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Our guarantee: You always get the best products at the greatest value. The Wovel is now distributed globally, most recently available, in Canada, Japan, Scandinavia, and Germany.
A Bit of Company History
How did this shovel and wheel come together to make the Wovel®?
“The inspiration for the Wovel was a desire to solve the age-old problem of snow shovels and snow removal in a fast, safe, environmentally clean, quiet, maintenance-free way that still could store on the wall and not ruin my back, ” says the founder and president of Structured Solutions II, LLC, which manufactures and distributes the Wovel.
Early prototypes took advantage of simple tools to reduce body stress, in particular lower back. Using electrical conduit piping, sheet metal and, of course, duct tape, he attached a customized “shovel” to an oversized bicycle wheel that enabled him to traverse steps, snow piles and, even in its initial crude form, clear snow with much greater ease than regular shoveling. Much like a child’s seesaw, the shovel and wheel combination acted as a fulcrum and lever, letting him use his entire body strength to scoop and toss the snow. The large wheel not only maneuvered and rolled over objects better in the snow, but it also provided the ability to throw further and higher than had anticipated. Drawing upon his experience of developing a variety of other patented products, he began to engineer a refined version and applied for a patent on the concept.
“I think most new inventions don’t make it to market because most inventors don’t understand the complexities of launching a product or creating a company,”. “While an invention may be brilliant, you not only need to make sure it works, but you need to get it to market and make it consumer friendly.” Structured Solutions II designs and manufactures novel products that simplify and ease the chores of every day life, ranging from hardware items to electronics accessories and military/defense technologies based on patented custom designs.
The Wovel won the 'Best Inventions of 2006' from Time Magazine and the Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice Award for the best new product at the 2005 National Hardware Show. At the two major 2006 European hardware industry events in
Cologne, , it received accolades and orders at the spring International Hardware Show and was awarded one of the Top 10 Products in Show at the fall SPOGA-GAFA fair.
The uniqueness of the product prompted the
Massachusetts to commission an independent research study on exactly how the Wovel works and why it has such positive effects on the human body. The study, expected to be published in the coming months, confirmed that the Wovel reduces lower back stress to something akin to “simply walking” and dramatically reduces overall physical exertion by as much as 75-80% and more vs snow shovels. Wovelers, as those who use a Wovel are sometimes called, also report to us that it is two to three times faster than regular snow shoveling…the Wovel is earning the reputation as the World’s Safest Snow Shovels!
“Big heavy snowfalls are called widow-makers in the northeast because people go out and stress their hearts, backs and lungs trying to dead lift heavy snow with snow shovels, often with disastrous results,” , citing a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission statistic of 72,000 annual emergency room visits associated with snow removal injuries. “The Wovel virtually eliminates the strain on those areas of your body typically stressed by snow shovels and saves you time vs shoveling as well. It can beat all single-stage snow blowers and outperforms two-stage snow blowers in up to eight inches of snow, all while being environmentally friendly.”
“This isn’t just a better product, it is an entirely new approach. With gas prices up and baby boomers aging, the Wovel helps the environment and makes usiong snow shovels easier,”. “Our early success, combined with the outstanding performance and safety efficacy, are clear indicators that the global rollout of the Wovel this season will be highly successful.”
The Wovel is sturdy, but at just 26 pounds, is easily maneuvered, fully adjustable for user height or any snow conditions and easily disassembled to hang on the wall like other snow shovels.
Available in catalogs and on websites, as well as in independent hardware stores in the , , and , it is expected to be a top holiday gift item in the pre-winter market. An instructional DVD is included with every Wovel to help people get the hang of scooping and tossing instead ofthe bending and twisting and aching from snow shovels.