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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Post-carbon snow-shovel for the heart-attack-prone set

Happily, one rarely needs a snow shovel in Salem, but many of our friends do elsewhere --- this seems like the snow shovel to have for the post-peak-oil blizzards. (Recall that climate change doesn't mean uniform warming -- it means more extreme weather in both directions thanks to the disrupted climate stability.) Hat tip to "Cool Tools" for the pointer quoted below.

Sno Wovel

As a Montrealer who has shoveled more snow than you can shake a very big stick at, I was intrigued when I first came across a video of this wheeled shovel in action. I live in the suburbs south of Montreal, on a street where there's a popular bus route; the snow plow can pass my house several times a day during heavy snow falls, repeatedly depositing a compacted mound of snow in my driveway entrance.

I bought a Wovel, and what was once a dreaded exercise in futility has now become a looked forward to workout! Thanks to the Wovel's design, all the snow's weight gets transferred to my arms and legs. The fulcrum at the center of the big wheel effectively allows the Wovel to do the heavy lifting for me. After becoming proficient in its use, I was able to master the natural seesaw action and launch the snow surprisingly high. Now, after a season and a half of use, I can consistently build snow banks up to five feet high. It's like having my own little nonnmotorized bulldozer.

I've been using mine to shovel my walk/driveway as well as my neighbor's for more than a year, and I’ve been beating the crap out of the thing. It won't quit. It’s made from a thick-gauge steel and is covered by a lifetime warranty. What was once about an hour of back-breaking work has been cut down to about 20 minutes, which makes this purchase one of the best expenditures I have ever made.

-- Billy Zavos

The Sno Wovel Wheeled Snow Shovel
$120

Available from Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B001I7JWTO/ref=nosim/kkorg-20

Manufactured by Structured Solutions II
http://www.wovel.com/