Shop Now for the Winter Tools You Need
Once winter arrives, you’ll be faced with the dreaded job of cleaning snow and ice from your walkways and off your car. In some areas with light snowfall this may not be a time-consuming task but in other areas, it can be back-breaking labor to clean your sidewalks and to keep your car cleared of snow.
The right tools can make this job much easier, and it’s good to take stock of what you have and what you need now, before the first snowfall.
A good snow shovel is imperative if you need to clean walkways. The right snow shovel will help to alleviate some of the weight of the snow, whereas one that is poorly designed will put more pressure on your back. Look for one with a curved shovel area and a longer handle so you don’t need to bend over so much when using your shovel. A thin lip along the edge will make it easier for you to scrape snow and ice off the sidewalk.
For lighter snowfall, a good broom is best. You can easily sweep the light snow off your sidewalk. Be sure you get a good push broom that is made for snow and outside use as cleaning snow will tear up a regular broom. A push broom is also typically easier to use than one that needs to be swept side to side. A broom makes it easier to clean steps which are inaccessible to shovels.
For heavier snowfall and larger areas to clean, a snow blower is the best choice. This makes it easier to clean deep and heavy snow. This is also the best idea for those who are getting along in years and those who may have back problems or breathing problems, or who for whatever reason shouldn’t be lifting heavy snow. For most residential areas, a lightweight snow blower is going to work but for places with heavier snowfall, a heavy-duty snow blower may be the better choice. If you try to clean too much snow or very heavy snow with a lighter snow blower, you can put undue strain on the blades and mechanics and it may break down sooner.
While shopping for tools to clear your walkways, be sure you pick up the items needed to clear your car. A brush with a long handle can sweep snow off the entire windshield with just one or two passes. A good scraper will get ice from your windshield easily. Small and cheaply made brushes will typically fall apart after only a few uses, so invest in high quality tools. If your car is iced over, turn the car on and run the defroster then put warm tap water in a pitcher or jug and run it slowly over the icy parts to clear it quickly. You may need to do this a few times but the warm water is much more effective than trying to clear it with your brush or chipper.