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#1 cityboy2977 OFFLINE  

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Posted March 01, 2013 - 04:27 PM

posted a similar thread on a different site with few responses.

has anyone here tried to blow out 20-30 inches of hard pack snow ? this is in a driveway that has not been touched all winter.

 

is it possible or should i hire it out ? got 1 quote and it seemed a lil high to me.

 

oh yea, i would be attempting this with shovels and the Simplicity 7116 w/42" blower


Edited by cityboy2977, March 01, 2013 - 04:28 PM.

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Posted March 01, 2013 - 04:51 PM

I don't operate a blower down here in KY, but just going by what I see & hear, I doubt the blower can deal with that hard pack.  I'm sure more "in the know" people will be along shortly.



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Posted March 01, 2013 - 04:53 PM

No clue about what a blower would/could do with that hard pack.IMO, As far as shovels., I'd be pullin out the real ones made 20yrs ago(they sell cheap @yard/garage sales) or more and a heavy duty floor scraper (the kind used for taking up floor tiles) to get the chipping action started. I'd have a few t-shirts on standby as the layer closest to skin can be soaked in minutes from that type of labor. Good luck and pace yourself.



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Posted March 01, 2013 - 05:08 PM

I did the pile off from the pole shed roof a few days ago. Harder than crud. Didn't wreck anything on the machine in my avatar. It's the top and bottom and sides that are the problem, the center is soft.



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Posted March 01, 2013 - 05:51 PM

If you have a loader you would probably be better off using that to move it. With a blower that size it will be a tough job. You could try shovelling the plow berm at the end of the driveway and then see what the tractor can do with the rest of it.  If you knew someone with a good sized farm tractor and blower they might be able to take on the job. 



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Posted March 01, 2013 - 05:52 PM

I personally wouldnt attempt that without a FEL. Shoveling that much for me is out of the question. I have not tried the ergo shovels, but the regular stuff requires too much bending over ( im 6'6) . lower back doesnt work like it used to.



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Posted March 01, 2013 - 05:52 PM

has anyone here tried to blow out 20-30 inches of hard pack snow ? this is in a driveway that has not been touched all winter.

If it hasn't been driven on the answer is, yes with a little work. The hard part will be the first pass, after that 

6" or 12" passes, you will know how much the machine will handle.


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Posted March 01, 2013 - 05:56 PM

I saw just what you need this morning, going through town was a Union Pacific, one-ton with a jet blower like they use to dry race tracks.  I assume they use it to clear switches on the rail lines.



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Posted March 01, 2013 - 06:02 PM

If it hasn't been driven on the answer is, yes with a little work. The hard part will be the first pass, after that
6" or 12" passes, you will know how much the machine will handle.

I am with John, that first pass may have to be done very slowly but after that, bite off all it can handle. I have not had my 42 inch on my 919 A/C since I got the cab for the Simplicity. I loved the sound of my 19 horse twin when it was working in the deep or heavy snow.
Worst part will be the berm on the end if the road is plowed.

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Posted March 01, 2013 - 06:03 PM

BTW, machine does have chains and tires filled.

 

yep, road is plowed......thats where shovels come into play.


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Posted March 01, 2013 - 06:26 PM

I am not real familiar with your blower, so this is an opinion with no experiance to fall back on. I would give it a try before hiring out. Like said above slow and as small bites as needed.



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Posted March 01, 2013 - 06:30 PM

you may not be able to drive into the packed snow very well I did snow removal for years, you have to break up the packed snow then you can come along with the blower and take it sort of piece meal . this heavy wet snow that we just got is very hard on blowers, slow and easy is the way to go, break it up first if at all possible.



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Posted March 01, 2013 - 06:57 PM

If you're going to do it yourself, you might want to not only shovel the end of the drive, but also the first 2 feet of width. Once you have that much open, the blower should be able to be tin there and take small, slow bites. Don't try to force it.... And remember to take the extra belt, etc with you.




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