I bought one of these to use at my girlfriend's house and liked it so much I got another one for my own property. It's well-made and sturdy, with large capacity and great maneuverability. It's easy to clean and stands on its own without having to lean it against a wall during storage. Not that it matters much, but I like the mag wheel and the harvest color. Flame paint job, anyone? :) The handles are comfortable and small enough that you can get a very strong grip. As for their composition, wooden handles can rot and snap, while metal handles can rust and bend. Nothing's indestructible if abused or neglected. I fortified mine by inserting 1.25" square wooden stock inside each handle (they're hollow), then drilling through the wood where the holes are in the handles. That added support without much weight and let me crank all the bolts tightly without deforming the metal. The flat-free tire is a big plus, and sells separately for $40-50, making this wheelbarrow a pretty good value on that basis alone (I bought my mother a lightweight wheelbarrow for gardening years ago, but since the tire is usually flat, it doesn't do her much good. Replacing the valve stem didn't address the problem, and if you don't have an air compressor, it's enormously inconvenient to fill the tire before each use). Some reviewers have complained that the tire flattens too much under load, but I've had mine fully loaded with topsoil or floor tiles, and could still wheel it across the yard on an uphill grade without difficulty. The front nose piece catches easily, which is great for emptying both full and partial loads without slipping or sliding, but would probably be a disadvantage negotiating uneven terrain if you're tall. Besides the wooden inserts, I used flat washers under every nut, and learned that it's wise to assemble everything loosely, align it, then tighten it all down snugly - this is especially true of the leg brace. I also greased the axle before assembly, as it can't be accessed easily later. Overall, it's a solid, useful tool that works hard, and I am satisfied with my purchase - both of them.
Durable, Vibrant Color, Multi Use, Easy to Clean, Strong, Stylish, Great Quality, Good Shape