Instead of using my thrower to nibble at the hard packed snow from the
plow, I use a flat blade snow shovel and break off chunks that my
thrower can handle. Just slice vertically down the front of the pile
to loosen it up...no lifting required.
Not just further- the single stage blowers will throw and re-throw
snow if you have to move it really far. I have to throw straight
ahead to do my turnaround of two car lengths. Some of that snow
probably goes through the chute 3 times, but it throws it just as far
at the end as at the beginning.
Yes, the "folded over" snow from the snow plow, that's about 90% of the work
of moving snow. I also usually have to take it about 6 inch wide cuts. It
also helps to pull back the snow blower as needed, let the engine get back
to full speed.
Christopher A. Young;
"Harry K" < email@example.com> wrote in message
My Dad got a snow blower from Titus Mower, and he's been very pleased with
it. He did get a Honda. Aparently very dependable machine.
Mine is an old Toro that's third hand. I got it used, from a guy who got it
used. It has a plug in electric start, which is really handy for the first
run of the year when it's balky to start. The Toro is 3 HP, and takes gas
oil mix. Reminds me, I've got to go buy some new gasoline. The gas mix I've
been using is probably a couple months old.
An electric snow blower is much cheaper, and if you're OK with dragging a
cord around, you'll be fine. As with most things, the cheapest one seldom
does the job. The medium price one is fine, and the expensive one is for
when you retire, and have some money to work with.
Christopher A. Young;
"KLS" < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
Thanks for advice, I'll skip the power shovel. We really haven't had
much snow here the past two winters, maybe only a couple days each
winter where I've had to go out a few times in the course of a day to
keep things clear. I'll stick with the trusty hand shovels for now,
and rely on various retired neighbor men to come by with their
machines when it's bad. I came out with the shovel a few times last
winter, only to find the end of the driveway already cleared, as well
as paths from one house to the next for the kids and the mail carrier.
When we eventually enlarge the driveway, we'll factor in the cost of a
Chuckle. This will be my third winter in this house, after living in
apartments for 20-some years. I have a couple retired 'more power' type
neighbor guys who simply LIVE for the days they have an excuse to drag
their toys out and play with them- tractors, wheel-mounted leaf blowers,
self-propelled snow blowers, etc. Last few winters have been real mild
(knock on plastic wood), but a few times I came out and found the
streetside bergs and mailbox approaches cleared. Doesn't happen so much
anymore since they realized it was a guy living here, and not some old
widow lady (usually the case when a single lives in a subdivision, since
the husband usually croaks first.) A win-win, AFAIAC. They feel useful,
the neighborhood gets the benefit.
Most of the time, I use my leaf blower to clear the snow. Sounds absurd,
but unless it is real wet snow, or I let it get too deep, works pretty
well. If not, then I have to use a shovel. I suppose I ought to buy a
blower, but only good storage is way out back in the shed, and it would
be a pain to fetch from there.
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