“ Brand: Tooled Up / Type: Snow Shovel „
Being a bit of a girl when it comes to snow - I like to be prepared, and as such when I borrowed my brothers snow shovel, I have to admit I forgot to give it back (much like he did when he borrowed my blender)...
I have the shovel in red, and the dimensions are:
Handle length - 1200mm
Shovel Head (W x H) - 420mm x 300mm
I took these from their website as I am much too lazy to empty my shed box for this tools remains (I know it's cleverly buried under the BBQ currently).
I find the shovel easy to use, and as a woman who is 5 foot 7 inches, it is a good height to 'dig' with. Overall the shovel part of the tool works well to scoop snow with, and if you catch the snow before it has been walked on, and compacted it is easy to get rid of all that needs to be cleared. However I do feel that even though the plastic is tough and robust it does wear down the edge of the shovel. Once the snow has been compacted it makes it more difficult it scoop it, and this has more of an effect in the shovel.
The wooden handle is smooth, and nice to grip (with gloves as I am a bit of a wuss when it comes to the cold). The handle has no grip at the top of it, and personally I feel this is useful when scooping, and it makes it easier to stop the shovel from turning when I am disposing of the freshly scooped snow.
After one winters use (half my brother, and half me) the shovel 'scoop' is showing definite signs of wear. The shovel cost my brother around £10 (and technically cost me my blender), however I have to say I feel this was a bit on the steep side. A few weeks after I gained this one my boyfriend bought one from a local store for £2.99 - it is the same height, but has a D shape grip on the handle making it easier to use with gloves on as it doesn't twist when dumping the snow, and it has a metal strip over the digging edge of the shovel, meaning it wears better, and will over-alll last longer.
Although the shovel does work well, however it was self (or brother) assembely. I do feel it is overpriced, if you shop around in snow free days there are better designed snow shovels available, for much less.
Overall a three star product.
I don't know if anyone's noticed, but we've had quite a lot of snow this year. In previous years, that wouldn't bother me, and I wouldn't need a snow shovel, but with my house now having a steep front garden, requiring steps to get out (either that or attempting to walk down a snowy hill) I really needed to try and make it as safe as possible to get out and about each day for the school run and shopping.
Luckily my new next door neighbors had a snow shovel I could borrow, and it so impressed me that I purchased my own. I'm glad I did, as the last week has seen a rather heavy amount of snow over my little corner of the world, and I've certainly gotten my moneys worth.
The shovel is made by Tooled Up, and has a wooden handle and a bright red plastic grooved shovel end, whose dimensions are 42 x 30 cm. It cost £9.95 from tooled-up.com, and appears to be their own brand, as they sell several other more expensive ones. However, this was the one I had borrowed from my neighbours, and it did the job, so I stuck with ordering what I know. The wooden handle is 120cm long, and needs affixing to the shovel end, which is very simple to do.
The length of the handle requires a sort of two handed pushing motion to shovel the snow, and I imagine if you were clearing a large area, it would soon get very tiring and possibly hurt your back. However, for the small area I was clearing (a small front patio and the steps) this wasn't too much of an issue. The shovel can easily lift quite large, deep amounts of fresh soft snow, and with the edge being quite flexible, it gets very close to the path, so very little is left behind. The wide shovel makes it easy to carry away snow if you need to, however I just moved mine from the path to the grass, and found the snow slid off with no problems. It even works when the snow has been sitting there a while and crisped round the edges, though this does take a little more oomph.
The shovel is not particularly good with compacted snow and ice though - I did try to remove an extremely trodden on patch on the public footpath not far from my garden, and the flexible edge just wasn't hard enough to chip into it, so I resorted to breaking it up with a wallpaper stripping blade, then pushing it all onto the snow shovel to move it out of the way.
Overall, I think this is a good snow shovel for clearing small areas of virgin snow. I do think large areas may become quite cumbersome due to the bending and pushing motion required when using this shovel, and I certainly think something a little more heavy duty is better for clearing ice or compacted snow, but for your typical garden pathway, it does the job perfectly.
5 stars, but I hope that's the last I'll see of it this year.
Being prepared is an attitude I truly believe I was born with, including my escape and shelter plan should a zombie apocalypse actually occur (not kidding people, I am READY!)
So, when we moved to our current house with its horrendously steep drive and hill-ish road I knew that with the typical bad winter weather I needed to be prepared.
If you have ever tried to clear a drive with a small garden spade you know how agonisingly time-consuming and awful it is. Thankfully I located this little beauty after sweeping through several sites. Purchased from Amazon and arrived quickly.
This snow shovel is pretty basic, large plastic red shovel head with a "wide mouth" and a fine cut "lip". The handle is a decent thickness, sturdy and long which is great for people with different arm spans. Strange thing to think but it made a difference for my partner being able to use it comfortably without struggling (which he did when originally using the garden spade!).
On that recent bad winter (you know the one) I bundled up in enough layers that I could barely move my arms (I don't like being cold!) and then proudly stepped outside clutching my shovel. Never has tackling the vast ice-shelf of my drive been more fun.
The fine cut lip of the shovel made it easy to scrape up the snow leaving barely any left on the drive. I know some shovels / spades remove the snow and leave a sheen of slush/ice icing the surface, great for slipping on. However with good use, this really clears it all and due to the size of the head means it takes less time to clear.
Now, this is pretty big so I couldn't fit it in my little car (I would have liked to have taken it with me to work in case I got snowed in before they allowed us to actually go home.)
~Points to consider~
This is a great purchase, however one point (and the reason I give it four stars and not five) is that the head feels a little flimsy. It is strong enough to do the job but does not feel as sturdy as I'd like.
Be prepared, get one!
It's coming up to that time of year again, you know the time, when the lovely white stuff starts dropping from the clouds onto gods green ground, turning the entire country into a colour akin to a blanket of goose feathers.
To some, this beautiful change of colour is something to cherish, something to stare at in awe as the sky turns into that bright colour that always comes when the snow clouds decide to release their blanket of white treasures. To others this white down fall is simply a burden, stopping you going about your daily tasks, putting a halt to your usual train timetable, causing the tyres of your car to lose grip on what was once an easy drive to work.
But most annoyingly, for me anyway, is when it falls onto the pathway from your house to the road, the pathway that you have spent ages clearing just to get your car off your driveway, knowing that you have to start clearing the path once more.
So, it's time to get the spade out of the shed once again, the spade that you have only just finished using when turning the soil over in your garden, only you know through past experience that your usual spade is a back breaker to use, especially for clearing snow from your pathway, remembering how your muscles had cramped up the last time you'd used it to get rid of the white stuff. You know the handle is too small, too low, so that you have to bend over almost as much as you would if you were tying your shoe laces, with the actual head of the spade being so small that you'd have more joy shifting the snow if you used a desert spoon.
Luckily though there is a great tool out there that help stop that back breaking nightmare and moves almost as much snow in one go as an industrial snow plough. This tool is something that I got my hands on last year, during that mad season of snow that we all experience, so that I could keep my path from becoming the local skating rink.
This tool I am talking about is more useful than a spade, lighter than a brush and stronger than a skunks smell after a curry, (almost), making it one of the most useful snow moving tools that I have seen in a long time, (apart from a flame thrower and a bucket of salt).
The tool I am talking about is a simple snow shovel which I bought from a company called Tooled.
This snow shovel is not like a normal shovel as it has a longer handle, being 1200mm in length, so that you don't have to bend down to use it whilst scooping up the snow. And with the good sized head, which is 420mm wide by 300mm deep, being made of a firm, yet slightly flexible, red moulded plastic, it makes snow ploughing a breeze, especially as it weighs less than a bag of sugar, being 2kg when not full of snow.
Anyway, I bought this shovel last year, after spending years breaking my back every time it snowed, and was so glad I did, especially due to the bad snow fall we had and the fact that it just seemed to snow as soon as I'd cleared the path. But with this little beauty clearing the path took no time at all and I barely broke a sweat when scooping away.
The wooden handle had to be screwed to the head when I first got it but that took all of 2 minutes, using a twisting motion of the head and a self tapping screw as the screw that came with it was about as useful as a pair of glasses on a man with one ear.
But once screwed into position the wooden handle is then firmly attached to the shovels plastic head with the head itself is slightly flexible, giving it that extra bit of sturdiness.
As for how to use it, well, you don't need a degree in ballroom dancing to get the hang of it, nor do you need to have watched all the latest series in Strictly Come Dancing either. You just grab the end of the wooden handle and aim the red head at the snow, jabbing it underneath the white stuff that has covered your path, scooping it up and tossing it to one side, (the snow that is, not the shovel). It's so easy to use and I can clear my path in minutes without any real hassles at all, and without scraping the tops of the paving stones like I have done when using metal headed spades.
The flexibly of the plastic head stops any of that spine tingling nastiness that you can get if you hit something hard with those solid headed spades. And even though the head is made of plastic it is as tough as old boots, so to speak, as it had taken some stick over that dreaded winter, almost using it every day just to get out of my house.
The head actually curves upwards so as to make it easier to actually 'scoop' under the snow, and the front edge is 'sharpened' so as to cut through any annoying hardened ice that has stubbornly glued itself to the middle of your path where people have walked on.
Around the sides and the back the edges are raised so that the snow will stay on the shovel head instead of simply falling off back onto the path that you've just taken it from, and there are a few bumps spread around the top which give the head more sturdiness, allowing for the flexibility without snapping in two.
Then there's the wooden handle itself which is slightly thicker than your standard brush handle and, even though it bends ever so slightly, it feels solid in my hand as I shovel away.
I am so glad that I bought this last year and have used it a lot, so, if the snow clouds are reading this, then come on down, throw down your white stuff and cover my pathway, I'm tooled up and waiting to clear it away faster than you can drop it.
It's a case of Mother Nature verses snow shovels and this snow shovel certainly gives her a run for her money.
And speaking of money, this sells for a mere £10.00, which is well worth the money because it saves you breaking your back when the snow just won't stop dropping on your pathway.
In all, a remarkable snow clearing device which will have you hoping that the snow will fall tomorrow, just so you can get out there and show of you stick with a big red end.
Progressing with the garage clean again, I came across my trusted snow shovel that I bought last year which turned out to be an absolute god send with the snows last year. The thing with snow shovels is that you never see them for sale anywhere all year, and then after a heavy snow fall and the days spent trying to clear your drive with a common garden spade, you promise yourself that you will get one, and then never actually getting around to it. Well last year, I finally took the plunge and bought this, and it is absolutely brilliant.
I paid £12 for it from a DIY market and the good thing about it is, it is quite big. For years, I spent days trying to shift snow from paths and the drive around my house with an ordinary garden spade The short handle meant I was always stooped over, and the little spade head meant that I could only move a little snow each time. So shifting snow became quite a chore.
With this snow shovel, the first thing you notice is the single long wooden handle which is 4 feet long, the same sort of handle that you would find on a garden broom. At the bottom end of the handle you have the business part - the shovel itself. The bright red shovel is made from a robust plastic moulding, which is strengthened by having several large grooves along it. Size wise the shovel head is 18 inches by 12 inches, and also has a slight curve designed into it to allow you to get some leverage against the snow. So in the hand, it is lightweight, and from looks and feel alone, it seems to be quite robust and well made.
So what's it like to use? Well when our first snowfall hit overnight last year, I was out like a shot in the morning with this shovel to give it a try, and it is impressive. The first thing is that with the long handle, you don't need to stoop down so low to scoop anything up with the shovel. But more importantly, the large shovel head means that you can easily shift a lot of snow with each scoop, overall meaning that it is a lot quicker and easier to clear your path and your drive when compared to an ordinary garden spade. So with freshly fallen snow, this shovel is an absolute breeze to work with.
However, you also have to consider other forms of snow. What happens when it compacts or freezes over? How does the shovel then handle snow? Well if snow is compacted, particularly on drives or pathways, it very often will have ice under it, because when you compress snow, it melts and then refreezes again on the cold ground. In this scenario, the shovel is adequate for scooping away the top layer of snow, but starts to struggle a bit trying to get the ice up. The problem is that with the shovel head being plastic, it isn't quite robust enough to bite into the ice and get it up. In extreme cases, the only way I found around it was to revert back to my old garden spade to break the ice up, and then to use the snow shovel again to gather up and lift the broken bits of ice in order to move them away. A bit of a laborious process overall, but it eventually does get the job done.
Other things to consider? From my perspective, I have fairly strong hands, so find it relatively easy to just grab the broom handle bit and push it into the snow and lift away. But my wife has also used this on occasion and says that she can find gripping the handle a little difficult when trying to shift a lot of snow, and says it would be better if there was perhaps a T handle on the end of the shaft, and I can see where she is coming from with this idea. With a T handle on the end, you can get your hand behind it to apply a little bit more force to dig the shovel into the snow. It also has the added bonus in that it can make turning the shovel (say when you're emptying the snow from it) a little easier. I think it could just be down to personal preference, I don't mind the handle as is and find it easy to work with, but the wife finds it a little hard to work with when the going gets tough. Either way, it may be something that you may need to consider if you buy this shovel.
In summary then, where does all this leave us? Well, if you're quick off the mark and the snow is freshly fallen, this shovel is a must and will have your paths and drive cleared in no time. However, leave the snow for a while and let it compact under foot and on the drive, and this shovel will struggle to clear the way and you could find yourself reverting back to your old metal spade. Then you may have the handle issue to contend with. Will you be able to comfortably work with it?
So balancing everything up, I'm sort of floating between 3 and 4 stars, but will give it the benefit of the doubt and score it with 4 well deserved stars.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
I realise that I am a bit previous in reviewing this item but I have just spotted it here on Dooyoo and I happen to think that since mine is such a Godsend in bad weather I would tell you about it.
The item in question is a snow shovel which I have owned for a few years now. I bought mine from Homebase and have no idea how much it cost me but they currently cost £14.99.
You may think - why would I need a separate snow shovel when I have a perfectly good garden spade that would do the job? Well a garden spade consists of a wooden handle and a metal shovel end which is heavy anyway and when snow is added it would be very heavy! The snow shovel consists of a wooden pole which is about four feet long with a bright red plastic shovel on the end measuring about 18 inches by 12 inches. This means that it is a lightweight piece of kit in itself so you can lift and shift more snow each time.
The base of the shovel has a smooth flat edge which makes getting the shovel between the snow and floor easy enough. The generous size means that a lot of snow can be lifted and just tipped off wherever you want to put it out of the way.
I initially had my shovel when I was with my ex husband who thought that clearing of snow was part of the housework and was therefore my job (remind me why did I divorce him? LOL!) and I have found this piece of kit really easy to use even when the snow has been deep. I will just say that as with any sort of snow clearing equipment the new, freshly fallen snow is much easier to move than the icy compacted stuff!
Even though the shovel is lightweight it feels really sturdy when in use and has served me well over the years that I have had it. Obviously it only gets used in the winter but it does get some serious use when we have a heavy snow fall and it hasn't failed me yet.
It is easy to clean and easy to store in the corner of the shed until it is next needed.
Incidentally it doesn't only have to be used for clearing snow. You could use it for moving leaves in the autumn for example and it would make a great tool for mucking out the horses!
I would definitely recommend this piece of kit as a standby for the winter. It is sturdy, lightweight and it gets the job done - end of story!
I only spotted this in the category just now, so althought it has been a few months that I have used this then I thought I would have a go at writing about it. I have had this for about 2 years and although it hasn't been used overly much, it has still had a good go. Being in Scotland the weather isn't all that great, and who can forget the bad Snow of last November around the country? This was certainly my friend at the time.
Nothing much to say to describe this. A long wooden pole which is heavy enough and not overly wide, but still a good width. Easy enough to grip. The Spade part is wide enough and although this can flex a tiny bit when dug into a heavy pile of Snow, it doesn't do it any damage if it wobbled about a bit anyway. The plastic is thick enough and quite durable. This isn't that heavy either so this part won't tire you out although the Shovelling may do.
I bought this from B&Q and paid £11.99 for it at the time.
So what I have I used this for? Well Clearing my drive during the heavy Snowfall of last year. This made light work of clearing it. Although it says that this is a Snow Shovel I have also used this to scoop up sand which although is a bit heavier than Snow certainly, but a full scoop of Sand didn't make any mark on the plastic.
Surely most Shovels are the same, but this one seems to be doing alright, and i'm sure this will still be helping me Shovel for years to come when I need it to help me.
I have just been having a long needed sort out in my garage, and whilst I was in there I kept an eye out for any items that I could perhaps write a review about.
The item I decided to write about is my snow shovel, which sits in my garage all year long gathering dust and cobwebs, until those couple of wintery, snow filled days come along and it springs into action!
I have owned my snow shovel for about 3 years now, and after the arctic winters that we have had of late I really don't think I could have managed with it!
It is basically a long wooden pole measuring 1.2 meters, and attached to the bottom of the wooden pole is a bright red plastic shovel. The shovel itself is quite big, measuring 42 cm in width and 30 cm in height, meaning that it can hold a lot of snow.
The shovel is great for clearing pathways and drives, as it has a smooth flat edge at the bottom of the shovel, which glides along the concrete and picks up all the snow that has collected, enabling the snow to be removed to another area where it will not be in the way. This keeps my pathways and drive clear and safe to walk on for my wife and I, along with the postman, milkman, and other visitors that might come to our house. It also enables us to get our cars in and out of the drive without any difficulties.
The shovel is really lightweight, which is important, because there is an awful lot of weight in a large scoop full of snow, and so if the shovel was heavy, it would be a real struggle to remove the weight of the snow combined with the heavy weight of the shovel. This shovel is that light in weight though that this is not a problem at all, and even my wife manages to use it - and she struggles with most heavy, manual jobs! The pole has a good strong and sturdy feel to it, and is nice and long in length which helps with the leverage and reach of the shovel.
As mentioned above, clearing loose or fresh snow with the shovel is an absolute breeze, and the pathways are cleared in no time at all, allowing the treatment of a little salt to the cleared area, to help keep it clear. If it is ice or heavily compacted snow that needs clearing though, then it does become a little more difficult due to the fact that the shovel is made of plastic. When I have this sort of problem, I tend to use a metal shovel to break away the ice, but it is a lot harder work. The snow shovel can be used to clear away the broken ice, once the metal shovel has smashed it up though, as this is much easier than staying with the metal shovel.
After two very snow filled winters, my shovel is still in very good condition, with just a few little scratches to the underside of the shovel. These shovels can be purchased for around £10 from an online site called 'Tooled up' or from the likes of B&Q, Homebase etc. and they are well worth the money during the winter months that we have become accustomed to!
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2011
In the bad snow last year I remember feeling quite stuck as it was hard to get out of the house as clearing snow with the garden spade was hard work. So when I finally escaped the house one of my first things to do was to head to buy a snow shovel. Sam Turner's here in North Yorkshire is a real Aladdin's cave of goodies they are a farm's merchant really but they sell garden things and tools and lots of other things to non farm staff too. I choose to buy it from there as I figured they would be selling quality snow shovels as the last thing a farmer needs when digging out a tractor to get too sheep at lambing time is a broken shovel.
The shovel itself is a very simple design it has a long wooden handle about 4 foot long that really is like a broom handle. Attached to the bottom is a bright red shovel area that has several groves in it. The shovel bit rests at an angle to allow for maximum leverage when clearing snow.
I think it is fair to say that both last winter and the winter so far has been very cold and snowy and my shovel has done its stuff magically.
The handle is very long so I can't really hold it at the end and then clear the snow what I have to do is put the handle under my right armpit curl my right arm around the handle to hold it then hold it a little further down with my left hand. I find this style of holding the handle gives me a lot of leverage to cut into the snow and then lift the snow up ready to deposit it in a safe place. By holding the handle this way it gives me a good grip and I am able to clear snow quite effectively for a good half hour or so to clear the drive and the path by the house. My husband as he is a bit taller holds it just in his hands and is able to manoeuvre it around easily to clear the snow he finds he needs to adjust the angle slightly to get all the snow up. When clearing the snow I find that very little by way of snow is left on the paths and drive.
The shovel element is really quite robust and can certainly hold the weight of a substantial amount of snow I have lifted. It holds easily about 10 centimetres height of snow which has covered its whole base and there has never been a crack or a groan from the shovel there has been from me as I get worn out though. The only bit that the shovel struggles with is hard compacted snow and ice. The edge of the plastic shovel is just not strong enough to chip away at the ice so in these incidents I have cracked the ice with a garden spade and used the snow shovel to lift the ice away as this is lighter than the spade. The shovel can cope with compacted snow if it is just footprints say where the weight of a person has walked on snow. But it can't cope I find with compacted snow if a car has driven over the snow and crushed it into a dense thick mass. The problem here seems to be again the edge of the blade of the shovel is not strong enough to chip away at this dense mass. What I do to combat this is try to clear the snow around the cars first on a morning whilst defrosting the cars so they don't drive over the snow. This way I keep on top on the snow on the drive and never have hard compacted snow to clear. Just a quick health and safety point once you have cleared the snow put some salt down other wise you can end up with a skating rink as the ice freezes
As the shovel is quite long it won't fit into a standard size car boot so if you want to carry it around you will need to be prepared for it to sit in the body of the car.
Overall and recommendation
I would definitely recommend this snow shovel as a winter essential if this snow is going to stay around. It works well especially on fresh snow to clear the area. The handle and shovel are nice and robust. It does struggle to clear ice and hard compacted snow I find. So if you want to make sure you can get to the post box to post your letter to Father Christmas and his Elves then I would recommend buying one. As mentioned I got mine at Sam Turners in Northallerton and it cost me around £10 last year. When making the suggestion for dooyoo I found the same model on the Internet by a company called tooled-up for £9.95, Homebase also sell this model for around £15 in their stores.