How To Determine Wheelbarrow Tire Sizes

Sourcing tires for your wheelbarrow can prove to be a challenge especially if get the wrong sizes. This means that your wheelbarrow will not fully serve you to its optimum capacity.

We are going to have a look at all aspects of the wheelbarrow tire sizes. We will also give you the procedure of interpreting the size numbers written on the sidewalls of your wheelbarrow tires.

Determining Wheelbarrow Tire Sizes

The size of your Wheelbarrow Tires is composed of three major parameters. These are the diameter of your tire and the diameter of the rim into which the tire is placed.

The third parameter is the distance between the central hub and the tire. You will find all these data placed on the side walls of your tire.

Again, the hard part will come when you need to interpret all those numbers. Don’t sweat it, you will learn all these right here in the section below.

Parts of a Wheelbarrow Tire
Parts of a Wheelbarrow Tire

How to Measure Wheelbarrow Tire Sizes

You can follow a series of basic steps if you want to measure the size of your wheelbarrow tire. Let us analyze each of these steps one by one:

· Take The Measurement of the Tire’s Outside Diameter

This will be the first step you will take in determining your wheelbarrow tire size. You will find some tires already have their sizes written on their side.

However, such information does not include the tires’ hub length or even the size of the bearing. Such information is usually critical in determining the size of tire you are going to need.

The only sure way is by physically measuring the tire size.

Wheelbarrow Tire Size
Wheelbarrow Tire Size

· Take Measurements of the Length of the Tire Hub

We can define the hub length as the distance in the middle of the tire. You have to take this measurement from one endpoint of the hub to the other.

You should be cautious while measuring to cover all the space at the center of the wheel. If you take measurements just outside the hub, chances are that you will have space that is unaccounted for.

This type of measurement will assist you in knowing the amount of space occupied by your rim on the axle. Having a hub that is not long enough will result in your tire being unstable and moving from side to side.

The opposite is also true. Having a hub that is too long will result in your tire having a rim that extends past the axle.

· Take Measurements of the Size of the Bearing

You will find this at the end of your wheelbarrow’s hub. It is the piece of metal into which your hub will go through.

Measuring this is quite easy since you will only need the internal diameter of the hole. For clarity, you can also measure the diameter of your axle to obtain the correct data for determining your tire size.

Choosing the Right Size for Wheelbarrow Tire

If you’re out shopping for replacement tires for your wheelbarrow, you have to make sure that it is the right size. Here are some pointers that you can use to settle for the most appropriate wheelbarrow tire size:

· Tire Size

This is the most important aspect when sourcing for your wheelbarrow tires. Many people always assume that wheelbarrows tend to have the same tire sizes.

You will have to physically check the size that the manufacturer has printed on the side of your wheelbarrow tire. Such information is usually a set of two numbers with a hyphen separating them.

You can also find this tire rating in the form of 3 numbers that have a slash or hyphen between them. As an example, the format will be 4.50/4.00-8.

The first number tells us how high your wheelbarrow tire side walls are. We can also refer to Figure 4.50 as your wheelbarrow tire’s section height.

If you want to get the height of the wheelbarrow Tire, then you multiply this figure by two. Be wary that this figure has a variance of +/-10%.

The second figure of 4.00 is your wheelbarrow tire width with the same variance as its section height. The final number (8) gives you the height of the tire’s rim.

· Tubeless or Tube

The size of your wheelbarrow tire is also determined by whether it has a tube or it is tubeless. There are certain methods you can use to verify whether your wheelbarrow tire has a tube or is tubeless.

Wheelbarrow Inner Tube
Wheelbarrow Inner Tube

You can confirm from the side walls of the tire if the details have been stamped there. The rim also determines whether the tire is tubeless or has a tube.

The tire valve can also tell you whether it has a tube or is tubeless. You can try deflating your wheelbarrow tire and see whether the valve maintains its position or falls inside the rim.

· Tread Pattern

You will find two types of tread patterns that will determine the overall size of your wheelbarrow tires. The tread pattern will either be in the form of a block pattern or a rib pattern.

The type of pattern will also determine how much traction your wheelbarrow tire will have. The block pattern will give your tire more traction compared to the rib pattern type.

Block Pattern
Block Pattern
Ribbed Pattern
Ribbed Pattern

· Load Rating

You will have to take into consideration how much load you want your wheelbarrow to carry. If you want your wheelbarrow tire to accommodate more weight, you’ll have to go for one with a higher ply rating.

Take note that wheelbarrow tires having higher ply ratings tend to be highly resistant to punctures. This is because the walls of these tires have a higher reinforcement.

Average Wheelbarrow Tire Sizes

For us to better understand the different average wheelbarrow tire sizes, we need to know the available types. You will first have to settle for the type of wheel you want for your wheelbarrow to get the average size.

Let us go over your options and the average sizes you can find for each.

· Flat-Free Tires

These tires normally have either a foam or polyurethane material inside them. Besides your wheelbarrow, you can also use these wheels in handcarts and certain air compressors.

They have a general diameter ranging between 16 and 26”.

Figure Flat Free-Tire
Figure Flat Free-Tire

· Pneumatic Tires

These wheelbarrow wheels have been inflated using compressed air. You can apply such tires on utility and garden carts in addition to your wheelbarrow.

You can access these wheelbarrow tires with standard diameters of 8.5” and 10”. Other larger standard diameters are 13”, 15”, and a maximum of 16”.

Pneumatic Tire
Pneumatic Tire

· Spoke Wheel Tires

These wheels have been designed differently from conventional wheelbarrow tires. They have spokes that give a different support mechanism for your wheelbarrow.

You can find them having various diameters ranging between 11” and 26”. Your choice of any of these standard diameters will depend on your wheelbarrow application.

Spoked Wheel
Spoked Wheel

· Hard Rubber Tires

Just as the name suggests, you will find them made of hard rubber. This rubber is solid and continuous all through the wheelbarrow wheel.

The standard sizes you will find them in are 8”, 10.5” or a maximum diameter of 12”.

Hard Rubber Tire
Hard Rubber Tire

Numbering Of Wheelbarrow Tire Size (How to Interpret Numbering)

When you sample a wheelbarrow tire, you will notice some numbers marked on its sidewall. Let us look at the three different ways these numberings can be arranged:

  • The measurements are written in terms of the width of your tire. This is followed by the distance from the tire to the rim, then the diameter of the rim at the end.

This format will look something similar to:


This means that the wheel has a width of 5.20” with the distance between the tire and rim being 4.50”. The rim itself is 5”.

You realize these numbers don’t indicate the actual diameter of the wheel. However, you can deduce that by adding the last two numbers to get around 9.5” as the diameter.

  • The second format is having the diameter of the tire followed by its width. The final digits in this format are the diameter of the rim.

This format looks something like this:

                      13 44.00-6”

This tells you that your tire has a diameter of 13” with a width of 4”.  The diameter of the rim is shown by the last digit as 6”.

  • The final format starts with the diameter of the tire followed by its width. This the most straightforward tire size numbering you will find.

The markings have the following format:


This tells you that your wheelbarrow tire has a diameter of 9”. The second digits show a tire width of 1.85”.


As you have seen, choosing the right Wheelbarrow Size is very simple if you use these pointers. Correctly interpreting the numberings on your Wheelbarrow Tire ensures that you have the right size.

This ensures that your wheelbarrow is working at full capacity and guarantees you durability. There is a perfect fit for whichever application you’re tasking your wheelbarrow with.

More Resources:

Wheelbarrow Wheels – Source: KARMAN

How to Measure Tires – Source: wikiHow

Semi-pneumatic Wheels – Source: KARMAN

One Stop Solution Wheels & Tires Manufacturing

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