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Does anyone over 6' tall have any wheelbarrow recommendations? I used to use wheelbarrows at work to carry wet concrete inside tight spaces. I was taller than everyone else on the crew and either had to carry less concrete or stoop over because when I stood fully erect the wheelbarrow tilted too far forward and the concrete would spill out of the front. I was looking to invest in a wheelbarrow for moving materials around my yard, and was hoping to get one that fit me better than the standard wheelbarrow.
 
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Maybe if you modified a Chinese Wheelbarrow to the right height you'd be able to carry more at a reasonable stance. Chinese Wheelbarrow thread

Just a thought.
 
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I'm 6'2", here's what I do.

First, I look for the larger 'construction' type wheelbarrows (which are usually more durable as well). They often have longer handles. Second, I shorten the length of the piece in front of the wheel (the part you use to tip the barrow). Obviously you have to keep clearance for the wheel, but I find that on smaller barrows it's that nose end that gives me trouble.
 
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Wouldn't shortening the front of it cause it to tip forwards more when picked up, since it would already be leaning to the front more due to the increased difference in front and back elevations?

 
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Yo Stretch,
You don't say exactly what you're wheelbarrowing, but have you tried one of these?


Not so good for mixing concrete or moving through tight spaces, but you can move an assload with 'em.
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