Does anyone have any experience with the item found at this web site:
It's called a Vertex Ergonomic Snow Shovel. It is essentially a small
snow plow on wheels.
I'm thinking of getting it. I live near Buffalo, NY and we get quite a
bit of snow.
Also, what about this stuff:
It's Brookstone Bare Ground System. You're supposed to spray it on
your driveway and it stops 3 to 4 inches of snow from sticking. Then
what? Do you spray more on to stop more snow from sticking? Can this
stuff really work?
Anyone with experience with these two things?
The Brookstone liquid is probably urea fertizilizer solution. Save your
Having lived in Rochester NY myself, regarding the shovel, save your money
and move. My wife and her whole family got out of Buffalo 15 or so years
ago and never looked back.
There is no shovel, no matter what it looks like, that can compare to even a cheap snow blower - 7-8 hp, a 24 inch blade, and a 2 stage impeller.
Spray on snow stopper - give your head a shake. <G>
| Does anyone have any experience with the item found at this web site:
| It's called a Vertex Ergonomic Snow Shovel. It is essentially a small
| snow plow on wheels.
| I'm thinking of getting it. I live near Buffalo, NY and we get quite a
| bit of snow.
| Also, what about this stuff:
| It's Brookstone Bare Ground System. You're supposed to spray it on
| your driveway and it stops 3 to 4 inches of snow from sticking. Then
| what? Do you spray more on to stop more snow from sticking? Can this
| stuff really work?
| Anyone with experience with these two things?
No one has experience with it as this is the first year it has been on
the market. They make some nice claims for it indicating that it is
possible for people who might not otherwise be able to shovel a drive to do
so. Only time will tell. I am skeptical.
It is likely as noted fertilizer repackaged and sold for 10 times the
If you have a couple inches of powder, that looks like it would do a great
job. But then so would anything else.
I seriously doubt you could get it to move with 4" of wet snow.
BTW, you don't shovel snow, you push it.
Get a snow pusher. Make one run down the driveway and then push on either
side towards the sides. At the end you might have to break out the snow
If it is snowing steadily, go out every few hours. It is much easier to do
3" 3 times then try to deal with 9".
However, I will second the recommendation of a snow blower. Unless you are
on a very tight budget, don't bother with a small electric; they are not
much easier than a pusher. Get a medium sized gas; I got mine at Sears for
about $300 a couple years ago.
Wouldn't that be great if it worked! It would put all the snow plows out of
I have to drive to Buffalo on Tuesday; sure hope that storm holds off.
I have to strongly disagree. I've been shoveling or blowing
snow in upstate NY for 40+ years. My current driveway is about
100' long, and on a steep incline. Several years ago my health was
poor & I hired a guy to plow my drive. My brother-in-law had a
Toro 1800 [the larger electric- about $300] that he gave me to do my
sidewalks. [I had a 10hp[?] 2-stage blower that was having trouble
starting.] One storm with that little electric & I fell in love.
The next year the snow-plow guy went out of business- and I didn't
call anyone else. Now I do my driveway with that little electric.
I blow a centerline- then blow to the edges and make a 20' path.
Then I go to my turnaround, set it to blow straight ahead and make a
30' deep turnaround spot. It eats the wet snow that the plows thow
up. [I'm on a heavily salted hill & that was always shovel work with
It likes 6-8" of medium snow best, but has thrown 6" of slush and 24"
of fluff without complaining as much as that old, heavy 2-stage used
In years where I need to cut back snowbanks, I can pick up that
electric in one hand and throw that snow 20' away. 6 foot
banks that the plow threw up disappear without me breaking a sweat. .
. . well, maybe a light sweat.<g>
Not to mention it is quiet, always starts, cleans better than any
blower I've ever owned, needs no gas, hangs on a hook in the garage,
can be rebuilt on a kitchen table, is machine enough that my teenagers
will use it, and un-intimidating enough that my wife has even taken a
turn for fun.
I use about $30 of parts each year. I replace the skids, rotor and
blade. My driveway is about 1/2 [rough] concrete and half gravel.
A smoother drive would make these parts last longer.
As you can see I love my little Toro. Even if I had to pay full
price for it, $300, I would consider it one of the best tool buys I
It seems like an over-engineered version of the snow-pusher I use. Mine has
a normal shovel handle, but it's a 16" - 18" plow at the end. This is my
favorite manual snow mover. If you don't try more than 4" or so, it is the
easiest way to clear a driveway. I bought this years ago, and tried to find
a replacement last year. I don't know why, but they weren't available.
I'm not sure what the wheels get you, since the plow blade is good enough.
And I wonder about that handle.
But the absolute best for my 200-ft driveway is the plow guy. Last year was
a pretty big snow year for us and it cost me a little over $200. My
driveway was clear enough to drive out to work every morning and totally
clear when I got home from work. My 30-yr-old Ariens blower works great,
but it's still a bit of work. Nothing like cutting the lawn.
I signed a contract last year with a plow guy and he was only able to
plow half of my driveway. Meanwhile, my vehicle was essentially stuck
in the other end--the end closest to the garage. My driveway is not
only long, but it's very narrow; not only is there a house really close
to mine (making it difficult even to back out of my driveway in my own
vehicle) but I have steps that come down into the driveway, and the
neighbor's house has some kind of exhaust pipe sticking off the side of
their house. So maneuvering down the driveway can be tricky even in
the middle of the day when the pavement is dry. I've called all over
but can't find anyone with a six foot plow (that's the size it would
have to be to fit down the gauntlet that is my driveway).
If the blade was bigger, you could use it to scoop and carry off snow.
However, with that blade, you can't do much except push. I was expecting
something closer to this with wheels. Sort of like a low-profile scooping
http://www.snowscoop.com/ (BTW - no endorsement of this item.)
In the long run, a snowblower may be cheaper.
If you have a real problem with snow (We in Toronto are always amused
to see the snowstorms run south of Lakes Erie and Ontario) hire a
student to shovel - they still do that, don't they?
The claim is that as you push it forward, it moves to snow to the side.
I see some holes on the idea, but I have not actually seen the tools or
worked with it. I think I will stick with my small, but effective little
Don't buy it (the shovel). It won't work on Lake Effect snows.
The Bare Ground is kinda OK. But I only use it at my side gate where the
stabilizer bar of the fence goes into the ground. It's too expensive to
spray all over the place.
I bought mine from this site:
Thanks, Pasar. What do you mean by "kinda OK"? Does it work only on
snow? What about ice? If it works on both, I could use it on my
porches, which do not have any awnings or anything over them. I have
three porches, and I'm terrified that someone is going to slip and fall
on any one of them during the winter because they get so slippery.
I may be expensive, but if it would work on my porch steps/landings, it
would be worth it.
It does but just kind of on a limited basis. Here, it can snow every day so
there is applying the stuff and then again and again. I'd suggest buying
it and trying it out.
It's not a miracle product but it does work to some extent. I only use it
in a small area around my gate. I've sprayed the product on my gate latch
and lock when we were forewarned of freezing rain. It kept the latch free
As for the spray on stuff, I don't know if its the same stuff, but the
county where I lived tried a spray on snow remover (supposedly less
corrosive than salt to County equipment) instead of salt one year. it
performed as advertised except in one regard. When first applied (until
dried) the stuff was slicker than ice. AFter several cars went in the ditch
on an otherwise snow free road, they stopped the experiment.
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