I learned a slightly painful lesson last week. We had a "winter event" that left about 1.5 inches mixed ice and white stuff that vaguely resembled snow. I'd gotten my blade on my "Dump" Massey, but was in a hurry to put the chains on. I had to work, and there was no way I could clear the drive in the early morning or evening due to the unseasonally low temperatures we were having, so I left it in the hands of my son to clear both my drive and the drive of our elderly neighbor. Things went well for a while:
Early morning running RC cars on the skating rink, then clearing the drive as the sun came out:
You can see in these pictures how the chain is starting to walk off the tire. My wife decided not to comment, my son never noticed. As my son was finishing the neighbor's drive, the chain came off, wrapped around the axle, damaged part of the hydro drive, and threw the drive belt off. My attempt to get her drive clear seemed to have made things worse as the machine stopped at the street in the middle of her drive:
I got home that evening and had to pull out another tractor, the only one that would start was the little Massey 8. So I put the 12 hydro in neutral, used the low gear on the 8, and slowly pulled the 12 back into my yard.
I got into it this weekend to inspect the damage, which could have been much worse:
The belt took a few nicks also, so I'll replace that while I'm this far into it. I'm also taking the opportunity to clean and paint the seat pan, foot rests and other bits that I removed. Once this end is buttoned up, I'll pull the hood and grill, service the engine for spring, then paint the hood and grill.