I’ve been shoveling for more than 70 years, starting back on the farm where we tended to the input and output of 20 cows. Later, I learned in IE 1-01 that 21-1/2 lb is the optimum shovel-load, as determined by none other than Frederick W. Taylor, the father of scientific management. This made perfect sense to me.
Now I have a long driveway, and I don’t mind shoveling it, within certain limits. Nice way to work out and it feels real good to gaze back at what’s been accomplished. And I never get a backache. Because I use a strong, lightweight LONG HANDLED SHOVEL with the perfect aluminum business end. No short handles for me. They should be outlawed – except for little people, of course. You can really send that snow flying off the slippery aluminum.
Where do you find the Perfect Shovel? No place around these parts. I buy mine at Big Blue Farm Supply in Clinton, NC, right in the heart of hog farming country. Perfect for grain, corn and SNOW.
PS — I just spotted that photo of David Cox with the exotic S-curve job …. but I will stand by my Big Blue Hog Farmer’s Special.
See Al I agree with you on the aluminum shovel shaped just the way yours is but I like it with a handle. The kind we used for years to ice fish down the dock before they came up with the stupid white plastic ones.