January 19, 2011
We live up in the northeast and have had a lot of experience with snow blowers (we call them snow blowers not snow throwers, maybe it's a regional thing), but our all-time favorite machine was a 30" Troy-Bilt that we sold with our last house. The thing was a monster and if the driveway wasn't so steep and deadly and the snow blower a necessity of sale, we would have kept it forever.
Tool Snob's current HQ has a long driveway and a number of parking areas and last winter we used a snow blower that was donated by FiLoTS (Father in-law of Tool Snob). It was an old Toro (we think) and it's meant for clearing out small driveways and short walkways, not 300 feet of gravel driveway. While the machine was functional, it was also frustrating. Once you've tasted the high-life of the 30", it's tough to go back. Every time we started it up we would pine for our old Troy-Bilt.
So we were pretty excited when Troy-Bilt offered to let us try out their new 3090 XP Snow Thrower. As it turns out it's the updated version of our old stand-by. We've now had it through three big storms, each consisting of over 12" of snow, and we've spent a total of about 7 hours behind the machine. We've now come to our conclusions...
Continue reading: "Troy-Bilt Storm 3090 XP Snow Thrower - Review"
June 26, 2009
It looks like the bizarre snow shoveling device that we told you about last winter, the Wovel, has been updated. Although shoveling snow is about the last thing we want to think about this time of year, it's tough to deny breaking news in Wovel technology.
Wovel 2.0 is lighter, and smaller and can fold up for easy storage and quick portability. Yes, that's right, now you can Wovel on the go! There's more information and tons of Woveltastic videos over at wovel.com.
April 21, 2009
If you've got about $14,000 sitting around, we suggest looking into getting a Toro Dingo. We recently saw one in action and have decided that from now on all of our bottle recycling money will be routed into the "Dingo Fund." The Dingo is an all in one personal hydraulic machine that, given which of the 35 attachments is on it, it can tackle a huge variety of tasks. Whether it's trenching, drilling a hole, tilling, or just moving a pile of dirt, the Dingo is going to be way better at it than you, your bad back, and your pathetic shovel.
Here's a video of the Dingo in action (skip to about 1:10)
More info at Toro
January 23, 2009
We have mixed feelings about snowblowing; one one hand, we love firing up a piece of heavy machinery and blasting snow into our neighbors yard, but on the other hand, we're rarely thrilled to wake up at 5am to deal with nine inches of snow just so we can get to work.
But if there ever was a snowblower that would get us fired up every time we started it, this is it. Recently featured over at Popular Science, this monster is equipped with a V-8 engine (stripped off a Chevy) that gives the snow throwing blades a speed of 6000 rpm. The fact that it looks like something Mad Max would use to clear his walk only adds to the effect.
Check out the article and all the rest of the details over at Popular Science.
October 27, 2008
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.
October 10, 2007
We hate to say it, but it's time to start thinking about snow. Oh sure, you're sitting there thinking of idyllic snow, the kind that you play in with your kids, you make snowmen with and that you sled on, but don't forget, it's that very same snow that'll be sitting 2' deep on your driveway when you wake up in the morning and you've got to get to work. We used to hand shovel everything, thinking it made us more macho, but then last winter we went and got ourselves a snowblower and man, oh man what a difference. Now we can enjoy the snow rather than look at it as some sort of sub-zero Sisyphean task.
We did some research and found these helpful snowblower buying guide.
- Lowes - A good summary of the two main types of snowblowers.
- Consumer Search - Detailed ratings of what they found to be the six best snowblowers, with prices ranging from $120 to $1500)
- Consumer Guide - It looks like the product list on this guide is automatically generated, and thus a but funky, but aside from that, it has a very detailed glossary of snowblower terms and a good summary of things to look for when buying one.
February 6, 2007
Remember when snow days meant snowball fights, building forts, and a day off from school? Now, they just mean having to shovel the driveway and walkway. Lucky for us, the Toro 1800 Power Curve snow thrower can make that job a lot less arduous and time-consuming. Powered by a 12 amp electric motor, the Power Curve can clear 4 inches of snow off a 50-by-20-foot driveway in 10 minutes flat. The thrower cuts to a depth of 10 inches and width of 18 inches per pass.
Startups are easy. Just squeeze the trigger on the control bar, then release it when you want to stop. A key lock helps prevent unauthorized use, so you don't have to worry about kids, or even the neighbor borrowing it without permission. With the Power Curve, snow removal is quick and easy, so you can spend your time on more important things, like having snowball fights.
At Toro 1800 18-Inch 12 Amp Electric Curve Snow Thrower