I first heard about the Snow Scoop from my sister Susie Schultz, who lives in Marquette. When I moaned about having to shovel out after the big blizzard two years ago, she told me to “get a life” and buy a Snow Scoop, now manufactured by a number of companies (google “snow scoop” for sources). According to my sister, Marquette, located in Michigan’s upper peninsula, gets about 10 inches of snow a week throughout the winter and everyone uses a Snow Scoop to clear it out.
I now own a Snow Scoop. When the TV weathermen forecasts the first fierce winter storm, I will get out my snow scoop and park it right next to the side door. Except to clean off the porch and steps, I haven’t used my snow shovel at all.
Is the Snow Scoop as good as my little sister said? Yes indeedy do. Using my Snow Scoop I cleared a 50 x 50-foot parking area of 4-inches of snow in less than half and hour, without breaking a sweat.
My Snow Scoop has a heavy-duty plastic blade or pan which measures a generous 23 ½” x 27 ¾inches. The front edge sports a galvanized wear strip that easily cuts into the snow. The u-shaped tubular steel handle makes for easy pushing or pulling. As you push the Snow Scoop, the snow piles up on the pan and to empty it you simply tip the pan up into a vertical position and the snow falls out. When dumping the snow, tapping the bottom of the pan with your foot packs the snow into a hard edge. Even when the pan is piled high with snow the Snow Scoop glides along effortlessly, so you can move large amounts of snow quickly and easily without having to bend over or do any heavy lifting.
Is it better then a snow blower? Certainly it cost a lot less, there are no worries about hard starts and it’s light and easy to handle. My scoop cost about $50 but I’ve seen them recently in hardware stores for a lot less; just keep an eye on the quality of that front wear strip. It needs to be tough.
Go to Snow Scoop.com for more information.