Replace Wheelbarrow Handles

10 easy steps to Replace Wheelbarrow Handles

How to Replace Wheelbarrow Handles: Since wheelbarrow handles are made of wood that is vulnerable to rotting they need to be replaced from time to time.

Replace Wheelbarrow Handles

There are many uses of a wheelbarrow in gardening, landscape, and construction site. To replace the wheelbarrow handle you need to follow the following materials and the steps. There are ten steps to do the work easily. These are discussed below.

Step 1: Remove the Old Wheelbarrow Handles

Wheelbarrow handles are connected to the wheelbarrow bucket by several nuts and bolts located at the undercarriage of the wheelbarrow bucket. The wheelbarrow handle is sandwiched between the bucket and the wheel assembly. Remove the old wheelbarrow handles and set them aside for recycling or disposal by using a socket or a crescent wrench. And set aside the wheel assembly.

Step 2: Wheelbarrow handles replacement kit

When you have it apart then take note of what you need fixed. It was a new handle For us, only one as the other is still usable for now, and that was only about $10 to $15 at Lowes. We also needed a few new carriage bolts and four large washers and got some epoxy to repair the cracked tray. I have tried a few different epoxy brands and recommend using 5-minute Loctite or Gorilla Glue epoxy. A list of the supplies we bought is as follows.

  1. Wheelbarrow Handle
  2. 3 Inch Carriage Bolts & Nuts
  3. Large Washers
  4. Epoxy
  5. Rust preventative spray paint
  6. Boiled linseed oil,
  7. sandpaper (coarse grit and medium grit),
  8. Axle grease, steel brush,
  9. Socket set and or wrenches

If needed, purchase replacement handles, wheels, or bolts from the local home improvement store. If you want to upgrade to a flat-free tire, now is the time.

Step 3: Cleaning and Brushing Off of Debris

Thoroughly clean the tray to prepare it for paint and remove loose rust with a steel brush. And then wipe off any residue or dust with a damp rag from the tray. After cleaning the tray, paint it inside and out, and all other metal parts except nuts and bolts. Apply at least two coats of paint. If bolts are rusted, apply penetrating lubricant and let it stand for a few minutes or so before attempting to remove.

If there is a grease fitting on the wheel then attach a grease gun and pump grease into the bearings. If there is no fitting, lubricate the axle directly. When reassembling the wheelbarrow, apply a small amount of grease on the bolts to ease assembly. And then minimize corrosion for future maintenance.

Step 4: Adjust the Table Saw

A table saw is required to make a straight cut and equally cut the piece of standard 2 x 4 into two pieces. Adjust the distance of the blade to the rip fence by 1.5 inches.

Step 5: Cut the Wood

Recheck your table saw setting and turn on the table saw after wearing a pair of safety glasses and work gloves. Continue to run 2×4 wood planks slowly into the blade of the table saw using the table saw fence as a guide to making a straight cut. The cut 2×4 will become your new handles. Here is an important point that you have to be careful when you are cutting the wood that the size should not be shorter than the size 2 x 4 anyway. Because if it happens then you won’t be able to make it longer as the required size.

Step 6: Align the Handles

You should use the old wheelbarrow handles as a guide to align the new handles into the undercarriage of the wheelbarrow. Stack the two new handles together with the old wheelbarrow handles and clamp them tightly together. Then, determine if the size of your new wheelbarrow handles is the same as that of the old wheelbarrow handle. If the new wheelbarrow handles are longer than the old wheelbarrow handles you may need to cut the new handles to the proper length.

Raise the clamped down wheelbarrow handles together and place each end on top of a wooden stool of the same height.

Step 7: Drill the Holes

Find the two pre-existing holes in the old handles using the old handles as a guide and drill a new hole right through the two new handles. Use a drill bit the same size as the holes in the old handles and remove the clamp after drilling.

Step 8: Align the New Handles

Turn the wheelbarrow upside down and insert each new handle with its predrilled holes aligned into the bolts of the wheelbarrow. The pre-drilled holes’ location should be perfectly aligned with the bolts.

Step 9: Reattach the Wheel Assembly

Now, reattach the wheel assembly by aligning its legs into the bolt of the barrow with the new handles in alignment with the barrow bolts, and tighten the nuts using a crescent wrench. The bolts of the barrow should now hold the new handles as well as the legs of the wheel assembly.

I added one last thing to this wheelbarrow and that is this wheelbarrow liner insert to try and keep the paint job on the inside of the tub intact for a little while and hopefully protect it for a little while. These are manufactured by a local company and one was sent over to me to test out so I figured I’d give it a shot and see how it works out.

Step 10: Finish the Handles

Finally, sand the newly installed handles of the wheelbarrow to avoid injury due to wood splinters with a fine-grit sandpaper. You can slightly round the square edges of the new handles by using a medium grit sandpaper.

That is it for this project!  Hope you guys enjoyed it. I know I had a ton of fun bringing this old wheelbarrow back to life. It’s not something I do very often so it was a fun little restoration challenge and I’d definitely like to do some more of it down the line. I want to say a quick thank you to WD 40 for making this project possible. I encourage you guys to check out some of their new lines of products for your DIY and home improvement projects.

Replace Wheelbarrow Handles
Agriculturist Musa

Agriculturistmusa is a graduate student in agriculture. He is doing research on home improvement, indoor, and outdoor gardening! He loves to decorate the home, garden, and lawn care. Based on his experience about home, improvement, gardening, and lawn; he is sharing his thought and opinion, tips, and tools so that a beginner can get started right away. Find him on Twitter here. Happy reading!

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