Smart Snow Removal Tools
After record amounts of the white stuff in recent years, it pays to be prepared with the right tools
Two minutes is all the snow-lifting it takes to raise your heart rate past recommended levels. Be sure to take frequent breaks and shovel just a few inches at a time. The latest breed of snow-removal tools is designed to make the job faster and less strenuous. Here, three helpers that will have you back inside with a cup of hot cocoa in no time.
About $50; True Temper at The Home Depot
This telescoping roof rake's aluminum shaft won't bend under the load and can reach up to 17 feet. The curved neck on the 24-inch-wide blade bites into snow even as you keep both feet on terra firma. When the job is done, collapse the 5-pound rake to 7 feet and store it between open rafter bays in a garage or against the wall.
About $750; Toro
Forget stopping to shift speeds; this snowblower clears a 24-inch-wide path and adjusts to your walking speed, the way today's lawn mowers do. Push into the handle to go faster, or ease up to take it slow on icy patches. It powers through drifts, thanks to its big 212cc engine and a steel rotor that flings snow up the chute 25 percent faster than bigger machines.
About $100; BosseTools
Shoveling is the cornerstone of snow removal, and this tool's rotating center handle is a real back saver. Instead of changing your grip to accommodate the shovel, the secondary perpendicular handle locks in to 16 different positions, making it easier to keep a straight back while you lift.