My Dad called snowblowers the same thing he called any modern invention. To him, a snowblower was just another confounded contraption. That’s probably because in our family, my Dad was the repairman. A snowblower was just another thing he would have to fix. On the other hand, snow shovels very rarely broke, so they presented no issue for him, other than hard work, which he was used to. Therefore in my Dad’s mind, when it came to snowblower verses snow shovel, there was no contest. The snow shovel won every time.
Follies of Youth
When I was a kid, I had a whole different perspective on the snowblower verses snow shovel debate. I remember when snowblowers first became popular. Yes, I am that old. I simply did not understand why we did not have a snowblower. To me the facts were simple. Snowblower equals the machine doing the work for me. Snow shovel equals me working. Enough said. Since my childhood days, I have changed my mind on the great snowblower verses snow shovel debate. Here’s my studied thoughts on each piece of equipment, and why, like my Dad, I prefer the snow shovel to the snowblower.
A snowblower is expensive. I am poor. I have trouble buying a new pair of shoes when I need them, so buying a snowblower is out of my price range. If I were going to buy a large piece of equipment it would be a rototiller or a dishwasher. The rototiller because the soil in Denver is not really soil, it’s some kind of scourge on humanity. The dishwasher because I hate washing dishes and even though I have dropped numerous hints, nobody has ever taken them. So there you go, argument number one, snowblowers are considerably more expensive than snow shovels and I am poor.
A snow shovel is always ready. It needs no gas, oil or other maintenance. Like my Dad, I have learned that those confounded contraptions are always breaking down and needing to be repaired. I don’t have the time, talent or energy for that. By the time I pulled the snowblower out, got it all ready to use and in position, the snow shovel method would already have cleared the driveway. The only prep need for snow shoveling is winter weather clothes and picking it up. I like that about snow shovels. Round two in the great debate of snowblower verses snow shovel goes to the snow shovel.
This is probably the best reason not to have a snowblower. Snowblowers are like trucks. If you have one, everybody wants to borrow it. Actually, snowblowers and trucks are even worse than that. If you have a truck, everyone wants you to help them move. If you have a snowblower, everyone wants you to blow their snow. I have two problems with this. Number one: I am lazy. Number two: I have social anxiety. I know I am crushing your opinion of me but I am not the happy neighbor lady with the plate of brownies. So, in this great debate of snowblower verses snow shovel, the shovel wins again. Go shovel!
You can go here for snow shoveling safety tips but I absolutely can’t stress this enough. I will concede victory to the snowblower in the case of old age or bad physical shape. Nobody wants to see anyone who is out of shape shoveling snow. It’s just too dangerous. For the rest of us, however, the snow shovel is great exercise. My Dad was always in the best shape. This is largely because he did not believe in confounded contraptions. So, for the physically fit or the just a bit out of shape, this last round of snowblower verses snow shovel goes once again to the humble snow shovel. Dad would be so proud!