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Every now and then, a product shows up that is so poorly designed that it deserves publicity, if only to keep other consumers from suffering as I have suffered.

In this case, I refer to the product listed in the title of this post - the Ames "Arctic Blast" ergonomic snow shovel.

It looks good on the surface, but has a fatal flaw. Under the scraping edge is a ridge of metal, ostensibly designed to keep the plastic from wearing. What it actually does is keep the edge from ever contacting the ground - unless you tilt the beast forward at a very un-ergonomic angle, which effectively makes it impossible to push. If you use it normally, the thing leaves a beautiful, even layer of packed snow about 1/8" thick on your driveway, which is even harder to get off on the second pass.

Whoever designed this abomination never used it, or probably never had experience shoveling snow. They, along with those who approved this design, should be condemned to spend eternity in Maine, shoveling snow from people's driveways with this selfsame atrocity, with no one to hear their pitiable cries of frustration.

As Neytiri often says: "Hhhhhääää!"


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torakiyoshi
Feb. 26th, 2011 05:13 am (UTC)
Send 'em to the same prison where car engineers have to service their own car designs.
carlfoxmarten
Feb. 26th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with this!
lebounce.blogspot.com
Feb. 27th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
Me too!
deckardcanine
Feb. 27th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC)
Gee, that sounds about par for the shovels I've known. No need to get furious.

If the Na'vi looked more lupine, I'd like them a good deal better.
ccdesan
Feb. 27th, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
If you had to shovel my driveway with this piece of hqiz, you'd be complaining too. I've had many shovels, all far better than this.
alaskawolf
Feb. 27th, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
i could use a good snow plow right now O_O

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