When purchasing a small garden cart, consider the durability of the materials used to build the cart, tire type, handle grip, and additional options such as brakes, folding trays and covers. Additional features to consider include load capacity and dumping mechanisms.
Metal and wooden garden carts, though sturdy, can rust or warp over time. Typically waterproof, plastic carts provide similar durability over a longer period of time. Metal and wooden carts also require yearly painting or staining to prevent damage, while plastic carts require minimal maintenance to function properly. When considering a plastic garden cart, choose a cart made from high-density, UV-resistant polypropylene.
When comparing tire types, keep in mind that air-filled tires lose air over time, which can make maneuvering a cart difficult, even over smooth landscapes. Foam-filled and solid tires retain their shape. Foam-filled tires also move over uneven lawns and garden spaces more easily than air-filled tires. For increased mobility and ease, select a garden cart that has four wheels instead of two wheels.
Choose a garden cart with adequate load capacity for various gardening projects. Load capacity refers to the maximum weight the cart can transport, as well as the maximum cubic footage. In addition, some carts feature quick-release dumping switches for easy content unloading, while other carts have removable trays and tubs.