Jut that.. if you routinely shovel the fluffy white stuff.. We just got a dumping, and pondered a few things about shoveling snow.. Obviously while shoveling! Does handle length make a difference? I would think that a shovel's shaft should be sized to the individual, so that the load can rest in a 'sweet spot' and not put shoulder out of joint. I cut about 6" off one a few years ago, and swear it was an improvement. I keep forgetting to do it again! I was also shoveling a path for the oil man (oil furnace). And I was trying to think of an efficient way to shovel a long path, a trench so to speak, for him. I ended up 'canoe paddling' the path / trench. Hold the shovel like a canoe paddle, and "stroke".. do twice, then take a step to the right (or left) worked pretty well. (Again, handle length would have helped a bit here..) When you're scooping and tossing onto a snow bank, do you scoop & toss in one motion? Or do you scoop, take a little swing back, then heave on the snow bank? or do you more or less lift & roll the shovel to dump the snow.. I also have a 'pusher' type shovel, one that's a section of a cylinder. (When you push it just right, you get the snow rolling onto itself!) I find with this type of shovel, I tend to push, then lift, and I use my leg, just above the knee as a pivot to get 'er up 'n over the snow bank.. plastic or metal shovels?!