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It's Snowing! -- Good Thing I have an Ames Snow Blazer Shovel

Dec 7, 2009 (Updated Feb 15, 2011)
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:deep shovel bowl holds a lot, sturdy durable blade with wear-strip, large handle grip

Cons:snow sticks to shovel surface, heavier than some shovels

The Bottom Line: I like the Ames Snow Blazer Shovel, but I don't use it for every snow clearing job.


I bought this Ames Snow Blazer Shovel several years ago.  It snowed over the weekend, so once again I pulled out this shovel to clear the walk and driveway.  It is good to have a shovel you can trust.


Description

This shovel has a large grip on the steel-core handle, and the wooden shaft is straight.  The plastic shovel section is bowl-shaped near the top to hold more snow.  The top of the shovel section is rounded, flaring down to straight sides.  Ridged recesses are molded into the shovel, and there is a wear-strip securely anchored along the bottom edge of the shovel blade.  This Ames shovel measures 34 1/2" high x 20" wide (at the shovel end).


My Experiences

This is a heavy-duty shovel.  It has withstood our New England winters with honors.  When I pulled the shovel out of storage, I examined it to make sure it was up to the task.  No problem!

Our steps and walkway are cement, while the driveway is tar.  This shovel works well on both those surfaces.  As long as ice is not beneath the snow, this Ames Snow Blazer shovel blade will dig right down to the surface to remove the snow and/or slush.

The wear-strip is a great addition to this shovel.  Looking closely at it, I can see a bit of wear at the two sides, but not very much.  Other plastic shovels I own do not have a wear-strip, and the shovel blades are noticeably chewed up from use.  Those shovels are lucky to last a winter.  This Ames shovel is a trooper.

I find the handle comfortable to grip and hold onto, even wearing bulky gloves.  However, this shovel is heavier than some of my other shovels.  I wouldn't want to carry it for a distance, but the weight works to keep the shovel against the shoveling surface.

My one gripe about this shovel (and I have other shovels that do the same thing), is that snow packs against the shovel's surface and does not easily come free.  A good whack of the shovel blade against the ground will loosen most of the snow, but not completely remove it from the shovel's bowl.

On the positive side, the bowl of this shovel moves a lot more snow than the simple plastic snow scoops I own.  I feel this shovel accomplishes more with each swipe of it across the walk or driveway.  I have seen the wooden handle shaft flex as I shovel heavy loads, yet is has never cracked, splintered or broken.

A consideration is that since this shovel has a deeper bowl for scooping snow, the shovel needs additional standing/storage room.  Other snow shovels I own are flatter, and more space-saving in design.


Purchasing

Lowes currently sells this shovel for $22.98.


Summary

I like this Ames Snow Blazer Shovel.  It is awkward to use on the cement stairs, and I have a different shovel that I use on the wood deck.  However, this Snow Blazer shovel does a good job at clearing the snow from the walk and driveway.  It's stood up well over the years.

I hope you found this review useful.

Enjoy the day,
Dawn
http://dlstewart.com


Please read my other reviews:

Craftsman D-Handle Fiberglass Spade

Craftsman Long-Handled Round-Point Shovel

Craftsman Long-Handled Weed Digger

Fiskars Power-Lever Bypass Loppers

Craftsman Bypass Pruners

Rubbermaid Big Max Storage Shed

Track Finder (identifying wildlife footprints book)

Copyright 2009 Dawn L. Stewart


Recommend this product? Yes


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