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The award-winning HEFT is the fastest and easiest to use secondary handle, attaching in less than one second to virtually any kind of shovel, rake, broom or similar handled tool making them more ergonomic and easy to use. By attaching The HEFT to long shaft winter and garden tools like snow shovels, garden spades and rakes, the tool instantly becomes ergonomic due to the position of The HEFT, which results in a more upright position of the user.
Ergonomic tools are proven to reduce pain and fatigue as well as lessen the chance of serious injury to the user. The HEFT has NO moving parts to pinch fingers; NO tools required for attachment; NO nuts, bolts, washers or screws to lose and it's fast. The HEFT takes up very little room and can easily be hung up in the garage along with other tools, making it one of the most versatile products available.
The HEFT Secondary Auxiliary Handle
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Inventor Marco Longley and his wife Anne are the inventors of The HEFT (Highly Effective Fulcrum Tool) – but how did they come up with this great idea?
To know what prompted this unique award-winning invention, we need to go back to 1990, when Marco was a competitive cyclist. Marco was riding his bicycle when he was hit by a drunk driver and was badly injured. As a result of the accident he had two major lower back surgeries and a shoulder re-build. To this day Marco is still very limited in the type of physical activities he can undertake – but these health challenges are what lead Marco to inventing The HEFT.
In 2008 Marco started tinkering with the idea of a secondary handle attachment for a snow shovel. With his injuries, Marco found it very difficult to shovel snow in the winters, as well as using spades, rakes and other long-handled tools throughout the year. Sure that he could come up with a solution, Marco turned his garage into a workshop. He even learned how to weld just so that he could make various HEFT prototypes.
Through trial and error Marco adjusted angles, materials, and made many changes, but it was when his wife Anne suggested one small change to the collars of The HEFT that the ‘aha’ moment happened, and the patented locking collar design was born.