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Sick of shoveling? This electric snow blower helps me conquer Cleveland winters

Sick of shoveling? This electric snow blower helps me conquer Cleveland winters

[ad_1] Taylor Clemons/ZDNET ZDNET’s key takeaways The DeWalt 60V Max snow blower kit is available for about $1,000. With an all-steel auger and electric chute controls, you’ll make quick work of accumulation and drifts. No chute-clearing tool means you’ll need to spend extra cash to get one. Living in Cleveland, winters can be brutal with lake-effect snow and frigid temperatures. So in the winter of 2021, I bought myself a Troy-Bilt Storm 2420 two-stage snow thrower. The model did a great job until I pulled it out of the shed to prep for a recent storm…and it wouldn’t start.   I struggled mightily with the pull cord before remembering it had an electric start. Yet a few minutes and one extension cord later, there was just the sad, labored whirring of a gas engine struggling to kick over. With a storm just a few days away and expected to drop over a foot of snow, I didn’t have time to troubleshoot. Troubleshooting meant tearing apart the engine, draining fuel lines, and testing wiring harnesses. Also: …

Shoveling Snow Can Be a ‘Perfect Storm’ for Your Heart, Experts Warn

Shoveling Snow Can Be a ‘Perfect Storm’ for Your Heart, Experts Warn

[ad_1] By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter (HealthDay) MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2024 (HealthDay News) — Snowstorms are blanketing the United States, prompting countless Americans to pick up snow shovels and clear walkways and driveways. Shoveling snow is more than a chore, however — it can be a health hazard. The exertion of shoveling snow increases a person’s risk of heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest, warns the American Heart Association. Snow shoveling has a prominent place among physical activities that place extra stress on the heart, especially for folks who aren’t used to regular exercise, the AHA says. “Shoveling a little snow off your sidewalk may not seem like hard work. However, the strain of heavy snow shoveling may be as or even more demanding on the heart than taking a treadmill stress test, according to research we’ve conducted,” said Barry Franklin, director of preventive cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation at Corewell Health East William Beaumont University Hospital, in Royal Oak, Mich. Shoveling snow is mostly arm work, which is more taxing and demanding on the heart …