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I have a man-snow-blower.... launches snow 2 counties over. Politically, I'm an independent, so I was proud that I could get outside and shovel snow off my driveway/sidewalk by shovel (liberal socialist). But I inherited this big goddam gas powered-cruise-control snow-ice hucker from a relative. Who's to say no to that (enter my conservative Republican ******* state)? Well, its become quite fun adding to the carbon foot print (there ain't no global warmings, or I wouldn't be doing this) as I gracefully huck snow 30ft into the air with ease.... reminds me of my ******* farm outings in western Kansas with my grandfather.

Big Machines don't come without swear words. My grandfather was the king of stringing colorful metaphors together if he jammed up a plow or ran into a fence. All production is halted, stopped, and reflected with yelling at the plow, tractor, or what ever was out there in the wide open west.

I fired up my new man-blower. Running up and down the sidewalk chucking snow with ease... getting out there before the other neighbors as if it were a competition to see who could do it first.

I ran over the newspaper in my driveway. The manblower shredded it to pieces, sending paper all over the place. I initially thought I had gone through a pile of leaves, but then I realized I could 'read' the leaves.

I win.

I got a chuckle out of shredding it to confetti.

A little later, I hit a rock. I've hit small rocks before, but this one was big. It chucked it to the other side of the street. Goddam rocks! Jammed up the machine! I thought it was all good until I started again and realized my auger was broken. Sheared the pin right off. #uck. (insert 5 minute swear session here). I put the machine in the garage to thaw out so I can repair it later. #ammit!

Rock wins.

Suburbs are a confusing place for us independents, always tipping over the fence one way or the other. Well, I'm getting the shovel out and will finish the job. Then I'll run down to the hardware store and buy a new pin.
 

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This sounds like a drunken ramble. Dippin in to the egg nog early?
I'd be, if I wudn't workin all dam day
 

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Argh! That little pin can ruin an otherwise awesome display of power. A 1/4" cotter pin is all that keeps the auger locked to the PTO and when that breaks its time to crawl in the snow.

I was going to make some innuendos but just couldn't bring myself to do it.

here is a video of it in 2006
 

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bad andy! said:
Man-blowers are for wimps even if it was given to you.
I'll keep you in mind next time the Chevy needs to be dug out;)
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Ya that one was done with the blower, problem is I dug that same area out just 3 days before with a shovel and then it snowed and pack it full again. January 07
 

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IE,
as a fellow independent, I empathize with your inner struggle.
I too own a snowblower. A remnant from my time in Detroit. While the snowblower was a must living on a corner lot in the upper midwest (in the "motor city", no less), I find that I rarely use it here in CO. While I do break it out on rare occasion here, I find our generally dry snow here is easier to shovel.
Your rock experience reminds me of a story - a cautionary tale, if you will:

I met a guy in MI who was using his snowblower, one of those uber-powerful man-snow-blowers you speak of. He was using it to make a "snow-geyser" for his kids to run through. Laughing and having a grand time, the kids were running through the stream of snow when ... yep, you guessed it ... one of the tykes gets brained by a landscaping rock.
Anyway, while I'm sewing up the kid's scalp, the dad shares with me that he should have learned his lesson when he put a rock through one of the windows in his garage door just a week earlier.:skep:

My point? Well, I'm not exactly sure. Needless to say, that gentleman helped to:
1. Affirm that "common sense" is anything but common
2. Illustrate that, while evan a simple shovel can be dangerous ... attach a motor to it, and the potential danger rises considerably. Said danger seems to be inversely proportional to the operator's IQ ;)
 

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bad andy! said:
Man-blowers are for wimps even if it was given to you.
I guess I should clarify - - -
Man-blowers in Denver metro are for wimps even if it was given to you.
 

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Get as many shear pins as you can for spares, cause you will be tearing them up! I also added those funky orange driveway marking poles so I know where the the pavement ends, not only does it save the shear pins, but when you send a rock flying just hope no one is driving by, artillery!
 

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try this thing -- more blowing then paris hilton-- rocks won't stop it, neither will pavement (although snow will -- wet stuff is the worst)


snow blowers are meant for the snow, yet snow is their worst enemy (damn you mother nature! your hard to beat!)
 

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bad andy! said:
I guess I should clarify - - -
Man-blowers in Denver metro are for wimps even if it was given to you.
I used to say that until we got the 8 footer in Golden. I was trading my neighbor precious Old Chub for snow-blower time. We can't have that.
 

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There are other ways of clearing the driveway/sidewalk ...



"Whoa, OUTRAGEOUS!! I think I froze the left half of my brain. LOOK, I can't move my right arm!"
 
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