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.



about 14 years ago

Try Marshall's on Superior Street in Lakeside. 45th and Superior.

the Big E

about 14 years ago

Sledding hills.. snow removal tools.. Winter comes and it's suddenly like Groundhog Day.


about 14 years ago

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).


about 14 years ago

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.


about 14 years ago

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.


about 14 years ago

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.


about 14 years ago

I prefer a mixture Aluminum and Iron Oxide.


about 14 years ago

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.

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