I have a long (~250 ft) and uphill (~50-60 ft vertical drop) paved driveway. Width is ~12 ft with grass on either side, and opens up at the top with waist-high stonewalls near the garage entrance. It's not straight - goes up with one not-so-sharp turn in the middle, somewhere between a banana-shape and a boomerang. I live in Massachusetts.
Initially, I thought about hiring a plow truck (one guy quoted $75 per 24hr period), and now I'm thinking of dong it myself with a snow thrower.
First off, am I crazy doing this myself? I'm not in my 20s anymore (40+), not big, but not in a bad shape either. I know it'll be cold, snow will come down at inconvenient times, but I just don't like being at the mercy of the plow schedule and getting my lawn dug up by the plows. I guess I'm answering my own question here. Can anyone with a long driveway share experience?
Also, if I do it myself, I'd be choosing between Honda 928 (WAS or TAS) or Ariens 11528. Which would you use for a long driveway like mine?
I've looked at three models by the two makes, and this is where I am.
** Honda 928 W/TAS vs. Ariens 11528 : - Honda feels higher quality. Price is higher, but doesn't bother me too much. Hydrostatic drive. - Ariens has handwarmer & drive differentials.
** Wheel drive (Honda 928WAS/Ariens 11528) vs. Track drive (Honda 928TAS) - Trackdrive feels very heavy, hard to maneuver. There is ~30x50 ft area where 3 sides are blocked (by garage doors, stonewalls), and I wonder how easy it'll be to turn the thing, even with hydrostatic drive. They say it's not easy to turn 180 even on the snow. But then, I hear it can go anywhere. - Wheeldrive : I hear you have to lift up to get good scraping off the pavement. Will I have problem going up the driveway, even with chain?
I've looked up consumer review sites and asked people at 'plowsite', got some feedbacks but looking for more. Anyone can share experience on these models? Which one would you get in my shoes?
Thank you in advance.