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Old 12-01-2010, 05:54 PM   #21
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I bought my winter weather insurance policy on Monday. The 1st premium (and hopefully only one) was high. If I don't ever get to use this, that is fine. But if it snows, I think I am ready.


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After thinking that a snowblower was a bit of overkill for this area, last winter convinced me that is not the case. 3 snowfalls with about 20" each was a killer on my back.

When Wade started this thread, it inspired me to get my butt in gear and start looking. I almost waited to long. After checking out a bunch of dealers, and calling many more, the pickings were slim. 1 dealer told me that they have to place their order in April for the following winter, with June being the final production for fall shipping. 1 dealer I spoke to had already sold 50 units this fall, and another dealer had moved 30 units. I settled on an Ariens after all of my research.

The color clashes with my John Deere lawn tractor and my maroon truck, but it compliments my Stihl equipment.
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Old 12-01-2010, 08:10 PM   #22
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I bought my winter weather insurance policy on Monday. The 1st premium (and hopefully only one) was high. If I don't ever get to use this, that is fine. But if it snows, I think I am ready.


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After thinking that a snowblower was a bit of overkill for this area, last winter convinced me that is not the case. 3 snowfalls with about 20" each was a killer on my back.

When Wade started this thread, it inspired me to get my butt in gear and start looking. I almost waited to long. After checking out a bunch of dealers, and calling many more, the pickings were slim. 1 dealer told me that they have to place their order in April for the following winter, with June being the final production for fall shipping. 1 dealer I spoke to had already sold 50 units this fall, and another dealer had moved 30 units. I settled on an Ariens after all of my research.

The color clashes with my John Deere lawn tractor and my maroon truck, but it compliments my Stihl equipment.
So what color is your snow shovel, i just thought i would ask because you forgot the old back breaker as part of your equipment that inspired the snow blower idea green, yellow, maroon?
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Old 12-02-2010, 08:23 AM   #23
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So what color is your snow shovel, i just thought i would ask because you forgot the old back breaker as part of your equipment that inspired the snow blower idea green, yellow, maroon?
The snowblower does not match my snow shovel either.....that has an aluminum blade, a wood handle, with a red grip.
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Old 12-02-2010, 08:35 AM   #24
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Of course here in Buffalo it rarely snows. Occassionally we'll have a few feet of flurries, but nothing real significant.

We did get about 10" last night, but that's really not a big deal. We have a 150' long driveway so we use a 25 horse John Deere tractor with a 48" blower. It does well other than the first snowfall of the year when it is more slush than snow.

And for those of you in the South than like to pick on us about our snow....well I know I can take care of the snow, but I also know I can't take care of a hurricane. Snow is only an inconvenience.
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Old 12-02-2010, 09:04 AM   #25
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Of course here in Buffalo it rarely snows. Occassionally we'll have a few feet of flurries, but nothing real significant.

We did get about 10" last night, but that's really not a big deal. We have a 150' long driveway so we use a 25 horse John Deere tractor with a 48" blower. It does well other than the first snowfall of the year when it is more slush than snow.

And for those of you in the South than like to pick on us about our snow....well I know I can take care of the snow, but I also know I can't take care of a hurricane. Snow is only an inconvenience.
wnytaxman, those lake effect snow that y'all get can be brutal. Looks like the average for y'all is about 60" per year. We got a total of 58" here last year, but that is way above our average. We are not hoping for a repeat.

I too have a 150' driveway, so the snowblower that I bought is probably not overkill. But I might only have to use it a time or 2 a season, compared to your numerous times.

Good Luck Up There. And that goes to all of our northern states members, and to our Canadian friends !!!
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I don't know about sand, but you can use them on leaves.
they also work for moving slush and water lol. back in the day i remember dad using the snowblower to move water across the alley!

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wnytaxman, those lake effect snow that y'all get can be brutal. Looks like the average for y'all is about 60" per year. We got a total of 58" here last year, but that is way above our average. We are not hoping for a repeat.

I too have a 150' driveway, so the snowblower that I bought is probably not overkill. But I might only have to use it a time or 2 a season, compared to your numerous times.

Good Luck Up There. And that goes to all of our northern states members, and to our Canadian friends !!!
I can't imagine your area getting hit with almost 60" of snow because you folks don't seem to have the equipment to handle that type of snowfall. We are in what is called the snow belt south of Buffalo so we get about 120" of snow a year. The surprising part about it is that we have not lost a day of work due to weather in over 15 years. Today I do have two of my people who didn't make it in, but they both are stuck in their driveways. When my son was playing travel hockey he was recruited by a team in Marquette, MI in the UP. That's the place that really gets the snowfall. I believe that their snow totals are substantially more than ours.
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Old 12-03-2010, 07:49 AM   #28
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I can't imagine your area getting hit with almost 60" of snow because you folks don't seem to have the equipment to handle that type of snowfall.
You got that right !!

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We are in what is called the snow belt south of Buffalo so we get about 120" of snow a year.
Looks like y'all are getting hammered in that area right now.

Good Luck and Stay Safe.
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If you do forget to drain gas or your engine won't start there is a product called mechanic in a bottle. Pour the correct amount in your tank and crank it over a couple of times and let it set a couple hours and it cleans the carb. works great. Available at the home depot.
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Thanks for the tip Bill. I will be buying a bottle in case I have a problem with the gas generator.
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