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What's remarkable about this? Pretty small.
You've obviously never seen the snowblowers used to clear Northern roads
where very heavy snow is encountered. They replace the double-plow blades
used on dump trucks down here. They are six feet tall (not including the
chute), at least ten feet wide, and mount to the front of dump trucks.
You want to see a REAL man's snowblower, take a look at the massive
snowblowers used to clear runways at major airports. Chicago has some great
ones. Run down the runway at 50 mph, two of them run staggered to do the
entire width of a 100 foot wide runway.
Heck. I've had a Gravely for well over 20 years and I wouldn't trade it for
anything. It has a 12 HP motor, it's easy on gasoline and it throws the snow
over 50 feet. That's right - 50 feet. That to me is the Mother of All
Snowblowers. By the way, all the maintenance has consisted of changing oil
every winter season and an occasional spark plug. And this is in Western New
York where we average approximately 290 inches per year.
That to me is the Mother!!!! I have a JD 2010 which sets in the barn all
winter (resting) as a backup. Had to use it once during the Blizzard of '77.
Send a man out to do the job and not a boy!
This is not intended as a spam message. Just reality.
Here here, I agree, an old Gravely with a thrower attachment. Now that's
One word of caution, watch out for anything loose under the snow, rocks,
abandoned toys, frozen fido's, because they get thrown around 50 feet as
WoW!, that is indeed the mother of all prices. You could buy an ATV or a
lawn tractor with a blower attachment for that price.
I just bought a Sears 11 Hp/30" Craftsman on sale for $1600 Cdn (including
taxes). Works great and I can drop the snow on a dime.
On another subject, has anybody ever actually had sucess with electric
snowblowers? In our climate I'd never buy one or a gas powered snowblower
less than 10 Hp. I suppose they might be useful in northern Vancouver.
I have a small electric which I find handy for clearing the deck. But it is
useless on the driveway. For that I have a 10hp gas blower.
However the next blower I buy will be narrower so that I can get it in the
basement to work on it. Getting the big guy in means removing the chute and
turning it on its side.However I wouldn't even think of anything under 10
hp. (Lots of snow here in Muskoka!) The cord on the electric is a bit of a
pain. It gets tangled. It gets stiff in the cold, it's always getting
unplugged and the reel I use for it gets clogged with snow. It was fine on
the driveway when we lived in the city.
I had a Toro electric until the last big storm. It's always been pretty
useless--not enough power to clear its own chute of any kind of heavy, wet
snow. Last time around it would clear forward three or four inches, then
the discharge chute would clog and need to be cleared, clear three or four
inches, then clog...repeat ad nauseum. Also, not enough weight to bite into
ice or deep drifts or keep from riding up off the ground.
Maybe it would be OK for an inch or two of powder, but how often does that
happen? And for that kind of light fluff it's faster and easier to get out
the snow shovel.
I saw some of the reviews on Amazon.com (yes, they sell electric
snowshovels, too) and couldn't believe that anyone north of, say, Georgia
would recommend one of these.
In short--don't bother.
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I unfortunately don't (snow) ski -- but I was
wondering if, at least for snow-shovels, applying that
wax for skiis would help keep the (wettish) snow from
sticking to the shovel when trying to hurl if off the
Same question would apply to snowblowers.
Anyone ever tried wax on either shovels or snowblowers?
I used a dry teflon spray lubricant on shovels and it works great! I would
guess that was would also work. There is also a graphite paint available in
spray cans called Slip Plate and is available in farm supply stores.
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I'm smiling as I remember in one of the National Lampoon movies. Clark
Griswold was spraying some "non nutritive cereal varnish" onto the bottom of
a round sled. It worked a little too well. But it sure was funny.
If memory serves, my Dad tried various things on snow shovels, and he found
that Pam cooking spray worked well.
I do have an electric snow blower, and it certainly is less work than
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