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Offline SloSheepdog

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Some blogs are writing about this new snow shovel design. I thought maybe some of you might find it useful/maybe awesome? So I posted it. As a mechanical engineer, I like it when a better mousetrap is created.

As a person who has lived their whole life along the coast of California, I know very little about dealing with snow (aside from the occasional mountaineering trip that is) so I can't tell you if this is a better mousetrap or not.

http://www.ohgizmo.com/2013/12/03/wheeled-snow-shovel-is-almost-as-good-as-a-blower/

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001I7JWTO/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B001I7JWTO&linkCode=as2&tag=oh010-20
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Re: New snow shovel design - I guess it's supposed to be good? Right guys?
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2013, 03:02:28 PM »
Of the six Simple Machines, I believe it is employing at least three all at the same time. :)

-- Wheel & Axel
-- Wedge (or is it the inclined plane? or is it both? and if it's both, does that make it FOUR Simple Machines?)
-- Lever

The employment of the Lever looks like a real back-saver. :) 
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Re: New snow shovel design - I guess it's supposed to be good? Right guys?
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2013, 03:09:45 PM »
oh nice...


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Re: New snow shovel design - I guess it's supposed to be good? Right guys?
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2013, 04:47:20 PM »
I use snow shovels a LOT, and.....
I'll keep my regular snow shovels.
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Re: New snow shovel design - I guess it's supposed to be good? Right guys?
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2013, 06:52:57 PM »
I think it would work well for wet, heavy snow, which tends to clog a snowblower fairly quickly and is much harder on your back with a regular shovel. Shoulda bought my dad one for Christmas, he's always whining about the snowblower ;)

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Re: New snow shovel design - I guess it's supposed to be good? Right guys?
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2013, 06:53:39 PM »
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-- Wedge (or is it the inclined plane? or is it both? and if it's both, does that make it FOUR Simple Machines?)
...
The six simple machines are:

    Lever
    Wheel and axle
    Pulley
    Inclined plane
    Wedge
    Screw

Of course, the  inclined plane, wedge and screw are very closely related.  ;)

On topic, I just wait until tomorrow when it has melted.
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Re: New snow shovel design - I guess it's supposed to be good? Right guys?
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2013, 07:40:31 PM »
Very cool!

I notice that you can only fling the snow off going to the front, which would cause problems if the snow was, say, a foot deep.

Other than that I quite like it!

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Re: New snow shovel design - I guess it's supposed to be good? Right guys?
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2013, 09:47:49 PM »
I won't be rushing out to buy one.  For one, if you have to push more than 6" of snow more than about 10' it's going to go over the top.  Second, it's worse than worthless for stairs.  Finally, for $140 I can hire my neighbor's kids to shovel me out of at least seven big storms and not lay a hand on a shovel myself the entire time. ;D
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Re: New snow shovel design - I guess it's supposed to be good? Right guys?
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2013, 10:01:06 PM »
... for $140 I can hire my neighbor's kids to shovel me out of at least seven big storms and not lay a hand on a shovel myself the entire time. ;D
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Re: New snow shovel design - I guess it's supposed to be good? Right guys?
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2013, 02:28:30 PM »
The two flaws I see:
  • The blade should be straight across the back, not rounded.  Light snow will fall off the rounded corners, and heavy snow will push back against you as the shovel tries to force it into the curves.
  • How do you dump the snow off the blade?

Maybe I'd feel differently if I actually tried it.

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Re: New snow shovel design - I guess it's supposed to be good? Right guys?
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2013, 06:30:15 PM »
Where I live the sidewalks aren't even after years of freeze and thaw.  I could see getting this thing going at a pretty good clip, catching a raised portion of the walk and knocking the wind out of myself as the handle drove into my solar-plexis.  :o