Now, if you have a vehicle you own and live in a place where the mercury tends to dip below the freezing point, you need an ice scraper. Most of the ice scrapers are not only ice scrapers, but they also double up as snow brooms as well, with a blade for scraping at one end and a brush that swivels on the other end.
There is one side effect to this and it is that such tools are more than thirty inches long, sometimes even up to thirty-six inches or more. If you happen to live in an area where it snows very often, you would need one of these wonders that are dual purpose. But if you live more towards the south or the lowland west, where it is common to get frost with snowing being very rare, there are scrapers which are shorter and will be enough in meeting your needs with no cluttering in your car.
The Best Ice Scraper
The shapes of ice scrapers
Most of the scrapers on the market sport a metal handle along with a single piece, wedge-like shape scraper on one of the ends and having a snow brush on the other side. The scraper is made out of plastic and has sets of teeth for cutting ice on its back which is flat. They have a thick rather a relatively dull sort of blade at its front end. The brush typically has bristles on one of the edges and foam or rubber squeegee on the other side.
However, the design details end up making all the difference between different scrapers, and no part of the scraper is unimportant. The blades have to be quite sharp along with being enormously sturdy – when you are in the process of scraping ice, you have to bear down really hard. The teeth that are going to be used for cutting the ice have to be prominent and tall, so that the contact with the windshield is done without you having to force your knuckles in doing so, and in an ideal world, they will be extending throughout the blade’s width, so that you can make cuts which are wide ribbons in shape.
What about the handle and the broom head
The handle needs to have grips that are made out of something that is very soft. The grips made of hard plastic tend to be slippery, mostly when you are wearing gloves or wool mittens. Now when you extend the handle, they should be locked into place without you having to make any manual maneuvers. You should not have to line up the pins for locking within their lock holes. And of course, the handles need to be very strong. The broom head needs to have three tools: a side to sweep ice shavings and loose snow; squeegee side so that it makes a tight seal with the panels of the body and windows to push snow off the vehicle and between these two, a plow kind of structure to make the movements of snow pushing more efficient.
Last update on 2019-02-17 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API