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The Amazing Sno Wovel

The Amazing Wovel: The popularity of the Sno Wovel continues to grow. Last year, the company which produces the Sno Wovel sold out of stock in early February. This year they sold out in January after doubling their production of 2009.

What Stands Out: The ease with which you use the Sno Wovel and the speed with which you can clear a significant area stand out. I have used the Sno Wovel for three winters and am amazed that my back never hurts after Woveling. Also, now that the Wovel is three years old it is standing the test of time. If you have a Wovel, enjoy. If not, don’t wait too long next season before purchasing. We would suggest a November purchase to be sure we still have the Sno Wovel in stock.

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The Snowmaster Snowscoop offers Replacement Blades

The Snowmaster Snowscoop: One of our most popular snow removal devices is the Snowmaster Snowscoop. And one of the things we like about the Snowscoop is that you can easily and inexpensively replace the blades. Two blades cost only $19.95.

Replacement Time: Many of our customers are replacing their Snowmaster Snowscoop blades at this time. Winter is here and snow is falling. If you have a Snowmaster Snowscoop, this is a good

Snow Scoop in action

time for blade replacement.

Smart Carts for Many Reasons

The Smart Cart: Over the years we have found the Smart Cart to be one of the best products we sell. It is light, versatile, moves large quantities, durable, easy to use, and is a daily part of our lives. Whether we are hauling recyclables to the curb for pickup, taking compost to the beds, transporting mulch, building a stone wall, moving firewood from the storage area to the house, the Smart Cart is there for us.

Second Pan: An added benefit to having a Smart Cart is that you can have a second tub. The Second tub can be the same size or can be the other size. If you have a 7′ tub, you can add the 12′ tub. If you have the 12′ tub you can add the 7′ tub. The second tub is great for those who need to feed or water pets and livestock or need outdoor storage.

Smart Cart hauls up to 600 pound EASILY. Frontwards or backwards. Perfectly balanced design.

The Sno-Wovel, Still the Best in Snow Removal

The Sno -Wovel Snow Removal Machine

 

Are you getting ready for winter? If you are in an area that receives a fair amount of snow, you really should consider a Sno Wovel. Clear the snow away with much less effort than snow shoveling. And do so without causing any pollution!

The Sno Wovel: One of the things I like best about my job is finding new machines which do their job and have little impact on the environment. The Sno Wovel is designed to clear snow in an energy efficient manner….but most of all it is so back-saving and ergonomic you really have to try it to understand.

Clears away snow 3x FASTER than a snow shovel and is an economical, eco-friendly alternative to snow plows. Clears away snow 3x FASTER than a snow shovel and is an economical, eco-friendly alternative to snow plows and snow blowers.

First we read about the Sno Wovel; next we watched videos about it and saw it in use; then we had to wait for our demo machine to arrive. My son and I were excited when it arrived and took it into the house to assemble. It took about 45 minutes to get it together. We had fun playing around with it but really wanted and needed some snow to test it.

We didn’t have to wait long, six inches of wet snow had dropped over the night. I got the Sno Wovel out of the garage and went to work. At first using it seemed ungainly. But after 15 minutes, I began to understand how to use it better. After 20 minutes our driveway was just about clear from snow. Normally, this would have taken my son and I about 90 minutes to clear with wide shovels resulting in a least one sore back. In addition to taking less time, my back had not been affected at all.

The Sno Wovel had passed the first test. In subsequent uses in 4” of snow, chipping 2”of packed ice, and dealing with a blizzard, the Sno Wovel continued to efficiently clear the snow and ice and did so without any back pain for Dad. The Sno Wovel is a great tool for removing snow. It is the people powered snow blower!

The Sno Wovel Snow Removal Machine

The Sno -Wovel Snow Removal Machine

The Sno Wovel: One of the things I like best about my job is finding new machines which do their job and have little impact on the environment. The Sno Wovel is designed to clear snow in an energy efficient manner….but most of all it is so back-saving and ergonomic you really have to try it to understand.

Clears away snow 3x FASTER than a snow shovel and is an economical, eco-friendly alternative to snow plows.

Clears away snow 3x FASTER than a snow shovel and is an economical, eco-friendly alternative to snow plows and snow blowers.

First we read about the Sno Wovel; next we watched videos about it and saw it in use; then we had to wait for our demo machine to arrive. My son and I were excited when it arrived and took it into the house to assemble. It took about 45 minutes to get it together. We had fun playing around with it but really wanted and needed some snow to test it.

We didn’t have to wait long, six inches of wet snow had dropped over the night. I got the Sno Wovel out of the garage and went to work. At first using it seemed ungainly. But after 15 minutes, I began to understand how to use it better. After 20 minutes our driveway was just about clear from snow. Normally, this would have taken my son and I about 90 minutes to clear with wide shovels resulting in a least one sore back. In addition to taking less time, my back had not been affected at all.

The Sno Wovel had passed the first test. In subsequent uses in 4” of snow, chipping 2”of packed ice, and dealing with a blizzard, the Sno Wovel continued to efficiently clear the snow and ice and did so without any back pain for Dad.

Learn more and see videos of the Wovel.

A Composter Which Can Handle 5 Gallons Per Day

Composting history: We have been selling compost makers for many years. First there were composters made for one family. These were tumbling machines, turning machines, gravitational machines, and batch machines. All handled the amount of waste which one family produced.

2nd Generation: The next phase of compost makers seemed to focus on industrial needs such as schools, businesses, hospitals, etc. These composting machines were very large and very expensive. Small units cost in the $20,000 range and large ones in the $80,000 range.

3rd Generation: Now we see a new focus. This effort targets an in between group, let’s say a 10 family to 15 family output. Or you could say it would service the output of four or five classrooms. We have just made an agreement with a company which is marketing the Biolan 220 and the Biolan 550. Produced in Finland these composting units are new to the US. We will have the 220 and 550 on our site in the next few days. We are excited to add these composting machines as they allow us to enter a new market. The Biolan 550 easily handles 5 gallons of waste per day. It takes 6 weeks to begin producing compost. These composters are excellent in cold climates.

Stop the Noise! How Leaf Blowers, Gas Mowers and Snow Blowers are Effecting Our Health

The leaf blowers are killing me this year! My neighbors use them to blow even a sprinkling of leaves off their driveway, and NOTE: they only use them when I am home and recovering my sanity in my garden. Fueling my simmering irritation, during our first magical snow this season my wife and I took a moment for a walk thru the woods and what did we hear….not that soft gentle hushed sound of snow…but my neighbors snow blower. GRRRRR. I won’t go into when one neighbor left for the weekend and their car alarm went off in 15 minute continuous cycles until the battery wore down.

So this post is to say…neighbors…before you fire up your weed whacker,  leaf blower,  hedge trimmer,  riding lawn mower, snow blower, snow mobiles, etc…. know you are effecting not just my health but yours! Study after study has found that community noise is interrupting our sleep, interfering with our children’s learning, suppressing our immune systems and even increasing our chances of having a heart attack. It is also tarnishing the Golden Rule, reducing people’s inclination to help one another.

Basically, noise causes so many horrible things that it’s a wonder there aren’t warning labels tacked to the sides of vacuum cleaners.

NOISE HARMS OUR HEALTH:

  • Recent studies reveal that noise can be harmful to human health, just like water or air pollution, damaging not only hearing and sleep but raising our blood pressure to dangerous levels.
  • According to the World Health Organization, noise pollution is responsible for tens of thousands of deaths a year. scientists at Imperial College London monitored the blood pressure of 140 sleeping volunteers who lived near London’s Heathrow airport. They discovered that subjects’ blood pressure rose when a plane few overhead even when the subjects remained asleep.
  • A study of 5,000 45-to-70-year-olds living near airports for at least five years found that they were at greater risk of suffering from hypertension, aka high blood pressure, than their counterparts in quieter realms.
  • “The idea that people get used to noise is a myth,” the Environmental Protection Agency has reported. “Even when we think we have become accustomed to noise, biological changes still take place inside us.”
  • Children near the working airports had significantly higher levels of adrenaline and cortisol — the body’s so-called stress hormones.
  • oh and everyone knows about irreversible hearing loss…but that’s another post. or just look here.

GET THIS: NOISE MAKES US UNHAPPY… AND MEAN:

  • Studies have also shown that in the presence of continuous noise, people are less caring, communicative, and reflective.
  • Extreme noise has been found to give the listener a sense of helplessness and powerlessness.
  • Hospital noise has been shown to slow healing.
  • In one study, people were less likely to help someone pick up a bundle of dropped books when the noise of a lawn mower was present.
  • Another showed that in a noisy environment, people playing a game were more likely to see their fellow players as disagreeable or threatening.

NOISE IMPAIRS LEARNING AND CONCENTRATION (DUH):

  • Another insidious effect of noise is its cultivation of what scientists call “learned helplessness.” Children given puzzles in moderately noisy classrooms are not only more likely to fail to solve them but are also more likely to surrender early.
  • Many studies have shown children in schools around noise pollution had impairment in reading on standardized tests.
  • In Munich, students near an airport initially scored lower than others on tests of memory. When that airport closed and moved, thier reading improved, while their counterparts living near the new airport saw a decline in scores after the switch occurred.

SO WHAT TO DO:
First everyone needs to understand there is an issue. Even in ancient Rome, chariots were banned from the streets at night to prevent clattering wheels on stones from waking people up. Here are a few places that beat that drum:

Then of course, know there are alternatives…regular readers here know what’s coming…like quiet quiet quiet push reel mowers, back saving snow removal tools that really work, push sweepers (janitors secret weapons) and push leaf sweepers, and other fall cleanup tools like (!) rakes (!) coupled with lovely leaf bags that roll. Can’t do manual, how about electric options like electric mowers, electric blowers (still blow around allergens), and electric snow blowers (haven’t found one yet we like). So many wonderful options out there. And then of course there are the big picture alternatives like reducing your lawn size…but that is another ranting article! So in summary treasure the quite! Shhhh…..

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Peoplepoweredmachines is a family owned business, 11 years old, always selling environmentally sound products such as reel mowers, electric mowers, composters, rainbarrels, solar products and more.