by Anura Guruge
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I don’t want any grief about my style or technique. Unless you are 60 or over you shouldn’t even think about commenting. My back is fine — THANK YOU. Probably from all the shoveling I do every winter and have done for twenty years (though not as much as I have been doing in the last 12 or 13 years).
I pick my shovels with the same care that I used to with my skis and cricket bats. I go through at least three shovels a winter. I invariably use these $9 red-handled shovels from Home Depot. I buy one or two every time I see them. Yes, of course, I have a stash. The balance of the shovel is crucial. Just as with a cricket bat you want to be able to pick it up and swing it with the minimum of effort. unlike cricket bats though, heavy shovels are counter-productive. The weight should come from the snow, not the shovel. Hence my preference for these very light shovels. Yes, of course, they break quicker — but at $9 a pop they are disposable.
All that cut bank of snow you see behind me, around the mailbox — I cleared that in about 30 minutes. This is why it cracks me up when I see folks lugging around heavy snow-blowers. For me it is just as quick to hand shovel.