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    Default Snow blowing rules of thumb

    As I contemplate the possible need to get the snowblower out tomorrow, I have developed some snow blowing "rules of thumb" over the years that some of you newbies to snow blowing may want to consider. I have made a post like this each year that I have participated in this forum. I figure that I have moved about 5,600 inches of snow with my three snow blowing rigs over the last 28 years. Feel free to add to my list, I am always looking for new techniques:

    RULE 1. Don't put your hand in the moving augers. This is an obvious one. I have occassionaly stuck a broom handle down the chute in the spring with the blower running, but that is about as dumb as I get. I have develped a fondness for my appendages over the years.

    RULE 2. Make sure all of the crap that can break your blower and shear pins are out of the way, before the first snow. Put markers out to mark permanent impediments.. When I have broken shear pins, it was always at the beginning of the season when a stray piece of firewood got in the way. Yesterday I went out with the rake and cleaned up any potential impediments.

    RULE 3. When you are going to have a major snowstorm, if you can, clean it in increments. Why stress the equipment and yourself? Anyway snowblowing with my rig is fun. If the snow I just blew drifts back into the driveway, I just do it again - twice as much fun with the same snow.

    RULE 4. Always clean all of the snow off of your equipment when you are done. I learned this the hard way the second time that I snow blowed. The snow blower was making a **** of a racket when I started it, and then I noticed black smoke coming from the drive belts in the back. So I shut it down and called the dealer. "Didn't you clean out the augers and impeller after you finished? When the snow melts it freezes on the bottom of the impeller assembly such that the impeller won't turn." Duh, nobody told me to do that.

    Now I clean off everything, but especially anything which if frozen could make it difficult to start the machine. With my new rig, I wipe all of the water off of the cab that I can get to, clean off the wiper blades and pull them away from the wind shield. Of course, it helps if you have a garage. I also put a piece of wood below the blower so it doesn't freeze to the floor.

    RULE 5. Make sure nothing critical is frozen when you start blowing. This is a continuation of what I said in 4. If you have a rig like mine (which shuts off the tractor if no one is in the seat when a PTO device is engaged) put a mirror where you can see that the impeller and augers are spinning freely and the chute rotation is working freely before you have at it.

    RULE 6. Never put the blower on the ground on a gravel driveway the first time you use it, unless you enjoy changing sheer bolts. This rule is just for those of us who don't have a paved driveway. I have a gravel driveway, so a good first snowblowing event is a key to no problem for the rest of the winter.

    Like everyone else we get a few snow falls early where you know it is going to melt, so this next step is the one I take when we get our first real snowfall. First I run my SUV up-and-down the driveway until the snow is packed down into the gravel before I snow blow for the first time. Then I run the blower but keep it off the ground about an inch. This way the ground will freeze better for future efforts. The next time I run the blower on the ground with the skid plates as low as they go. We don't get much thawing once the snow starts in earnest.

    RULE 7. When the snow is deep, take smaller cuts of snow. My first run in the snow is very very slow, usually painfully slow if it dep, or wet. My next cut might be a half of the width of the blower or less. I would rather make more runs and use a little more fuel, then be replacing parts as I did with my old snowblower.

    The guy who wrote the kubota snowblower manual obviously has never used a snow blower before. It says in deep snow take the top layer off and work your way down. To me this is nonsensical. You're going to be driving a tractor in the deep snow and making a general mess. How about just taking a narrower cut of the snowblower potential? Anyway I have been doing this and it has saved many a belt on my old snowblower.

    Here is a movie I made of my current snowblowing equipment in action:

    YouTube - Kubota B3030 snowblower


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    Default Re: Snow blowing rules of thumb

    Rule 8 ) Always have your snowblower installed on your tractor BEFORE it snows. A snowblower tucked into the corner of your barn is ineffective.

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    Default Re: Snow blowing rules of thumb

    SMFCPACFP.....

    Every time you post a picture of your rig I just sit and stare.

    Please don't do that.

    Thanks.

    The big one hits today and tonight here in the NorthEast. 10 plus inches....Up to 18 inches in some areas.

    Here we go again.....Another white Christmas. Sweet.
    JD770 '92 4x4 SMC FEL JD Ballast Box 6' CountyLine Back Blade 6' CountyLine Rake CountyLine CarryAll
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    Favorite Color....Green

    The sky was yellow and the sun was blue.

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    Default Re: Snow blowing rules of thumb

    Thanks for the tips. Much appreciated. This is my first snowblowing attempt with the new Blizzard. First big snow coming down now, looks like six or eight inches so far and counting. Can't wait to start moving it.

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    Default Re: Snow blowing rules of thumb

    Quote Originally Posted by JDGreenGrass View Post
    The big one hits today and tonight here in the NorthEast. 10 plus inches....Up to 18 inches in some areas.

    Here we go again.....Another white Christmas. Sweet.
    And guess who has a 750' gravel driveway AND who's snowblower-carrying tractor had a catastrophic transmission failure Sunday? Uh oh.

    I bought the wife a new shovel yesterday...

    JayC

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    Default Re: Snow blowing rules of thumb

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay4200 View Post

    I bought the wife a new shovel yesterday...


    JayC


    Sweeeet !!!


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    Default Re: Snow blowing rules of thumb

    Further to rule #1 stated in the first post, regardless if the tractor is off never put a hand or fingers in a blower to remove foreign object without disengaging the PTO first. Heard a story from a friend a couple weeks ago about a co-worker who lost a couple fingers when the the tension unwound after removing a object from a blower

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    Default Re: Snow blowing rules of thumb

    Quote Originally Posted by JDGreenGrass View Post
    SMFCPACFP.....

    Every time you post a picture of your rig I just sit and stare.

    Please don't do that.

    Thanks.

    The big one hits today and tonight here in the NorthEast. 10 plus inches....Up to 18 inches in some areas.

    Here we go again.....Another white Christmas. Sweet.
    I used to sit and stare and try not to drool on anything. Now I have one of my own and am not very patiently waiting for it to SNOW!! They have mentioned flurries in the forecast the last couple of days but so far they have just been teasing me.
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    B3030HSDC, LA403 FEL, B2782A front blower, B5320 ballast box, Landpride-BH, RFM, tiller, FM2060 flail, GS1572 grader/scraper, BX42 chipper, PTO generator, homebuilt splitter and 3pt carry all.

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    Default Re: Snow blowing rules of thumb

    Nice rig and fun video. I use a rear blade on my CUT but used to use a blower on the front of my Craftsman and my biggest rule was: Pay Attention to the Wind! Of course, I didn't have a cab so if I got the wind wrong I was quickly covered in the white stuff.

    Thanks for posting, great set up!
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    Default Re: Snow blowing rules of thumb

    Rule # 10
    Always have spare shear pins (as in 5 or more) and know where they are
    Rule # 11 (Similar to rule #1)
    Carry a wooden "scraper" -- hands are not meant to be scrapers to be put down chutes any more than they were meant to be welding clamps
    Rule # 12
    Always know the wind direction -- just like urinating into the wind, blowing snow into the wind usually generates a mess somewhere

    Just some thoughts

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