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Wovel® Wheeled Snow Shovel Operation

Average Snow
Wet/Heavy Snow
Light/Powdery Snow
Large Spaces
Sidewalks
Steep Driveways
Gravel/Uneven Surfaces
Icy Conditions
Plow-Packed Snow
 
How to Operate Your Sno Wovel™ wheeled snow shovel in Different Conditions - SEE OUR VIDEO GUIDE IN THE WOVEL TOUR..!
Average Snow
 
Make sure you see our new Video Guide DVD that accompanies every package and can be viewed on this web site in four languages (English, French, German and Japanese and ask about Swedish and Danish..and coming soon, Spanish). Using Sno Wovel™ wheeled snow shovels are not like shoveling--pushing, plowing, lifting, throwing. With a snow shovel, you throw snow to the side, which is less efficient and can strain the back. With a Sno Wovel, you throw snow mostly forwards, keeping your body upright, aligned, and balanced and without the lower back strain from snow shoveling. Instead of relying on the strength of your lower back, the Sno Wovel wheeled snow shovel allows you to use more of your body weight, legs, and shoulders.

In addition, the Sno Wovel wheeled snow shovel's large wheel allows you to roll over curbs, snow banks, and through just about any amount of snow.

Plus, the Sno Wovel shovel blade (snow scoop) holds 2-3 times what typical snow shovels can carry and is designed to flex and bend, which allows you to throw more snow farther than with snow shovels and helps you avoid injury (in case the blade strikes a stationary or submerged rock or other object). The flexible blade is constructed of molded plastic, and this helps prevent snow and ice from sticking as it does with many snow shovel blades.

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Wet/Heavy Snow
 
In heavy snow, you can throw snow higher and farther with the Sno Wovel wheeled snow shovel by taking a larger stride forward, still with a hard, quick downward thrust on the handle. This technique can be performed differently for different people, depending on body build and snow conditions. So experiment with Sno Wovel wheeled snow shovels a little to find out what works best for you.

Remember, the Sno Wovel™ wheeled snow shovels are not like regular snow shovels; it is not designed for tipping or flipping the blade to the side when releasing the snow. Instead, the Sno Wovel wheeled snow shovel should always be kept upright. When you are ready to release the snow from the snow shovel blade or scoop, angle it slightly towards the side, then take a step, stop abruptly, and thrust the snow off of the blade.

In heavy snow, you may choose to use the longer handle setting and to lower the handle slightly. If you are having trouble lifting and/or throwing the snow as far as you would like, move the wheel on the Sno Wovel wheeled snow shovel axle plates a slot or two forward towards the Sno Wovel blade. In very heavy or wet snow, keep some downward pressure on the handle as snow accumulates on the Sno Wovel blade. This will reduce the ground resistance. Attaching the optional Gravel Wheels accessory can also make it easier to move heavy loads.

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Light/Powdery Snow
 
In light or powdery snow, you won't form snow into piles with a single pass with the Sno Wovel wheeled snow shovel. Instead, you can plow the snow with Sno Wovel wheeled snow shovels into the Sno Wovel blade or snow scoop, like a snow plow, by walking quickly to gather the snow, then stopping abruptly to release it with a slight bumpand push - again leaning on the handle to reduce ground friction or resistance to minimize effort. In this way, the loosely packed snow can be quickly accumulated and thrown clear of the Sno Wovel blade.

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Large Spaces
 
To clear snow from large areas with less lifting, it is more efficient to clear snow around the edges of the area first. That way the center areas can be cleared without needing to lift the snow off the ground, improving efficiency.

1. Use Sno Wovel wheeled snow shovels to push the snow until you reach the spot where you want to deposit the snow.
2. Then lift and throw the snow as you see fit. If the Sno Wovel blade is filling up too quickly on a single pass, try clearing a narrower path of snow (less than a full shovel blade width). Or, as mentioned, dont try to clear as long a run at a time and work to clear the outer areas first - so the inner areas can be pushed to the sides without any lifting so you can keep moving faster.
3. Once you are at the beginning of your path, place the Sno Wovel snow shovel blade halfway between the cleared path and the uncleared path. This will allow you to move more rapidly and efficiently by ensuring the Sno Wovel blade is in contact with the ground.

Though the Sno Wovel can handle snow depths of up to two feet, it is recommended that you begin to clear snow with Sno Wovel wheeled snow shovels after about 8-10 inches of snowfall, especially if the snow is very wet.

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Sidewalks
 
Sidewalks and paths can be cleared with very little effort using the Sno Wovel wheeled snow shovel. Again, remember, you want to throw mostly forward and always keep Sno Wovel wheeled snow shovels upright for the best leverage and safest motion. The Sno Wovel wheeled snow shovel is designed to minimize work by allowing you to do as little lifting and throwing as possible, and more plowing and pushing. Even the plowing/pushing can be very efficient once the snow is on the blade and rolling..like coasting on a bicyle once in motion.

1. On sidewalks, scoop the snow and as you start to throw make a very slight turn to angle your blade slightly to the right or left where you will toss or drop the snow - but no tipping!.
2. Start accumulating snow.
3. When the blade is full, start to push the handles down as you step forward, just as you would normally do when you throw snow. (For sidewalks and paths, you usually wont need to lift much. Simply, lift and push the snow gently to the sides.)
4. Start your throwing motion.
5. Turn your body and shovel the snow at a slight angle to either side, stepping in the same direction when you throw. If you lift the snow scoop slightly, give the Sno Wovel a modest push, then stop abruptly, the snow should release with little effort.


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Steep Driveways
 
As much as possible, when using your Sno Sno Wovel wheeled snow shovels you should rely on the natural gravity provided by steep driveways.

1. Move snow gradually downhill, pushing your Sno Wovel diagonally across from one side of the driveway to the other.
2. In most cases, especially for single lane driveways, it is faster to back up after each pass and keep clearing rows of snow in the same direction, throw the snow, and repeat the process. In this way, you will push the Sno Wovel back in the same direction as you came from and throw the snow on the same side of the driveway every time. This is especially important if your driveway has a slope, where you should work from the top to the bottom, generally clearing diagonally across the hill and throwing to the sides..using gravity to help move the snow.


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Gravel/Uneven Surfaces
 
Although Sno Wovel wheeled snow shovels are designed first for paved or hard surfaces, you can snow shovel on gravel or uneven surfaces by lifting the Sno Wovel blade (snow scoop). Simply exert some downward pressure on the handle to raise the edge of the shovel blade slightly above the surface. You may also be interested in the optional Gravel Wheels accessory for your Sno Wovel. With this add-on device, you can ensure clearance above the stones or surface. The Gravel Wheels allow you to cruise smoothly and efficiently through the snow, keeping the Sno Wovel blade about an inch above the surface. In very heavy or wet snow, you can attach the optional Gravel Wheels to make heavy loads even easier to move.


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Icy Conditions
 
For icy conditions, it is best to use the optional Chipper Plate accessory. The Sno Wovel™ shovel blade is not designed to break up ice and very hard-packed snow. The chipper plate attaches directly to the Sno Wovel wheeled snow shovel's steel frame and is intended to be used with the Sno Wovel blade still mounted. The Chipper Plate allows you to use your body weight and legs to help remove hard-packed snow and ice. The gravel wheels and chipper plate are not intended to be used together (only separately).

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Plow-Packed Snow
 
On heavy, snowplow-packed snow, it may be necessary at first to take smaller scoops of snow off the top, rather than try to lift a single, high, heavily-packed snow pile all at once. The large, thin Sno Wovel snow shovel wheel is intended to cut through or roll right over large snow banks and to move snow in any direction.

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