Winter’s finally here with a vengeance. Being prepared for what’s yet to come is key. A relatively new device called the Snow Bully is a great defensive tool for easy snow removal.
Requiring no gasoline, this patent-pending, green snow plowing machine is human-powered. It produces no greenhouse gas emissions and has no carbon footprint. This is especially significant in light of an EPA study showing that as much as 5 percent of the nation’s air pollution can be attributed to lawn mowers and snowblowers.
The EPA says there are 17 million gallons of gas spilled with small equipment in the U.S.
“This is three times the Exxon Valdez disaster,” said Paul Starner, co-founder of Snow Plow Plus LLC., the Michigan-based company that makes the Snow Bully.
The Snow Bully was the brainchild of Jerry Schichtel, Starner’s neighbor -who Starner calls an innovator and problem solver – and his brother.
Schichtel built the first prototype out of wood in the 1940’s. But other than using it himself, the concept languished for about 65 years. Then in 2008, when he saw Starner, who has a prosthetic arm and two artificial knees, struggling to clear winter snow, Schichtel suggested he try using his deceptively simple-looking device. They later formed a partnership and began to perfect the concept.
Full production began in 2012 – a year of weather extremes.
The weather is changing now, said Starner. “Some areas are getting snow and wondering what they’re doing to do with it,” he said.
“(The Snow Bully) is a healthy and environmentally friendly alternative to shoveling or using a snowblower or a plow service,” Starner says.
“It doesn’t have anywhere near the physiological impact on your body that shoveling does. The risk to your back, your shoulders, your arms isn’t there,” he said.
Resembling a moving dolly, the durable steel Snow Bully has 4 roller-bearing wheels that help it move straight forward. The blade angles to the right at three different angles, depending on how far you want to roll.
“Because of the curve of the blade, it keeps just enough weight on the blade to hold that leading edge down to the surface,” says Starner. “You don’t have to use your upper body strength to keep it moving in a straight line nor keep the blade in contact with the surface.”
“It’s simplicity,” he said. “It burns calories, not gasoline.”
Snow Bully’s simplicity is evident. It requires no annual maintenance – no tune-ups, no need to add or change the oil and no filters to clean. And, unlike traditional snow blowers, it produces no noise or pollution. It eliminates the need to shovel, and can dramatically cut the time spent in clearing snow. It’s ready when you need it – and it’s fun to use.
The deepness and the density of the snow, Straner says, makes a difference – whether it’s light snow or heavy, wet snow. Check out the video to see this amazing device in action
An average overnight Michigan snowfall of 4 to 8 inches would be a piece of cake to clear with the Snow Bully, says Starner. But up to a foot requires more effort and strength. For a 1½ to 2 foot snow blizzard, you’d probably want to opt for mechanical snow removal.
“You’re not moving the weight of the snow,” Starner explains. “You’re having energy in motion. The depth of the snow tells you how much of the blade you want to use,” he said.
Snow Bully can clear outdoor ice and hockey rinks in minutes, familiar locales in colder climes.
Starner says they’re creating great alternative ways to use Snow Bully to make it a year-round tool.
You can attach a garden basket to the front. Or even attach two kayaks to move them. Starner says they’re working on an eco-mower, a rig to move leaves and a brush and broom to move sand. All the accessories will pin on the front of the tool platform.
Made in Michigan, the Snow Bully lets you move the snow and do it quietly and healthy, said Strarner.
You’ll find the Snow Bully online at TheSnowBully.com.
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