Monday, January 01, 2007
Here is the old way. A pusher shovel and snow shovel for lifting heavy snow. If you are still using these, you need to smarten up.
Here is the "Wovel" - a smarter way to move snow quickly and without back pain. It consists of a sturdy metal frame that sits on a three foot high wheel and a large scoop on the front. I got mine last winter and it is one of those purchases that you never, ever regret. This is a well engineered piece of snow moving equipment.
Here is a front view.
The key to lifting and throwing snow is here - the adjustable fulcrum together with the length and shape of the frame.
The large wheel allows you to easily move about in deep snow.
The "plow" on the front is about as big as a larger pusher shovel and is just as efficient. It differs in that it can also lift and throw a large amount of snow. The plow is replaceable and you can add an optional metal strip to the front and/or a chipper plate.
Using the Wovel, I can clear the flat part of my driveway (about the size of half a basketball court) of up to 6 inches of snow in about 15 min. It takes a bit longer to clear deeper snow and less time to clear less deep snow. The rest of my steep driveway (about 200 ft) takes about an hour to clear depending on the amount of snow.
The Wovel saves me $40 every time I use it. It is also good exercise but you don't use your back at all in clearing the snow.
More info at the Wovel website