I hear ya-- mine didn't work this time, [10"- heavy stuff] but you
know it isn't snowing much when you still enjoy blowing the crap
around with a new shiney toy.
I'll trim up the edges today and make some paths for the dog.
I have had experience in 1 meter (39 inches) of snow with an old 5
HP single stage craftsman with drift cutters - it wasn't pretty but
it got the job done. 30 inch drifts with the old Canadiana 5/26 2
stage was a bit easier. The old 4/22 Noma Trackdrive worked very
hard to handle 16 inches.
So far my new and expensive 6-24 Yamaha Hydro has not had to tackle
more than about 8 inches in widely spaced drifts - I should have
bought that new blower LONG ago!!!!!!
Depends on the blower- and the snow. [and to a small extent, the
The perfect snow for my little electric is 2-6" of wet stuff. It will
throw it 40'.
My 8hp 30 yr old Bolens starts working hard at around 8" if it is wet.
[dry fluffy stuff goes 10 feet-- the wetter stuff just turns to water
and runs down the side of the machine.]
My 'new' [to me] 8HP Ariens is apparently only limited by how creative
you can get in feeding it. We ended up with a foot of fairly dense
snow. As I was cleaning up this morning I started widening the
end of the driveway where the plow throws . Because it was heavily
salted it was a pretty dense mass of frozen [about 20F] chunks, snow,
and ice. The machine kept asking for more-- In first gear I could
take a full 26" swath without bogging the machine down at all.
My dad's driveway drifts. He will have a hard drift of over 5 feet.
He buries his snowblower in up to the chute-- then backs it up. If
he's lucky, the 'cave' collapses- and he repeats. If not- he knocks
it in with a shovel. as far as 'how far' his Ariens blows the
snow?blowing. . . All he needs to do is get the snow in the air-- it
soon becomes part of the landscape in the field below.
Once he's broken through he has drift cutters that shave off up to
about 4 feet high in each pass- He's 90 and *lives* for a nice
storm. [me, not so much]
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