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    Default how can I make wooden wheelbarrow handles more comfortable

    I bought a 6 cubic foot wheelbarrow with wooden handles yesterday. Usually I use the ones with rubber handles. I noticed right off that the wooden ones are not as good since they become slippery when working. Anyone have any ideas on how to make them grip better?

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    Default Re: how can I make wooden wheelbarrow handles more comfortable

    Wear good gloves. It makes handles less irritating and protects your hands from lots of bad stuff.

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    Default Re: how can I make wooden wheelbarrow handles more comfortable

    Quote Originally Posted by ncnurseryman View Post
    I bought a 6 cubic foot wheelbarrow with wooden handles yesterday. Usually I use the ones with rubber handles. I noticed right off that the wooden ones are not as good since they become slippery when working. Anyone have any ideas on how to make them grip better?
    Have you ever checkered a gunstock? Get a checkering tool and learn how. they are not terribly expensive for just the replacement heads, you might have to make your own handle/holder.. or how about rough sanding with with 40 grit sandpaper.. OR.. since I have some of this already, how about buying some of the pickup bed liner brush on or spray on materiel.. it is rough and if it wears off after a while, put some more on.. I can attest if you get it on your hands while it's wet it lasts on your skin a good long time. I put some on my L3400, and it still looked good when I traded after 18 months of stomping on it. Tractor supply has it in the spray can for a few bucks. our you can buy a quart for about 10

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    Default Re: how can I make wooden wheelbarrow handles more comfortable

    Anything I have tried to apply to wooden handles either damaged too easily or hurt your hand after a while. If you have to use a wheel barrow get some good leather gloves.

    Since getting the FEL the wheel barrow is a very last resort now!!!!
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    Default Re: how can I make wooden wheelbarrow handles more comfortable

    If it doesn,t make it to big to wrap your hands around it, try some foam pipe insulation, about a 6-8 inch length. Tape it on or use some tie wraps tied wrapped or tied tightly on the ends only. If the pipe wrap is to small, leave the gap at the top.

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    Default Re: how can I make wooden wheelbarrow handles more comfortable

    I'm sorry, my first thought was to buy a tractor. How about the tape they sell for tennis racket handles.

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    Default Re: how can I make wooden wheelbarrow handles more comfortable

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkV View Post
    I'm sorry, my first thought was to buy a tractor. How about the tape they sell for tennis racket handles.

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    Or skateboard tape... I havent had a wheelbarrow now for about 11 years.. and never used the one I had before that.. Tractor is the ultimate wheelbarrow. Unless you had to go thru a walk gate or something.

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    Default Re: how can I make wooden wheelbarrow handles more comfortable

    I've honestly never heard the words wheelbarrow and comfortable used in the same sentence.

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    Default Re: how can I make wooden wheelbarrow handles more comfortable

    Bicycle handlebar tape. Lots of variety so you could pick one you like.
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    Default Re: how can I make wooden wheelbarrow handles more comfortable

    Quote Originally Posted by ncnurseryman View Post
    I bought a 6 cubic foot wheelbarrow with wooden handles yesterday. Usually I use the ones with rubber handles. I noticed right off that the wooden ones are not as good since they become slippery when working. Anyone have any ideas on how to make them grip better?
    Wrap someone else's hands around them.
    We have too much gun control.
    What we need is more idiot control.

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