Three Reasons You Need a Powered Garden Wagon

If you’re tired of being sore from backbreaking chores, a mechanical wheelbarrow might be your next favorite tool.

Man using a power wagon on his lawn
A powered wagon is essentially a wheelbarrow with a motor, and it can make hauling heavy loads a lot easier.GreenWorks

If your kids have stopped responding to the bribes and threats, and you need another way to get stuff hauled around the yard, garden, food plot, or barn, a powered wagon will save time, energy, and quite possibly your spine, and as a bonus, it won’t complain in the process. Here are three things to consider when shopping for a powered wagon that fits your needs.

Capacity

Landworks Utility Cart Hand Truck Power Wagon
This electric-powered utility wagon will carry 500 pounds and hold six cubic feet of material, with a maximum slope rating of 15 degrees.Landworks

Most powered wagons and utility carts are rated for maximum weight and load size/volumes, as well as maximum slopes (measured in degrees). Match your workload to the rated capacity of the powered wagon.

Safety

GreenWorks Cordless Lawn Cart
This powered utility cart has two forward speeds and reverse, a foot-operated manual brake, and a safety button that prevents the engine from accidentally engaging.GreenWorks

Powered wagons are self-propelled, which means given their size, you need to pay attention to what you’re doing and what’s around you to safely operate one. Being able to brake and control the cart in rough terrain or on side slopes are important considerations, as is the ability to control your rate of descent while carrying a heavy load.

Gas or Electric?

YARDMAX Power Wheel Barrow
This gas-powered model hauls 660 pounds.YARDMAX

Gas-powered wagons typically offer more power than electric models, but they require routine maintenance, can sometimes be loud, and emit exhaust. Electric-powered wagons are quieter, cleaner, and easier to start and maintain, but battery life can be limited, as can whether rain or wet conditions can damage components.