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The cold weather’s inspired us — and a number of readers — to re-examine the best ways to remove snow from walkways, driveways, and even roadways.  We’ve found a couple of duds, and a few good ideas — but this looks pretty slick.

Jimmy writes: “We just had our first dusting of snow here in CT.  I have a steep, twisty driveway, so even this one inch of snow needs to be cleared.  When there isn’t enough snow to justify the big snow blower, this is just the trick.  It’s basically a human-powered snowplow, with an arced and curved blade.  You just push this up and down the driveway working your way from the center out.  You just have to push the snow and don’t have to lift it up.  Nice!”

The curved blade works just like the one on a snowplow to push the snow out to one side.  This looks like it’d be sweet for sidewalks where one pass would do the job.  Of course, I’ll totally defer to the judgement of Toolmongers up North.

It’s available direct from Rittenhouse (in Canada) for $41 U.S ($47 Canadian).

The Snow Roller Snow Shovel [Rittenhouse] 

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5 Responses to Reader Find: The Rittenhouse Snow Roller

  1. Patrick says:

    I have one. It works good for 1 inch or less. But it’s not good for anything more than that.

  2. Adam Jaskiewicz says:

    It wouldn’t work too well up here. We regularly get six to eight inches in a night, sometimes more.

  3. Darrell Miller says:

    You are right. This snow pusher will not work on heavy snows in the
    Great White North. But here in Indiana, when had over a dozen snows this year that the Snow roller worked perfect on. The problem is that Rittenhouse no longer seems to sell these. If you are unhappy with the one you own, do you want to sell it? Mine is over 10 years old and it’s getting a bit worn.

  4. Chris says:

    The developer is in Canada…isn’t that the Great White North? Maybe it would be good for up to 5″ or so? I normally shovel every few hours to avoid having too much of a buildup, but I get too tired to do the whole driveway; I just do the walkway, mailbox, and tire tracks. I would like to do the whole driveway so that visitors have a place to park, but it can’t be too strenuous. Maybe that’d work for me here in southern Vermont? What do you guys think?

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