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I need a new snow shovel. I am much too cheap to purchase a snow blower, but the broken plastic shovel I’ve used for the past couple years is finally toast. My wife came home with a fancy ergonomic one from Sears, but I’m not crazy about the plastic. Is there a place around town to get a nice steel shovel? What’s the best option? I read that a combination of a grain scoop (for deep, powdery snow) and a regular snow shovel is the way to go. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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  1. Try Marshall’s on Superior Street in Lakeside. 45th and Superior.

    kristin | Dec 15, 2009 | New Comment
  2. Here are some PDD discussions from last December on the topic:

    What’s your weapon of choice?

    Here’s the scoop on the best snow-moving weapon

    Barrett Chase | Dec 15, 2009 | New Comment
  3. Sledding hills.. snow removal tools.. Winter comes and it’s suddenly like Groundhog Day.

    the Big E | Dec 15, 2009 | New Comment
  4. For light snow, I go with the classic snow plow looking snow shovel.

    However, for the deep stuff, nothing is better than a good old fashions coal shovel (plastic or aluminum will work).

    Bret | Dec 16, 2009 | New Comment
  5. I second Marshall Hardware in Lakeside. I bought two double wide shovels last year -- clear a driveway quickly.
    Although they are plastic they do the job in the right conditions.
    I guess I don’t recommend getting one shovel for all types of snowfall.

    heysme | Dec 16, 2009 | New Comment
  6. The very best snow shovel I ever had happened to be plastic, which was nice for weight, but it also had the magic secret design element of a steel blade tacked to the front of it, so it worked great for all kinds of snow. Can’t remember where we got it, (definitely check Marshalls) but it lasted several years and was not expensive.

    Shelly | Dec 16, 2009 | New Comment
  7. Very cool. Marshalls is just a few blocks from me. I shall return the one to Sears, and head to the local store where I should have gone in the first place. My plan is to get one grain shovel, and either one of the snow pushers or just a nice wide shovel for powdery snow.

    quirtep | Dec 16, 2009 | New Comment
  8. I prefer a mixture Aluminum and Iron Oxide.

    ian | Dec 16, 2009 | New Comment
  9. My vote is for a heavy metal pushing shovel coupled with a metal grain scoop. I push all of the snow into piles and then scoop up. Works well to shovel with a partner this way.

    The heavy metal pusher does wonders if the walk or driveway has been packed down by foot or car traffic.

    digit3 | Dec 17, 2009 | New Comment

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