Not many people like shoveling snow, but having the correct snow shovel can make the job go a lot easier and faster. Today’s snow shovel market is booming with modern day shovels that boast lighter weight, ergo designs, and superior materials. Choosing the right snow shovel can make all the difference when wanting to prevent back or other body injuries, so it is best to shop around.
Like trying on a new pair of shoes, you should also try out a snow shovel when shopping. This is a little hard to do with no snow available to scoop, but you can simulate the movement of shoveling and get an idea to see if a particular snow shovel will or will not work for you. If you have shoveled snow for many years, you will know what kind of shovel you prefer, but with the growing designs of today, you still may want to exam and try out newer models.
Snow shovels come in all shapes and sizes. They are made out of plastic, steel, aluminum, and other materials. Some shovels come with two small wheels on the back on either side or one large wheel right behind the blade, known as the Wovel. There are even snow shovels with motors on them; similar to a snow blower, but light weight enough to clean off porches, decks, and stairs. Some shovels are advertised as snow pushers, where you don’t scoop up the snow as you would with a shovel, but just push the snow out of the way. Although you could scoop snow with these, it is not recommended because they are not designed for this and could result in body injuries.
Shovels are made for different surfaces, so be sure you know what surface your snow shovel is designed for. A type of snow shovel called a snow rake is used to remove snow from roofs. Designed to avoid shingle or roof damage, these snow rakes work great in areas of the country where snow accumulation on roofs is a real issue.
Some snow shovels may have a single handle while others have a double handle, and some have handles the can be expanded or may come with extensions. Some handles may look crooked, but these are the ergo dynamic handles specially designed to be easy on a person’s back. Handles can be made out of wood, aluminum, steel, or plastic and may have specially placed grippers along the handle shaft to prevent hands from slipping.
The actual scoop or blade of a snow shovel is also made of different materials with some being treated with extra coatings of polyethylene to help snow and ice slide right off. Some snow shovels will have blades that are extra wide, long, or deep.
Snow shovels can range in price from less than $10.00 to well into the hundreds of dollars. Whichever snow shovel you purchase, make sure it fits your needs and be sure to observe snow shoveling safety.