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Old 12-08-2010, 08:18 AM
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Here in my part of NJ when it snows most the time it's a manageble 3"-6", but once every yr. or so we get 12" or more that a snow blower comes in handy for.

Problem- My snow blower is done, not worth fixing done. But a new one of any quality will cost $500 or more easily. I'm thinking of buying a roofing torch and melting the snow away, anyone ever try this? If need be I can use 2 together for more heat.
Old 12-08-2010, 08:57 AM
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I have tried this, it does not work.
Well actually I use it to melt ice off of the walkway and porch steps.. but not snow.
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Get another snowblower - you'll regret having to use the roofing torch, especially when it takes you three hours to make any progress. Not to mention all the burn marks you'll discover on your driveway come summertime.
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You are thinking of melting the snow with a roofing torch that you would otherwise use a $500 dollar snow blower to remove?


Buy another snow blower or pay a local kid to shovel it.
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squeeeak, squeeeeak, squeak ....what are you 95 and don't expect to live till the spring or are you moving to the tip of the Keys in a few weeks? ~

Now that I've had my fun, if your general snow fall is of the light fluffy stuff you could get away with a good Stihl leaf blower.
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No way, ain't gonna do much IMO.
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You will spend a few more days and over $500 in propane using the $49 torch vs the snowblower.
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Originally Posted by John_Madison CT View Post
No way, ain't gonna do much IMO.
Well lets face it, even if it did work he'd end up with a skating rink under his foot. So cost of torch, fuel to run torch and salt..........
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Although I think it`d be quite humorous watching someone try to clear a driveway full of snow with a roofing torch.
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Originally Posted by 08087 View Post
Here in my part of NJ when it snows most the time it's a manageble 3"-6", but once every yr. or so we get 12" or more that a snow blower comes in handy for.

Problem- My snow blower is done, not worth fixing done. But a new one of any quality will cost $500 or more easily. I'm thinking of buying a roofing torch and melting the snow away, anyone ever try this? If need be I can use 2 together for more heat.

To quote the great Monday Night Football pregame cast...

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It must be debilitating to be so worried with snow. I have 4wd and if I can't drive out I'm stayin in.

Oddly enough it goes away all by itself.
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get a sno-roof rake
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Dude, on second thought - instead of blowing all your cash on a new snowblower or five hundred bucks worth of propane, why not just got a hairdryer and a long outdoor extension cord? Then you'll really impress the neighbors.
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Originally Posted by Austin Williams View Post
Dude, on second thought - instead of blowing all your cash on a new snowblower or five hundred bucks worth of propane, why not just got a hairdryer and a long outdoor extension cord? Then you'll really impress the neighbors.

Ha, Ha, funny! Don't think I didn't thinnk about it!!!

I got the idea from Canada where they blow all the snow into huge trucks that are red hot from some source and the water just runs out the side of the unit and into the drain at the curb.

I'm not 95 yet or moving to Fl. but all valid points, I do work on a railroad though and when it snows heavy we have forced o/t often 32 hrs. in a row so by the time I get home it's all got a fresh coat of ice on it. Al the while good neighbors have to walk on it and so does the Mrs.

Looking for ideas, also with 4 properties I don't have the time to keep after all the machines, looking for something simple.
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Ha, Ha, funny! Don't think I didn't thinnk about it!!!

I got the idea from Canada where they blow all the snow into huge trucks that are red hot from some source and the water just runs out the side of the unit and into the drain at the curb.

I'm not 95 yet or moving to Fl. but all valid points, I do work on a railroad though and when it snows heavy we have forced o/t often 32 hrs. in a row so by the time I get home it's all got a fresh coat of ice on it. Al the while good neighbors have to walk on it and so does the Mrs.

Looking for ideas, also with 4 properties I don't have the time to keep after all the machines, looking for something simple.
Buy a phone and call someone that has a snowblower.
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Originally Posted by 08087 View Post
I'm thinking of buying a roofing torch and melting the snow away, anyone ever try this? If need be I can use 2 together for more heat.
Are you a roofer? Where did you get the idea?
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propane torch....I assume?????$500.00 snowblower...ya gut free fuel or sumthin????R/U serious????
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What about a heated driveway?
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No Torch

Hire the neighbors kids or a local homer simpson type snow plow guy (remember the Mr. Snowplow" episode?) when you get the "big" ones. There are so many here its only like 20 bucks cause everyone has the plows and they like to use them and there isn't enough business so the prices are cheap.
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Originally Posted by jobowker View Post
What about a heated driveway?
I checked them out too for the area I need to cover it would run me a few thousand, so I'd rather go with the snow blower.

I still may try it once and see what happens. Most it could cost me is $50 for the torch and a little from the BBQ tank right?

Hey! How'd that other member know about the burn marks you'll get on the walk way, did he try this before?

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