Somebody had several of these on eBay last winter: A fairly traditional
(yet small) snow plow mounted on a single axel with a lawnmower-like
handle bar. No power, you just push the thing along and take passes at
your snow; it shoves it all off to the side. Anyway, now I can't find
any anywhere. Anyone remember this? Anyone ever tried one of these?
Anybody think I'm nuts?
Or even cheaper...
I use a 30" or 36" 1x10, that I put a "handle" on (just a 2x4) and
some braces. I cut the 2x4 at an angle and attached the 1x10 so it's
perpendicular to the driveway, when I'm pushing snow. Add a couple of
braces and you've got yourself a snow pusher. And assuming these are
scrap wood peices, it's pretty dang cheap!
Depending on the consistency of the snow, I can push up to 2 inches of
snow and have my driveway cleared in a matter of minutes. If it's
just a dusting (inch or less), it works fantastic! Or, I can push it
into a pile and have the kids "scoop" the pile off to the side. They
think it's fun!
It looks a little like this (from the side):
/ <--snow pusher
| / <--2x4
Not every snowfall is a blizzard. Here in NY, we get snowfalls of 1" or
less at times. There's no sense pulling out the snowblower and wasting
gas for those times. Even when the snowfall is greater, you still need a
shovel to clean up places where the snowblower won't reach.
The maker isn't nuts, the buyers probably are. I have moved a lot of
snow over the years. It takes power to move much. A walk behind like
that isn't going to move anything except an inch or two of dry,
powdery snow. Looks to me like another of those things you find
cluttering up storage space with years of dust on them.
if this is what i think it is, they dont work any better than a show shovel.
if the snow is light enough that you could just push it out of the way, the
shovel will work and you dont need a special tool. if its too thick to just
push it through, you need a shovel to move it out of the way once you get a
pile anyway, hence you dont need it.
in short, imho, useless.
The problem with a standard snow shovel is, you end up having to lift
and throw snow. I have one of those big wide push-shovels and it works
pretty good, but since it's square-angled you just wind up making a
bigger and bigger pile in front of you. If the blade were angled like a
plow it would (in theory) shove the snow off to the side with each pass,
never moving a LOT of snow each time. Kinda like a side-discharge lawn
mower, working from the center and always blowing out. Now how this
works in the real world, I have no idea, but it SOUNDS good.
Also, we might get a foot of snow in a single drop, but you can always
go out a couple of times as it's falling and knock it back.
after 2-3 passes you end up with a big pile of snow to move. just like a
side discharge mower starts to bog down once it hits a few passes worth of
grass clippings on the lawn, you have to move all the snow from the first
passes plus the new snow. so each pass = more snow to move at once.
i think its easier just to work across the driveway sideways and push it
straight to the edge to begin with instead of working the direction of the
driveway trying to angle the snow...
this is just my opinion...
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