Clearing Snow Gets Easier – WSJ.com

The makers of the Snow Joe, the Sno-Thro, the SnoBoss, the Sno Wovel and a bevy of other products say clearing snow off the driveway doesn’t have to be so darn hard.

From shovels and snowblowers to self-melting walkways, the latest ergonomic and low-maintenance gear is designed to ease consumer’s backs and joints, be less taxing on the heart and less stressful to operate. Strong sales and heavy snowfall since Christmas have sent Toro Co. back into production for its plug-and-play electric snowblowers and its “Power Shovel,” a $100 motorized vacuum-like device that sucks up and spits snow away, no lifting required.

Wendy Bounds introduces us to new ergonomic, easy-to-operate snow-clearing gear, including electric and battery-powered shovels and snow throwers, two-handled manual snow “pushers” and even driveways that melt snow automatically.