Choosing Snow Removal Equipment

When it comes to clearing your driveway and sidewalk, the equiptment you use can have an impact. The type of shovel can actually make the job of moving the white stuff easier or harder. So how do you decide whether you need a scoop or scraper? Plastic or metal?

Jeff Kyhos owns Charlie's Hardware in Mosinee. He says your decision on what shovel to to buy really comes down to the type of snow you want to move. NewsChannel 7 asked him what he would recoomend for the light, fluffy snow that fell this week.

"Most of the people are going to a scraper because it's a lot faster and a little wider," Kyhos answered. "You can get those is metal or you can get them in plastic. plastics very popular especially for decks so that you don't ruin decks."

For wet, heavy snow he recommends a scoop. While shovels with bent handles are hailed as backsavers, Kyhos says they may not always be the right choice. If you have tall piles of snow, like we do now, the bent handle actually makes it harder to get the snow you're shoveling up and over the snow banks and out of your way.

Like shovels, snowblowers also vary in size and construction. Kyhos says the snowblower you choose depends on application.

"If you're doing a little bit of a larger area or driveway we definitely recommend the two-stage snow throwers," Kyhos advises. "It's able to lift the heavier snows and throw them a little bit farther."

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