Company rolls out first electric wheelbarrow
Rick Bussler, Publisher Steel County Times

Moving sod, dirt or rock has never been made easier than before without the recent innovation of what’s being called a Chore Warrior.

A Minnesota company has rolled out a power assisted electric wheelbarrow made to handle up to 350 pounds. The motorized gizmo was one of the new items featured last week at the North American Farm Show, which attracts thousands of people every year to the Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna.

“This is a game changer,” said Tom Cullen, CEO of Chore Warrior. “It gives the ability to stay in the game at my age (mid-60s) without breaking my back and it saves knees and shoulders.”

While struggling in his back yard with a conventional, unstable wheelbarrow, Chip Michel decided he needed something that wasn’t powered by his back and arm muscles. He developed the powered wheelbarrow. All the assembly, distribution and marketing and research and development in St. Paul.

The motorized wheelbarrow features a push start button, forward and reverse, 8-hour battery life and two-wheel independent drive. The wheels have been moved to the center in an effort to “balance the load,” Cullen said.

Cullen said they have a variety of customers reaching out for the wheelbarrow. Some of them include landscapers, turkey and chicken farmers, hunters and homeowners for simple yard work.

“Horse people love this as a manure remover,” Cullen said. He added hunters have found this especially handy to haul deer out of the woods.

On Thursday at the farm show, a cement contractor from Waseca came over to the show specifically to buy a Chore Warrior.

“We love being in the problem-solving business,” said Spencer Cowley, sales manager for Chore Warrior. “This solves a lot of problems.”

Cullen has found that people enjoy borrowing their wheelbarrow to others. “Take it out in your neighborhood and you will become a popular neighbor,” he said.

He said the Chore Warrior “goes where a skid steer can’t.” Cullen has found the wheelbarrow to provide people with lots of versatility and power without the expense.

“A skid costs you $50,000 where this wheelbarrow is about $600,” said Cullen.

The unit, which normally lists for $799, is on sale for $630 through the end of April.

Though there have been other models developed, Cullen said Chore Warrior was the first on the market a few years ago. He stressed that they are a Minnesota company offering “no tricks in our warranty.” There is a call center in the Twin Cities.

“We have several Chinese competitors,” said Cowley. “But they are significantly less quality. Ours is better. We have the best wheelbarrow in the business, and we have the best customers in the world.”

The company prides itself on the fact that it developed the wheelbarrow based on feedback from their customers, Cullen said. “We strive for feedback from our customers,” he said. “Without it, it will not get better.”

Preserving Marital Bliss

When Sandy doesn’t want to bother her spouse when he’s just put his feet up and cracked a beer, she calls on her Chore Warrior. It pitches right in to move dirt, branches and debris up their front yard hill and around the house. Her husband loves Chore Warrior too. He plans to get her another one soon.

A California Star

Madeline loves her independence. But now and then, she needs help with the heavy lifting. So the 85-year-old uses her Chore Warrior wheelbarrow to bring firewood to her Northern California home. When you’re dealing with floods, fires and drought, it’s nice to have powerful friend to help get things done.

Ken Astronomy Guy

As an astronomy hobbyist, I’ve built several of my own telescopes over the past 20 years. This scope weighs about 140 lbs. and (when folded) is pushed like a wheelbarrow up a couple of car ramps into my vehicle for transport to a dark sight. So, I’ve been looking for a way to add some power assist when pushing it up the ramps. I came across your videos for the PAW Chore Warrior and thought it looked like a perfect match for my needs.

No Horsing Around

Gary Lovrine loves using his Chore Warrior wheelbarrow and his kids have fun doing their chores. Cleaning horse stalls is a daily task and navigating up and down hills is way easier with push-button power. Hauling long distances is no big deal and the large tub capacity means less loads, with the motor bearing the brunt of the work. And the battery keeps its charge for hours and recharges quickly. Gary’s kids seem to recharge quickly too.

Snow Plower Ben

Ben added a blade to his Chore Warrior and it has helped him keep his walks clear ever since.

Bernie Concrete Guy

Bernie endorses the Chore Warrior because the stable platform eliminates spillage and the drive system does all the work.

Hauling it all up north

Jack Barrett chops, hauls and splits and wood on a small island in northern Minnesota. It’s the only fuel source for heating his often-snowbound cabin. Besides wood, he uses his Chore Warrior wheelbarrow for rocks, groceries and to resupply a heavy, eight-gallon water tank. His Chore Warrior gobbles up and spits out whatever he fills it with–and comes back for more. And he loves that the battery lasts up to 10 hours on a single charge. So do his back muscles.

Plane Hauler

Doug loves flying planes and is part of the The Commemorative Air Force. More than once, he’s hurt his back pushing a plane in and out of a hanger. His modified Chore Warrior gave him wings, by moving planes in a safer, faster and more controllable fashion.

Hitting the Target

Jeff owns and runs a gun range in northern Minnesota. He needed a better way to move his weapons and ammunition up and down hills, and hundreds of yards across the range. The tireless drive system on the Chore Warrior was the perfect solution. Now he has the power and mobility to make his tasks easier.

Birthing New Ideas

The Miracle of Birth barn at the Minnesota State Fair needed a helping hand. So Chore Warrior donated a wheelbarrow to help the 4-H kids haul hay and feed, pile after pile, for miles and miles. Now we’re speculating about the Chore Warrior’s capacity for mini-donuts and corn dogs.

Beach Hauler Kid

Henry age 7 moves a heavy load of beach gear from the parking lot over the sand with only the help of the Chore Warrior.

Power for Horses

Joy and Bob Gamache are horse lovers with a small stable. They saddle up their Chore Warrior every day to carry supplies and pick up paddocks, in all kinds of weather conditions. It’s an indispensable tool that makes managing their farm so much easier.

In spring, Ben and his Chore Warrior collect sap from 120 tapped trees in a suburban Maine neighborhood for maple syrup production. Each collection run is nearly a half mile, and when full, the 35-gallon tank weighs nearly 300 lbs. The Chore Warrior’s upgraded tires give Ben great traction through mud and spring snow.

The gunsmith at the Saxonville armory needed to bring his precision tools and test weapons to the gun range to test repairs and modifications. The Chore Warrior drive system was the perfect solution to his problem.