The Evolution of the Snow Shovel - Reinvented - Self lifting
In over 100 years since its invention, the snow shovel has remained relatively unchanged. Until Now!
Because it is always supported by the lifting arm, the one sentence to best describes what makes the Easy Throw Shovel the safest, easiest to use and unlike any other snow shovel out there: It is always in contact with the surface, even when lifting and throwing snow.
There are shovels with handles bent, curved, extended, repositioned and all sorts of configurations. They are designed to change your body position to help ease the load etc. Which can be helpful but the one thing they all have in common, no matter what position your in. Once these shovels Leave the surface its all on you to lift the entire weight of the load including the shovel, then throw the load.
The story goes: One night a few years ago, I was shoveling my driveway, my back increasingly getting worse, I thought there has to be a shovel that can help lift the load.
As I finished up the driveway I was thinking of different ways to accomplish this, when it came to me. I quickly went inside and drew up the rough idea.
I went to bed that night visualizing how well, and if, this would work.
The next day with the thoughts and drawing from the night before, I built a very rough and shaky prototype. It worked. Even as a rough prototype It literally removed manual lifting from the act of shoveling snow.
And so the Easy Throw Shovel was born. A ergonomically advanced snow shovel that by use of a lifting arm, gathers, mechanically lifts and throws snow in one smooth energy optimizing motion.
The age old way of moving something heavy with much less than equal force.
Essentially, the Easy Throw Shovel with its patented lifting mechanism works by a series of levers and actions. The initial lifting is done when the sliding hand grip moves up the handle as the user pushes. This actuates a lever that pushes the lifting arm into contact with the surface thus lifting the load.
The original lifting lever was a simple L shape that would lose its leverage over it fulcrum point as it was pulled over by the sliding hand grip. As the early prototypes progressed a rounded lifting lever was used (pictured) this maintained leverage over its fulcrum point through the full range of motion. Although that worked well, the lever size and ratio was then increased to achieve an even greater lifting ability.
Once the load is supported by the lifting arm, the shovel becomes a lever pivoting atop the lifting arm. These actions work harmoniously together to lift and throw snow with ease.
A further innovation came In the form of a small but very significant ramp for the wheels on the lifting lever to roll up. (highlighted)
This small addition was initially intended to add more extension to the lifting arm. But it also added a accelerating effect to the lifting speed as it raised the shovel off the surface. Improving its ability to launch snow higher and further.
MADE IN CANADA
- Launch Kickstarter campaign.
- Campaign ends reach goal of $72,000.
- Set up parts orders and tooling.
- Set up production.
April / May 2014
- Testing and quality control of all parts
- Once all parts are ready we will start assembly and testing.
- Start production.
- Begin shipping Kickstarter fulfillment.
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Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges when launching a new project can often come unexpectedly but we are confident in our timeline and with the suppliers and manufacturers we have chosen.
Our biggest timeline challenge may come from ourselves, as we will not cut corners or skimp on quality to rush this product out. Our first commitment is to having a durable and reliable product. A product people are glad they bought.
Our goal is that we, Kickstarter, and all the backers can be proud they had a part in making this product a reality.
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