Back-Saving Snow Removal Tools
Even if you own a snow thrower, there are still times when manual means provide the best (and safest) way to clear the white stuff. Here, three of the latest products that make snow removal less of a chore
CUT IT The fastest, least hazardous way to remove snow from a roof is to stay on the ground and use gravity. The long fiberglass pole of the aptly named Avalanche! allows you to push the frame into the underside of the snowpack; snow slides off the roof and down the attached plastic runner.
From $135; Avalanche!
TOSS IT The second, shorter handle on the Shovelution means you don’t have to bend as far to lift snow, putting less strain on your back. Even adding in the 18-inch poly blade and aluminum wear strip, the whole tool weighs less than 4 pounds, so you’re lifting snow, not a heavy shovel.
$30; Snow Joe
PUSH IT With wheeled snow-pushers, like the 36-inch Snowcaster, there’s no need to bend or lift; its angled plastic blade plows the white stuff to one side. Pushers work best on snow up to 4 inches deep, so try to clear walkways while the flakes are still falling rather than letting drifts build up.
$95; The Snowcaster