Just like the lyrics to the old sone, I'm looking forward tot he snow
tonight. Bought a new snowblower when Lowed had the 15% off sale. It
sits in the garage, gassed up and ready to go. Predictions are 5 to
8 inches overnight.
I'm also hoping that it is the last snow of the winter, but I doubt
that is going to happen.
You mean you don't have a jet engine sound level blower and spend two
hours each day in the yard this time of year annoying the whole
neighborhood? We have two neighbors that do that. I just run over them
with the mulching blade mower. The remains disappear after it rains.
I mulch as many as I can, but if I don't herd SOME of them to the tree
line, there are just too many. Mower vanishes in a brown cloud, and you
can't even see the grass under the debris, even after multiple passes.
80-100 foot mature trees generate a LOT of leaves, and they don't do it
all at once. Of course, Ma Nature took down several of my elderly trees,
along with several thousand others on this end of town, in the Memorial
Day weekend storm. So I will have a little less to rake this year. The
one big tree still laying in my yard is still green, though, even with
most of the roots seperated.
Get yourself a little single stage for that stuff. My 18" electric
toro throws slush as far as most 2-stage blowers throw powder.
[I still use my 1980ish Franken-blower 10HP for the dry stuff-- but
mostly because it doesn't have a cord and it's wider.
A snowblower for 5-8 inches!? How big is yer driveway? Four acres?
I'm new to snowy Winters but, 8" is a piece of cake and a good
physical workout with a shovel. I shovel about every 4" while
snowing. Being a gas engine freak, I'd be tempted to a pwr blower,
but only have to worry about our deck and the yard is small rock
gravel. It'd kill a pwr blower in 60 secs.
It's been 3 yrs, but I think I finally have my Winter apparel dialed
in. Got my Sorels, Polertec, and down jacket. Maybe a wool sweater
or two to clinch it. It's snowed twice, this season, and I love it. Bring
I shoveled for 60+ years and prefer to have a machine do the tough
stuff now. Bought this with my first Social Security check.
The really tough part is the end of the driveway where the town plow
compresses and piles the snow.
I also have a remote starter for my car so I don't have to freeze my
ass off for long on cold mornings.
Ah yes, that plow berm! I live right on a major highway in Eastern
Washington. The state is kind enough to donate 20 ft of highway snow
into my drive. That stuff just does not blow off easily, packs when
the plow roostertail lands and is commonly wet from the deicer.
Beats the crap outta my obviously older Toyota where there's an
interlock on the manual transmission's clutch requiring me to push in
clutch to start. Obviously a case of asshole control freaks
professing to be concerned with my safety versus newer techno freaks
claiming to having my convenience in mind. IOW, the company vs the
govt, neither taking my own desires into consideration. ;)
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