Lee Valley Tools    Gardening Newsletter
   Vol. 7, Issue 8
   November 2012
 
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Excerpt from American Agriculturist, Volume 41, 1882.

Shoulder-Straps for a Wheelbarrow

  Shoulder straps for a wheelbarrow
   
We have long seen in occasional use, and long used a simple arrangement for relieving the hands and arms in carrying loads upon the ordinary wheelbarrow, and in this as with many other simple devices, it did not occur to us that everybody did not know of it. A letter from an intelligent correspondent, Mr. Marsh, of Danbury, Conn. — a state so noted for notions and devices that one would almost say, "what a Connecticut Yankee does not know about devices is not worth knowing" — says it is new to him, and is so convenient and useful that everybody ought to know of it.

A strap, of webbing or of leather, or of any strong fabric (we have seen bed-ticking used) of suitable length, has loops in the two ends to slip over the wheelbarrow handles. This is thrown over the shoulders, and to them may be transferred a part or the whole of the weight. It can be provided in a few minutes, and will be found of decided advantage.

The engraving explains the arrangement.—A buckle a foot or more from one end of the strap would allow the length to be changed as desired, so as to be "short enough for a boy, or long enough for a long man." The wheelbarrow is one of the handiest implements on the farm, and no place should be without one.
 
     
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