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Laura

Stupid! I do not see how this will remove the ice chunks that end up clogging my driveway (thank you, city snow plow), unless I could attach it to my car and I could, well, plow through…but then that would be more like an actual plow and that product is already in existence. Minus the wheel. And, um, hello…it's generally WINDY when it snows and I would not appreciate a bitter hit in the face of snow! Sorry for the rant. My back still hurts from shoveling a couple of days ago.

Alix

Cool because anything is cool when you blend two names together (wheel and shovel, I'mm assuming) to make one, no matter how useless the product.

Michelle

I agree with Alix completely! I mean, how cool is the "Spork" and the "Turducken", and "TomKat" (okay, maybe not them),and...

aryn

I could have gone either way until I realized how big that wheel is. That is comically huge, just like my.... Coat that I wear to class, OH SNAP.

Ian Jacoby

Stupid. but snow is stupid too, so I'm caught between thinking anything that can help me get rid of snow has to be cool, and the sheer idiocy of the actual product. The price is what does it. I could get a space heater and an extension chord to melt my friggin' driveway for that much.
stupid stupid stupid

Dennis Lee

I have ordered the Wovel from http://www.wovel.com for $120.00 direct from manufacturer; Structured Solutions II.

I think its important to note they have a very user friendly 30 day money back guarantee.

Shipping is $20.00 for those wondering.

The website http://www.wovel.com also has photos, videos, demonstrations of the wovel in use to give a prospective idea of how the wovel works to the mechanical advantage of the user.

The website also has assembly instructions for the wovel snow removal tool. So the user can get a very clear idea of how it works as well as how the wovel assembles and disassembles.

If it delivers on its promises I will definitely be keeping it and will carefully consider and evaluate it over the next thirty days.

The wovel.com website allows one to order directly online or phone in ones order.
Their is a waiting period of four days to allow for order processing. I placed the order for wovel tool December 2nd and it has not shipped as of yet and will have to call friday, December 9 to confirm the wovel tool has shipped out.

Anyone who has used the wovel please chime in on your experiences both pro and con for those still wondering on this new snow removal tool.

Mike

Now, that's a comment, Dennis!

I have a feeling you might be the only one reading the site who'll get to actually use the Wovel. (And I'm jealous.) Please let us know how your woveling goes!

Eric

Dennis sounds like a mole. A comment planted by Wovel itsself. Most people would not speak so highly of assembly instructions. I bet everyone ONE DOLLAR (in total, not per person) that Dennis delivers an absolutely glimmering review of the Wovel. Just you wait.

Dennis Lee

Got it 12/15/05 on Friday finally, it came in the afternoon as I set down to assemble the long anticipated wovel snow removal tool.

I looked at the parts listing to ensure I got everything in order to commence assembly.

My golly gosh, the first thing I could not help but notice was how big the wovel wheel was when I was actually holding it my hands.

The upper and lower wovel metal sub-assemblies were also both made out of massively large black square metal tubing and appeared to be very sturdy and robustly made.

The shovel is 26" across and 18" deep and is made out of sturdy polypropylene plastic that is attached to the wovel lower sub-assembly and is substantial enough in construction to be able to load up to 60lbs. of wet and heavy snow without breaking.

The shovel assembly attaches with 4 supplied 3/4" carriage bolts and the accompanying 4 keeper 3/4" nuts with attached washers that fastened directly to the lower sub-assembly using a crescent shaped adjustable wrench.

The lower sub-assembly attaches to the upper assembly along with an axle plate with 4 supplied 1.5" carriage bolts and the accompanying 4 nylon insert bolts using a 11mm socket wrench quite easily.

The massive wovel wheel already comes mounted with a non-pneumatic black plastic tire already mounted to the black plastic preformed molded wovel wheel. Four included white nylon spacers are slid over the included wheel axle rod which are then inserted into the hub of the wheel. Two wheel knobs are attached on both ends of the threaded axle rod.

The rounded black metal tubing of the wovel handle is also attached to the upper sub-assembly via 4 included 1.25" carriage bolts and the accompanying included plastic handle knobs.

All this assembly once it is read and understood clearly and pre-visualized in ones mind's eye can easily be put together in no more than 30 minutes with some basic hand tools like slip joint pliers, socket wrench/sockets and crescent wrench, etc.

The fascinating thing about the wovel is its ability to be adjusted to the individual users personal preferences for whatever the prevailing snow removal conditions dictate for maximum efficiency and productivity.

One can pick from four axle settings where the wovel upper/lower sub-assemblies rest on the axle plate assembly.

Now, the interesting customizing part comes into play when one attaches the axle closer to the shovel one gets a wovel that is now capable of offering greater leverage lift and move heavier wet snow loads with much less effort but reduces the maximum throwing range as part of the bargain as the laws of high school physics still apply (remember your high school physics see saw problems for those that still remember)

but furthermore and more importantly,users can also always attach the axle further away towards the handle end of the wovel to get more vertical snow throwing capabilities for example when the snow is dry and dry and relatively light in weight so ultimately the user gets to experience the best of both worlds in one wovel thanks to immutable laws of physics at work and the ingenuity and dedication of the designers of the patented wovel.

The wovel is designed to throw snow most efficiently in a mostly forward motion, as well as relying on using the largely superior muscle groups of the legs and shoulders in unified combination with ones body weight and the large pivoting rolling wovel wheel to do the plowing, lifting, and throwing snow removal actions most effectively.

One of the unusal benefits of the wovel wheel allows one to roll over curbs, hidden objects, snow banks and just about any amount of snow.

The wovels rated maximum snow removing capacity is eighteen inches (60lbs max./shovelful) at a time(remember attaching axle closest to the shovel end and coating the shovel surface with silicon/cooking spray- for maximum leveraging power and snow sliding off the wovel shovel easily).

Couple discovered experiential and operational wovel efficiency tips when enhanced efficiency is desired or needed:

Stand behind the wovel with hands at widest comfortable points while performing wovelling (push/plow snow, lift snow, throw snow) action.

Walking quickly with the wovel shovel on or near the ground is definitely more efficient while wovelling.

If one is moving snow from one location to another without making piles it is more efficient to use it like a snow plow by walking quickly before stopping abruptly, this will cause the snow to usually release quickly and automatically from the wovel blade (make sure to coat the wovel shovel with silicon/cooking spray).

To throw snow into piles (when one has run out of room to place snow to be removed) rapidly snap the handle sharply and suddenly downwards (using your body weight, legs, shoulders in unison) while also walking fowards take a particularly large lunging final step (like when lunging a sword in fencing) pushing forwards harder and more rapidly downwards at the same time on the wovel handle.

Using this particular unusually efficient wovelling technique one can even throw existing snow on an already high existing snow pile.

In very unusually heavy rain drenched snow removal conditions push down on the wovel handle to decrease ground resistance while maintaining the desired foward speed and acceleration and maximal snow wovelling efficiency.

These are a but a few of the operational field wovelling tips that I have personally discovered in its first wovelling field use.

Please also feel free to share any personal discovered insightful wovelling snow removal tips here in this forum if you are compelled as I have done in this posting.

There is also a recommended wovel accessory pack for $40.00 which includes:

a pair of foam rubber grips for the wovel handles

a metallic wear strip that can attach and installed to the edge of the wovel shovel blade

a set of gravel wheels that will allow the wovel user to elevate the wovel shovel blade approx. 1" off the ground to clear uneven gravel surfaces and more importantly allow one to move heavy wet snow loads (60lbs. like a shopping cart/dolly) in the most efficient and productive manner.

a ice chipping plate for the removal of hard packed snow and ice that can be installed on the wovel shovel as an acessory attachment.

Overall I am an average satisfied wovelling user after a first time field use in snow removal conditions of 8". The wovel for the time being seems to do everything it has promised on its website. I still have to continue testing and further evaluating the wovel more completely in a 12" or more snow accumulation removal scenario to see from a wovel user experience how it meets expections from an overall satisfaction perspective even when the snow removal task at hand is especially challenging, daunting and notably burdensome.

Hope the provided wovel user feedback so far proves especially useful to the uninitiated wovel user and do not hesitate to post questions which I may have not thought about in this first evaluative wovel user feedback post.

Thanks all for reading and please post.

JoAnn

Thanks Dennis for your informed review of the Wovel...for those of us in snow country who want to avoid pricey plowing and costly and noisy snowblowing, and who see an unshoveled driveway as a healthy, cheap option to a fitness club, the Wovel seems like a cool tool...retro looks and all!

Eric

SEE?!? Dennis is a mole, a plant, a fake! "Dennis" is actually a room full of Wovel executives, using their MBAs to craft ridiculous everyman testimonial marketing schemes. How in the world would some random schmo know what the tire is made out of? Did he measure the carriage bolts? Hoes does a casual customer just happen to know the weight limit of the shovel?

HA! You all owe me a DOLLAR!

ben

the wovel is dorky, ive seen home-made ones before here in newengland ( yankee injenuiety ? ) it is a good idea but it is dorky. the whole idea of having to "flick" the snow only works when it is loose powder snow, try that with a good wet snow or one with a crust of ice on top. the single wheel makes it hard to balance an uneven load when "flicking" ice covered lumps. there is a better design out there with two smaller wheels.
and i agree with eric how could anyone mistake dennis for anything other than an ad company spoof.

Frederick Centrella

I have one - I tried my best to use it for two seasons - I am a mechanical engineer so it appealed to the gadget lover in me.

Bottom line - it stinks! It does not throw snow easily despite what they say. It is clumsy and awkward and the worst part is this - I have a severely sprained wrist thnks to this piece of junk. Better than a snow blower? They are kidding themselves! Do not buy this unless you enjoy intense pain!

Wesley Chang

This item is works as advertised, but does have some limitations:
GOOD:
1. Ability to clear snow relatively fast
2. Not as straineous as using manual shovel
3. Gets the neighbors attention

BAD:
1. Over priced: Raw material cannot cost more than $25. Profit margin is outrageous.
2. Storage issue; it is just too big; disassemble and reassemble is a hassle
3. Due to its size, it is difficult to manuver in confined space; cannot turn and place snow in areas without backing up repeatedly.
4. It demands physical versitility to use this tool; must require swift, crisp, and balancing act to get it to work as advertised (ie., don't count on many users over 60)
4. Gets neighbor's attention

Andy

The comment from Dennis Lee is 95% fake. That's a lot of hands-on experiences in 10 days.

Hope to see more comment from real end users.

P. Sayles

Yes, it looks stupid, but it sure does work. I know because I've owned one for two seasons now to keep my driveway in the Adirondacks snow free. As Wesley points out it is fast and easy on your muscles. I can clear a flat driveway of 4-5 inches of snow at least twice as fast as a snowblower. And, I'll put money on that. You get the free benefit of an aerobic workout without the resulting muscle aches from regular snow shoveling. It's expensive, but it's built to last. I'll be going into my third season using my wovel on my 400 ft driveway. I was paying $30 to have the driveway plowed each time it snowed. I disagree with the complaint of it being difficult to store. Release the large wheel and you have two flat pieces to store. It can be difficult to maneuver in tight spaces. That's because it is long so that you can use leverage to toss the snow. I will admit that it is slower to clear larger amounts of snow (12 in. and over) but it is still easier than using a regular shovel. My $120 wovel has saved me at least $600 since I bought it two years ago. Oh, if you want to save money, buy it in the springtime.

Steve

Cmon. I spent $45 on a used Toro single stage blower that is easier to handle than this thing--and easier to maneuver and store too. Bet it throws snow twice as far to boot.

Sure you have to mix your gas and oil with this thing, but on my flat, double-wide asphalt driveway it clears right down to the pavement very quickly. Best 45 bucks I've spent in a long time.

Jake

I have had the wovel for about a month, and have used it several times. To simply put it, I saves me alot of time and back ache. If you can't understand the motion required to use this product, nor have the physical capabilities to use it, then you shouldn't buy it. If you get sore using this product, then your not using it right, and you should return it. Otherwise for the extra money, it will save you time and chiropractic fees.

quincy

After getting about 3 inches of icy wet snow last night, we tried the Wovel™ for the first time. It did not throw the snow at all hardly, possibly because it was heavy icy snow, but still it does not seem to work well. It could be that it requires some practice, but I do not think that is it. Also storage is a problem, unless we disassemble it, which is a bother.

Donnie Anderson

I live in Atlantic Canada where storms can burry a car with drifts. Here's my take on snow clearing.

Snowblowers cost around $1500 give or take depending on quality. Based on $250/season to hire a tractor it would take 7 or so years just to pay for Snowblower taxes included. Plus you have to go out and spend the time to use the snowblower and also pay for the gas, and any maintenance. From experience snowblowers to to show age after 10+ years. They tend to last a while since they are not used in dirty summer conditions.

Downfall of the snowblower is if you don't have room to blow your snow it flies all in the neighbors yard or driveway. Also if its windy the snow flies back at you. But they work. And they are convenient for doing a path to your backyard. Hired tractors cannot give you this. Also the snowblower can take care of the bit at the end of the dirveway if the plow comes back...the tractor doesn't. Also you can do your driveway right away without waiting for the tractor. I think it's a tie between the 2 based on wether you want to do the work yourself or not.

Now if there is just under 6" of snow or even less a plain old scraper or snow pusher works wonders. Then an aluminum shovel to do those corners against the house, door, patio, etc... the aluminum shovel can do hard and icy packed snow too. Plastic shovels are too flexible and no good. I prefer a good plastic/fibreglass pusher/scraper and an aluminum shovel.

The wovel is no good for getting into the areas against your garage door, front foor, patio, under the railings, siding, etc... For less snow a pusher works jsut as good. For deep snow a snowblower is better. The wovel cannot take care of a 5ft bank the plow dumps at the end of the driveway. It also cannot shoot the snow high enough if you have a 6ft bank on the sides of your driveway. Even a 3ft bank would be hard with heavy snow.

Personally I think the best is to buy a lawn tractor. For the price of a snowblower you can buy a lawn tractor instead. It doubles to cut your grass in summer so why not. ALso you can use it year round...why pay $1500 for something you'll just use a few times in the winter. Then you can buy a blower attachement for under $1000 to attach to your riding mower. It's powered off the tractor so there is no motore. It should last forever. Great cause gone are the expenses of snowblower maintenance and replacement. And no more lawnmower...use your tractor. Or you can get a blade to plow your snow...that's only $300 or less.

The second alternative is to use an ATV if you have one and put a plow on it. Or you can get a blower attachemnt with a motor but then agian you have the maintenance problems. I'd use a plow on an ATV.

Is the wovel good, yes. But only in certain situations. You'll still need s shovel to do some areas. I use a snowblower and still need a shovel. Personally I'd recommend a lawn tractor with blower for deep snow or blade for southern areas if you get less snow. Also a good fibreglass snow scraper/pusher to clean the driveway good of the dustings and a good aluminum shovel for scraping and shoveling and throwing.

Corey Donovan

I had the Wovel for one Minnesota snow season and have mixed feelings, mostly due to the type of driveway I have.

I have retaining walls on both sides of my driveway that vary from 2 to 8 feet tall as it tapers up towards the house. The Wovel just can't throw the snow over the sides which means I would have to plow the snow all the way to the bottom of the driveway, then shovel it all off to the sides.

If I had a flat driveway, I'd love the Wovel, but it just didn't work due to the walls. I really didn't want to get a gas-guzzling snowblower, but I finally gave in this year.

I guess dorkiness is in the eye of the beholder, I thought it was pretty cool looking personally. It started some great conversations with friends, the neighbors and those driving through the neighborhood. Several wanted to try it out and thought it was pretty neat.

Even with a flat driveway, some of the larger snows couldn't be handled by the Wovel alone, you'd have to supplement with a shovel. I think it would still be faster and easier on the back to do the bulk of the work with the Wovel though and then just clean up with the shovel.

Jonny Craig

If I used that thing on my driveway, I'd get the beats. Simple as that. Matter of fact I think those Simpsons guys who beat up Bart would show up at my door, hit me, and go HA-HA. What a ridiculously dumb product. Does it have a USB port too? I think those Wovel MBA people better keep writing on their styrofoam cups during meetings. Honestly - would you use such a DUMB LOOKING THING if you weren't a mole?

Peter Fongo

Seems like the moles names are changing! They know we're onto them, and are disguising themselves. Bottom line - you have to be a moron to buy such a dumb turd flicking device. What happens if you have a dog and are shoveling? Also, be prepared to build a shed for storage of this dumb thing. It can however be useful if you buy two of them and are working on the "Ben-Hur" set.

S. Thacy

I agree with all the non-moles this product is a turd flicker. Is it used by the Amish? I put this product up there with the Starfrit Garlic Peeler or Popeil Pocket Fisherman. It makes a great gift - for your unemployed brother in law.

G. Smart

This product reminds me of an episode of Get Smart where Max had to intercept Chaos' distribution of double-six-shooter revolvers. They were basically two guns stuck together. Completely ridiculous looking, but a very funny episode. I bet the same guys made this TURD FLICKING DEVICE.

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