When I left CT I wasn't sure what type of driveway I would have when I settled up here in NH. I also wasn't sure what type of snow to expect either. I brought my little 5hp Ariens with me to get started. I have tractors with plows and a snowblower , but they aren't ready yet. We're almost done unpacking the house and it's time to work on the garage to make a workspace before I can get to those. Hopefully for next year.
Which leads me to the snowblower . The little machine can't handle the slushy stuff I've been getting here. My old house was at 925' above sea level, now I'm at 269', big difference. That and I'm closer to the coastal influences. It just doesn't throw it! So..... I upgraded. I went with another Ariens ,this time the Platinum 24" model. Biggest engines,cast iron gear box, best snow throwing, easy chute controls, heated hand grips( not sure I'll use that) and a new drive system that automatically releases when you turn. That feature will allow my wife to handle it without too much difficulty. I went with the 24" instead of the 30" (next size in this category/package) for that reason too. As you'll see by the driveway pic, it's not that big to make a huge difference.
Here's the pics of my driveway and the old and the new snowblowers side by side.
the driveway standing at the garage
and the snowblowers
* I've lost the ability to download multiple pics at once. Must be part of the new software???