I am Stuart, Destroyer of Snow Brushes. Give me one of those cheap combination ice scraper snow brushes and I will crack the pole, chip the scraper, bust the brush head, or come up with a new way to damage and destroy it. Not on purpose of course, but let’s just say I’m lucky if a snow brush lasts through a single winter.
Prior to buying a Mallory Ultra Maxx snow brush (999CT), I had combo brush/scraper tool from the local big box home improvement store. Before that, I had one from the supermarket. Before that I had another cheap no-name model from somewhere else. I broke them all.
Back in the Fall of 2010 I purchase a Mallory 36″ snow brush and also a telescoping pivoting head brush/squeegee/scraper combo. I rarely use the telescoping brush unless I need the extra reach or squeegee or my wife is helping clear the cars.
The Mallory Ultra Maxx snow brush has an offset aluminum handle that I haven’t bent or broken yet. It can be cold to the touch, but that’s what winter gloves are for. There’s also a cushiony hand grip, but a two-hand grip provides better leverage for when clearing heavier snow.
The Ultra Maxx features a heavy duty brush and a robust ice scraper, but no squeegee. I was worried about the brush not having a squeegee – which is partly why I bought the telescoping model at the same time – but there hasn’t been a time in the past two winters where I missed this feature.
The brush and scraper both performed quite well, and most importantly I haven’t damaged or destroyed them yet. You wouldn’t mistake my snow brush for a brand new one, but it still works as well as it did on day one.
I don’t remember the last time I had a snow brush last through two entire winters without needing to repaired or replaced.
Unless things have changed, Mallory snow and ice auto clearing tools are made in Canada. Makes sense that our friends up north know how to make quality winter tools.
The Ultra Maxx snow brush is currently priced at $14, and the telescoping brush $15.
P.S. I am also known as Stuart, Destroyer of Compact Automobile Shovels. My USA-made Voile avalanche shovel is now entering its fourth year of service.
The products discussed here were purchased at their full retail prices via Amazon.