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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
With this MEGA snow in the Mid-Atlantic and watching many folks struggle with snow removal, it begs the question of what do you guys/gals who live in snow country use to clear snow around your homes and businesses?

Snow Blowers? Plows?

I live in a rural area with a long drive, so I use a small Kubota with scrapper blade and front end loader attachments.
post #2 of 22
1/10th mile driveway and 5 car parking lot with a 42" snow blower. Shovel the walkways and have to shovel if we get a really wet snow like we did in early January.

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Originally Posted by Coach13 View Post

With this MEGA snow in the Mid-Atlantic and watching many folks struggle with snow removal, it begs the question of what do you guys/gals who live in snow country use to clear snow around your homes and businesses?

Snow Blowers? Plows?

I live in a rural area with a long drive, so I use a small Kubota with scrapper blade and front end loader attachments.
post #3 of 22
Snowblower and shovel to manage a 7' x 20' parking apron and 18' x 7' parking pad plus walkways. Haven't had to start the snowblower this year.
post #4 of 22

One of these bad boys with a plow attached is ideal.
But if you have to have tires...
post #5 of 22
Plow truck comes at 6:30 AM and again at 4:30 PM anytime there is more than 2" of snowfall between pushes. Shovel the front patio.
post #6 of 22
We're easily over 8' or 9' of snowfall this season which has settled to around 42". Without a snowblower (26", 8 hp) we'd be SOL. You can only push around so much snow with a plow (or shovel, for that matter). You need to move it or lift it out of the way somehow. We now have a 6' high launch pad off our terrace which ramps down to our kid's kicker outside the sunroom. Quite entertaining. Setting one off the roof might be next if we get any more snow.

Powder days are bittersweet, after (or before if I get busted sneaking off) face shots there's always snow removal tasks. More power for faster jobs!
Edited by Alpinord - 2/9/10 at 2:07pm
post #7 of 22
Heated driveway??
post #8 of 22
 I have a 24" 8hp simplicity snowblower for sidewalks and a Komatsu 450 Loader to clear the driveway. 
post #9 of 22
we have a service contract with a company that uses a skid-steer (bobcat). They come everytime we get over 2". On heavy years sometimes that same company will haul a dump truck full of snow off our property for about 900.00 per load.
post #10 of 22
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Heated driveway??

Talk about poor use of resources. Just to heat an apron in front of a garage, it can take more energy than to heat a house.
post #11 of 22
Living in snow country it was a 34" blower, shovels and kids.  Now, living 1/4 mile from the left coast it is a broom, and rarely a shovel. 

My blower waits for me in storage though. 

TC, yours ROCKS! 
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

 I have a 24" 8hp simplicity snowblower for sidewalks and a Komatsu 450 Loader to clear the driveway. 

TC--I think you have it covered!

BTW--What brand snow blowers do you guys have?
post #13 of 22
 In the nine years at our current house in VA, I haven't needed any snow removal equipment until this year.  In past years, both my wife and I drove Subarus and all I ever did was shovel the sidewalk, leaving the (uphill) driveway as an AWD fun fest.  This year, all the snow has me tempted to get a plow, or maybe box blade, for my small John Deere.  I may at least buy a better snow shovel...
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I still have yet to see any public or private snow removal vehicle (or sand or salt) on our street dating back to 1999.  This is what we have other than neighbors with shovels and fools trying to use garden hoses (the houses around the corner on the hill, no kidding)..
post #15 of 22
NOMA 27" 9hp

post #16 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

 fools trying to use garden hoses (the houses around the corner on the hill, no kidding)..

I'd really like to see that for myself...
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by Alpinord View Post



Talk about poor use of resources. Just to heat an apron in front of a garage, it can take more energy than to heat a house.


 

I don't have one.  In fact I don't own either of my suggestions.  However, here in Colorado, they are both pretty common.
post #18 of 22
We have a simplicity snowblower for doing sidewalks,  and 5 front end loaders to plow parking lots and driveways with.  The Loader that ends up back at our work shop and thus here to plow our home driveway out is usually the 5 cu yd Komatsu, with a 12 cuyd snow bucket attached to it.
Sometimes Terry gets carried away and plows the whole yard, just because he can.  
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TC--I think you have it covered!

BTW--What brand snow blowers do you guys have?
post #19 of 22
I use a snow shovel.
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by Coach13 View Post

TC--I think you have it covered!

BTW--What brand snow blowers do you guys have?

Sometimes our 14 year old Snow King (w/Tecumseh engine) isn't enough. Fortunately, there is heavy artillery in the neighborhood (tractor/blower, crawler and backhoe):

post #21 of 22


Doh!
post #22 of 22
 Is that on krypton?
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