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    Any loungers ever use one of these?

    Just curious, 'cause we're going to have some snow soon. Also, if anyone knows of a distributor that ships from or to Europe (CH) could you pass on the info? The only one I could find here wants almost double the US retail price PLUS shipping!

    :snow:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bowlie View Post
    Any loungers ever use one of these?

    Just curious, 'cause we're going to have some snow soon. Also, if anyone knows of a distributor that ships from or to Europe (CH) could you pass on the info? The only one I could find here wants almost double the US retail price PLUS shipping!

    :snow:
    Aren't the German or Italian distributors of the Sno Wovel sufficiently close to you? (see most of the way down the page)

    It really looks a Heath-Robinson contraption, based on half of a very early bicycle!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BATcher View Post
    Aren't the German or Italian distributors of the Sno Wovel sufficiently close to you? (see most of the way down the page)

    It really looks a Heath-Robinson contraption, based on half of a very early bicycle!
    I do have their details, but with only six on the European continent I doubt if these would offer competitive prices. However, if anyone answers my first question - has anyone used one of these, I'll then explore how to get one.

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    I heard Woody is negotiationg to get the Thai franchise exclusive. Maybe he has one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bowlie View Post
    Any loungers ever use one of these?

    Just curious, 'cause we're going to have some snow soon. Also, if anyone knows of a distributor that ships from or to Europe (CH) could you pass on the info? The only one I could find here wants almost double the US retail price PLUS shipping!

    :snow:
    I reviewed the little clips and I have a question for you. When it snows, do you like get an inch or two or more than that? I can hardly see me using it here where we get a foot or more (land-of-10,000-lakes-effect snow). I mean it looks nice, but when you're dealing with snow, ice, dog doo and the like, I can't see "flipping" the decidedly unfluffy stuff. I'd hate to see any lounger throw out their back hitting a chunk o' ice.

    Definitely a green idea, though. Maybe they have a heavy duty version?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bowlie View Post
    Any loungers ever use one of these?

    Just curious, 'cause we're going to have some snow soon. Also, if anyone knows of a distributor that ships from or to Europe (CH) could you pass on the info? The only one I could find here wants almost double the US retail price PLUS shipping!

    :snow:
    Hi Bowlie

    It occurs to me when watching the clip that he is throwing the snow into his own path which would eventually make a snow drift too big for it to handle?

    Teenage kids and pocket money, thats the green way to go :-)
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    Teenage kids and pocket money, that's the green way to go :-)
    Find a teenager in today's world that is willing to do some manual labor is another challenge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveA View Post
    Find a teenager in today's world that is willing to do some manual labor is another challenge.
    I thought I had found a teenager to cut my lawn. I'd supply the mower and the gas/petrol and he'd do the work. I offered him, what I thought was a generous fee (piece work and not by the hour). I declined his counter-offer, it was OTT!

    No we don't get that much snow this low down (650M) 10 to 15 mm at most. Enough to need shovelling, otherwise it gets packed down and turns to ice, but not so much that a snow-blower would make sense. We usually need to shovel 5 or 6 times in a season, although last year was about double that. Seeing as I can already see snow on the mountains (<1500M) it looks like another interesting year.

    If I could get the US price I'd give it a go, but I'm still hoping to hear from someone who's actually used one ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bowlie View Post
    I thought I had found a teenager to cut my lawn. I'd supply the mower and the gas/petrol and he'd do the work. I offered him, what I thought was a generous fee (piece work and not by the hour). I declined his counter-offer, it was OTT!

    No we don't get that much snow this low down (650M) 10 to 15 mm at most. Enough to need shovelling, otherwise it gets packed down and turns to ice, but not so much that a snow-blower would make sense. We usually need to shovel 5 or 6 times in a season, although last year was about double that. Seeing as I can already see snow on the mountains (<1500M) it looks like another interesting year.

    If I could get the US price I'd give it a go, but I'm still hoping to hear from someone who's actually used one ...
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    I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada - we usually have serious snowfall every winter
    I've tried the Wovel for two Winnipeg winters, and am disappointed

    Downsides: - learning curve is steep
    - length makes it awkward for use in tight spaces (eg: around vehicles)
    - construction is solid, but the fasterners work loose easily
    - shovel blade not very sturdy
    - slower than using a Sleigh Shovel (big scoop)

    Pluses: - throws snow a good distance
    - very easy on the back
    - less effort required than using a standard snow shovel

    If you have serious amounts on snow to move,
    hire someone is your best option
    A snow blower is the next best (especially if you enjoy playing with power tools!)
    Manual removal: buy a good-quality ergonomic snow shovel and a Sleigh Shovel
    - cheaper than the Wovel and more effective

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    Hmm, I think you might be a bit late with this input, this thread dates from early November 2009, i.e. at least 4 months ago and winter is all but over now even in Helvetica. Also, I don't think Bowlie has posted anything anywhere on this forum since Windows Secrets took over.

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    You know, the Winter Olympics could have used some of these - they were IMPORTING snow, not trying to get rid of it! I can't help looking at the thing without thinking of that as a great cast-iron wheel even when I should know better - it really does look like a boneshaker (bicycle) or something of the sort, but if it works it works and if it's tops it's tops. One dandy market would be Buffalo (in the lee of Lake Erie) or parts of upstate New York where they really get gigantic amounts of snow, as opposed to Ontario where you might expect the stuff but where we get vastly less.

    It certainly looks interesting to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lou Guay View Post
    I've tried the Wovel for two Winnipeg winters, and am disappointed

    Downsides: - learning curve is steep
    - length makes it awkward for use in tight spaces (eg: around vehicles)
    - construction is solid, but the fasteners work loose easily
    - shovel blade not very sturdy
    - slower than using a Sleigh Shovel (big scoop)
    Pluses: - throws snow a good distance
    - very easy on the back
    - less effort required than using a standard snow shovel
    Great review Lou, but I have two questions, and my sarcasm is aimed at the manufacturer, not you. My questions are SLOPES and STAIRS? Am I the only person with stairs to shovel? This thing doesn't look like it will work well on stairs or sloping driveways. The single wheel looks unstable if you have to use it side to side on a sloping driveway, and many driveways slope up to the garage door. Can't throw snow onto the street by law, never had any desire to push it into my garage where the cars are, so I have to throw the snow to the side.

    (Yesterday here in Salt Lake the entire population was the victim of an April Fools Joke: 10 inches of snow fell.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by peterg View Post
    One dandy market would be Buffalo (in the lee of Lake Erie).
    Ouch! . Blast these emoticons. Does that mean 'embarrassed' (as intended) or 'in love' (as I wouldn't mind a bit)?

    Buffalo is on the windward side of Lake Erie, not in the lee. The prevailing wind picks up moisture over the lake and dumps it as snow etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterg View Post
    Buffalo is on the windward side of Lake Erie, not in the lee. The prevailing wind picks up moisture over the lake and dumps it as snow etc.
    Are you sure you don't have your definitions reversed? From my sailing days, windward is the direction the wind comes from, leeward is the direction it goes to. Lake effect storms arise from the north and west of Buffalo, therefore it is to the leeward of the two lakes from which those storm suck up moisture, Erie and Huron, and redeposit it on Buffalo in semisolid form. (In Salt Lake City we get lake effect snow storms from the Great Salt Lake. Since the lake is a highly saline terminal lake basin, the storms have a distinctly nasty salt and sulphur smell.)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windward_and_leeward
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