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Old 02-12-2006, 09:18 PM
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The lawn service guys didn't show up today ....... again.

It takes too long recovering from a day of shoveling.

Time to upgrade the shovel with a snowblower

What size ? What HP ? What brand ?

Driveway is 350' long, 11' wide.

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Old 02-12-2006, 09:28 PM
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Why not put a plow on what looked like a Hummer sitting in your garage?
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Old 02-12-2006, 09:43 PM
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Can those things be used in the snow ?

I was thinking more along the lines of a Polaris Ranger with a plow. I can also use it to go down to get the mail (currently my only exercise)



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Old 02-12-2006, 09:46 PM
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What ever you choose.......nothin worse than suckin up the Sunday newspaper!!

Just spent 45min removing it from the 2nd stage.
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Old 02-12-2006, 09:56 PM
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Elusive - 2/12/2006 10:43 PM

Can those things be used in the snow ?

I was thinking more along the lines of a Polaris Ranger with a plow. I can also use it to go down to get the mail (currently my only exercise)


If you shoveled that driveway today you just got a heck of a workout. I do like the cart idea.
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Old 02-12-2006, 11:38 PM
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I would be very surprise if you could get a plow for that Ranger. Then I'd build a make-shift enclosure for it, doors and all.
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Old 02-13-2006, 06:38 PM
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If you want a snowblower you will need a pretty decent siazed one for a 350' driveway....I just bought an 11.5hp Craftsman back in December for $1200. It cuts a 30" path and works great for my driveway and the other ones I do for people. However. if your driveway is that big I would opt for a lawntractor with a plow. good luck...
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Old 02-13-2006, 06:42 PM
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I picked up a "Simplicity", 9.5 HP with a 24" cut.

Looks pretty well built w/ a 2 year warrenty. They make
an 11 HP/30" which was way too much for what I need.

But for 350' of driveway, I'd really consider some that
involves sitting and not walking.
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A Nice Quad with a plow would be perfect, or a gravely snowblower
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Old 02-13-2006, 08:18 PM
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Just pony up the dough for a Bobcat. Plow the neighborhood and have fun doing it.
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Old 02-13-2006, 09:10 PM
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I was kinda joking about the Polaris, $10k for a snow plow is a little much. Then I would feel obligated to start doing yard work, which is out of the question.

I think something like this is more in line:



This Honda 8.5 HP is nearly $2k Someone mentioned that Ariens is a good quality machine
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Well, Husky makes some fine equipment and the price on this one is good.

Husqvarna Two Stage 10.5 hp Snow Blower




Good luck in whatever you decide to purchase.


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Old 02-13-2006, 10:02 PM
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they discontinued the gravely's but these are the same just a different name same company http://www.ariens.com/snow_products/...hros/1336_dle/
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Thanks mole2, Northern Tool is a good tip. They are currently offering free shipping on snowblowers

strikerthree - I got a recommendation from someone else on the Ariens. Made in the USA. I notice they have a French model. I'm guessing it's equipped with a white flag if the snow gets over 18"
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Old 02-13-2006, 10:27 PM
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Gotta be a 24" two stage. I got mine at Home Depot 3 years ago, and it's been excellent ever since. In the spring I siphon all the gas out and then run it dry. Still on the original plug (new one due, I know). Be absolutely sure to buy a couple of the correct shear pins when you buy the blower, because you'll bust one on a fat twig and wlll want to fix it ASAP. You don't want to try to find one when the snow's still on the ground! Trust me on that.
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Old 02-14-2006, 02:39 PM
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Trust me, I live in Maine and we get plenty of snow and no way is a 24” clearing width gonna cut it on a 350’ driveway. You will be out there for hours. I have an 8HP 2 stage Toro with a 24” width and it absolutely struggles sometimes, especially when we get wetter snow. If the snow is deep enough a lot times you can’t even use the whole cutting width, you have to take less off at each pass or the chute is more likely to clog which is a major PIA. My driveway is 140’ long and as soon as this winter is over I am getting something bigger. Hopefully a snowblower attachment for my JD tractor. You wouldn’t want an underpowered outboard, don’t buy a wimpy snowblower. If you don’t have a pickup you can put a plow on and you insist on a snowblower, buy the biggest, baddest machine you can get your hands on. Otherwise, save yourself some aggravation and pay the plow guy. Some of the brands mentioned are good, Simplicity, Gravely, Honda, Ariens, etc.
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Old 02-15-2006, 09:31 AM
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just bought a kawasaki 750 brute force quad and a plow it is amazing what it can do. and when your not plowing its lots of fun just riding around. and its also a right off for my business. i just call it snow removal equiptment
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5hp Yardman, 20 years old, first shear pin still. Absolute trooper, has swallowed a phonebook, newspaper, and a squirrel (long story) Still runs great and fires right up! I bought it back at lechmere, when they were still in business, it doesnt owe me a dime, awesome machine.
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For the budget minded who need to exercise too!

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Old 02-17-2006, 03:02 PM
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What's a snowblower and where do you mount it???
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