Snow Shovels: 5 Fast Facts

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Fact #1. There’s nothing like a good snow shovel when it comes to clearing your driveway, foothpath, or sidewalks. For evidence of that, look no further than the earliest known example, which dates back more than 6,000 years. This ancient model was made from a section of elk antler attached to a wooden stave handle.

Fact #2. Choosing the best snow shovel for your purposes requires a bit of research and trial and error. Fortunately, they’re not only diverse, but also quite affordable. In fact, you’ll have a hard time finding a way to spend much more than 40 dollars on a top of the line model.

Fact #3. Many people love a unit with either a telescoping handle or a folding design. These shovels allow for easy storage in the trunk of a car or a closet. Just note that most have a smaller scoop capacity than their fixed handle counterparts. That trade off is often well worth it. You can bring your shovel anywhere and be ready to dig the car out of the parking lot at work.

Fact #4. With fixed handle options, consider whether you prefer a bent handle designed to maximize ergonomic comfort, or if you prefer a traditional straight handled design. For the person with many square feet of surface to clear, an ergonomic handle design is a good idea. However, these can be harder to control when it comes to more targeted scooping, like clearing snow from atop vehicles.

Fact #5. Shoveling snow might seem like an annoying hassle. Try to take solace in the knowledge that you can burn as many as 500 calories in an hour of this work. This is more than can be accomplished when practicing many sports. Try to think of the process as both productive work and exercise rather than just a chore.


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