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post #31 of 923 Old 11-16-2018, 01:20 PM
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Our weather guessers aren't doing very well this season. The lake effect snow we got on Tuesday was forecast to be <1" but we ended up with 4.5". The area wide snow last night was forecast to be about 6" but we actually got 14.5" of heavy wet snow.

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Was not fun here. Tractor I hear you on equipment. The main JD snow thrower fires and ran ok but never got rubber chains on so got stuck and worthless. The Craftsman that was dads original machine and just reacquired was dead battery and then no gas. The Bolens worked well but muffler fell off numerous times and developed a hydraulic leak in lift cylinder.
The Suburban did fine with no chains or weights, plowed the cleanup of blowers leftover.
Wound up getting Craftsman walk behind out and it worked well. The heavy snow wiped me out. Lack of sleep and cold kicked my butt.


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post #33 of 923 Old 11-16-2018, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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My wife needs to meet you guys. She literally said to me that she can't understand why I need more than one snowblower or tractor. After all the times I've dealt with breakdowns over the years, why would I possibly need that???

I think she believes that if I have one new machine, I don't need anything else. I don't think she really wants me to be replacing that machine every few years, so...

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My wife needs to meet you guys. She literally said to me that she can't understand why I need more than one snowblower or tractor. After all the times I've dealt with breakdowns over the years, why would I possibly need that???



I think she believes that if I have one new machine, I don't need anything else. I don't think she really wants me to be replacing that machine every few years, so...



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Mike this is why I love multiple machines. I made my own issues by not getting them prepared sooner. We all had issues in the last month. My dads been sick as I just became. At least one machine was operating correctly.


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Yes, I know that a lot of this is self-induced, but we're very busy people, both working with long commutes, and two young boys. Don't have nearly as much time for yard work, let alone dealing with machine problems, as I used to.

Just saw some flurries come through here about 30 minutes ago, now we have a blue sky. Melt, melt, melt!!!

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Yes, I know that a lot of this is self-induced, but we're very busy people, both working with long commutes, and two young boys. Don't have nearly as much time for yard work, let alone dealing with machine problems, as I used to.



Just saw some flurries come through here about 30 minutes ago, now we have a blue sky. Melt, melt, melt!!!



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My case wasn’t too busy just wrong priorities. Your case is different. Only you know what will work best. For me the shovel is physically not a option for me.


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I got just a tick under 6".. hard to measure because it snowed, then freezing rain, then more snow, and wind.. 2 hour delay for the kids at first, but then a hour later they closed.. It was wet, slick, and HEAVY here!! The wife can work from home whenever, and I work at home anyways, so nowhere to go, so thats cool. I held off cleaning it, and good thing.. a second wave came through mid morning that gave us a few more inches. It was tough going with the snowblower!! I wrestled that thing for a few hours, but got it done. Ive long since retired all my other snow fighting gear, because the walk behind just works so well. And this time was no different, though it was slow going with the concrete snow we had.

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Paul I also found the best weapon on this snow was the walk behind. It went through it all and never clogged. All the other machines had a issue of some sort.

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My wife needs to meet you guys. She literally said to me that she can't understand why I need more than one snowblower or tractor. After all the times I've dealt with breakdowns over the years, why would I possibly need that???

I think she believes that if I have one new machine, I don't need anything else. I don't think she really wants me to be replacing that machine every few years, so...

Mike
You should let her know that black friday sales are on Deeres. X739 with a FEL and a drive up blower would help you out greatly. I don't have room to add another tractor without leaving it outside and I can't do that to a tractor.

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Sounds great! What kind of coin is that going to set me back?

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American CLS 40TC24-200 Logsplitter (2019 Predator 301)
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Stihl Kombi KM130R: string trimmer, mini cultivator, bed edger, pole saw
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This stuff isn't melting fast enough! I'm going to use the day today to catch up on some maintenance and reorganization of the shed and garage. Leaves will have to wait for the long weekend.

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2003 Husqvarna GTH2548 (2014 Briggs Intek): Craftsman 46-inch snowblower

OTHER (NOTABLE) EQUIPMENT:
2013 Honda HS1332TAS tracked snowblower
American CLS 40TC24-200 Logsplitter (2019 Predator 301)
1997 Troy Bilt Horse PTO: tiller, chipper/shredder
Stihl Kombi KM130R: string trimmer, mini cultivator, bed edger, pole saw
Echo PB751T backpack blower
Husqvarna 350 chainsaw

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2003 Craftsman GT5000 (all used up)
2003 Craftsman DLT3000 (all burned up)
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Eric--you got slammed pretty good up your way! ...glad at least one of your snow removal machines was able to get you cleared out..it's way too soon for this much snow and cold..

I had to push my J-D mowing tractor out of the garage,so I could get the SS-12 out to plow with..the J-D needs a battery,and I didn't feel like dragging out jumper cables and a battery just to move it 10 feet--getting it back IN the garage wasn't fun though,my shoes couldn't get enough traction to get it moving on the icy glop under the snow..

The SS-12 did not want to start right away like it usually does--I pulled the rope about 15 times,started losing my breath,and felt pains shoot thru my backside--had to stop and think what I was doing "wrong" and remembered I had failed to turn the gas shutoff on!..DUH...then it fired right up..

I was able to plow the remaining slush off the driveway with it--about half of it melted away by then,but I didn't want to leave it and risk it freezing up solid again overnight..
That SS-12 has saved my butt so many times,it hasn't had an easy life since I got it though,I admit I abuse it quite a bit--I wouldn't be surprised it it's transaxle craps out,after all the heavy abuse I put it thru hauling trees out of the woods,pushing dirt and trees into piles with the dozer blade,I think the fact the 6 HP Briggs on it is so tired,its more like 4 HP now,and barely has enough guts to do what I ask of it,is why it hasn't grenaded yet..it does whatever I need it to though,I just have to use the lowest gears and low range more often than if it had the 12 HP original engine..

I kind of like the recoil starter,no battery to die,or charging system issues,or a balky starter/generator--but it has had the starter clutch "screech" and spit out the rope a few times in frigid weather,and I broke the rope a few times way out in the woods--I was able to wrap it around the PTO pulley and get it started though..

I really have to either start fixing up my tractors and attachments,or decide whether I'm going to even keep them..as I'm aging and feeling worse,I need them more than ever,I cant deal with shoveling,or a walk behind blower any more,but I also don't really need SIX tractors sitting in my garage taking up space my truck should be parked in either..

What I'd love to own is a skid steer or a mid sized farm tractor with a good loader--there comes a point when these garden tractors and walk behind blowers are just "toys" when we get serious amounts of snow in back to back storms..


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What I'd love to own is a skid steer or a mid sized farm tractor with a good loader--there comes a point when these garden tractors and walk behind blowers are just "toys" when we get serious amounts of snow in back to back storms..
I feel your pain, especially after the last few winters. A few years ago, when we had over four feet on the ground from collective storms that hit 2-3 times a week, and last year when we got whacked with 28 inches in mid-March, after a smaller storm about a week earlier. My Honda tracked blower did great for a while, then just started climbing and stopped digging.

Going to start the process of getting my tractor-mount ready today. Still just a GT, but better than a walk-behind. My driveway really isn't big enough to justify a plow truck.

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TRACTORS:
2005 Craftsman GS6500 (2010 Kohler Courage): JB Jr, electric sleeve hitch
2003 Husqvarna GTH2548 (2014 Briggs Intek): Craftsman 46-inch snowblower

OTHER (NOTABLE) EQUIPMENT:
2013 Honda HS1332TAS tracked snowblower
American CLS 40TC24-200 Logsplitter (2019 Predator 301)
1997 Troy Bilt Horse PTO: tiller, chipper/shredder
Stihl Kombi KM130R: string trimmer, mini cultivator, bed edger, pole saw
Echo PB751T backpack blower
Husqvarna 350 chainsaw

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Man, some of you guys got hammered. We only had about three inches before the snow turned to rain, and washed everything away.

Hope you can all have your tractors ready in time for the next one. I need to get moving as well.


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post #45 of 923 Old 11-18-2018, 12:00 PM
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Yesterday we had enough rain to get rid of the snow on the ground but it turned to snow again over night and everything is white again. Fourth time the ground has been covered this month. At least when there is snow covering I can't see all the leaves I can't get up.
Not even close to being ready for winter yet. Hopefully this coming week and long weekend I'll get it all together.

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