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Does anyone else use tub trugs in the garden ? I use them all the time, but over the last few weeks the handles have snapped off all of them, making them a bit useless. They are about 4 years old, and are kept outside all the time, so probably the frost has degraded the plastic.
Has anyone found any that are more durable ?
Wickes have some 40 litre ones in yellow (not sure if that's preferable to black though!)
Exactly the same siuation for us chicky - we just keep buying new ones. Be good to know of a longer lasting one but maybe 4 years is in fact value for money considering they are not that expensive to buy?
I think it is when they get left out of doors in sun (!!) and frost, the weaker areas do deteriorate - like brittle watering cans and so on. The ones that have remained in the shed holding things, and thus have not not exposed to so much to light and cold, have kept their handles. Last year when I 'did' my hosta pots, I filled a large bright pink tub trug with grit and top of the pots discard for disposal, but the handles came off as you said, and now I am going to have to empty it small jar by small jar full - grrrrr!
It is very likely UV damage to the plastic caused by sunlight. You could try wrapping the handles in gaffer tape etc to protect them from the sun, but I suspect they will then break at the point where the tape ends! Like chilli lover, I'm happy if they last for 4 or 5 years given how little they can cost if you look around. I grow lots of things in builders buckets - maybe not the most attractive things, but long-lasting, cheap and tough.
Many thanks - we have a local agricultural supplier, I will try there.