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#1 boyscout862 ONLINE  

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Posted March 13, 2017 - 10:37 AM

The weather guessers have been hyping a big storm for Tuesday and into Wednesday. It is supposed to be falling heavy by tomorrow morning and winds to 60mph. The totals vary from 10" to 22" in CT but MA may get hit worse in some areas.

 

The Scout motto is "Be Prepared" so I brought an extra trailer of wood up to the house and will cut it up and bring it in today. Yesterday, went to check on my MTD 860 but the battery was dead and the tractor blocking it has flats. I decided that the easiest set up would be to put the snowblower on the Case 222. It went on much easier than I had thought it would be. I've used the Case for pulling carts but had not used the mowing deck, blower, or deck for it. I put the Case in the heated garage and found the new belt for the blower and put it on. Tomorrow while the storm rages, I'll service the Case. It isn't due but oil and grease are cheap compared to failure. I will set the shoes to leave an inch and a half of snow so that I won't dig into the gravel driveway. I'm thinking of them putting the plow on for final cleanup. I'll bring the plow in today.

 

The Case will be my backup snow remover. I've never used a tractor mounted snowblower before but, it gives me an option if the main machine has trouble. My primary machine is my Ford 2000 with an FEL. In the 30 years I've owned it, it has only given me trouble twice in bad storms. Once was the regulator went bad(a common occurance with these LUCAS regulators) and the second was my fault when I put summer diesel in(it was January). The diesel plugged the filter at the bottom of the fuel tank. I blew back through the line to get it flowing so that I could drive it home and into a heated garage where I added conditioner. Diesel tastes terrible.

 

I plan to wait until Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning to start clearing. I don't want to go out when the wind is really whipping. If I get the 10" to 14" predicted for my town, it will take about 4 hours plus a break in the middle for me to thaw out for awhile. I have a cab for the 2000 but haven't gotten around to mounting it.

 

As an added safety net, I will dig out two back up generators, just in case. Good Luck, Rick


Edited by boyscout862, March 13, 2017 - 10:38 AM.

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Posted March 13, 2017 - 10:44 AM

It isn't sounding good for you folks up that way. Good luck and glad you are preparing now. That wind could make for some high drifts!


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Posted March 13, 2017 - 11:11 AM

Best of luck with the storm.  Sounds like a bad one.

 

Does red-dyed diesel taste better than clear diesel? 

Is low-sulfur healthier?   :poke:   :smilewink:


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Posted March 13, 2017 - 11:17 AM

Not looking forward to it. Been plowing for 25 years and it gets very old very quick. Be happy never to have to do it again.

The Herd is ready at home though it takes care of my elderly neighbors and myself when I get there. They just wait until I get home.

Be careful everyone !!


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Posted March 13, 2017 - 12:00 PM

It isn't sounding good for you folks up that way. Good luck and glad you are preparing now. That wind could make for some high drifts!

Fortunately, we don't get much in the way of drifts. Its heavy forest around me. The trees also tend to reduce the wind that hits the house. I'm worried about trees loaded with snow that then get blown over onto houses, powerlines and cars. It seems that we lose a few people each year now to trees falling on cars. When I get my big AC(HD6G) going this summer, there are about 30 big trees that I will take down to make the house and powerlines safer on my property. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted March 13, 2017 - 12:09 PM

Bring it on

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Posted March 13, 2017 - 12:10 PM

It seems as Long Island is on the line. I live toward the end they're calling less for. Got the machines ready, extra diesel, and topped off all the vehicles. Guess we'll see what tomorrow brings.


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Posted March 13, 2017 - 01:32 PM

It looks like it's just dumping a ton of rain and wind here on the Delmarva peninsula, got my fingers crossed we miss the snow.
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Posted March 13, 2017 - 03:17 PM

I'm expecting around 20" out of this. But one never knows with these weather guessers!

 

Be safe anyone effected.


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Posted March 13, 2017 - 03:44 PM

I'm getting snow Tuesday nite, then rain on Wednesday. Yuk. March weather.

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Posted March 13, 2017 - 04:43 PM

Calling for a foot of the white stuff. Planning to plow several times thru the storm to hold the drifts in place.
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Posted March 13, 2017 - 04:47 PM

Calling for a foot of the white stuff. Planning to plow several times thru the storm to hold the drifts in place.

Just don't get blown off the tractor!


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Posted March 13, 2017 - 04:48 PM

Michigan is supposed to get hit hard. Im not sure if it is part of the same storm or not.


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Posted March 13, 2017 - 05:05 PM

Michigan is supposed to get hit hard. Im not sure if it is part of the same storm or not.

Yup, you are.  It will head east and then stall a bit making it a true blue Nor 'easter..   I've been watching the track and it looks like it will drop southeast a bit then the big High pressure will push it back up northeast and push it back over Pa. then up the East coast..  Chen Eastern Canada gets it it will linger and dump lots of snow..  

 

**I just might get to ride my snowmobile yet this season if I get out of the plow truck!! 


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Posted March 13, 2017 - 05:15 PM

Darn, and i just took the plow off of ol' smoky


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