@jmoor783 That would’ve been my selection, except that we bought a snow plow for our pickup truck about 20-ish years ago, and have only had to shovel the steps and a short walk ever since…
It’s nothing like as heavy or complicated as the professional plows like Fisher or Western, because it was meant to be for homeowner use.
We bought ours on clearance for less than $500 in the late '90’s from BJ’s Wholesale Cub.
/giphy BJ’s Wholesale
@jmoor783@PhysAssist - Years back I bought something called a “Snow Fox”, which is a little electric snow-thrower that is the ONLY electric I’ve ever had which could actually deal with wet snow. Every other electric just chokes and dies on the heavy wet stuff we usually get around the end of February every year, but the Snow Fox, which can be picked up and carried to do stairs, will actually throw the stuff several feet forward and about a foot to the side.
Otherwise you want to be good friends with the neighbor who has the gas snowblower.
@aetris@jmoor783 Yes, the electric snow shovels can be handy, but I don’t think a gas snowblower can do steps/stairs…
I’m waiting for a lithium-ion cordless version, hopefully from Hitachi/Metabo [in order to be compatible with my drills/driver…]
@Clumber See my reply to @HChavers above.
You’re too right re: the back being unforgiving.
I had a C6-7 herniation and subsequent discectomy and the recovery from that wasn’t as prolonged or difficult as recovering from herniated L4-5 and L5-S1 discs without surgery when I was 15 years younger.
/giphy disc herniation
I live in the South, so there are only a few times ever in my life that I needed to shovel snow.
Instead, the worst is mowing the lawn, since due to the high humidity you can’t mow early in the morning when it’s still sort of cool (there’s too much dew on the grass) and it’s boiling hot and disgusting the rest of the day. You could try mowing at dusk, but unless you have floodlights all around your house and yard, it might get too dark by the time it stops being hot.
I don’t mind weeding as long as the weather is nice and I can put on some music but I like gardening. I hate raking leaves, the wind blows them and you have to rake them again and then you get your neighbors blown into your yard. It just seems like it never ends.
Both houses I’ve owned were new construction without mature trees, so I’ve never had to rake leaves, sweep the deck, or clean the gutters. Shoveling snow isn’t great, but it gave me an excuse to skip the gym that day. Mowing was time-consuming, but was satisfying in an OCD-ish way.
All that said: I’m super happy I now live in a downtown apartment and never have to worry about any of that. You don’t appreciate how much time you spend on it until you don’t have to.