24" Garant (brand) Snow Sleigh
Apparently the use of snow sleighs to move snow is really common in Canada, Scandinavia, and even Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Wish I had known about these way back when living in Upstate NY because they would have been handy quite often! I'm surprised I never saw these used in the Tug Hill Plateau of all places! Send some of these snow sleighs THAT way!
Now we're in NE Ohio & the past couple of winters have seen some outrageous snowfall at times, and despite already having a SnoBoss Shovel (also great, but for different purposes) which moves much less at once and requires a bit more in terms of lifting than this, AND we have a snow thrower. Many previous reviews I have read about this, though, love the fact that they can get this INSTEAD of paying so much for a snow thrower. Though I already have one, I agree with that, and wouldn't replace our snow thrower if it broke now that we have this. We have a longish curved driveway on an incline, so that is saying something.
Our snow thrower is great but not for that massive pile of snow mixed with road salt that the plow dumps en masse at the end of the driveway (and completely clogs up the snow thrower). Even with the Ames SnoBoss shovel I'd get neck/back pain using it there. This Garant Snow Sleigh, however, is a work of genius for this! I go out in the street (looking both ways of course) to the left of driveway and simply use this to push it to the right side (direction of the plow so it doesn't end up BACK in your driveway), even making a ramp up into the tree lawn to keep it from blocking the street. I'm betting Mr.Angry- City-Truck-Mega-Road Plow Driver is scratching his head wondering how on Earth a shrimpy-height female removes the spiteful sludge he throws as he juts in extra close to my driveway when passing. HA-HA you JERK!-- What ELSE have you got for me?!! ;)
It is also great if you end up with two snow banks on either side of your driveway that accumulate enough to eventually make your driveway too narrow at the end. Simple. Just jam this sleigh into where you want to take some snow off, press down on the handle a bit to loosen it, then pull it out and move the big glacier to wherever you want it just by pushing it as it slides across the ground with just about no effort.
I also like it to quickly clear out this really wide area of the driveway that is super annoying to do with the snow thrower because of issues with where to throw it without having to go back and redo, etc.-- SO much easier & quicker with this.
We also live on a corner with a loooooooooooong sidewalk along both sides and this is great for that as well. This is something I couldn't tell about when I was first researching this and watching videos of people demonstrating it on YouTube. None of the videos were showing LONG / STRAIGHT use, but I assure you it does work for that as well: You just push it straight until there's enough snow to dump, and WITHOUT LIFTING or TWISTING AT ALL you just sort of create these little ramps up into the snow on the sides of walk & then you will master the quick "jerks" you do to send the snow flying off the end. It's especially easy after the first time when ramps are started.
This also makes easy clearing out in front of the mailbox so there are no problems with getting delivery. With this thing I keep an area near the curb clear all winter as well, so I have an easy place to put trash cans on trash day so there is no fighting with snow banks or cans in or falling into the street for the road plows to hit.
I am sure if anyone saw me in our backyard with this thing they'd think I was crazy, but I also use it to make a big doggie "racetrack" for the dogs when the snow gets too deep & they have to be out there to do their business or play for a while --easy with this! Good for clearing around the neighborhood fire hydrants too so they are ready if (hopefully NOT) needed.
I like also having our Ames True Temper SnowBoss (ergonomic too) shovel for clearing out smaller areas like porch stoop, etc. to work in conjunction with the Garant Snow Sleigh here.
Since these snow sleighs are not common where we live, I found it on HomeDepot.com, and chose "FREE Shipping to Store." This might be the unexpected & most amazing part of all: I had ordered it on a Sunday night & either Mon (the next day) or Tues (its a blur) it was ALREADY THERE! They had even sent a UPS tracking # that told when it got delivered to my local Home Depot I chose. I made a nuisance of myself by getting there immediately as it showed that on UPS, before they even had a chance to email me from the store, because there was another impending snow storm a couple hours away They didn't mind at all at our store, and were very nice about it as I explained why I was wanting it so quickly, and that, if they had a bunch of deliveries out back, it'd be really easy to find because the box is so big---sure enough, the box made it stand out to them quickly! Very nice crew in the Streetsboro, OH store which is closest to our neighboring city! I have a "Prime" membership to the largest online realtor (which not only listed this for way more, but hadn't been in stock / sold out of them for months I had been watching)--this experience was SO much better than with Prime. I would recommend this highly & suggest you get it even if the season is or is almost over for you, because these are hard to come by everywhere else. The couple of other places that even HAD it were charging outrageous shipping, so it's nice to have the free ship-to-your-local-store option with Home Depot.
One thing to emphasize: the BOX this comes in is HUGE-- lightweight, but ginormous! I have a big Honda Pilot and it JUST fit in the back (with "3rd row" down). If you have a smaller vehicle, I'd imagine you can just take it out of the box (it comes in two pieces to assemble together) and make it fit. Also, if you have limited garage space you'll need a big hook or something to keep it up out of the way.
Once home, FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS on how to put upside down and which direction the upturned part of the handle faces (when you are using it the upturned part is turn up toward your face, see photo of Snow Sleigh on the label before assembling). Once you just snap it into place it should click in there for good. I must not have gotten it all the way at first, but it clicked into place when I jammed it into a big pile of snow. :)
LOVE this thing & my tall husband is a convert too! I rarely ever take the time to review good purchases, but (as you can tell) I love rambling on about this thing, so there you go! Hopefully this helps someone else with their research.
You definitely want to go with specifically the GARANT brand one, not similar looking ones. When I ordered this here I don't think it actually said the brand was Garant (BUT IT WAS), but it was showing the same model # & photo as I had seen on the Garant site, and when I received it, I was relieved to see it WAS Garant because I'd read horror stories about other that seemed alike but weren't.
Thanks Home Depot for making this available to everyone & getting it here so quickly!
Durable, Functionality, Great Quality, no strain in use