This is an excellent shovel because of the long wooden handle. The handle has a large diameter so is very stiff, however has been machined down to a smaller diameter where it joins the blade's sleeve, which may be good enough, but a fatter sleeve would have been better and I'd have given it 5 stars.
I chose the shovel for it's handle because my lower back doesn't get on with standard length ones. The long handle means that I get a better stance so my legs can now do the work my back used to.
Compared to my supermarket plastic snow shovel, the blade is smaller and for clearing fresh snow wouldn't be my first choice. It will be better than the plastic one for older icy snow which needs more force, but generally this shovel is best for heavy work, such as sand, gravel and coal.