I retired from the Air Force a couple years ago just got the family moved back home. This will be our first winter in Maine in over 20 years! We have about 200-250ft of single lane dirt driveway with parking for 5-6 near the house. Its in very good shape, real flat, no big rocks, light incline coming in but not too bad. I have a nice 2 stage walk behind that will work if needed but would like to leave it as a back-up plan. After 20 years in the Air Force I'm pretty sure I'm a sit dow kinda guy! I found a very clean, low use, one owner 175 Hydro for $500.00...not a steal but seems very fair deal. Anyone have or used a thrower on a 175 Hydro? I would still need to find a thrower before winter and assume only single stage thrower where made for this tractor. I plan to get an X540 next year but just don't want to spend that much right now if I can help it. I know there not cheap but would anyone know if I could buy a Northeast 44" Bercomac thrower for the 175 this year and then get the brackets/parts to install it on an X540 later? I don't know, just thinking out loud at this point. More than not I would just dig up a single stage thrower and keep it cheap this first year. Thanks, Kelly!