Inspired by Joshua's post "A Tale of Three Wheelbarrows", I decided to look up a wheelbarrow type cart Geoff Lawton mentioned in his online PDC. This cart, whose invention is attributed to the Chinese, could easily carry many times the weight of a traditional wheelbarrow because of the placement of a larger wheel in the center of the cart.
The Chinese wheelbarrow - which was driven by human labour, beasts of burden and wind power - was of a different design than its European counterpart. By placing a large wheel in the middle of the vehicle instead of a smaller wheel in front, one could easily carry three to six times as much weight than if using a European wheelbarrow.
Subtropical desert (Köppen: BWh)
Elevation: 1090 ft Annual rainfall: 7"
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Greenhouse of the Future package (documentary, plans, and ebook)