Anyone want to shovel snow? I doubt it. Especially if you're reading this during a severe winter, when our state of mind is not unlike that of Phil Connors in the movie, Groundhog Day, who quips:
"You want a prediction about the weather? You're asking the wrong Phil [i.e., Punxsutawney Phil]. I'll give you a winter prediction: It's gonna be cold, it's gonna be gray, and it's gonna last you for the rest of your life."
He might just as well have added: "And you'll have to shovel snow many more times before spring returns." But don't get depressed: Follow my tips below to stay one step ahead of Old Man Winter.
In a mild winter, I prefer to use my plastic ergonomic snow shovel (see next entry). I.e., during winters in which there's only a small snowstorm here or there, with plenty of time to clear the driveway in between, plastic does the job just fine.
But I happen to have written this article during a severe winter, a winter that gave me an opportunity to put these respective products to the test under the direst of circumstances, to see which would come out on top. Read my review to find out when aluminum comes away triumphant, and when plastic literally just doesn't "cut it."
In this review I evaluate:
- The Avalanche Ergo Plus ergonomic snow shovel
- The Snow Blazer wide-grip snow shovel
- The Penguin VersaGrip snow pusher
Along the way, I explain why I don't care to shovel snow with pushers. I also discuss what type of tool you should use to shovel snow off decks and what you should know about chopping ice.
Or maybe you're searching for other possible ways to clear a driveway or walkway? In the modern age, one shouldn't have to shovel snow, right? I lay out the basic alternatives in this article.
But lest you jump to the conclusion that a snowblower is necessarily the way to go, I discuss some of the drawbacks of snowblowers. Are they an option to consider? Yes. Are they a magic bullet for those who don't want to shovel snow? No.
My article also mentions a high-tech solution that, while unlikely to be implemented in the average driveway, remains an intriguing option.