|Believe it or not, that is a full sized |
shovel I am using, not a kids shovel!
The length of the shovel is dependent on shovel style, your dimensions, and preferences. Shoulder height seems to be what works for me for my snow shovel. Another more technical approach is to scale a standard shovel up from average human height to your height and use a long enough shovel shaft to achieve the new shovel length. The handy calculator below may help:
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- 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.