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Old 03-25-2008, 11:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have been hand shoveling all winter.

Crummy winter for it. Most snow since 1800something or so I've heard...

I have found that hand tools in general are fairly efficient at work, but the operator tires more quickly.

This applies to shovels (dirt or snow) rakes, hammers, and everything else.

Other advantages to hand tools over power include:
quieter - no muffler needed!
cheaper to buy
cheaper to maintain
don't use fossil fuels (no air pollution!)
less complicated
potentially a "skill"

Guess I would rather have a smaller driveway and a shovel than a bigger drive and a noisy, smelly blower.

Just wait til next winter when I build an electric snow plow.....
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