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The Shuvalot

December 13, 2013, 10:10 PM by Angela Kennecke

The Shuvalot

You can pull out your broom for a dusting of snow and if we get more than three inches, fire up your snow blower. But when it comes to those two to three inch snows, you most likely grab a shovel.

A Sioux Falls inventor has come up with a way to clear the snow that's a lot easier than an ordinary old shovel.

Jeff Hermanson can be called a "tinkerer." For more than 20 years, he's had ideas for inventions that he's put together in his garage.

"Like a lock detection system in my house. I can see that all my doors are locked and my garage door and that was about 20 years. I had an oil change business for a while, a mobile oil change where you drive your car in. I had to fire myself from that one because it wasn't very profitable," Hermanson said.

But his latest invention could end up being very profitable. The Shuvalot is a snow shovel on wheels.

"What makes it unique is the angle of the blade can change on the fly. You can push it this way so far and push it that way so far," Hermanson said.

When you're all done pushing the snow out of the way, the Shuvalot collapses and you store it away.

Hermanson has made 130 Shuvalots so far. He's sold 115 of them. A good chunk of those sales have come from word of mouth on Facebook.

"If they like me on Facebook, I give them $10 off. It seems like it's a win-win for everyone," Hermanson said.

Hermanson has filed for a patent on his product--that process will take more than a year. Manufacturing them in his garage isn't very practical, so he hopes he's able to sell the idea to a company that can mass produce it.

"I would think someone might be interested in the future that I can get this product to them and go on to my next," Hermanson said.

We promise, we'll keep you posted on his next invention, too.

Hermanson is selling the Shuvalot on his website for $70.

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