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True Temper Snow Shovel

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ames true temper shovels jsergBack when this cub chronicler began his journey, the February 2014 North American Winter Storm struck.  Warm Valentine’s Day hearts awoke to 28″ of snow.  Our country was somewhat unprepared.  Smaller retailers had long since exhausted supplies of shovels and snow-melt.

Home Depot, by chance or foresight∆ had just received pallets of new snow shovels.  In their foyer, waiting for the lucky few, one could choose from three USA-made snow shovels.  I opted for a “Good” and a “Better”.  Both of these Ames True Temper® products have held up wonderfully, proving themselves yet again against Blizzard 2016.  Not as severe, with only 22″+ inches, the 4′ drifts are a bit of a challenge.  Yet the True Temper chews through the white stuff without a whimper.

griddlebones the cat jsergThe second shovel selected in 2014 has the same handle but polymer body.  The less expensive of the two, we find it handier with thick light snow.  Today we salute the True Temper 18 Inch Poly Combo Snow Shovel with D-Grip !

∆  Repeated requests for comment have been politely ignored. We shall never know if The Home Depot acquired their stock of snow shovels by chance or foresight.  Regardless, we honorarily christen this company The Hope Depot, both for their contributions to the economy and because it is easier to type.

18″ Arctic Blast Aluminum Snow Shovel

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artic blast aluminum jsergIN 1925, a builder constructed a row of attached brick homes on farmland outside Philadelphia, across from a new high school.  In time, sidewalks were added.  Travel forward to the year 2014.  I am standing on the same sidewalk, in front of my home, contemplating the approaching nor’easter.  10″ of snow is due to begin falling at midnight.  My neighbor’s shovel, borrowed by me since time immemorial, was stolen off his front porch a week ago.  A hanging crime in these parts.

griddlebones the cat jsergWith reluctance, I visit the big box home center, expecting end-of-season flimsy imported garbage.  And what greets me at the door?  Giant boxes stuffed with excellent domestic-production snow shovels!

Selected was a mid-level product, suitable for home owners and perhaps even contractors.  18″ wide, all aluminum, heavy-duty riveted steel wear strip.  Roomy handle for gloved hands.  About $20 at The Home Depot.

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