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Old 02-09-2013, 07:32 PM   #16
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if you're talking about Florida Creeper don't forget the gators, mosquitoes, roaches and bugs of all kinds, tourists, snow birds, running your a/c on Christmas Day, never having your windows open ....... I get to see it when I visit my family, other than that I'm happy with the snow

hmmm, we have mosquitoes and the snow birds are from around here anyway.
Gators at the zoo. I saw a roach once in a supermarket. We get tourists in our small town.

Not opening my windows is a deal breaker for me. Nothing like a good sleep with a cool breeze coming in the room. I need that good fresh northern country air. Even in winter you have to open them up from time to time for a good air exchange

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Old 02-09-2013, 07:41 PM   #17
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Getting stuck behind a convoy of these guys is not even a valid excuse as to why you are late for work





Back in the early 80's, I took a job about 90 miles from where I lived.
I had the van and trailer loaded, stopped by my brothers house to say bye.
I hadn't been paying attention to the weather.
He asked if I knew about the snow storm we were getting?
Turns out they were predicting 8-12" of snow.

It took me about 4 hours to get where I was heading, and I was driving behind a motor scrapper, cause we do have many snow plows down here.

By Monday, it was all gone!
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:19 PM   #18
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yeah, snow blowers are GREAT ! haven't had much of a need for one here lately though. i used mine once this season so far, 1 1/2" of snow, lol. it wasn't even throwing it much , it was just pushing it.
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Yeah I'm glad I have mine. Done maintenance on it every fall but this is the first time I've used it in 3 years. Started snowing (Orko they're calling this one?) at 1pm and now at 6pm we've got about 8". Thick, heavy, and wet. Still blowing pretty hard out there. Supposed to get another 4-6" tonight. Stuff is so wet I'm throwing it about 3 feet and keep slipping belts... Better than shoveling though!
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sorry to hear that, I feel your pain, well maybe not right now but tomorrow when I get up .......
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Can you imagine having to shovel 2 feet of packing snow..and just as you finish the street snow plow goes by, effectively blocking you in again.
I live on a corner and the snowplow comes down the side street with no driveways on it, turns the corner and promptly dumps much of the snow being pushed into the 1st driveway it comes to - mine. But whatcha gonna do?

We were lucky here and only had a foot or so from the storm. My little 8 HP 24" cut yard machine has already had much more work this winter than last winter.
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Even thru I live in France I do get pretty good amout of snow and this year is more than typical snow we useally get every year.

I allready lunched ( destoryed ) 2 snowblowers so far the key issue is the engine can not handle constant overloading ( I do not know why the manufacter used lower CV rating on the dammed thing ) and end up putting a Hatz air cooled diesel engine and that took the beating pretty nice with alot more power to boot.

But end up replace the drive belts ( a double vee belts and ripped them thru very hevey batch of snow ) once so far.

Btw the old gaz unit was only 8 CV while the new diesel unit is 10 CV but far much more running toqure than gaz can dish out. that what I need the most.( almost twice the toqure )

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My weapon of choice for the last 5 years or so. I actually plow commercially, so this becomes my "home away from home" at times in winter.........

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My weapon of choice for the last 5 years or so. I actually plow commercially, so this becomes my "home away from home" at times in winter.........
I wouldn't mind one of those about now. The plow nailed me after I dug out the front and back. First went out front and silently cursed my buried commuter car, then was happy the van would be clear for the wife and kids in the morning...only to find the loader went thru the alley 15 minutes later. And removed my recycling bin. Ha! Found it half a block down. Probably a guy I know.
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I bought a 1961 Ariens from my neighbor for a hundred bucks at the beginning of the season. The thing has started up on the second pull every time i've needed it this winter. I hate the saying "they don't make them like they used to" but in this case....
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My weapon of choice for the last 5 years or so. I actually plow commercially, so this becomes my "home away from home" at times in winter.........

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now that's sweet! if I had the money I'd have to get one of those if for nothing else digging in the back yard
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Now look at this crazy weather. Its raining What a mess. School buses cancelled again. They thought it was going to be freezing rain, but its too warm . Good thing I got the snow off the rink or i doubt it would have been salvageable after the next freeze kicks in
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My father in law moved from his house in Winnipeg into an apartment last summer. He asked if I wanted his snowblower. I said no, I have a small driveway and we didn't get much snow last winter.

I can't count how many times this winter I have regretted that decision.

Btw, the rink looks good Creeper, even with the rain sitting on the ice.
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Thanks DirtBike Bill

The rink is actually twice that long. This last time I didn't bother with the other end. Its been giving me trouble all winter and the kids seem content with what they do have anyway.

My 9 yr old is after me to bring his Suzuki home from elsewhere and let him rip around that very steep and large hill out back in the pictures. I'm not even ready to watch him speed around a track never mind end over end up there.
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It would be so nice to have that out your back door. I sold my bike because I'd had to haul it an hour or more just to get to ride it.

I hear you on kids and bikes. Not sure if I'd let my daughter ride a dirt bike. Although I have to admit, I'd prefer her riding dirt bikes over ATVs. Injuries may be more common with a bike, but it seems around here ATVs kill 1000% more people than bikes and snowmobiles combined.

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