In the presence of a private sector in remote areas, it becomes a question of buying high-quality snow removal equipment. What selection criteria are taken into account when purchasing the appropriate inventory? The greatest demand is for models made of metal (aluminum), plastic and wood. According to buyers, the size and shape of the bucket also plays an important role.
What types of snow shovels are there? In order to make your choice, you need to clearly define your goals. This is the only way to get a clear idea of the properties of each of the offered goods. It is recommended to pay special attention to products from well-known and time-tested brands. The most popular are wooden models, the bucket of which is made of the same material as the handle. It should be noted that if you have basic skills in handling tools, such a device can be made independently, at home.
The main mistake when choosing is that people tend to buy the lightest model. Such inventory is not able to serve for a long time. It should be noted that the greater the thickness of the tool, the longer its service life will be. There are also protected models on the market in which wooden elements have an aluminum border (on a scoop).
It is the wooden devices that are recognized as the most convenient, because with their help you can clean the snow on the site with your own hands at least every day. Frost will not stick to a wooden surface, as well as wet masses. Such products are equipped with a metal border, but they are very short-lived. With the appearance of the first cracks, the structure will crumble like plywood. In addition, this material does not belong to the category of moisture resistant.
Plastic products have flooded the market relatively recently, but have gained immense popularity. Polymeric materials are used for manufacturing. In addition, the small weight of the models should be noted, which only facilitates the implementation of the tasks. Plastic itself is an incredibly brittle material. Often, popular models have metal edging. Polymers are resistant to low temperatures and chemicals that are sprayed on the road. A great solution for a motorist.
The principle of choice here is simple: the more expensive the device, the better it is. An important aspect is the name of the manufacturer. You can trust Chinese companies, but not recommended. They cannot boast of a long operational life.A really high-quality device will have a number of such characteristics:
Made from light metals and alloys, products are considered the most durable products on the market today. The most popular are:
The first option will cost the buyer a tidy sum. However, you can also find a situation in which plastic and wooden tools will cost more than metal ones. It should be noted that the cost of products is fully justified, since the service life of metal products significantly exceeds their plastic and wooden counterparts. Also, aluminum tools can be used not only for cleaning, but also for loosening snow masses. The most durable are galvanized models.
|Tool elements||Functionality and description|
|Edge||Responsible for cutting the snow layer. Metal is used to clean asphalt surfaces. Plastic will not harm plants and decorative surfaces.|
|Ladle||If preference is given to a construction with a wooden bucket, then you will need to treat the product with protective impregnations and water-repellent agents. In addition, mechanical damage and shock should also be avoided. Plastic buckets are easy to use and resistant to damage. It is convenient to work with a metal bucket, but difficult. Good physical fitness is required.|
|Bucket shape||To clear a large area, you will need a flat and wide shape. Removal of snow drifts will be faster due to the presence of deep sides. For clearing relief terrain, semicircular models are used. Smooth areas are cleaned with rectangular tools.|
|Working surface||The larger the area of the scoop, the more snow can be collected in one pass. However, it will take a lot of effort. The choice of an instrument should be based on the physique of a person and his physical fitness. The most comfortable to use are 40 cm designs.|
The length of the handle is selected based on the height of the person. Thus, it will be possible to minimize the load on the lower back and back. It is better to put a compact model in the machine, the handle of which can be extended if necessary. A set of interchangeable cuttings will also not be superfluous. A handy and useful car accessory that will help when clearing the roof or car.
The bucket has a rounded shape. High-strength plastic is used for the manufacture of boards. The model is equipped with a wooden handle. The length of the product is 1.5 m with a weight of 1.6 kg.
You can buy the product at a price of 250 rubles.
The model also belongs to the category of automobiles. The stainless steel edge is missing. The structure is painted black, so it is easier to find it in the snow.In addition, the surface will not get dirty while in the trunk of the car. The ergonomic T-shaped handle is responsible for the reliability of holding in the hand. The height of the sides is 10.5 cm, which makes the cleaning process quick and comfortable. It weighs 0.5 kg, so it is convenient to work with it.
Cost - 400 rubles.
The product has a wooden handle and a blade measuring 38x25.5 cm. The model cannot be classified as a novelty, but over time the product has been somewhat improved. So, users note that the shovel becomes easier over the years. The weight of the structure is 1500 g, which is considered an acceptable indicator. It is easy to remove snow with it, but you will have to bend over a lot (length 95 cm). The bucket is made of polypropylene and is able to cut through ice 5 cm thick. The rubberized handle will not slip out of your hands or cause discomfort. Wooden elements are protected from moisture by means of a special coating.
The sides of the tool are high, so it is convenient to throw snow into the body of municipal equipment.
Price - 460 rubles.
The dimensions of the described product are 41x49 cm, so a lot of snow can be removed in one pass. The handle is made of solid wood and painted black. Protection against moisture is weak, therefore it is recommended to additionally open the element with varnish. The ergonomic handle makes snow removal comfortable. The elements are connected to each other by means of self-tapping screws, so involuntary dismounting is excluded. The aluminum bar makes ice crumbling possible, and is able to withstand a collision with any obstacle. A weight of 2 kg will make the work short-lived.
Price - 480 rubles.
One of the best and most practical tools on the domestic market. It should be noted that the products can be ordered online in the corporate online store of the Russian manufacturer. The galvanized plate is equipped with ribs made of frost-resistant and durable plastic. The handle is included in the kit, but an additional kit can be purchased if necessary. The handle has a V-cut and is made of wood.
Cost - 500 rubles.
Before choosing this popular model, it should be noted that the structure is made of high quality aluminum and painted in a copper shade. One stiffener is provided. It has a curved shape and runs along the entire length of the product. The handle is equipped with a rubberized grip, which makes the grip as comfortable as possible. The weight of the structure is 600 g, so a person will be able to work longer and the feeling of fatigue will come to him later. The metal edge is thin, which will clear the area from ice to asphalt. It is not recommended to chop ice with it, however, according to users, it is possible.
Cost - 980 rubles.
The model is equipped with a comfortable wooden handle and a plastic attachment on the handle. An excellent solution for those who will work with it a lot and often. The construction is durable and frost-resistant.Weighing 1.9 kg, the diameter of the working cover is 49x41 cm. The appearance is standard, moreover, you can repair it yourself.
How much does the model cost? The purchase will cost 1000 rubles.
It is this model that is better to buy for those who are going to use the tool from time to time. The length of the product is 144 cm, with a working surface diameter of 39x41 cm.
Cost - 1140 rubles.
A review of this product from a popular brand showed that the model meets all the necessary parameters that make the tool reliable, practical and durable. The body is painted bright orange, so finding the structure in a snowdrift is quite easy. The bucket is made of aluminum. The handle is complemented by a convenient handle with a plastic bridge. The width of the working element is 21 cm, which makes it an excellent solution for creating a track for a car. The stiffening rib, which runs along the entire length of the product, is responsible for the strength indicator. The material does not corrode, but the paint will soon begin to peel off.
It should be noted that, if necessary, the bucket can be detached from the handle. For their subsequent fixation, you will need a nut and a bolt. When disassembled, it reaches 71 cm. The load on the back is minimal.
You can buy at a price of 1180 rubles.
The snow blower has amazing performance. To begin with, the width of the working surface of 61.5 cm should be noted. With these parameters, the yard will be cleaned faster. High quality polypropylene is used for the bucket. There are side boards for greater grip. The tool will sweep the snow layer like a bulldozer, or expensive electrical (battery) devices. Stiffeners are used semicircular, which diverge at the edges, so the product is able to withstand significant loads. Thus, the manufacturer managed to maintain a single strength indicator at any point of contact.
Particularly noteworthy is the curved shape of the shovel, which is shaped like an aluminum handle. It is extremely convenient to handle it. The bucket is low enough that a person does not need to constantly bend over. Both an elderly person and one who has problems with the spine can cope with such a device.
Cost - 1230 rubles.
Modern analogue of a snow shovel. It is referred to as an engine for snow, the bucket width of which is 80 cm. Also, the products are equipped with two hidden-type wheels, which will allow you to easily move snow masses of any size. The working surface is molded from plastic, no burrs or distortions were found. Lateral support is present only 40% of its length. The back side is used to fix the snow masses inside the product. Equipped with a metal edge. The aluminum handle does not bend under stress. There is a rubberized coating over the entire area.
According to the majority of users, the existing reinforced ribs deserve special attention. Unlike similar products, they are thicker and much taller.The plastic used will retain its original qualities down to -15 ° C. Below -20 ° C, polymers will begin to crack.
Price - 1400 rubles.
The rounded plastic shapes are complemented by the familiar wooden handle on a comfortable handle. Dimensions 38x49 cm.
Price - 1580 rubles.
Product weight - 1100 g, with a length of 1.2 m. The bucket measuring 40x40 cm is extremely convenient in operation. Rounded shape. The surface material is plastic.
Price - 1860 rubles.
The bucket has a rounded shape. The sides are made of aluminum. The handle is metal, high quality and durable. The length of the product is 133 cm. The total weight of the structure is 0.5 kg. Bucket dimensions 35.5x38 cm.
Average price - 1870 rubles.
Our rating includes a model with a length of 63 cm. Due to this, it is convenient to transport it in the trunk and use it if necessary. A 22 cm wide bucket is considered the best solution for removing obstacles in the way of a car. If necessary, the sides can be raised by 10.5 cm. Most of the product is made of high-strength plastic, so it does not threaten corrosion. The manufacturer's warranty is 2 years, however, based on numerous reviews on the network, no returns have happened yet. Weighs 500 g.
Cost - 1900 rubles.
The parameters of the working surface are 37.5x50 cm, so with sufficient physical preparation it will be possible to clear the yard quickly and efficiently. The side walls are insignificant. Rubberized handle on the handle, which allows you to grab the bar with your hands almost anywhere. The shovel will not slip out. The handle has anatomical cutouts, making the grip as secure as possible. The aluminum product is not afraid of corrosion, but the weight will be 1.7 kg. Based on numerous reviews, the product is considered one of the strongest on the domestic market.
The stalk is attached in five different places, at the same distance from each other. Thus, the manufacturer managed to achieve the most even distribution of the load throughout the structure. The bucket is also made of aluminum, so it will perfectly cope not only with snowdrifts, but also with ice flooring. The appearance of cracks and chips is excluded, since the material will survive the collision with any obstacle.
Cost - 2540 rubles.
Snow shovel, which is essentially a full-fledged scraper on wheels. The device is designed for the rapid movement of large snow masses. The frame is made of high strength aluminum. There are also two characteristic curves (on the bucket and on the handle), making the model extremely easy to operate. The sides are capable of increasing in height, which makes it possible to work with really large snowdrifts. The shovel does not rise. With its help, masses are transported over any distance.
There is also an aluminum edge to keep it from getting stuck when hitting ice. Five stiffeners are responsible for the preservation of the plastic form. The design is intended for frequent use. The dimensions of the working surface are 68x83 cm. The model is rightfully considered one of the best on the market. Her performance indicator is simply amazing. In addition, you can work with a shovel for many hours, because there is no need to lift it.
Price - RUB 3100
A well-known brand that specializes in the manufacture of garden tools. An excellent shovel for scraping off frozen snow masses. The structure is made of high strength steel. Alloyed metal is used, which negatively affected the weight of the model (6.4 kg). A series of bolts are used to connect the bucket to the handle. The working part and the edge are a single tool, so it will not fall apart under significant load.
Corrosion is not terrible for the product, however, there are no auxiliary wheels in the kit. In order to displace the snow collected in a shovel, considerable efforts will have to be made. On clean asphalt, the product will make a terrible grinding noise, and the work will turn into agony. The construction is incredibly strong and the blade will never break. If necessary, any damage is repaired by welding with argon.
Cost - 3600 rubles.
A great solution for a summer cottage. The model belongs to the telescopic category. Bolts are used to connect the individual elements. The retractable part can reach a length of 2.2-4 m. To fix it, you need to hold down a special button. The width of the shovel will be enough to process a large area in one go. Human movement will be kept to a minimum. For the manufacture of the structure, high-strength plastic with a soft edge is used. The bar will not crack even after hitting a stone.
The rubberized layer is located along the entire length, so the shovel will not slip out of your hands. Work without gloves is allowed. Many experts noted the functionality of the product, which allows you to push the snow mass in front of you, and not carry it on outstretched arms. Thanks to this principle of action, a person will be able to process a large area with less physical and time costs.
Price - 6500 rubles.
Snow shovels are often made from metal, plastic or wood. The latter option is considered the most economical. Such a design can be done independently, at home. When choosing such products, it is recommended to give preference to models with metal tips. Such an addition will help increase the operational life of the selected inventory. It will be convenient and efficient to use. Perfect solution for removing dry and light snow. Metal structures are used to remove old, wet or heavy snow. The wrong choice of snow shovel is fraught with product breakdown and additional costs.
Snow cleaning rules:
It is necessary to lift the shovel correctly: first, you should squat down, raise the inventory and climb already with a weight. In this way, back injuries can be avoided.