How do I select the right snow shovel?

A snow shovel may be an obvious winter weather tool, but to get the most from yours, make sure you pick the right kind.

For areas with lighter snow, two to three inches at a time, a pusher will suffice. Pushers are shovels designed to handle two to three inches of snow at a time by placing the shovel to the ground and pushing it off to the side of your driveway. This makes them perfect for areas with lighter snow, or those who don't mind taking their time with heavier snowfalls. These are often made of plastic, making them light and easy to wield.

But for those individuals in areas with heavy snowfall who want to get the job done fast, a scoop shovel is the tool for the job. These shovels are designed for lifting and throwing larger amounts of snow into a pile. Due to the heavier loads they carry, they are most often made of steel, making them heavier and more durable.

Pusher/scoop combo shovels also exist. If you need a durable scoop and a lighter shovel, look for shovels made with aluminum. We recommend keeping a shovel in your car in case you need to dig yourself out. Smaller, compact designs and fold-up shovels exist for easy portability. Ergonomic designs also exist.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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