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Has Anyone Removed Snow with a Wovel?

12/27/2010 3:32 PM

Has anyone removed snow with a Wovel? Does it work?

The combination of a wheel and snow shovel seems like a clever combination. After digging out of 20 inches of snow this morning with a shovel, I have been looking for a new solution.

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12/27/2010 4:23 PM

No Tigger, but reminds me of how I used to remove grass during sunnier days from our lawn in the Albany (NY) area, circa 1973:

Always thought Dad was just being cheap, making me work so hard to cut the grass, but turns out he was an environmentalist who was ahead of his time.

I like the human-powered Wovel! Looks like a nice workout for yours truly, but easier on the back than a traditional shovel. Thanks for sharing this.

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12/27/2010 4:54 PM

They are called reel mowers and I thought I would be doing a good thing if I bought one for a small lawn I had in Florida. Turns out to be useless down here and threw a party the day my 5.5 HP Toro arrived from the movers.

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12/27/2010 5:24 PM

I used to chase my twin sister with that when I was about 8 years old.

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12/27/2010 4:51 PM

That will not remove 20" of snow.

Now this will remove snow:

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12/27/2010 5:58 PM

Just keep an eye open for that old drunk guy under the snow (could be me ).

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12/28/2010 5:02 AM

Under the snow, probably is you. On the rocks, probably is me! Happy new year to you. (I'm startin' to celebrate now)

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12/27/2010 5:06 PM

"Wovel"--does that rhyme with "novel" or "shovel"? Or, since the concept includes a wheel, why not "wheevel" rhymes with "weevil"?

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12/27/2010 5:22 PM

Local townships used to have something similar that was drawn by horses called a slush bucket.

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12/27/2010 8:28 PM

I shoveled a fair amount of snow when I was young, though never with one of these wovels. It might work for a thin layer of 'dry' snow, but for deep wet snow it looks pretty useless to me, IMHO. With only 1 wheel, it would be pretty tippy once you try to lift the snow, thus requiring lots of work with your arms to keep it balanced until you are ready to dump it. That assumes the wheel doesn't just slide all over the place and assumes you could even lift the snow with the fulcrum point being midway on the handle. I think if it worked well, word-of-mouth would have already reached you and you'd already know it.

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12/27/2010 10:44 PM

You are correct. My new neighbor has one. He tried it in the first snow and haven't since.

I used a large bucket scraper that slides on the snow. Never lift it. Just push and lift the handle to dump while stopping. Works perfectly even with half a meter of wet snow. Since I designed my driveway to push flat or downhill, I can clear many tons of the stuff in one hour.

Just don't tell my wife that it is that easy...

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12/28/2010 1:35 AM

When I was a kid I sometimes used something a little similar. It had two wheels and more of a "mini snow plow" (about 24" wide) blade rather than the "clean out the barn" shovel shown above. For dry powder about 1.5" deep or less it would work pretty well since I could go fast enough to have the slanted blade throw the snow off the side of the sidewalk. With wet snow it was a bit of a pain to get rid of the snow and therefore more than about .25" to .5" would be more trouble than it was worth.

Since conditions often did not match the descriptions given above I normally didn't bother to use the thing. A good snow shovel was normally a better tool. Your picture looks like it would be a little easier to get rid of snow therefore it might be a little more useful. But I still bet that most of the time you would prefer a normal, good quality snow shovel.

Thus, if you get it for free and you have lots of storage space then it is probably worth having around. If you have to pay for it then there is a fair chance that you will not feel that your money was well spent. If you only have storage space for one shovel then this is not the tool for you.

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12/28/2010 9:45 AM

Yes, my daughter-in-law works at a firm that makes them. She got one for my two boys and I. They work as long as the snow can be moved but like shovels won't work after snow becomes hardened. Not as tiring to use as shovel.

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12/28/2010 10:18 AM

I think I will get one to try.

At least it will be useful for light snow falls.

Or, if I keep removing snow periodically with the wovel as the snow comes down.

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12/28/2010 10:53 AM

As a kid, I got the bright idea to remove the sickle bar from my Dad's walk-behind Gravely and attach a plywood "plow" to the sickle bar mounts.

It was below zero when I fired up the old Wisconsin engine. I let it warm up for a minute and engaged the drive. The pulley shaft on the transmission snapped and the pulley rolled to a stop in the snow on the drive way.

I cleaned the drive way and walks with an old fashion shovel and waited for my Dad to get home...

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12/28/2010 11:18 AM

20 inches of snow? No; if you're under 40, use a regular shovel, but if you're over 40 then use a regular shovel and afterwards ask your wife all kinds of treats, hot cocoa, scented ointments and not to have sex that night .

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12/28/2010 11:36 AM

Jet powered leaf blower?

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12/28/2010 11:47 AM

A Wovel eh? I do see how it could possibly remove the 24" of snow that we recieved here from our recent blizzard.....slip, slide and away! Since the electric start and pull rope died on my Craftsman snowblower yesterday I've been forced to shovel the White Chi*t from the long long long driveway and sidewalks. Ackkkk! My aching back. Now it's off to the repair shop! Double Ackkkk! Now off to "Plan B": down to the machine shop in my garage I go and finally finish welding-up the hydraulically-operated DIY front end loader attachment that'll be installed onto the front of my spare garden tractor. And yes, the loader bucket features a kwik-disconnect feature in case I want to swap-out the loader to a fully accuted plow blade 42-inches wide . Come on snow, I'll be ready for you! hehehehe My suggestion is for the OP to toss the Wovel into the scrap heep for recycling...... ps: I just lost my spell checking and emotioncon features. How do I get them back?!!! HELP!!!!!

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12/29/2010 9:31 AM

WWW.theSnowcaster.com

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12/29/2010 9:45 AM

Looks like a good product too - for light snowfalls.

The two wheels low to the ground should provide a more stable, less tippy design.

The ability to flip the unit over at the end of a run is a nice feature too.

I guess the only drawback I see is the lack of any leverage to throw the snow, but who wants to throw the snow manually anyways because that's when you kill your back.

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