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.
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
??? 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
::: 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.
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.
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
Even then I find myself pulling on the machine and I have to tell
myself to let the tool do the work.
If you're tired of anemic, one-lung snow blowers with their slipping drive
belts, you might consider Bobs V8 snow blower, which raises the bar on the
traditional snow blower in every respect. With electric start, electric
block heater, antifreeze heater and eight cylinders, it has no drive belts
to freeze up and you'll never get bored with the job, as the 454 cubic inch
big block Chevrolet V8 produces 412 horsepower, 430 foot pounds of torque
and can throw snow 50 feet at just 3500 rpm.
Nor will you get cold, as the machine has been ingeniously designed to route
the engine coolant through the handle bars, with the rear mounted, enclosed
radiator keeping the operator nice and cozy.
Maneuvering the massive beast (it has a total wet weight of 912 lbs) is a
breeze thanks to the hydraulic-drive 4WD skid steer on independent walking
beams, which offers a zero turning radius. It's also as fast as you like,
with an infinitely adjustable speed range on the drive wheels via dash
mounted flow control. At the opposite end of the scale, it has more than
enough torque to pull your car out of the ditch before the hydraulic motors
Adding to the well-balanced feel of the unit, just 15 pounds of down force
on the handlebars will lift the auger blade off the ground in order to climb
stairs/walkways for ease of snow removal. Safety has been, and continues to
be, paramount, with spring return to center "fail safe" type directional
controls with emergency stop and tether cords.
Safety is one of the key themes, with a flashing blue light (as required by
law in many areas) being the least of the safety features. None will fail to
hear you with those twin throaty exhausts, which come standard with 92
decibels at the controls, though if the rumble of a V8 exhaust is music to
your ears, you can obviously go much louder. Even at the standard baffling,
hearing protection is strongly suggested.
The powerful yard machine lights and a dashboard with back lit gauges
complete the package to ease the burden of this normally reviled task. The
custom 42 inch, two-stage auger has a Chevrolet 10 bolt truck differential
with spool and a centrifugal auger clutch with shear pin protection, further
adding to the image of this "automotive theme blower." As each unit is
custom-built, optional extras for the snow blower are both diverse and
outrageous as the base unit - there is unlimited auger choices from single
to multi stage designs and various motor combinations to suit the religious
preferences of the customer (Chevy, Dodge Hemi, Ford); and such exotica as a
V-10 or a diesel engine or remote starting can be accommodated. And if,
after a while, you feel you've outgrown the 400 horses, this particular
engine is well catered for in the performance modification area, with Lunati
camshaft, Milodon Gear drive, Holley and Edelbrock components to name a few;
and there's always the fuel injection option too, if you feel you need to
throw the snow out of the county or ensure your seat in the "neighborhood
blower blingster hall of fame."
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