Cool Tool: The Snow Plow Shovel

by Josh on December 30, 2008 · 12 comments

in Ideas

My parents and I agreed that we would cut back on Christmas gifts this year, but that didn’t stop “Santa” from delivering an awesome new Snowplow shovel to my front porch the week of Christmas.

New Shovel

Readers in warmer locations might not appreciate the value of a great snow shovel, but for my corner lot in Minneapolis it is essential equipment several months of the year.  

A good shovel must be sturdy, light in weight, and capable of cleaning down to the concrete.  The Snowplow meets these criteria better than anything I’ve used before.

What set the Snowplow apart are its beefy blade brace and ultra-high-molecular-weight (UHMW) polyethelene blade.  The blade is thick, and–bolted to the brace– it is incredibly stiff.  This stiffness helps the Snowplow break up compacted snow and clear down to the concrete.  The UHWE plastic is also inherently slippery and I haven’t seen a single flake stick to the blade.

The chief downside I can find to the Snowplow shovel is limited availability.  Right now the only retail locations carrying the shovel are in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Local readers can find the Snowplow in many neighborhood hardware stores.  Otherwise, you can order it from the company website.

Check it out– this is one excellent tool.

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Joe December 30, 2008 at 3:05 am

I could have used that last week! I had to borrow my neighbor’s shovel to clean my sidewalk for the first time ever.

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Anne December 31, 2008 at 10:30 am

Haven’t tried this one. We have multiple shovels – for heavy snow, light snow, ice, etc. We have a large corner lot in Chicago and it’s a LOT of sidewalk to clear. With the combo of snow and ice we’ve been getting, we’ve really been getting a workout. Wish all of our neighbors were doing their part. Walking to and from the train has been more of a challenge so far this eyar.

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Josh December 31, 2008 at 11:40 am

@Joe: As rarely as Portland gets heavy snow, sharing a shovel seems like a good idea to me.

@Anne: I haven’t tried the Snowplow on ice yet, but glare ice can be a challenge for any shovel. I keep sand and ice melt handy in the winter to tackle the slippery spots.

Maybe clearing the sidewalks will among your neighbors’ resolutions for the New Year.

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Sandy January 1, 2009 at 11:45 am

I hope that shovel reaches Michigan soon! It sounds great!

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Keith January 7, 2009 at 9:40 pm

I live in Upstate NY, and am in need of a nice snow shovel! I bent the handle of the push shovel from Walmart, although they did give me a refund no questions asked.
What size do you have? I see that they have some huge sizes available, but I’m not sure if I want anything larger than 30″.
Melnor shovels seem to get positive reviews, but this shovel looks to be of even higher quality.

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Josh January 8, 2009 at 10:25 am

@Keith: Thanks for the question! My shovel is the 24″ size. I find it to be plenty big for my sidewalk and small driveway.

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Ed January 11, 2009 at 3:55 pm

I just bought one of these at Diamond Lake Hardware in Minneapolis.

It is a great snow shovel. I debated the 36″ vs the 24″. I thought the 36″ would plow my front walk in one fell swoop – but I realized that 36″ is a lot of snow to push. So I got the 24″ and it is perfect and is better suited to my front steps.

The first day that I tried it – I plowed the neighbors walks too as I was having so much fun – albeit there was not too much snow.

I love good solid tools. This one fits the bill. Diamond Lake has a good supply as of last Friday.

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Ed January 11, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Correction: I just measured – I bought the 30″ model.

Almost makes you wish for snow! ;-)

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Josh January 11, 2009 at 11:04 pm

Thanks for adding your review, Ed. Just don’t wish too hard for that snow– we seem to be getting plenty as it is!

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Orlando Orthodontist October 27, 2009 at 2:34 am

Using a shovel is really difficult so I’m wondering how that nifty-looking tool would compare to one. It would be a worthy purchase if it’s more convenient to use.

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Bryan W January 4, 2010 at 12:34 am

These are the shovels that you see the ice crews using at NHL games these days. I was at a Blackhawks game a couple of days after Christmas and I saw the Ice Girls plowing away with one of these. Right then I knew I had to find this shovel. It appeared that she was using the 48″ model and that was the selling point for me. If we don’t have a heavy wet snow, then I will push two shovels at once to try to get the job done faster. I figured the 48″ model would do away with the awkwardness of pushing two shovels. My problem was that I didn’t know what kind of shovel they were using. I found a photo of an Atlanta Thrashers Ice Girl using one of these photos and you could clearly see the handle said “The Snow Plow”. As you can imagine a Google search for “The Snow Plow” yields a lot of things besides shovels. After some creative other searching methods I finally found this website and the link to the manufacture. I found a distributor located about 20 miles away and I plan on going and picking up the 48″ model this week. I’m hoping they have it and that I don’t have to order it as I want it now. Unfortunately the distributor was closed Thursday, Friday, and Today (Sunday), and was only open from 8-11 on Saturday. Keeping my fingers crossed that they have these in stock and that I get a chance to use it soon. I’ll let you guys know what I think as soon as I can. If anybody is in Chicago and looking for one of these, apparently Russo Power Equipment is one of TSP shovel distributors.

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Leo Kolo December 29, 2012 at 11:16 am

I have owned a 30″ Snow Plow for close to 10 yrs. And I can say there is nothing like them. For those who don’t know UHMW the blade material, it wares better than steel and yet is very light weight. And it is almost impossible for snow to stick to it.
If there is a draw back , the blade is not the best scooper, because the snow slides off too easily when throwing. It will outlast several conventional shovels.

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