February 03, 2011

'Snow Shovels of Death'

With a nod to efficiency expert Frederick Winslow Taylor,Salon examines the inefficiencies of snow shovels.

Two thoughts:

1. I really like the bent-handled models. Being more than six feet tall, I find that short-handled shovels kill my back far worse. With the bent-handled model, I do more pivoting and less bending. I do keep a grain shovel on hand for tackling high drifts.

2. An elderly woman in Cañon City once showed me her trick of tying a rope to the handle of her shovel, which had much the same effect, I think, as does the second, perpendicular handle that the article describes.  She said it helped her work more efficiently.

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