Snowblowing methods of a Rhykenologist

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176 days ago

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Man!... this is some winter!

Record snow amounts in Chicago and more coming.

Yesterday, I snowplowed the driveways again.

We were supposed to get hit with another 6” last night but it looks like it all went south, for once.

My old snow blower died right before the last snow fall last year so I had to buy a new one.

There’s the Craftsman I replaced. Lasted 2 years – piece a junk. When will I learn…. you get what you pay for.

I picked up a shiny red Toro snow blower which was on sale. I only got to use it once but was pleased how well it worked. This year, it’s gotten a major workout and I have to say, works great and…. it’s kinda fun!

Like mowing a lawn, you develop repetitive patterns as to how you remove the snow. I like snow blowers compared to a big snow plow on a truck because you can shoot the snow where you want it…much neater.

So, I’m out there meticulously shaving long thin strips of snow off the mass,

like I’ve been doing for years,

....and, the mind starts wandering, thinking about tools,

watching the curl shoot out in perfect symmetry,

gaging the speed to maximize the curly flow without jamming the mouth.

adjusting the depth when I hit a salty knothole at the end of the driveway.

changing direction when it started to jam so as to go with the grain, ....I mean, street.

Obsess about hand planes much? maybe. a little goofy? most definitely.

but, at least I’m having fun. Ha!

shop is open…. stop by any time.

-- mark

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#1 posted 176 days ago

Well I’m glad your having fun. Me I’m leaning toward a flame thrower. One of my neighbors drove by in a mini bob cat vehicle thingie with a rotating brush to blow away the snow. He could of made a pass in front of my mail box, but nooooo. Weather is calling for 3 to 6.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 176 days ago

That’s the way to deal with the white stuff Mark! Keep on smiling and go with the flow.
I’m tired of all the whining from everyone. It’s winter… with it.
But I guess this comes from a hardened construction worker who worked outside in this stuff all the time.
Being out in it for a couple of hours moving snow is a breeze comparing to trying to frame a house in for 10 hrs a day.
I know you have more than likely…”been there, done that”

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#3 posted 176 days ago

Snow blower?
Never saw one around here.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#4 posted 176 days ago

Toro! A good machine! You’ll need it again soon more storms on the way!

Reading this brings back many memories of cold feet and cold hands, but we had lots of fun with the kids back then in all that white stuff. It’s been many years since I have seen a flake or two now, it was 84 degrees here yesterday. Sometimes when it’s hot I’ll look at a winter photo of our old place.. it don’t help much LOL!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#5 posted 176 days ago

Compared to where you are, I’m real lucky in northern OK where I’ve gotten only a sprinkle of that white stuff. But with the temp fluctuating under and over freezing, we’re getting a lot of black ice on the streets, resulting in a lot of one-car accidents. So I’m staying in where is nice n cozy – for now!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#6 posted 176 days ago

When I was a kid in South Dakota I can remember winters that I had to dig down through three feet of snow to grease the windmill.

-- Jerry

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#7 posted 175 days ago

Hey Neighbor, yep we have gotten a lot of snow this season. I did the same thing and bought a new snow thrower just before the first snowfall of the season, it turned out to be a very good decision.

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#8 posted 174 days ago

Sounds like loads of fun, nothing like the right tool for the job!
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 174 days ago

I have a snow plow on an old Craftsman mower that I have been using for a few years, I had to overhaul
the transmission a couple of summers ago, when it wears out, I might just have to move to town, my
driveway is 2 blocks long, so a snowblower would involve too much walking. Some days plowing the snow
reminds me of those summer days spent on a tractor knocking the weeds down on the summer fallow.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 174 days ago

About 18 years ago I left the snow of Illinois behind for sunny California.

I still remember blowing out my driveway with my Toro snowblower. In the 27 years I lived there I went through two of those Toro snowblowers as they really got a workout. Coming home one year, after Christmas with my parents in Minnesota, I found a 4” drift right in front of the garage door. Had I opened the door all that snow would have fallen inside so I went through the front door, got the blower, and spent 2 hours removing the drift. What fun!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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