An ice scraper is essentially a small handheld instrume […]
An ice scraper is essentially a small handheld instrument for quickly removing snow, ice, and frost off of windows in vehicles, usually on the roofs. Basic scrappers have a flat metal handle and wooden blade, while some also have metal blades coated with paint. These devices work on a fairly simple principle. The user pushes the device against the window and scrapes away from that side, in much the same way a snow blower uses a brush to clear a path to the ground. There are two types of ice scraper: one that is powered by an electric motor and another that is run by an extension ladder. A powered ice scraper requires the use of a power outlet, while an extension ladder requires an extension ladder.
A power ice scraper has an electric motor that makes the device move by scraping the snow away from the windshield in a controlled and directed way. The motor is connected to an electric chain, which is then connected to a broom attached to the end of the chain. This broom scrapes the snow gently and evenly, ensuring that each piece of ice or snow that is scraped has an even number of grains. The user releases this broom from its socket, which moves it over the window and removes any accumulation of snow or ice. For larger windows, such as those found in garages or on porches, the user must move the broom across the frame of the opening to get the clearance they need.
Another kind of ice scraper, the telescopic variety, is a little different. They are often used by firefighters and other emergency personnel to scrape snow and ice off of sidewalks and roads. Extenders are used to extend their reach and grab poles and other objects that might be stuck in the road. These devices can extend up to three feet to reach gutters and other window openings, allowing them to scrape away any accumulation that is too thick to remove with a simple stick or broom. These extended versions of these scrapers are also useful in removing snow and ice from gutters when they are down and damaged.
Another variation of the standard ice scraper has a blade that is attached to the scraper itself. By spinning the blade, it makes an extremely sharp edge that is very effective at cutting through ice and snow. A rotary blade, which spins in a circular pattern, is attached to some of these types of scrapers, while stationary blades are used most commonly. Some models of these devices have a socket attachment, allowing the blade to be moved along the window frame once the block of ice has been scraped away.
There are several other variations of the ice scraper. One variation is known as a scrape-a-round. Scrapers like this one have a curved edge on one side of the blade, enabling the user to scrape an area in a round, curved pattern. This style of scraper has a rounded top edge and a flat bottom, allowing it to make a very efficient use of space. It can also scrape up to level the sidewalk when used in combination with an electric power washer.
Another variation of an ice scraper has a scooped bottom surface. The scooped bottom allows it to clear snow and ice off sidewalks, driveways and curbs without too much difficulty. These models are best used in snow storm conditions where all other scrapers that were not used in these conditions have been covered and have been swept off the sidewalks. However, in order to work effectively, it is important to keep them covered while it is in use, until the next scheduled use. The scooped bottom model of this scraper has a rubberized top edge, allowing it to be used more effectively when it is used in conjunction with a sweeper, which clears leaves and other debris off the windshield. This particular style of scraper also helps to protect the roof of a vehicle, which is important for preventing leaks.