A track-drive Honda was calling out to me a few years back.
But then I started wondering about transport issues. i.e. If I want to
clear paths in a park that is a quarter-mile from my driveway, how am I
going to get the machine to the park? Right now, I just put my
walk-behind garden tractor with snow thrower into high gear and walk...
The tread on my 9HP self propelled are so aggressive that I'm not sure a track
drive would be all that more effective. I certainly haven't had any issues going
up and down a 250' mountain side driveway. The previous owner put chains on, but
those don't do a whole lot as they are almost swallowed between the tread..
On Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:14:24 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
My memory is getting bad. I wonder if it's the hyperparathyroidism I
just learned about.
I had a '50 Olds with a 300 ci engine.
a '65 Pontiac with a 318
a '67 Pontiac with, I guess you're right, a 400.
and a '72 or 73 Buick with a 455.
After that, I had LeBarons with toy engines. They didn't even melt the
snow off the hood.
I thought I had a 389 in there somewhere, but I guess not.
I drove a 65 Canadian Parisienne convertible for a short time. 283
Powerglide. It was originally white with red interior and black top,
when the boss got it, it had been painted an ugly green.
We painted it Cherry red and it looked great and sold before we got it
re-assembled (It had sat on the lot for almost 3 years when green
until I drove it and told the boss to paint it.)
I also owned a 1985 LeBaron Mark Cross Town and Country wagon with the
Mitt so shitty 2.6 Hemi in it untill the body pretty well fell off of
I spent 2 winters in Central Africa, Before that I really ENJOYED
winters. Snowmobiling, cross country ski-ing,and all kinds of other
cold-fun stuff. When I came back I didn't enjoy the cold so much. Then
about 30 years ago I mashed up a couple of fingers - and now they hurt
like the dickens when they get cold - but I still wouldn't trade
Central Ontario weather for Southern US weather year round.Several
friends and a niece spent several years in Florida and after 2 major
hurricaines, moved back north. A couple other friends spent some time
in the south - and after several near misses (missed by less than a
block) with Tornadoes, headed back north too. They go to Texas for
part of the winter.
You really can't beat our spring and fall weather, the summers are hot
enough for me that I wouldn't want to be much further south, and about
half the winter is actually pretty nice.
Colder than blazes the last week or so, but yesterday and today the
sun is out and not too much wind so even -24C is quite tolerable
When I had been living in Hawaii for about 7 years, I was sitting in
this tourist trap in Waikiki called "The International Marketplace".
It was December and the temps were way down - like low seventies/high
sixties.... I had a long-sleeve cardigan on and was freezing my pasty
white butt off.
To cut to the chase, a tourist from someplace like Broken Pelvis,
Montana sat down on the same bench I was sitting on.
I guess he thought he had to say something, so his opening statement was
"Sure is hot and muggy here...."
If you're only working on a 50ft driveway, I'd recommend an electric
one. No screwing around with bad gas after it sits in the summer, no
hard starting when you're real cold, no running out of gas, and not
being able to drive to get some until the roads are plowed, and all the
other problems with gas units. All you need is a 50ft. cord (made for
cold weather), and the blower....
Simple solution to bad gas off
season: Never completely fill
the tank of the mower or blower.
Better to make frequent stops for
refills than leave gas in the tank
for more than one month at a
One thing I would look for is working shear pins on the impeller.
I have a snow blower add-on for my BCS standup tractor and found that
the factory had pounded in steel sleeves where shear pins should have
You hit a newspaper or something in that condition and I would think it
could break a crankshaft.
On Friday, January 9, 2015 at 7:20:26 AM UTC-5, NorMinn wrote:
I have 2 snowbowers which I finally quit using..........
Snowlowers toss rocks way better than longer than snow:(
So will the toss area have anything that can be damaged? Errant rocks show up any time:(
since your older like me, at least check into a 4 wheel quad with a snow blade, pushing even a power driven snowblower is hard work
On Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 2:52:52 PM UTC-5, bob haller wrote:
I guess that depends on where you live, how much snow you typically get
and the size of the area. Here in NJ, I wouldn't say using a power driven snowblower is hard work for 90% of the snowfalls. On the few occasions when we
get a lot, like 16"+, then it becomes more difficult. The area at the end
of the driveway where the township plow throws extra snow is the main
trouble area. My driveway has a little grade at that point and between
that and the extra, heavy snow, it can take some pushing and shoving
to get the blower to do what you want it to do. But usually after you
have one pass through, opened up, it gets easier. You can take 1/2 cuts
if needed, etc. If Norminn doesn't have experience with one, maybe she
can try out a neighbor's before buying.
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