Having a wheelbarrow will help you transport more than a handful of equipment and supplies per trip. The only question is, how much does a wheelbarrow hold?
The holding capacity of a wheelbarrow ranges from 2 cubic feet (56.6337) to 6 cubic feet (169.901 liters). The type of wheelbarrow you use will determine its total volume or how much it can hold.
Now that that’s out of the way, we can take a more in-depth look at wheelbarrow volumes. You can use this brief guide to calculate how many trips it will take you to move something from one location to another.
In order to calculate how many trips it will take you to move sand, bricks, soil, or bags of cement, we first need to determine the volume of the wheelbarrow.
As previously indicated, wheelbarrows have various holding levels. They range from 2 to 6 cubic feet (56.6337 to 169.901 liters).
Let’s take a look at the 2 main types of wheelbarrows available and their average volumes.
A garden wheelbarrow is a type of wheelbarrow you will most often come across at home improvement retailers. They are mainly used for gardening tasks, but essentially, they’re made for residential purposes. A garden wheelbarrow will typically hold between 2 and 3 cubic feet (56.6337 and 84.9505 liters) of dirt, sand, and mulch.
A builder’s wheelbarrow is a heavy-duty type of wheelbarrow. It will most likely find a home at construction sites or at hardcore DIY-ers’ homes. On average, a small builder’s wheelbarrow will hold between 3 and 6 cubic feet (56.6337 and 169.901 liters) of building materials at a time.
How Many Trips?
So, after learning how much a wheelbarrow can potentially hold, we can calculate how many trips it will take to move a certain amount of a type of material.
Check this article if you want to learn how many wheelbarrows it will take to move a ton of sand. You can learn the total trips or number of wheelbarrows for other supplies below.
|Material||Weight||Volume||Number of Trips or Wheelbarrows|
2 cubic feet
3 cubic feet
6 cubic feet
|1 cubic yard
|10 cubic feet
|0.75 cubic feet
|Cement Bag||94 lbs.
|4.5 cubic feet
|1 cubic yard
|11.111 cubic feet
Note: 1 yard = 27 cubic feet (3 feet × 3 feet × 3 feet)
Something worth mentioning is that the holding capacity of a wheelbarrow does not take into account the amount of materials you pack into the basin that goes beyond the basin’s rim. In other words, the rating of a wheelbarrow refers to how much liquid it can hold. For solid materials, you maybe be able to pack slightly more than their rated volume.