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Snow Wolf SW0310 Wheeled Snow Shovel With Wear Strip
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- Superb For Large Amounts Of Snoww In All Conditions
- Clears 3x Faster Than Snow Shoveling with Half the Effort and Less Risk of Injury
- Outperforms Snowblowers Without The Expense Fumes Maintenance Or Noise
- Top Ergonomic Research Center Verifies A 3X - 4X Reduction In Lower Back stress And Cardio Exertion
- Stores Compactly By Folding Down Or Hanging Flat On The Wall
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|Item Dimensions||33.8 x 7.2 x 19 inches|
|Item Weight||19 pounds|
|Manufacturer Part Number||SW0310|
|Shipping Weight||23.2 pounds|
The Snow Wolf wheeled snow shovel now comes with a Snap on Wear Strip to extend the shovel life. The Snow Wolf is a fast and safe alternative to shoveling. With virtually no effort, this snow shovel can throw snow without twisting or lifting. The wheeled shovel design greatly reduces the risk of back and heart injuries associated with snow shoveling. The Snow Wolf revolutionizes the mechanics of snow shoveling - outperforming many snow blowers and is 3x faster than shoveling. It is environmentally clean, quiet, and maintenance-free. The Snow Wolf multiplies mechanical force and leverage at the axle or fulcrum point of the 35-inch wheel. With a seesaw action, it's possible to throw twice as much snow as a traditional snow shovel into piles 4 to 5 t high. Great in all snow conditions, from slush to over 2-feet (and especially for heavy) snow. Made of heavy gauge steel and injection-molded polypropylene, the Snow Wolf can move up to 2-feet of heavy snow with their 26-inch extra wide blade. Easy to maneuver - performance tested by professionals and consumers around the world. 20-30 minutes to assemble, and comes with a DVD video guide along with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. A top U.S. ergonomic research center independent study (Univ. of Mass.) concluded that using the patented wheel-based technology results in a 3-4 times reduction in lower back stress and cardio exertion vs. conventional snow shovels, greatly reducing strain, risk of back injury (comparable to simply walking). Anyone can use the wheeled shovel and it is fully adjustable in seconds for body type and size. Maintenance-free, the new Snow Wolf features a unique Folding Frame for even more convenient frame adjustment, storage and portability. It stores easily and can hang flat on the wall like a shovel – simply remove the locking pin and fold flat. Available accessories sold separately include gravel wheels, a chipper plate for ice and packed snow, and an advanced composite snap-on wear strip to extend shovel life.
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Few things you have to think about before you buy:
1) The rubber insert that goes into the wheel needs to be stretched a little, it is designed on purpose to be short, so it is not a product defect.
2) Make sure all the screws are pretty tight, you will find out why when you shovel the snow.
3) Be careful when you select which hole you insert the metal pin, that is based on your height, and it makes a huge difference. This will determine how easily you can throw the snow.
4) Most importantly, it works best on soft an dry snow. Do not attempt to use on heavy wet snow and over 10 inches thick, you will not get same result as light and fluffy 10 inches snow.
Over all, I would recommend this to anyone, this will work your upper body muscles like crazy without hurting your back. This is much better than snow blower when you have under 10 inches snow. However, if you have icy and heavy wet snow, then snow blower is still a better choice.
The Wovel is easy to use. Basically, it is used as a snow plow: you push the snow straight forward until reaching the edge of the area to be cleared, then push down on the handles to throw the snow out. The shovel leaves a perfectly cleared track 18" wide. The throwing motion is quite painless on the back, since it consists in a downward push on the double handles. I am in my 50s and not in particularly good shape - so if it works for me for such a large area to clear, it really works for anyone who would have a more normal amount of clear to do.
I would never be able to keep the driveway clear of snow without this Wovel short of a snow blower (trying to be good to the environment...). This is a pretty long workout for me because of the size of the area to clear, but nonetheless I enjoy it - it is hard to be able to exercise in winter, so that is a perfect replacement for a bike ride. Depending upon the snow fall, it takes me between 1.5 hours (2") and 3.5 hours (6") to clear the whole area. With a snow blower I would save about 30% of the time - except, of course, that I would also have to maintain the snow blower, and be subject to the risk of malfunction leaving me high and dry in a snowstorm.
In 7 years of use, I have replaced the handles once, and the wear strip once.I keep a spare handle, a spare wear strip, and a spare shovel at hand, to be sure that I can make basic repairs without waiting for parts. A few notes:
1. How to replace the wear strip
I read a lot of complaints about a new wear strip not remaining in place. They are due to lack of understanding on how the wear strip should be installed. It is VERY simple. The wear strip is a snap-on part. On the back of the shovel, there is a ridge, about 1/4" tall, that runs the width of the shovel, about 1.5" behind its leading edge. Obviously, the new wear strip must be fitted OVER the ridge - the ridge is what keeps the wear strip in place. The easiest way to install a new wear strip is to first position it, then to hit its leading edge with a rubber mallet so that it will set over the ridge. It takes half a dozen hits along its length, and you are done! Once the wear strip is in place OVER the ridge, nothing will dislodge it.
As a caveat, avoid using the shovel without the wear strip, because you will wear down the ridge, which, obviously, won't be able to retain the wear strip any more.
2. Mounting the pin that holds the long metal handle on the axle.
At the time when I purchased it, the instructions were calling for the pin to be mounted with its retainer clip on the inside. I found that it creates the potential for the wheel to interfere with the pin (when you are moving backwards) and open it. I finally mounted it in the other direction, and that solved all of my previous problems. I am not sure if the instructions have been updated.
Over 7 years, my Wovel cost me about $175 to purchase, plus another $100 in spare parts (including the spares I carry today). I would have spent that much just in maintenance over a couple of years for a snow blower, not counting the worry of it being down, or not being able to start it etc. I would recommend it to anyone who is physically able to live reasonably independently. This tool is unique.
Also, you will read that a lot of people had a hard time installing the the rubber tire. If you watch the included assembly DVD you will see a very simple technique for installing the rubber tire. It may require a second set of hands since it requires stretching the tire, a 1-foot section at a time, and simultaneously pushing it down onto the rim of the wheel. I'm a fit man in my 50s and this was a little bit of a trick for me, but I did it. Other than this, assembly and DVD and printed directions were good. Like any directions, you just have to slow down and read them and take your time.
In this second part, I'll comment on using the product. So far, I've only used it to remove large piles of snow that were plowed. It made quick work of the job on a day when the snow was melting and heavy. As long as you are throwing straight ahead - repeat straight ahead - the product works. You should never try and twist the shovel and pitch to the side. If you read the reviews the failure to throw straight ahead seems to result in warping or breaking the wheel.
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