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Forum topic by richgreer posted 12-07-2011 07:15 PM 5705 views 0 times favorited 34 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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richgreer

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12-07-2011 07:15 PM

The thought of clearing my driveway of snow from the comfort of my car or truck has some appeal. However, I am very skeptical of this product despite the fact that, in general, I think DR markets good products.

http://www.drpower.com/chpcontent/email/20111207-CAT4-web.html?&src=HL73386XO31C0000&utm_source=DR+Power+Equipment&utm_campaign=878ee1c214-20111207_CAT2_Redi-Plow1_B&utm_medium=email

Does anyone have any familiarity with this product and any comment on how well it works?

Does anyone know if using this product would jeopardize the warranty on the drive train of your car or truck?

Does anyone know what this thing costs (I don’t want to call them without knowing, in advance, what the cost is)?

As an FYI – My truck is only rear wheel drive and my car (Subaru) is all wheel drive. For that reason, I would be more inclined to put this on my car.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.


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Bertha

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#1 posted 12-07-2011 07:30 PM

I’m a bit skeptical too. I don’t understand how the blade mounts to the wheels without tools. When DR says 1/2 the price of a mid-sized snowblower, I’d estimate it at $1000. Be careful about contacting DR. I was considering a brush hog and they pester me constantly.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 12-07-2011 07:38 PM

My gut tells me that snowplows are reserved for 3/4 ton trucks and above. Also keep in mind that you could get a used Gravely walk behind with a snow blade for very little money. With the double wheels, they are absolute animals. I like the L series but it’s a bit too fast for my comfort. Just don’t buy any that I’m looking at! ;) A snowblade for a lawn tractor retails for $300 or thereabouts.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 12-07-2011 07:40 PM

I think that skepticism is the correct reaction to this. This page shows the price at $999:
http://www.drpower.com/widecontent.aspx?page=redi-plow-model-detail

Now if this were developed by Red Green, I might have more confidence in it.

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 12-07-2011 09:54 PM

I am beyond skeptical! Moving very much snow very far takes a lot of power. This may be overkill, but a friend of mine told me about a fellow in Alaska who cleared pariking lots with 4×4 pickups in the 70s. He would bend a Chevy frame beyond use in a season. 4×4xFord would last a few years.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 12-07-2011 10:09 PM

^check out that anti-Chevy lick from Topa! ;) Well played, good Sir. I’m a Chevy guy myself because that particular day, the Chevy was cheaper than the Ford. Dang, I’m good at guessing prices. I nailed that one! lol

Like I usually do, I recommend the UniMog


I want one so bad I can’t stand it.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 12-07-2011 10:18 PM

This DR product would work great for me. Where I live we average about 2 inches of snow every 5 years. When it snows where I live, we all act like the circus has come to town. Its a big deal.

If you live in real snow country I would be skeptical but I don’t know anything about the product outside of what is on the web site.

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Viking

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#7 posted 12-07-2011 10:41 PM

Oh Yeah! ........................... Now I remember why I live in S. Texas and not Nebraska!

Ha!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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Howie

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#8 posted 12-07-2011 10:44 PM

I’m with Cr on the frame business. I also think it would be extremely hard on a cars’ transmission.

-- Life is good.

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#9 posted 12-07-2011 11:09 PM

I would love to see the ol’ family sedan with one of these strapped on the front slam into the massive rock-like sand-filled mountain that the town plows deposits at the end of my driveway. If anyone tries this, please video-record it!

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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#10 posted 12-07-2011 11:32 PM

That one with the walker is a hoot!! My mother used to shovel snow when she was 96. I think the snow shovel served as her walker!!

If that DR plow is hooked the front wheels and it comes off under a load, it could do some serious damage to the front fenders and may hit the windshield. I would not put a dime into such a gimmick!

If you want to push light snow, make a wide snow pusher. I made one 38” wide by heating and bending a sheet of plastic with a propane torch. I fashioned a mount for the handle and I have been using it for 10-15 years now.
My son in law just came over with a 48” wide sheet of Lexan and we made one out of it. He may find that it gets a bit heavy..but he is a young marine and can handle it!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Howie

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#11 posted 12-07-2011 11:33 PM

When I lived in the north my idea of snow removal was July 4th!

-- Life is good.

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#12 posted 12-07-2011 11:34 PM

I’m in Oregon you don’t shovel rain :))

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#13 posted 12-08-2011 12:54 AM

I sort of knew this was a bad idea, but I am glad I posted this. It made for some interesting conversation.

We’re hosting a big party on December 28th and I will have a clean driveway for that. After that, I trust my Subaru to drive through or over anything. Eventually, spring will remove all built up snow and ice.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Howie

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#14 posted 12-08-2011 01:23 AM

Rich…my ex fatherinlaw was a rural mail carrier with a 88 mile long route. He bought a new Subaru 4 years in a row. I don’t know how much snow you get but in south eastern Ohio the “burru” never failed to “go in the snow”. We used to use it them to tow the sledders back to the top of the hills.
Just some worthless info I thought you might be interested in.

-- Life is good.

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richgreer

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#15 posted 12-08-2011 01:34 AM

We’re going way off-topic from a topic that, from the beginning, was not woodworking oriented.

Nonetheless – - I have been fortunate to own several very nice and very expensive cars that I was able to buy new. The list included 2 Mercedes, 2 BMWs and several top-of-the-line domestic cars. I claim that my (less than 30K) Subaru is a better car than any other car I have ever owned, regardless of price.

There is one, and only one, feature I miss from some of these other cars, a memory for the car seat and mirror settings. My wife and I are of different dimensions and, since she drives this car a lot, I have to be constantly returning the seat and mirrors to my setting. Other cars automatically returned to your settings as soon as you unlocked the car with your remote. As soon as Subaru offers that feature, I will declare it the perfect car.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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