Updated Winter 2016
Shoveling snow doesn’t have to be synonymous with breaking your back. One of the best inventions in the area of snow removal is the snow shovel with wheels. There are a lot of snow shovels available these days that really help reduce the strain on your back and arms and make shoveling snow almost enjoyable. Almost. Wheeled snow shovels almost always fall into the category of “pusher shovels.” These rolling snow pushers are great for moving large amounts of snow and in general put less strain and stress on your body.
While I haven’t used it myself, I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Dakota SnoBlade. Like most snow shovels that have wheels, it is a pusher shovel, meaning you don’t scoop the snow and throw it. Rather you push the snow off to the side.
The Dakota SnoBlade has a wide 36″ blade and is bi-directional. This means that the shovel is slanted to push snow off to one side. when you push snow one way, once you get to the end you lift up on the handle and the wheels and blade flip over and you are ready to start pushing snow in the other direction. This way, all the snow gets pushed to one side. This is one of the coolest features of the SnoBlade.
This shovel is a great little shovel that works very well. You wouldn’t want to use this shovel for snow that is too heavy or too deep but it works perfectly for 3-4 inches of snow. The wheeled shovel by Kotula will let you clear your driveway very quickly.
You will have zero strain on your back after clearing your driveway with this shovel. The handle extends to a very tall height so you won’t have to bend over at all while shoveling. With the Flip It by Power Dynamics, you will be able to push a lot of snow in record times.
I’ve written about the Wovel before. I don’t have much more to say about it other than what I wrote there, but I include it in this list because it’s a pretty popular shovel. The Wovel is also sometimes called the Snow Wolf. That’s right, the Sno Wolf. So that’s a bonus, too. It is one of the more expensive shovels in this list but it can also handle deeper, thicker snow. It is regularly placed at the top of the list of best snow shovels made. I still plan on getting one of these some day so I can write a proper review. But until then, head over and check out the reviews on Amazon.
Also, if you regularly have to deal with ice on your driveway or sidewalk, I’d also look at the following accessories for the Wovel. First, the Chipper Plate accessory. This attaches to the bottom of the Snow Wolf and makes it easy to chip away ice and hard-packed snow. The second accessory is the Snap On Wear Strip. This one protects the blade on your shovel.
Finally, the Snowcaster 30SNC is one of my favorite snow shovel with wheels that I’ve used. It has an extremely wide blade at 36 inches and that means it can push a lot of snow. This one, like the Wheeled Shovel by Kotula can only handle a few inches of snow but you’ll be amazed at how quickly you clear your driveway.
Pusher Snow Shovels with Wheels
A final word about using shovels like these. As I’ve mentioned above, these types of shovels are best for a few inches of snow or less. I wouldn’t suggest using them in more than 4″ of snow. So when it snows a foot or more, you’re going to want to use something else. (Hint: a snow blower) However, I’ve found that to stay on top of things, you can go out while it is still snowing and clear the driveway a few times during heavy snow fall. It sounds like a lot of work and you might feel stupid shoveling your driveway while it is still snowing, but with how well these pusher shovels work, it actually isn’t that bad.