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PostMon Dec 25, 2017 7:38 am 
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I have a "made in Ironwood, Michigan" snow scoop and a made in the USA snow shovel.  I will be using both when it gets light outside as it looks like there is around 5 inches of white death accumulation.  The snow scoop is a wonderful thing to have and it was suggested that I get one when I was in exile in Up Nort Wisconsin.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/snow-shovels-winter-canada-1.4444423

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PostMon Dec 25, 2017 8:37 am 
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treeswarper wrote:
I have a "made in Ironwood, Michigan" snow scoop and a made in the USA snow shovel.

I read your linked article treeswarper, but I do not see brand names.  From the rest of your post it seems that you are particularly lauding the snow scoop.  However I did a search for snow shovels made in Ironwood, Michigan and found this manufacturer (Silver Bear) and their snow scoop.  This may be the one you are referring to.  Video demonstrations here.  Looks like it will save your back.  That's the hard part about snow shoveling.

Is there a particular snow shovel brand you like?  I have a fair to middling one that I use, but will be in the market for a good one soon.  Oh, and Merry Christmas!
Thanks,  ~z
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treeswarper
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PostMon Dec 25, 2017 9:13 am 
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I do not like snow shovels.  I use a basic one that I don't think I can break.  I do love the snow scoop and I think it is now called the Silver Bear.  It says Kaufman on it and Ironwood MI.  As one cheesehead told me, the next step up would be a snowblower.

There is a bit of planning to be done for snow scoop using if one lives in a heavy snow area.  You've got to have a ramp to push it up the growing snow bank If you can't shove the snow over a precipice.  One time I came home from work and my neighbor had come over with his snowblower and cleared out my driveway!  It was great not to have to clear my way back in but it made it difficult to use my snow scoop later on.

I do my 100 yard road with one.  It takes a while but I look at it as going to the gym.  And, now I really better get my lazy bum out and get to work.  I also put flame decals on the side of my snow scoop to make it faster. smile.gif

Enjoy.

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PostMon Dec 25, 2017 11:02 am 
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I lived in Ironwood from 1973-1977.  They get a lot of snow.  Being teenagers, my brothers and I got to shovel it.  The snow scoop was a big help.  Snow on the yard was several feet deep, so, like you said, we'd have a couple ramps to push it up off the sidewalks and driveway.  Then the wind would blow, fill everything in again, and we'd get to start over.

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PostMon Dec 25, 2017 11:39 am 
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treeswarper wrote:
I do love the snow scoop and I think it is now called the Silver Bear.  It says Kaufman on it and Ironwood MI.

Thank-you.   I appreciate your bringing this to my attention.  The flame decals would definitely give it a boost.  wink.gif    ~z
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PostMon Dec 25, 2017 12:20 pm 
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We have a kinder, gentler version of the white death here this year so far in North Idaho. We received over a foot and a half of snow last week, but the temps have been below freezing so it's powder and most of the roofs have slid. Last year at this time the temps were warmer so we had wet, consolidated snow with a consistency akin to cement.

I was shoveling 3'x3' blocks of snow off of several roofs so they wouldn't collapse. Hoping not to have to shovel roofs this year. We have a neighbor guy who plows our circular driveway so no worries there. The only shoveling I have done so far is an 8' section from the driveway to the house and the doorway to the shop, easy peasy!

On a side note, anyone here who is familiar with Grandview resort on Priest Lake....it is no more, new owners tore down the lodge and all the cabins and are going to turn it into an RV resort.  mad.gif

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PostMon Dec 25, 2017 3:57 pm 
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The snow scoop is a wonderful yooper product.  I am moving back to the sunny Okanogan so will probably use it there--but the snow will be lighter and the driveway much shorter.

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PostMon Dec 25, 2017 8:45 pm 
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I have 3 shovels. 1 plastic scoop, an old scoop from my grandparents' old farm, and a newer metal blades shovel. I bought a polar tuff plow off amazon for cheap last year as well. The polar tuff plow sees the most use as my driveway sits higher than the ground off to the sides of it, so pushing snow off the beaten path is easy.

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PostTue Dec 26, 2017 10:57 am 
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The snow scoop (Yellow device in background of pic in linked article) was a life saver in "unusual" Winter snow in Central Oregon last Winter.   I just about wore one out on our short driveway and sidewalks.   Just using a shovel would have killed my back.  I had to use it almost every day for several months.   NOT a normal pattern where I now live.

Amazing how much snow you can move.  Different strategies required compared to a powered snow blower because as the snow builds up you have to create ramps to slide the snow to the top of your 3 foot tall snow piles.  Before the snow piles got to a ridiculous height, I could clear the driveway almost as fast as some of the commercial services working on the neighbors, at $100 or so each time.   That was good economic incentive.  And the scoop was only about $40 at Ace Hardware.

I also have a wide, almost flat blade, with a similar U-shape handle for scraping off the driveway when its a light dusting of an in inch or two.  Minutes to clear our driveway of a dusting.

And of course a basic snow shovel for detail work. 

And had to buy a roof rake for last year, which really caught people off guard.  Very unusual to worry about ice dams around here.

This year, so far Seattle has gotten more snow than what we have here....but the Winter has just started.

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PostTue Dec 26, 2017 2:56 pm 
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Here is the truly lazy american way to clear snow

http://a.co/3rlmA7f

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PostWed Dec 27, 2017 11:41 am 
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The best way to move the white death is the keep your shoulders square to the fall line, gently angulate your skis and keep your center of gravity over the balls of your feet. Rocker tips greatly help in pow, wet pow, cut pow, crud and mank.
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PostWed Dec 27, 2017 6:14 pm 
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Ah, my dream, moving back to the Okanogan.  Left Omak in 74, time to move back.
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PostWed Dec 27, 2017 6:34 pm 
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A grain-scoop at the farm supply will save you $$ versus the White Death marketing hysteria.

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PostWed Dec 27, 2017 7:37 pm 
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trestle wrote:
A grain-scoop at the farm supply will save you $$ versus the White Death marketing hysteria.

definitely NOT the same thing.  And the snow scoop is only $50 at True Value.

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treeswarper
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PostThu Dec 28, 2017 6:23 am 
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trestle wrote:
A grain-scoop at the farm supply will save you $$ versus the White Death marketing hysteria.

Those are horrible for snow removal.  You can ride them down the hill though.  Maybe that's why they use them at some ski areas?  Or because they are tough?

The Zipfy sled design is based on a shovel.

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