It looks like that would be a good shovel to push snow. I wouldn't have one
for *lifting* snow.
I had a couple of those (they don't last forever). They are *great* for
lifting snow, like the crap the snowplow leaves at the end of the driveway.
The bent handle makes using your legs to lift/throw more natural. They really
are back savers. As noted above, the only drawback of these is the aluminum
blade is rather flimsy. They really have to be to make them as light as
possible (saving the back more). OTOH, ice will ruin the blade.
Ames is also a very good company. Not that you'll need it with a snow shovel,
but I found their customer service to be superb.
Of course, the best solution is to move far enough South that any snow is
I picked up a similar one at a True Value store last week. I
actually felt pretty good in my hands. I'm pretty happy with
my 24" pusher with a straight wooden handle. It takes care of 3"
quite well. Over that and I reach for a snowblower.
It seems to be an interesting compromise between a pusher and a
lifter-- not sure how that would work in practice.
I've got one of those in the shed with just enough scratches on it to
show that I tried. I never got used to it. I don't lift much
snow, though-- and I'm an old fart and resistant to change.
I won't buy anything EXCEPT plastic blade snow shovels anymore, and
the "bent" handles really do help the back. I like 24 inch or wider,
but then I only use the shovel when the snowfall is a couple inches at
a time - heavier snowfalls warrant getting the blower out.
Then again, when it gets REALLY sloppy, the blower just plugs up, so
it's out with the shovel. Sometimes I really wish I had a narrower
one, but that's not very often compared to when the wide one is nice.
I piched one of those up this fall too. Works pretty good for a small
accumulation of wet snow on the driveway, but on a 60X120 corner lot
it takes a lot of cord to do the sidewalk, and with basically a
thraight throw pattern it's a lot of work to do a 20X40 driveway and
the "apron" on the boulevard.
On Wed, 29 Dec 2010 23:32:20 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
That must be what I would call an electric shovel. [and who knows what
it is supposed to be called<g>] My electric blower is 18" wide &
has a chute that adjusts from left to right-- or if you want to throw
the snow 40, feet- straight ahead.
I have a couple - a 24" plastic scoop thing (rather like the Garant one
on the site you linked to) and an 18" metal shovel. I cleared around
100'x12'x1' with them last week so the propane truck could get through
and my back's not complaining (some idiot put the tank waaaay round the
back of our house :-)
With the scoop one I keep the adjustable handle short so I can grip the
back of the scoop with one hand (with the other hand left on the end of
the handle) and lift - I find it's easier to move snow out with less
strain on the back doing it that way.
I'm indifferent about the curvy handle on that Ames one, I think. I
expect that wedge-shaped blade would piss me off though; snow usually
packs pretty well so it's useful to run the blade a few feet into the
snowfall to pack it tightly before lifting it out of the way, and I could
see a lot of it just falling off the back with a wedge-shaped design.
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