Choosing the Right Utility Wagons
If you have no idea where to get the best utility wagon, read through the following top 12 best utility wagons reviews to equip yourself with some knowledge about these products.
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1. Types of Utility Wagons
Utility wagon/cart – A utility wagon/cart looks like a wagon and usually has four metal sides. The sides are usually open and/or removable for easy cleaning. They are pulled with a long handle. This type of cart is best for hauling plants, fertilizer, wood chips, and dirt. Removable sides give you greater versatility of use as you’ll be able to move bulky, awkward-sized loads.
Dump cart – A dump cart can look like a utility wagon or wheelbarrow but the distinguishing feature is the bed’s ability to dump. Depending on the load capacity, a dump cart can be used for hauling grass, fertilizer, soil, or firewood. Having a cart with a dump feature gives you added versatility and can save you some back strain.
Dump carts come in a four-wheel wagon design or a two-wheel design that looks like a wheelbarrow.
Flatbed – A flatbed garden cart doesn’t come with sides. They are best for hauling large or non-standard sized objects. They function similarly to a utility wagon.
Foldable – Foldable garden carts have fabric sides with an accordion metal frame that allows them to be collapsed when not in use. The sides are not removable and the load capacity is significantly less than a metal framed garden cart.
2. Load Capacity
How big are the loads you want to move and how far do you typically need to move them? There is a big difference in construction and price between a cart that is intended to hold 600 pounds or less and a cart that can handle 1200 pounds. You will need a heavy duty cart with a large load capacity if you regularly carry loads over 650 pounds.
These carts will have larger tires and thicker body construction making them heavier than their smaller load capacity counterparts. Look for a model with removable sides if the loads you carry come in unusual shapes. Some of the larger garden carts can be attached to a lawn tractor or ATV.
For loads less than 650 pounds, you want a bed that is wide and deep enough to accommodate your average load type and size. High sides are also important to keep your load contained. If you aren’t planning on pulling the cart behind a vehicle, be sure the load is weighted to make it easy to transport and dump.
Lightweight garden carts come with plastic tires, some have tread and some don’t. If you only plan to use the cart in your yard on grass with a small load, plastic tires are probably going to be sufficient. The benefit of plastic tires is that they cannot get punctured on sharp rocks or hardware that may be in the driveway or yard.
For those looking to haul heavy loads over gravel or rocky terrain, you are going to need large pneumatic tires. Pneumatic tires are made of reinforced rubber and are filled with air which allows them to absorb some of the shock of moving over rougher terrain.
4. Bed Construction
Steel bed construction makes for the strongest and most durable garden carts. This type of cart will be able to withstand heavy use without being damaged. However, they are the heaviest, pose a risk of rusting, and may be damaged by acidic loads such as animal waste (bed construction).
Polyethylene beds are scratch and dent resistant. They are also able to stand up better in inclement weather.
Plastic beds are lighter than steel so they are easier to pull. However, they are smaller and pose a risk of cracking over time.