Well, we finally got 5" overnight and today, and still misting some yet. I took the D-18 auto out for first try. I had the Speedex out front and it was work to run. The D has hydro, much better and lift for blade. Still needs to be a foot pedal tho to be real good. Well, moved out of garage, blade hits snow and tractor stops and spins! OH! Oh! Already? Not even in the snow yet? Backed up and ran at it again and got outside. Never did spin again, kinda weird. Have chains on ag tires. Just a note that it DID spin again trying to back into garage once the front wheels hit the "bump" to come into garage the rears spun again. Kinda odd, like said. Anyway pushed snow all around, going out into my yard between the house and garage that I clear for my dog and walking to house. I went slow and never had a problem, even with blade full of snow. Even making banks I could still push the whole bank back farther each time. One problem with this model is the fact it can't turn w'out 40 acres room. I have turning brakes and they don't seem to do the job, just slow me down, not let other wheel really assist turning. Not sure reason. Is nice to have the lever to turn the blade and not have to get off. It quit on me once, just stopped running. Started right up and acted norm for awhile. I did run out of gas, dumb me thought I had filled for the season, guess not. Acted up couple times after the fill too. Not sure if dirt in carb or fuel system or float that sticks or what, but after few minutes was working OK again. SO, guess it will be good for next time and others looks like. Pushes slow like a tank and doesn't slip. Nice big wide blade too!
P.S. Momma wouldn't come out and take any pix on either machine......durn!