Riding mowers are ideal for large lawns and commercial applications because they cover more ground in less time than walk behind mowers.
For some, purchasing a riding mower is a no-brainer because they can be used for a variety of other purposes with a little ingenuity.
One little-known use for these mowers is to pull a wheelbarrow behind it and use it as a cheap dumping lawn cart.
This setup allows you to quickly dump loads of grass clippings and other trash, effectively taking the hard work out of yard clean-up tasks.
If you’re interested in converting a wheelbarrow into a useful trailer, here’s how to tow a wheelbarrow behind a riding mower and haul a lot of trash with it.
How to pull a wheelbarrow behind a riding mower
If you have a large yard, a tow-behind cart for your ride-on mower is practically required.
Use these tips to convert your wheelbarrow into a trailer that you can tow behind your lawnmower.
Option 1: Convert a wheelbarrow to a cart using a wheelbarrow towing hitch.
A hitch allows you to attach your wheelbarrow to a variety of towing vehicles, such as riding mowers, garden tractors, ATVs/UTVs, and others.
In essence, it eliminates the need for your riding mower to provide lateral or horizontal stability to the wheelbarrow.
The hitch accomplishes this through design…
To begin, the device consists of a disc mounted horizontally to the back of the mower, with a diameter equal to the distance between the two handles of your wheelbarrow.
The disc is typically designed to rotate freely about its own axis, which is usually in a horizontal plane.
At the same time, you use universal couplings to secure your wheelbarrow’s handles to its perimeter.
As a result, the wheelbarrow can swing both horizontally and vertically in line with the mower, similar to how a two-wheel trailer moves in relation to the towing vehicle.
You have the option of making your own wheelbarrow towing hitch compatible with your rideon mower unit or purchasing an aftermarket model.
Overall, using a strong towing hitch is probably the simplest way to connect a wheelbarrow to your riding lawnmower when you want to clean out debris.
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Option 2: Tow wheelbarrows with a towbar.
A tow bar is probably the best alternative to a towing hitch, and it works great as well.
A tow bar assembly to convert a standard two-wheeled wheelbarrow into a versatile lawn care trailer consists primarily of a bar of heavy-duty metal box tubing with horizontal and vertical holes (at the wheelbarrow’s end) (at the mower end).
The wheelbarrow end slides onto your wheelbarrow’s axle, keeping the bar between the toe plate and the tub of your wheelbarrow.
Grommets are installed on the axle (one on each side of the tow bar) to properly center the entire bar assembly on the axle.
The final component of the setup is a threaded post that is inserted into the previously-made holes (in the mower end of the tow bar) and securely locked into place with nuts.
To use it, raise both handles of your wheelbarrow before inserting the post from the bottom of the aperture into the aperture of your mower’s draw bar.
Because the weight is cantilevered to prevent it from disengaging from the mower, the wheelbarrow cannot detach during transport.
The legs of your wheelbarrow will also be raised off the ground as a result of this invention.
If you intend to haul heavy loads, you can modify this design by attaching a piece of iron (should be flat) to the upper side of the wheelbarrow rails close to the dumping end.
As a result, the tow bar now rests on the newly added flat iron rather than the toe bracket of your wheelbarrow, giving your ‘barrow-cart’ more strength.
Because there are no vendors selling readymade wheel tow bars for riding mowers – at least not at the time of writing – your best bet is to adapt the plan we described above to build your own.
Even if you are not mechanically inclined, you will be surprised at how simple this concept can be to implement.
Make available a dolly (or a similar set of wheels)
Another way to use your wheelbarrow as a pull-behind trailer to be towed by a riding lawn mower is to create a dolly or other small pair of wheels on which your wheelbarrow rides after connecting the dolly to the riding lawnmower.
However, there are a few drawbacks to this method.
To successfully make a garden trailer out of your wheelbarrow, for example, a number of distinct parts and a complex interchange of the device’s supporting arms are required.
Furthermore, wheelbarrow restraint safety chains and wheel straps are required to secure the towed wheelbarrow to the riding mower.
You can contact your local webbing or rigging vendor and have them make customized wheel straps and safety chains for you.
In short, putting together a safe and strong enough dolly for the purpose necessitates quite a bit of detailed engineering.
If you want to go this route, look for inspiration on YouTube.
here’s how to tow a wheelbarrow behind a riding mower: Connect the wheelbarrow to the mower with a tow bar assembly, or simply use a sturdy wheelbarrow towing hitch.
You could also take the more difficult route and build a dolly for the wheelbarrow to ride on, or a set of wheels that can serve the same purpose.
Of course, you can easily unhook the wheelbarrow from the mower and use it normally when needed, regardless of the method you used.