it shines. I really like the way you can scoop things onto this at ground level. Let's take another situation, which I've had many times: Lifting a bag of mulch to empty into the wheelbarrow, especially if it's wet. I can do it, but boy is it awkward and heavy!

With the WheelEasy, all I need to do is lay the WheelEasy down, pull the bag onto the canvas and open the bag of its contents. I still have to lift the load, but it's WAY easier to use the handles and lift it, then wheel it. Remember, you don't have the weight of a heavy wheelbarrow to lift along with the contents. You're basically lifting whatever it is you're carrying.

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