13 Hand-Powered Snow Removal Tools
Shoveling snow and scraping ice doesn't have to be a back-breaking chore. Snow removal tools have come a long way in recent years, and here are 13 awesome human-powered snow removal tools and hacks to try if a snow blower isn't available.
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Snow doesn’t stand a chance against a snow broom, which will make quick work of snow that has piled up on your car this winter. The Snow Broom from Snow Joe extends from 33 to 52 inches to get to all those hard-to-reach spots with minimal strain.
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A sleigh shovel is the perfect snow removal tool to take care of a heavy snowfall. The large scoop lets you push maximum amounts of snow to the side and clear a path quicker than traditional snow shovels.
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When the ice builds up on your driveway or walkway, reach for an ice chopper or sidewalk scraper. Look for a model with all-steel construction, such as this ice chopper from Bully Tools, to provide the weight needed to get the job done.
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If you know a snowstorm is on the way, be proactive with a windshield cover on your vehicle. When you’re ready to hit the road, just remove the cover and the snow will come along with it.
Prevent ice dams and help reduce the heavy load of snow on your roof with a roof rake. Look for a model that you can put together easily and one that is made of plastic, not metal, since plastic is lighter and easier to control. This one from Snow Joe helps removes snow and ice from your roof with very little effort.
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If your snow blower is out of commission and you have to shovel snow, make it easier on your back with an ergonomic shovel. This 18-Inch Poly Combo Shovel from True Temper is a good option since it has an oversized D-grip so even with thick gloves it will be easy to handle. It also has a nylon strip on the blade that will help prevent damaging your deck.
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For light, fluffy snow, reach for a push broom. Brooms are a good snow removal tool for when you have less than 4 inches of snow, and are the best choice for decks which can be damaged by some shovels.
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Outdoor Recreation Shovel
If your winter plans involve spending time outdoors, the Shaxe Tech Avalanche Shovel from Backcountry Access is a great addition to your winter gear kit as it will help you safely clear a path. The rescue shovel has an interchangeable ice axe head, is lightweight and will fit in your backpack.
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Windshield Ice/Snow Scraper
With an extended arm that reaches up to 55 inches, the Snow MOOVer from Birdrock Home is a great snow removal tool for those with vans, SUVs and trucks as the length will help you get to those hard-to-reach spots. The ice scraper can be removed and features “jaws” that help break up the ice.
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Homemade Brine Solution
Make a homemade brine solution that will prevent snow and ice from bonding with your driveway and walkway and thus make snow removal much easier. Combine 2 cups wood ashes in a bucket with a gallon of water, stir and let it sit overnight. Then strain the solution into another bucket. To the strained solution, add an equal part white vinegar. Simply pour a light coating of the solution on the area before snowfall starts.
A folding shovel is great option for those who spend a lot of time on the roads during the winter months, as the shovel can help you dig out your tires if you become stuck in a ditch. Look for a lightweight model that is easy to fold and unfold. A spade-style shovel can also be used to break up ice on your front walkway.
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Brushless Snow Shovel
Perhaps the next best thing to a snow blower, the Cordless Brushless Snow Shovel from Greenworks has a 45-minute run time on a fully charged battery. The controlled brushless motor will help you quickly clear your driveway and sidewalks, leaving a 12-inch cleared path.
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Speaking of snow blowers, we tested the Snow Joe iON+ Cordless snow blower. Read our review for the full scoop.
If the temperature is above freezing, put your seed spreader to work to evenly distribute ice melt on your driveway and walkway. Look for a product that is environmentally and pet safe.
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