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post #16 of 19 Old 09-03-2019, 03:00 PM
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Re: As We Again Begin Thinking About Snow Removal

I was reminded yesterday when I was showing a friend what it looked like when I went to clear another friend’s drive last winter. He was coming home from South Carolina and we got dumped on. His drive is a U shape and about 300’ to the road almost all up hill. There was about 2” of ice on top the blacktop which really made things interesting using his big Cub Cadet with bucket and back blade. I found myself really wishing he had gotten a blower with his Kubota BX2380.

I was worried going in. More so when I stepped out and couldn’t find the running boards and again when I saw I had been plowing snow with the bumper of the Yukon all the way down the hill. I managed to get one lane completely open before he got home, but it reinforced how much I hate pushing snow around rather than blowing it somewhere it won’t be a bother for the rest of the winter. The second picture was an earlier snow that was dwarfed by the snow in the first picture. Yes the snow removal has to start from where the first picture was taken. The piles are from me trying to shovel snow away from the house before I started with the blade on the back of the tractor.

The friend I was showing the picture to drives truck hauling milk to other states. He got to where his car was, about 9:00 P.M., about 4 miles from home. He decided to take the long way home only to drive off the road because he was plowing so much snow that he couldn’t see. He was stuck, about a mile from home, so he walked 100 yards to his cousin’s house who was asleep, but he got up to take his 4 x 4 truck to take my friend home. A little way down the road the snow had drifted onto the road about 3’ deep and 100 or so yards long. Yep, cousin thought he could just barrel through only to find the truck off the ground. Which meant a walk back to the cousin’s house to get the big tractor with a loader. My friend got home about 1:30 A.M.
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Re: As We Again Begin Thinking About Snow Removal

I am interested in seeing how my 1450 pushes snow this year. Not looking forward to snow....but not dreading it either!
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I can't wait to see how the 332 does with the blower on it this year!

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I've dreaded snow ever since the winter we had in 2014/15 here..
I'm getting older & weaker,and can't deal with snow like I once could,,

Though the Blizzard of '78 is still regarded as the "worst" storm we ever had-in 2015 we had enough deep snowfalls back to back to overwhelm all the equipment available,we got a bad storm every 2-4 days every week--the '78 Blizzard was a 3 day event that closed roads for a week,but in 2015 from the last week of January well into March we got many snowfalls well over a foot,many were 2 footers,and a few even hit 3 feet...with extreme cold,below zero for many days in a row,so very little of the snow ever melted between storms..

We ended up with about 12 feet of snow that winter--the typical average here is 40"..we got almost that in one storm,and high winds drifted it each time much deeper too..
My yard gets drifted in deeply even if we only get a foot,it piles up in drifts 2-4 feet deep in the driveway and back yard from the winds..

My 3/4 ton 4x4 plow truck had a hard time moving 2+ feet of wet slushy snow after each bad storm,we got 60+ mph winds with several of the storms so you couldn't really stay out and keep ahead of it---and I was unable to push the first storm's snow back the usual 75 feet past the end of the driveway into the back yard,I barely made it to the end ,and soon started running out of room to pile any more snow ,the piles grew to 8 feet high at the street where my driveway met the road,making pulling out into the street a very risky thing..

My driveway started shrinking to the point I had only one path wide enough to fit the truck in,and you could not open the doors very wide to get in or out by the time March came..

My truck weighs over 3 tons,and I filled the bed with sand from the DPW garage ,so it was more like 4+ tons,but it still wanted to slide sideways when I'd go to push the wet heavy snow each storm..
I was wishing I still had a front loader got to the point a full sized pickup couldn't move it any more,and there was no place to pile it !..
My garden tractors were a joke against those Nor'easters...tinkertoys against that kind of extreme winter..

Last winter was hardly a winter at all though...we only got about 20" total all winter and it was not that frigid or for long if we got a cold spell...hoping that becomes the norm here and repeats again this winter..

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