One problem with snowblowers

Reverse is too damn slow!
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Then pull it backwards!
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You still can't get off?
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I rarely use reverse in mine-- I'd rather walk the extra steps for wide sweeps than wait for it.
Dad's Ariens has 2 reverse speeds and it is tolerable in the faster reverse speed.
Jim
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Jim Elbrecht wrote:

Back when I lived in the frozen northeast my normal "reverse" was to just squeeze the clutch to disengage and then yank the machine back. Anything further than just backing up to take another pass offset a few feet was yank back and turn around to go forward at a decent speed.
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wrote:

Can you imagine if Reverse were a faster speed? People would fall down and get run over before the shut-off would have a chance to stop the machine. Tho I'd love to see my creepy neighbor fall down. heh heh
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Shut off? I ain't got no steenkin' shut off. [Mine's a 1975 Bolens. Reverse is still slow-- but I can adjust it a bit if I want the 'jogging' speed to slow down to a fast walk.<g>]
Jim
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??? I have had a few over the years. They all shut off and stopped instantly when the clutch was let go. Yes, every one of them was too slow going backwards. Just declutching and changing gears is too timeconsuming to suit me. Unless I am backing up more than a 10 or so feet it is "drag the machine back". Current blower is an 11 hp Poulan.
Harry K
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My snowblower does not have motorized wheel drive.
greg
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In wrote: :: ::: Reverse is too damn slow! :: :: I rarely use reverse in mine-- I'd rather walk the extra :: steps for wide sweeps than wait for it. :: :: Dad's Ariens has 2 reverse speeds and it is tolerable in :: the faster reverse speed. :: :: Jim
I can adjust the length of the reverse throw n the wheel to wherever I want it on my Ariens. Check it out if yu have the rubber wheel type drive.
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It all depends on the area you're blowing. Some situations don't allow for wide turns, such as narrow driveways, walkways to the stoop, the path down the side of the house to the shed, etc.
My Sno Tek has 2 reverse speeds. The notch for the slower one is in no danger of ever having the paint worn off. It's useless.
I use the faster one on occasion, like when backing up the long single width path from my neighbor's garage. All she wants is a path so she can get to her garbage can, so I blow a path and then back out. There's really no easy way to turn around at the garage after a heavy snow fall.
Even then I find myself pulling on the machine and I have to tell myself to let the tool do the work.
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Try one of these:
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Yea, but does it have a cupholder???
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Darn right - and a HEATED one at that!!!. It's one of the available options.
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wrote:

Hey!! - that's my kind of snowblower!!
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Not mine!! Who wants warm beer? I did get addicted to warm beer during my tours in Germany but that was good beer, not this stuff they call beer here in the states.
Harry K
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On Thu, 10 Feb 2011 07:42:36 -0800 (PST), Harry K

A micro-brewery in the Soo has it figured out. One of their top selling beers is called "bear whiz"
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