|Believe it or not, that is a full sized |
shovel I am using, not a kids shovel!
|6' x 1" poplar dowel|
|6' x 1 ¼" poplar dowel|
The connection between the shaft and shovel blade can be a bit tricky. I looked around and found there are three main varieties.
- Straight: The shaft does not taper and is fixed by only a screw(s). This type is usually found on cheaper shovels and is prone to coming loose. Though this type would be easy to adapt, it is perhaps too flimsy.
- Tapered: The shaft is tapered so that it binds against the blade's tapered receiver and is fixed with a screw. This type would be tricky to adapt as you would need to somehow taper your shaft.
- Wedge: This type is a combination of the previous two. The shaft is straight, but a separate wedge is used to get a more secure connection with the blade. This is more secure than the straight type, but easier to adapt than the tapered type, hence I chose this one for my tall shovel.
Tall Adapting the wedge type: Use a couple flat head screw drivers to separate the plastic teeth and pull the shaft out of the blade. Next remove the plastic wedge from the old shaft and attach it to the new shaft. Also move the handle over to the new shaft (most handles are just straight connections with a screw). Insert the new shaft into the blade (my shaft was a bit oversize so required some sanding to get it to fit). Also make sure to rotate the shaft so that the blade and handle are lined up correctly.
Besides allowing for you to shovel with better posture, another benefit is that you can get the blade at the angle to the pavement intended for scraping (with too short a shovel, the steep angle means continuously jerking to a stop). This is particularly important for shovels with a sharp metal scraper edge.
After using the tall shovel for a while, I can definitely say it is both easier on my back and makes me a more efficient shoveler!