Monday, Nov. 13, 2006

Catch my drift

Snow is nice to look at and fun to romp in, but snow removal is a pain. Snowblowers are noisy and bad for the environment, and shoveling the stuff can send you right into cardiac arrest. An estimated 72,000 emergency-room visits each year are attributed to snow-removal injuries. Enter the Wovel, a new kind of shovel built on a 36-in. wheel. It works like a seesaw: pushing down on the handle at one end raises the blade at the other and sends your scoops flying. The Wovel, which comes with a chipper plate for ice removal, takes the heavy lifting out of shoveling, leaving more time for fun.

Inventor: Mark Noonan
Availability: Now; $120
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