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AVALANCHE! DB550 Drift Buster 550 Snow Rake with Shield

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  • Patented cutter frame with 3-Inch wheels and a durable plastic shield for lower pitch roofs
  • 17-Inch x 8' plastic slide
  • 16' lightweight fiberglass handle in four - 4' sections
  • Snap-on coupler system for easy storage
  • Easy assembly, No Tools Needed!
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 10 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B002TLSTHO
  • Item model number: DB550
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,901 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Avalanche "Original" (New and Improved) Save your back and your roof! Twice as fast and easy as a standard roof rake. Easy snap-on assembly…No Tools Needed! This product is lightweight, which reduces back strain and has wheels to protect your roof!

Product Description

The Avalanche Driftbuster 550 Roof Rake removes snow twice as fast as standard roof rakes while saving your roof and your back. U.S.A. Common Usage: Snow removal, Handle Material: Fiberglass, Weight (lbs.): 11.0, Blade Size L x W (in.): 17, Handle Length (in.): 16 feet

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Customer Reviews

I love it because it is so easy to use, and it beats climbing up on the roof and shoveling the snow off.
kellyraew
Then, without warning the blue plastic piece that connects the two metal yellow pieces (it looks like a Y in the picture) broke off on the left side.
Kristen M. Moysenko
Assembly is easy, it has metal push tabs at every junction where it connects, this makes it very easy to assemble as well as disassemble and store.
Bryan B.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By C. Staples on February 1, 2011
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This product does in fact function as described, but with some significant limitations. It can best be described as a modified snow rake with an edged cutting frame, wheels on the bottom (to enable it to roll up and over shingles), a hinged gate (to let snow through frame) and a rolled-up plastic slide (to allow snow to slide to the roof edge). I have used this product for approximately 2+ hours and have the following observations:

It is NOT useful for breaking up piles of hard-packed snow on roofs. A regular snow rake was needed to get things "started". However, once the "hard" snow is broken, the product does a credible job breaking up soft snow and crust, and the cascade of snow down the slide is occasionally impressive. It worked best on exposed soft snow and was able to whittle away edges of some harder crust.

Much of the product is plastic (except primarily the cutting frame and pole connectors), so I'm not optimistic for the product's long-term survival. Aluminum would have been better, and for this price, that's really what I expected. I'm definitely concerned how long the plastic front shield will last.

The pole sections also are a hard plastic, NOT aluminum, and tend to flex A LOT when trying to loosen snow. This made the product nearly unusable at its full 16 foot length, as the poles tended to flex and bounce. At its 12 foot length, the product was reasonably usable from a ladder; however, I was hoping to reach higher from the ground without the ladder.

Biggest problem - the plastic "slide" roll has already detached from the roller; also, it quickly developed some small holes which will need repair.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Walter on February 13, 2010
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It works in removing layers of snow from the roof. It was fairly straightforward to add and remove segments to adjust the length in order to make things less unwieldy. The installation was ok but could have been a little better: I believe I installed the slide backwards and forgot to install the shield before attaching the slide.

It can get heavy at full extension and the slide could be a little thicker as it got a little tangled now and then. Also, snow falling from the roof gets packed down pretty tight so shoveling that from the front steps was quite a chore.

It feels expensive at over $100 but with the aftermath of snowpocalypse 2010 and the ice dams building up, it was probably worth it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kristen M. Moysenko on February 3, 2011
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In planning for the major snowfall in New England January 2011 I purchased this Avalanche drift buster. Now to be fair when it worked, it worked great. I unpacked it from shipping, assembled it. I trudged outside and used it for about 3 hours and got half my roof cleared off with very little effort. I was pretty happy with it and continued to clear my roof. Then, without warning the blue plastic piece that connects the two metal yellow pieces (it looks like a Y in the picture) broke off on the left side. Leaving me with my mouth open and $[...] bucks down the drain.

I got stuck shoveling the second half of my roof, taking about an additional six hours and wishing the darn thing hadn't broken the entire time. Again, when it works, it works very well.

The possibility is that I received a unit that had a poorly cast plastic piece leaving it weaker than designed but I'm not taking another chance. Using plastic as a structural component in the frigid cold then subjecting it to shock and vibration is not a good idea.

Concept - 5 stars
Ease of use - 5 stars
Effectiveness - 5 stars
Durability - 1 star and left me with a sore back
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scott Cook on January 29, 2011
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The snow rake works well and performs as described. I have only two issues with the product. The drift busting blade broke at the hing during the second use. It obviously should be desinged with a steel hinge, because the plastic will not hold up to repeated impact into crusty snow and drifts. The long plastic slide/shield is useful, but will tear along sharp edges (gutters, shingles, etc.) so be careful. It takes a little bit of practice (and muscle) to get used to manuevering the rake, but once you got have the technique down, the snow will come sliding down in blocks from the roof. The rake works just as well without the blade, so I recommend the original version over the drift buster version.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lyle on February 13, 2011
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I purchased the Avalanche DB550 Drift buster early January 2011. Several friends have the older model and love it. I decided to buy it and give it a try. It lasted a whole 20 minutes before it broke. The concept is great and for the first 19 minutes, it was wonderful! I found it took a lot less effort than a conventional roof rake. Unfortunately by minute 20, it could no longer assist in the removal of snow from my roof. The right arm of the Y bracket broke and the drift buster shield hinge pin snapped clean off. The older style used metal, not plastic. Don't buy this if you plan on removing snow from your roof. It should placed on the mantle, not on the roof. Plastic should never be used, the Y should be steel or forged aluminum. I am in the process of cutting and welding pipe to forge a new Y in an attempt to salvage part of my $130.
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