In today’s world we rely on technology to help us in our everyday lives and helping us get through winter. Living in the northeast we get our fair share of snow storms losing power for days on end. For most of us we invest in a snow blower to make snow removal easier, but you should always have a backup. Snow blowers make snow removal faster, easier, and safer, but you should always have a shovel.
I know shovels make us use excessive energy and could throw your back out if you shovel too much. Having a shovel will help you dig your way to your snow blower if you have it stored somewhere else or if you want to save your gas in your blower a shovel only requires you to use it. We have a snow blower, but we also have five shovels, one for each of the family. If you have energetic kids like me, having them help with shoveling helps me save time, keep them busy, and a great chance to start a family snow ball fight. Hand plows get to those hard to reach places that blowers can’t get, such as: stairs, patios, and under your car tires. Generic snow shovels are the ones we all dread to use, poor construction and quality hinders the uses ability to effectively plow your snow.
One of our shovels has loose screws allowing the blade and handle to wobble making snow slid back and forth on the blade. Another problem with these generic shovels is the metal strip that helps scrap the snow of the side walk. This metal piece dents and warps effectively allowing the metal bar to catch on cracks in the concrete sidewalks. Today companies have improved the snow shovel to make removal easier on you and your back. Garant makes a shovel that has a duel bar handle, instead of a single straight handle, and molded the blade to look like a flat spoon.
This design allows the user to easily push the snow while in a comfortable position. Another great idea that is made by Aerocart is a mini plow that claps on to your wheelbarrow. The combination of a quality hand plow and wheels makes snow removal on cracked concrete a breeze. This plow can also be used in the off season for your do-it-yourself landscaping jobs. The last recommendation for winter shovels is try to get a steel shovel, not plastic, it will last longer saving money in the longer run for winters to come. Snow blowers rip through snow like a buzz saw, but having a backup will make sure that you can get out and run those errands.
Information on How to Buy the Right Snow Shovel
Learn Important Snow Removal Tips for Blizzards