Lee Valley Tools Gardening Newsletter
Vol. 4, Issue 2
April 2009
 
Interesting Reads
 
 
  Excerpt from American Agriculturalist, Volume 35, 1876.

An Improvement in Wheelbarrows

The wheelbarrow, it is said, was invented by the noted Italian artist, Leonardo da Vinci. That it was the production of so capable a man is possibly the reason that it has remained for centuries unaltered, and considered so far incapable of improvement. But nowadays our wants are so many, or our wishes are so exacting, that for some uses the present wheelbarrow is not satisfactory.

In the garden the wheelbarrow is very useful, even in its ordinary construction, but in the shape in which it is presented in the accompanying illustration, it will be still more useful. The additions and improvements here described are the result of the ingenuity of Mr. E.D. Beach, of Hartford, Conn., to whom we are indebted for a photograph from which we make the engraving. They are as follows: a rubber wheel-tire by which more quiet and easy rolling is secured; two springs fitted to the axle, which prevent jolting; a wheel-lifter, or a second pair of longer legs, by which it may be lifted over obstructions, by pushing forward the leg frame and bearing down upon the handles; a movable water-pail hook; drawers for seed, etc.; a seat with a socket for an umbrella or sunshade, to be used while resting; four buckled-strap loops for holding tools; four partitions for various uses; two sliding-doors for quickly emptying it of its contents; four baskets fitting into the partitions, and, lastly, a movable cover made to fasten by a latch or catch. Each and all of these may be removed at will, except the rubber tire.

Some of these appliances will be found useful for any wheelbarrow, and others are intended for special work in the garden and orchard, where one wishes to have all the tools he is likely to need at hand in a convenient manner. It is really converting a wheelbarrow into a portable tool-house.
 
     
 
Mr. Beach writes us that he has spent three years in perfecting his wheelbarrow, but he will be sufficiently repaid for his thought and labor by freely conferring the invention, with whatever of value or usefulness it may possess, upon the public; this he does through the columns of the American Agriculturalist, without any other compensation than results from doing whatever good he may. The additions are therefore free to everybody to adopt.



  Mr. Beach's wheelbarrow
Mr. Beach's wheelbarrow
 
     
  Editor's Note: This is a reprint of an article published in 1876. It describes what was recommended in accordance with the knowledge and practices of the day. While reading it, please consider this fact.  
     
Other Articles from this Issue
 
 
What's New in Gardening
 
Seal-a-Bag™

Seal-a-Bag™
Bubbler Spot Soaker

Bubbler
Spot Soaker
Upside-Down Sprayer

Upside-Down
Sprayer
Flexible Blossom Crown

Flexible
Blossom Crown
 
Stainless-Steel Spatula

Stainless-Steel
Spatula
WaterStik™

WaterStik™
Self-Watering Plant Tray

Self-Watering
Plant Tray
Comfort-Lock Spray Pistol

Comfort-Lock
Spray Pistol
 
    News & Events  
 
 
  Victoria Store Now Open

Lee Valley Seminars

Upcoming Trade Shows
 
 
    Features
  What Is It?
Interesting Reads
Customer Letters
From the Garden
 
    Subscriber Services
 
 
  Subscribe

Privacy Policy

Newsletter Archive