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Old 03-08-2018, 06:49 AM   #11
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Sounds like you guys are not much better off than me.
My 3 point has got a work out this last week too.

I agree . . . . come on Spring.

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Old 03-08-2018, 07:38 AM   #12
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I wore out an 8HP Murray blower in 5 years. So, I bought a new Arien's snow blower this past fall. I thought (hopefully) that with a new snow blower, winter would be kind to us. Not so, between the new one (that's now well broken in) and the 3 point blower on my tractor, I've moved "tons too much" snow this winter. We've got nearly 14" on the ground this storm and 2 more days of predicted snowfall before a "partly sunny day".... HURRY SPRING !!!!!

My wife constantly reminds me that I never put the 48" 3 point blower on the tractor last fall. I was an early December flu 'victim' and it just never happened. This means that the little Murray has had to do the job. It is on the third engine in its 25+/- years. The original Tecumseh never started or ran right after a couple years of the now gone MTBE gas. The next was an early Harbor Freight Predator that 'blew' up. The current engine is a late HF Predator and works way way better then the original or second engines. That original auger gear was steel but the new $50 gear will be bronze which to me means that this snow blower will probably soon end up in the dump's metals recycle bin if it fails again. I have new skid shoes and have redrilled the auger shear pin bolt holes 90 degrees around the slip on auger (not their drive shaft) that were wallowed out. Yes, it is about had it. but maybe it will last this and one more year.
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Old 03-08-2018, 08:02 AM   #13
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That's the kind of snowblower that never seems to "completely die"... I had an old Montgomery Wards 8HP 2 stage blower when we lived in Marquette. I sold it when we moved to Louisiana, but looking back, I should have kept it. We had over 200" of snow every year "up dar" and it always managed "somehow" I've got a Woods 60" 3point blower on my tractor. It'll move a 5' drift without slowing down, but forget staying dry. I get it ready (chains, blower and cab shield) in October, during bow season. We never know if our first snow will be before Halloween or after Thanksgiving, but are "blessed with the promise of more than we need" almost every winter. This was a light snow year until this past month, I took my tractor to the dealership to have the hydraulic pump serviced (thinking the heavy snow was done) only to find that after they tore it down to rebuild the pump, it'll be a couple more weeks for parts to arrive, so I'm "stuck with the Ariens and the plow on the RZR. Moving 6' drifts with a RZR just won't happen, so it's "blow through and lots of hot chocolate" LOL HURRY UP SPRING !!!!!
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Old 03-08-2018, 11:08 AM   #14
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Well it's a frigid 60F here. This morning I mulched up my tomato plants and then went looking for a couple eggplants the DW wants me plant. Mowed edged and sprayed Roundup yesterday. Tinkered around on the cabover yesterday and put the cover on it. Saw a water moccasin in a parking lot in town. Time to start watching where I step.
But you wouldn't want to be here in July and August.
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Old 03-11-2018, 10:05 AM   #15
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Well dang. Another Nor'easter planned by the weather prognosticators for Tuesday.

Rant!!
At least the snow blower is back together with a new 50 buck auger gear and skid shoes. Gotta say that replacing that gear is not for the weak of mind. You have a gear keyed loosely on a shaft, four bushings, two spacers two housing pieces and a gasket all needing to be assembled in indexed places on the gear housing while trying to hold the input worm gear shaft complete with the finger lopper/slinger in space while full of grease. This is done AFTER after you have removed the entire blower assembly from the power head and disassembled it 100% to get that gear out.

Rave!!
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Old 03-11-2018, 10:10 AM   #16
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That sounds familiar.

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Old 03-11-2018, 10:10 AM   #17
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And another sunny morning out west.
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Old 03-11-2018, 10:14 AM   #18
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Lots of sun here in the foothills also.
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Old 03-11-2018, 10:52 AM   #19
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you get 12 inches of snow , we get 14 inches of rain, I think our drought is over
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Old 03-14-2018, 05:07 AM   #20
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Looking at my 2005 29fls Cougar, with 16” of wet snow on the roof, I’m beginning to wonder what the maximum snow load is??? Any tales of horror or encouragement?
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