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..