questionsok, it snowed..a lot..what are my best snow…

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My most recent purchase in that area was from Costco... It was a little more than I wanted to spend on a snow shovel, but it's lasted well and been good to me. Despite my immediate misgiving, I haven't yet regretted it.

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I hate lightboxes. I really, REALLY hate them.

Second try. Last year, this same question was asked, and the comments are still quite useful. The shovel I recommended then is the one I still recommend.

http://deals.woot.com/questions/comment/0c6d6c52-d711-426f-b7cb-a9c4e8f72e2b

[Edit] I note from the most current photo on that shovel, that it looks like metal. It isn't, but it's industrial grade, not cheap junk, and this is it's fourth winter. It still looks like new.

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@shrdlu: Thanks for the link..this helps. So the extra handle is pretty useful eh? It looks awkward to me, but I've never tried one that has this, so I have no room to judge. Do you end up mostly using it with the extra handle out? or in like the big picture shows?

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I recommend a shovel with a quality blade on it (flat metal, nothing rounded) and possibly sides if you plan on doing a lot of scooping as opposed to plowing. I prefer to use my 24" aluminum to plow my driveway most of the time. It doesn't have sides on it though so snow just slides right off if I try to scoop. Excellent for scraping and breaking up ice. The right tool for any job will make it easier. The wrong tool will make it seem like it's the tools fault.

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http://www.amazon.com/Toro-38361-Shovel-Electric-Thrower/dp/B000VU222S/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1296154050&sr=8-2

Bought one of these at Home Depot last year for $99. That's usually the price from Amazon as well. It's unbelievable how good this thing works. I wouldn't want to use it if I had a ton of shoveling to do, but it works great for my short driveway, sidewalk, pathways, and deck.

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@oo7slice: I am not sure what the picture shows, but when the snow is wet, it's quite heavy, and using it two handed makes it much easier to toss into a pile, rather than to try and push it very far across the driveway. I've actually made a pile at the side that was four feet deep (we had snow 9 days out of 14 in 2008, and I actually like shoveling the driveway; it gets me outside).

@thepenrod: The popup box that obscures everything, and can't be moved, and is very VERY touchy to mouse movements or other oops is called a lightbox.

http://leandrovieira.com/projects/jquery/lightbox/

"jQuery lightBox plugin is simple, elegant, unobtrusive, no need extra markup and is used to overlay images on the current page through the power and flexibility of jQuery´s selector."

I'd call BS on every single thing there, but that's just me, old and cranky. Then again, I hail from the days of X Windows and Motif (mmm, callbacks).

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@shrdlu: Is the comment form a lightbox?

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@thepenrod: I'm not shrdlu, but yes, that's a lightbox... And the reason for the hate is because they're inconvenient as they've been implemented, quite often losing comments, especially if you're a tab-oriented browser who focuses on other tabs. Oh, and another complaint about them is that you can't move them to see comments made beforehand.

Sorry, @oo7slice for the tangent, but I did offer my suggestion earlier.

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@arosiriak: I agree with the disdain for them. I just wanted to make sure I understood what was being talked about. They have been frustrating me for some time.

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I now understand why there is a shortage in snow shovels....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PvDqwHjjzk

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My personal experience with snow - my opinion best snow shovel is one used by a high school kid whom you get to do it at a reasonable price!!!! Pretty hard to come by though.

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@caffeine_dude: Thanks! Do the snowplow shovels do well with deep snow? Seems like these would only work in a few inches, but I could definitely be wrong since I've never used one. Haven't seen this style in local stores, but the reviews look promising.

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@oo7slice: I have 2 shovels, a newer plastic scoop-like one and a really old metal one like the snowplow style. I hate the plastic one. The snow sticks to the plastic and the scoop style means you can't push very much before it gets too heavy. I love the metal plow style. The only time it doesn't work as well is when you get a lot of snow (4+ inches), repeatedly. The snow piles up on the sides of the driveway to the point where you can't really push it anymore, and the plow-style ones aren't very good for lifting. If there's a lot of snow, you might have to do multiple passes, but they do work pretty well.

Just because I don't like the plastic ones, I would recommend something like http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3994135 though a wider one would be better, then maybe a cheap dollar store one just in case you have to lift some.

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Best way to clear the snow is a neighbourhood kid. Pay him/her a little more than he asks and he'll do your driveway first every time.

Second best is a combination of a smallish pusher (e.g. 24) that you can use to throw snow if you have to and a larger pusher that you can use for fluffy snowfalls.

I like plastic pushers because they are lighter and work better if your driveway is old asphalt like mine is. To make them non-stick, spray them with WD-40 at the beginning of the winter and then again when they snow starts to stick. The shovel must be dry for this to be effective.

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@007slice: Before it goes away, you should know that you are at the top of all three major boards on the Leaderboard: Reputation, Deals, and Questions. The free beer is what did it. :-D

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@oo7slice: I did forget to add my cheap snow blower bought it after season with a dent that I sanded the rust out of and painted. I got it for 1/2 price. Wind is an issue if driveways are very close to your neighbor. I am very aware where the snow is going in the wind but not any more because: My wife saw my neighbor throwing snow (with a shovel so it was no accident) into our driveway. Years before he had someone use a blade on a truck so when there was spillage I did not care but he was using a shovel. But a shovel Pissed me off!!!
Seen here http://www.mysell.com/view_item.aspx?id=15089&auction=12&maincategory=6&category=10&scopecurrent=1&scopepast=0&scopeupcoming=0 **not my auction (sorry woot about the site this is the best picture I could find)
Quick snow I use the push. OR after a deep one I use it after I snow blow.
@mrzman: With that specific shovel from Ace I do not have sticky snow issue. It was recommended to me by a 'professional'.

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I have absolutely zip experience with snow shovels. snow blowers, or snow plows, but according to my collection of tips about useful products spraying your shovel with something like PAM will keep the snow from sticking to the blade.

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I have 2 shovels. Shovel 1 is a cheap shovel from wally world - use this when we get a light dusting here or there. Usually any cheap shovel will suffice. Never scoop with this shovel - only push. Shovel 2 is an aluminum or steel scoop shovel (like the one farmers use in grain bins). Use this to get the snow off the drive after someone has driven on it - you can use it to push or scoop. Also use this to scoop out a car after it gets stuck.

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Second on pbx006's recommendation for Toro's electric shovel.

Toro has been building some variant of this machine since at least the 60s, when my dad bought one. (It was the easiest shovel he ever used; he just hooked it up to one of his sons...)

I just picked one up to use at a new house with plenty of decking, all surrounded by railings that prevent the use of a plow type shovel. The Toro went through about 6" of fairly dense snow (about its limit for a single pass) in "plow mode" (sliding it across the deck), blasting the snow either over or through the railing.

And if you really want to shovel, no problem - it does a terrific job on snow plow berms where you use the second handle to swing it like a shovel, carving down /any/ depth of snow. Highly recommended.

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If you have a smaller driveway and a gas snow blower is too much or too expensive then I really reccommend an electric snow blower. I have one that is similar to the SnowJoe. http://www.snowjoe.com Mine is old, I inherited it from my dad and it is made by another company that is out of business but I have examined the Snowjoe and it is essentially similar. It works in snow up to about 10 inches deep, for deep snowfalls you may have to clear the driveway twice but it is super easy to just push the thing up and down the driveway.

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@shrdlu: Free beer and 3 days off of work..next week I'll plummet back to my normal rep ratings. I'll enjoy it while I can!

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@caffeine_dude: Good tip...might have to look at craigslist and see if anyone's selling a used blower...it would definitely be handy for the heavy snows.
However, here's my dilemma...When it snows a lot, I get stuck in my house for a few days, I get stir-crazy and shoveling snow is a great way to get rid of some energy. Then, once I'm about half-way finished, I start dreaming about how nice it would be to have a snow-blower. It's a vicious cycle of emotional warfare, but I manage to push through.

Perhaps an electric one would be a good option.

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@pxb006: Yes! For a small, lightweight snowblower, this is your best option.

It can only move 4" of snow at a time, but is light enough to be held above deep snow and "shave" 4" layers of snow until you hit pavement/walkways. It works equally well in powder or slush and everything in between (not well on ice, but nothing short of a steel blade does). The throw distance is only about 10', so you'll have to work side to side rather than walking the length of your driveway. Mine is pushing 20 years old, has some chips in the plastic blades, and still works like a champ!

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My roommate just got a snowovel from his parents for Christmas. I thought it was silly at first but it cleared the four car drive way in well under ten minutes. I don't know where the best deal on one is, but you can read about it at their site: http://www.wovel.com/

Like I said, it looks dorky as all get out but it works. Assembly required.

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@thetimelord: Wow, we've entered into a whole new realm

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2 Main shovels...
#1 - Old long handled Square blade for the heavy snow or slush.. May also be used to break up hard packed snow and some ice.. Also works at cutting blocks of snow...
#2 - The Feed shovel mentioned above for the light snow or powder... I carry one of these in the truck of the car since I frequently have to drive to work in crappy weather...

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Snow sticks to the shovel because the shovel is probably kept inside and is warm (warmer), and the snow is cold. Taking a bit of silicone spray and spraying the shovel will help keep it from sticking, and will help keep the shovel from rusting. a little silicone spray on your snow thrower's chute and blades might help too.

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Have children. They can get that much needed exercise the experts say they need. Most will be looking for the usb port on the shovel, but you can have a hot chocolate and laugh as they work for a change verses playing xbox all day.