13 Hand-Powered Snow Removal Tools
Shoveling snow and scraping ice doesn't have to be a back-breaking chore. Snow removal tools have come a long way in recent years, and here are 13 awesome human-powered snow removal tools and hacks to try if a snow blower isn't available.
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If your snow blower is out of commission and you have to shovel snow, make it easier on your back with an ergonomic shovel. This 18-Inch Poly Combo Shovel from True Temper is a good option since it has an oversized D-grip so even with thick gloves it will be easy to handle. It also has a nylon strip on the blade that will help prevent damaging your deck.
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Outdoor Recreation Shovel
If your winter plans involve spending time outdoors, the Shaxe Tech Avalanche Shovel from Backcountry Access is a great addition to your winter gear kit as it will help you safely clear a path. The rescue shovel has an interchangeable ice axe head, is lightweight and will fit in your backpack.
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Windshield Ice/Snow Scraper
With an extended arm that reaches up to 55 inches, the Snow MOOVer from Birdrock Home is a great snow removal tool for those with vans, SUVs and trucks as the length will help you get to those hard-to-reach spots. The ice scraper can be removed and features “jaws” that help break up the ice.
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Homemade Brine Solution
Make a homemade brine solution that will prevent snow and ice from bonding with your driveway and walkway and thus make snow removal much easier. Combine 2 cups wood ashes in a bucket with a gallon of water, stir and let it sit overnight. Then strain the solution into another bucket. To the strained solution, add an equal part white vinegar. Simply pour a light coating of the solution on the area before snowfall starts.
A folding shovel is great option for those who spend a lot of time on the roads during the winter months, as the shovel can help you dig out your tires if you become stuck in a ditch. Look for a lightweight model that is easy to fold and unfold. A spade-style shovel can also be used to break up ice on your front walkway.
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Brushless Snow Shovel
Perhaps the next best thing to a snow blower, the Cordless Brushless Snow Shovel from Greenworks has a 45-minute run time on a fully charged battery. The controlled brushless motor will help you quickly clear your driveway and sidewalks, leaving a 12-inch cleared path.
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If the temperature is above freezing, put your seed spreader to work to evenly distribute ice melt on your driveway and walkway. Look for a product that is environmentally and pet safe.
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