Wovel...yes, we just said, "Wovel"
We've often sat around wondering what you would get if you crossed a catapult, a unicycle, and a snow shovel. It appears that we're not the only ones. Looking like a reject from DaVinci's sketchbook, the Wovel is a bizarre ergonomic show shovel. Instead of using your back to lift the snow and get it on the snowbank, you only need to give it a jerk and the leverage on the wheel does the work for you.
It looks like it might work. It also looks like your neighbors will have you hauled off to the asylum if they see you using one. There are some things that are silly no matter how useful they are.
The Wovel costs about $120. It's a lot of money to pay in order to look ridiculous.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at October 27, 2008 4:35 AM
Hi. I am interested in your Whovel as I am a gardener living in the UK and we have alot of snow at the moment, but I can't find anything like that over here, I have alot of clients who get snowed in and can't get out. and I need a good tool. what would be the shipping cost for the uk? many thanks Jeremy.
You _want_ to be able to tilt it side to side, to dump the snow off the shovel. The wheel is just there to reverse the "lift with your back (until something pops)" motion into a "lift with your abs" motion.
As for looking ridiculous... post Peak Oil, snow-blowers are starting to look pretty ridiculous.
The whovel can clear larger driveways than the owner of a merely mortal spine could manage with a traditional snow-shovel, and it burns no fossil fuels doing it.