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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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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My driveway is exceptionally large - about 650 feet long. 10% is 2.5 cars wide, 15% is 2 cars wide, and the rest is about 1-1.5 car wide. I live in Rochester, New York, which receives more than its fair of snow. I'm a first time home buyer and this was my first winter in my new home. I already made the investment of a (needed) riding mower and wanted to do whatever it took to avoid having to care for another engine in the garage. A snowblower would be a last resort.
My friends thought I was absolutely crazy. So did my family. Frankly, after watching me, my neighbors probably did too. If any of of those things would bother you, the Wovel probably isn't for you. This is for individuals who are willing to make decisions for themselves and not to impress others.
With all of that said, I think the size of my driveway is about the maximum of what this puppy can handle in a Northern climate. I'm 29 years old, in decent physical condition, and have a fair amount of will power when it comes to manual labor. Is the Wovel easier than shoveling? I cannot emphasize enough how great this simple mechanical advantage helps! Is it faster than a snowblower, as others have claimed? Well, that depends! My neighbor has a similar size driveway, is 70 years old, and has a midrange gas powered snowblower. Some things I've learned:
-When the snowfall is 1-2", I think the Wovel IS faster. I'm able to do a quick zig zag pattern up an down the driveway, taking very deep angles each way before the shovel fills up. My time: about 30 minutes for the whole thing (like I said, it's a good amount of surface area, so I'm okay with that amount of time) His estimated time: 35-40 minutes. It's not very tiring at all - nearly effortless other than walking.
-When the snowfall is 3-5", I think it's a bit closer. I cannot take very deep angles - more like 45 degrees. This means the shovel is filling up more quickly (obviously) and the amount of mass I need to move is much greater. It probably takes me about an hour in this case vs his 45 minutes and I can feel it in my chest and arms. If you like a good workout, this isn't a bad thing. I still have energy afterwards and feel pretty good!
-When the snowfall is 6-9", things become challenging. I can still zig zag, but only for the narrow part of my driveway. It's very tiring and I find myself looking up in dread at how much of my driveway is still covered in snow. It will take 100+ minutes and he's done WELL before me. Still, I view it as a good workout and it's not the end of the world.
-When the snowfall exceeds 10"... well, I don't like to talk about that. It's happened three times this year and really tested the durability of this tool. The steel is quite solid and holds up, but I don't. I generally can only do half of my driveway at once, and it's at a snail's pace. He's done in WELL under half the time it takes me. I have to work from the middle outwards, at 45 degree angles. It's slow. Probably takes 3 hours in total. Fortunately, my neighbor and I get along well and the last time we got a foot he took his machine over to help me out.
Bottom line: buy this tool over a snowblower if you:
-Live in an area that gets snow of more than 1-3" often, but very rarely over 3-5" if you aren't a fan of mild physical torture
-Hate the idea of owning a snowblower at all costs
-Live in an area that gets a ton of snow and are looking for some pretty solid outdoor physical exertion during the winter
-Live in an area that doesn't even get that much snow but have a bad back. My back, even at age 29, is prone to problems. I've never felt back pain with this.
I'm giving this 4 stars out of 5. I was very close to giving it 5, but this is NOT a substitute for a snowblower in areas of the country that receive high amounts of snow. After a year with this, I'm happy, but still greatly envy my neighbor's snowblower. Thanks for reading, I hope this helps you make an informed decision.
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.