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Tired Of Shovelling Snow But Can't Afford A Snow Thrower?

Updated on September 6, 2011

change is good

One of the aspects of living in Canada I enjoy is the four seasons, the changes that the landscape undergoes every few months. There are four distinct seasons here on the east Coast, although the old joke says there are only two seasons, winter and construction season.

Now sometimes the change comes late with spring arriving in later June and summer consisting of two weeks in the middle of July but overall, the changes are evident.

The flowers return to life in the spring, well once the snow has gone which is probably the best definition of Spring I can find.

The trees begin to green and as time passes their leaves turn red and yellow.

The songbirds flock in near the end of winter and anyone who has a birdfeeder in their yard will hear and see them hungrily devouring the seeds.

The only, well, besides the days when the temperature sinks below minus 30 Celsius and that is not taking the wind chill into effect, I have with winter is the snow.

I do enjoy snow but there is a limit to my enjoyment.

It is not the snow I actually object to it is the removing of the snow from the driveway, deck, porch and walkways.

Keeping the record accurate, I have a neighbour who, for a reasonable fee, uses his snow thrower to remove the heavy snow, which is what most snowfalls are.

I use the shovel to clean the deck and walkways. This is good exercise and I do not mind it. This month I have been getting my exercise about three times per week. I have the sore arms to prove it.

I was pricing snow throwers because I do like to take care of my own property but the price is a bit steep.

Now there are cheaper models but the one I’d buy is the battery operated model, no cord trailing behind me to get caught up in who knows what. Now need for fuel which I’d have to go out and buy. But the machine’s cost is simply more than I can or want to pay.

I have spent sometime surfing the net looking for an answer to this situation as I have no intention of moving to a climate where there is no snow. In the course of my digital wandering I came across the wovel.

This could be a tool that I can use. I can still get some exercise, no need to add gas or recharge the batteries; well mine, but a snack and a short nap will do that. No cord dragging along behind, I may just be onto something.

I wish I knew someone locally who had one so I could take it out for a test drive first but the price is not that high so I may be taking a closer look real soon, well at least in time for next winter.

I mean there are only a few weeks left in this winter, so how much can it actually snow?

wovel in action

Wovel in Action
Wovel in Action

current snow removal tools

Bob Ewing,photo
Bob Ewing,photo

snow thrower


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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Too little snow here this year, thanks for the input.

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    8 years ago

    I tried the wovel. It's not bad, though still a work out.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    I could not clear all the snow we get with a manual shovel. Thanks for stopping by.

  • cgull8m profile image


    9 years ago from North Carolina

    I prefer the manual shovel, but we hardly get any snow here. I like the manual one because it doesn't cost additional energy plus it is a good exercise. The cleared paths looks good in the end.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    The snow here is not as heavy as last year, yet. Thanks for visiting.

  • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

    Zsuzsy Bee 

    9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    Bob as Dottie said I wove it too. Living on a farm with a loooong drive way I probably would benefit from one of those gadgets too. Especially because its always so windy here that the same snow keeps revisiting my drive daily. Yesterday I had to take a couple of drifts that were past my waist. This winter has been the worst I've seen here in southwestern Ontario. Lookinf forward to your hub about the wovel regards Zsuzsy

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    If I get a wovelI'll make a video and wrte a hub, as I am also somewhat curious about how it works, How do you direct the snow to ths side, for example?

    Four Seasons, that's good. :)

  • Miss-Taken profile image


    9 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

    Not to correct you Bob, but there ARE four seasons here on the east coast of Canada, they are as follows:Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter and Construction. *L*

    A wovel huh..? I'm looking at the picture and just can't seem to figure out how it works. If the wheel flips the snow, wouldn't it flip it into your face?

    As for how much more it can snow... well, we ARE only half way through winter after all.. so umm.. I'm thinking you've just jinxed us. *L*

    Great hub!

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    Shirley Anderson 

    9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Never heard of a wovel. It certainly is an interesting looking piece of equipment.

    Your remark about "How much more can it snow?" Hahahaha, that's funny, Bob!

    Good luck with your snow removal! If you get a wovel, I hope you'll hub about it. Like I said, it sounds interesting.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for visiting.

  • Peggy W profile image

    Peggy Woods 

    9 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Thanks Bob for this interesting hub.

  • Peggy W profile image

    Peggy Woods 

    9 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Wow St.James! Pooper scooper? You must have some very LARGE animals! Ha! We no longer have need for anything like this living in Houston, but it surely would have been put to some good use in Wisconsin!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Now that is marketing thinking, Thanks for stopping by.

  • St.James profile image


    9 years ago from Lurking Around Florida

    Cool gadget!

    I can see some use for it here (even though I don't get snow). I could move a lot of sand, for sandcastle building. Or be the envy of the neighborhood by owning the coolest pooper-scooper in town.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    :) it is a cool name. thanks for stopping by.

  • Dottie1 profile image


    9 years ago from MA, USA

    A wovel? I wove it! :)


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