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As many of you know, I love working in my herb garden.  And many of you also know that I try to find the easiest way to accomplish tasks without suffering horrible consequences.  The Garden Hopper Mobile Garden Stool has my name written all over it!

Weighing in at just shy of 9-pounds and with a base of 23 x 13 x 12.5 inches, the Garden Hopper sounds like a perfect portable device for tooling around the garden.  And because it’s made of durable plastic, you don’t even have to worry about it rusting if stored out-of-doors.

But…

I have some problems with the design.  For example, why does it have a small carrying handle?  If it’s meant to be picked up and carried around, it’s going to be heavy, especially after it’s filled with gardening tools.  And if you have to carry it, why does it have wheels?  I suppose these would work well if you’re sitting on it and scooting around in the garage, but even with a 7-inch wheel base, I can’t see it working well in grass or dirt—particularly with my fat ass sitting on the stool.  It would take less effort for me to simply stand up.

A simple solution would be to imbed a telescoping handle into one side of the stool—sort of like what you find on many ice coolers these days.  But I guess that would go against the intent of the Garden Hopper—which is to allow the gardener to remain seated for an extended amount of time while moving about digging and planting and such.

On the plus side, it does have a built-in drink holder—and a beer while gardening is always nice.  But with all of that scooting , you don’t want to get caught drunk driving.

To be fair, the reviews of the Garden Hopper are quite positive.  Many praise it for being lightweight, yet sturdy.  Others state how it has helped extend their gardening time because it alleviates back and leg fatigue.

Plus gardening is not the only thing this little stool can be used for.  Many people purchase it for tasks such as scrubbing floors or for using as a portable chair at outdoor events.

While I admire the idea, I’m still somewhat dubious on the whole handle thing.  What do you think?  Anyone out there tried this baby?  Tell us how it handles in the comments below.

by John Barker

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