Anyone have experience with the yellow Ames Snowboss shovel shown here?
What I like about it is that the left hand has a handle to grip so the
hand doesn't slide up a slippery pole away from the blade toward the top
handle. But I'm not wild about its being made of plastic. And its 24"
width can make the snow load heavy, especially on a warm day when the
snow has melted and is heavy.
What's been your experience with shovels with offset poles (like the
blue Ames Superlight 18" shovel to the right of the yellow one)? The
claim is that they are easier on the back.
In snowy parts of Canada (here 10 to 15 ft. total every winter, 4 months)
we distinguish between true shovels (to lift snow) and pushers (to
push it along the ground. They require different technique, according
to snowfall and terrain. Shovels are no more than 18" wide. Actual
market purchases suggest no preference for bent or offset handles.
After most snowfalls, I push and throw with the pusher. The lifter is
for when the pushed-piles are too heavy. I still push as much as I can
into piles along the edge of the driveway or walkway and then lift and
throw smaller loads with the lifter.
For the deck, it's all lifter since I have to throw it over the
I tend to shovel "wide" - a few feet up onto the lawn - and I throw
the snow as far as I can. Not only is it good exercise, but if it
doesn't melt fast enough, you can quickly find yourself having to lift
the snow onto taller and taller piles as the winter goes on. I go
"wide and far" from the beginning of the season so I'll always have a
place to put snow if the big one comes.
BTW...I bought one of these in the fall, so I won't be pushing as much
snow around this year, but I sure can throw it farther.
back. Also one shovel isn't sufficient. I have one steel blade shovel
for the icy slushy stuff that the lighter shovels won't touch and two
different widths of pushers.
Another thing I noticed is that the steel wear strips are made from junk
steel anymore. Snow shovels used to last for many, many seasons. Now the
strip is usually worn out after one.
I drilled out the steel strip and removed almost as soon as I bought
the pusher many years ago.
All it does is get caught on the driveway and walkway.
The plastic glides a lot easier over all surfaces, including the
Is my shovel a little smaller than it was a few years ago? Probably,
but it's never been a problem.
I've looked at the pushers without the steel strip and they're just
not as sturdy as mine. If I ever replace the one I have, I'll look for
a sturdy one with the steel strip and then drill it out and toss it.
A blunt edge? I drilled out the rivets holding the remains of the strip
last year just to see. I tried using it and the next step was to put it
out on trash day. It might work if trying to clear a grassy area etc but
useless if you want to clean down to bare pavement.
By "you" I assume you mean *you*, not me. Since you've never used my
shovel or seen my driveway after it's been shoveled, you certainly
can't be claiming that *my* shovel is useless.
What can I say? Obviously you (allegedly) removed the strip from
different brand shovel than mine. Maybe you didn't give it time to
wear the plastic down to a sharper edge. I can't say, I wasn't there.
All I can do is repeat what I said before: *My* shovel works fine on
all the surfaces I need it to: Asphalt, concrete and lawn. It cleans
down to the bare pavement yet doesn't get caught on rough edges or the
You have my condolences that your shovel was "useless" after you
removed the strip, but mine has been extremely use*ful* for many
Well clearly I don't have your level of sophistication but I did manage
to drill out 3 rivets...
And did you ever consider your criticism of a basic well proven
commodity item is a little odd?
Most snow shovels have a steel edge. Manufacturers have made millions or
maybe 10s of millions of them because it is a proven design and it
works. Steel and rivets aren't expensive but why would they bother doing
it if it doesn't work? I have honestly never heard anyone complain that
the edge is a flaw and they needed to remove it before they could use
Your shovel had only three rivets holding on the edge? I don't think
I've ever seen a riveted edge show shovel with fewer than five, and
more is more common.
You mean like questioning the quality of Detroit iron from the late
60's and early 70's? Or Thompson's Water Seal? Both sold just fine,
but they were/are largely crap products.
No one is arguing that a good edge is a bad thing. What I have an
issue with is an edge that gets destroyed way before the shovel gives
out. Then you have a hanging edge, so you have to grab a rivet gun,
then another rivet goes, or the edge gets bent and/or burrs. It's bad
edges that I object to, and if you've seen what they're selling in the
stores, most of them have aluminum edges now.
I don't remove the edge until it becomes a lost cause. I was just
using one shovel a little while ago (the shallower one that came
without a metal edge) and was surprised to see that there are molded
ridges and obvious attachment markings for a metal edge - but no edge
was ever attached. I guess they sell the same shovel in two different
Here's what I don't get...
I told you what I did. I told you why I did it. I told you that it
works fine for me. I told you that the same shovel has worked fine for
Why do you keep pushing back?
Are you expecting me to suddenly take it all back and tell you that I
Are you expecting me to go find the strip, put it back on and use it
like the other 10's of millions of shovels out there?
Are you expecting me to go out into the garage and throw the shovel
out because, based on your experience, it can't possibly work?
Just what is it that makes you keep coming back to this ng and arguing
How can you "disagree" with an actual event? *My* shovel works just
fine on all surfaces without the strip. That's all I've said all
along. *My* shovel works just fine on all surfaces without the strip.
What is there to discuss or disagree with? It's not an opinion as to
whether *my* shovel works just fine on all surfaces without the strip
because - wait for it - *my* shovel works just fine on all surfaces
without the strip.
We still have 2 shovels my husband acquired from work. They've got to
be at least 20 years old. They are steel and square shaped. They have a
bit of a bowl shape so they can hold a small pile of snow. The handles
are very long (about 5 eet). They are excellent for digging out heavy
snow and being able to throw it far or high up. If the snow is very
heavy/wet, then I only shovel in layers. It leaves a bit of a snow mess
so then I use a push shovel on the lumps left on the ground. I'm not
sure what these shovels were intended for but they work great.
I just did a google image search and found what it looks like:
My shovels have wood handles and the spade portion is painted green.
I found a product online called the Sno Wovel. I'd be interested to know
if anyone has one and how they like it. Such as if it works with heavy
I saw that. Even watched the video.
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
Thought it was crazy. Still do.
But it gets good reviews.
Might work for people with particular back problems.
If it wasn't so big - and was cheaper to buy - I wouldn't mind trying
it just for kicks
For now though I'll take a pass.
I watch the video and here are my thoughts:
It doesn't seem like it would work well on narrow driveways where you
are shoveling from side to side. Heck, if you include the operator
it's almost as wide as a single car driveway. There would no room to
maneuver across the width of a narrow area.
It doesn't seem like it would work for short people. Once the handle
was adjusted to be comfortable for pushing, I don't know that you get
enough leverage to throw the snow very far.
I'm not sure what you would do once the piles get high, like the ones
on both sides of the EOD. I can left a shovel and either toss the snow
high or carry it around the pile. I'm not how you handle that with the
Just my thoughts...
I bought one like that at an industrial supply house a long time ago.
Same shape as a snowplow blade. Really heavy and phenomenal when there
is freezing rain/slushy/frozen conditions.
Essentially it is like having a big steel edge.
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