In the category of wheelbarrows, this one packs a heck of a lot of power.
The PowerPac MCE400, sometimes referred to as a concrete or a “Georgia” buggy, can safely haul up to 12 cubic feet of concrete or 900 pounds of material. It’s powered by a rechargeable electric battery that allows the machine to continually run for eight to 10 hours on one charge.
“People are amazed at how fast it is and how it self-dumps,” says Bob Maguire, vice president of sales for Triple E Equipment Inc., a Pompano Beach, Florida-based company that recently exhibited its battery-powered construction equipment at the World of Concrete.
The electric wheelbarrow can go between 3 and 4 miles per hour, forward and backward. And if it runs out of juice while you’re on a job, Maguire notes, the gig is not up. You can easily switch to manual mode to finish. It retails for $7,995.
Among its other offerings, Triple E also showcased an electric mini skid-steer made by Hanenberg Materieel B.V. Just as powerful as a comparable model with a combustion engine, the environmentally friendly Shepra 100 Eco is powered by a front-mounted 2-HP electric motor that emits no fumes. Weighing in under 1,600 pounds and measuring less than 31 inches wide, this compact machine is compatible with most standard elevators.
Surprisingly quiet and very strong, the mini-workhorse is well-suited for indoor demolition work that otherwise must be done manually. A 360-amp battery pack keeps the Shepra powered for up to seven hours. It retails for $32,500.