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Discussion in 'Reality Check' started by HairyAss, Feb 2, 2016.

  1. HairyAss

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    I know there have been tons of threads on this before. After putting my back out this past weekend shovelling, I can't put off the purchase of a snowblower any longer.

    What do I look for? What's a good deal? What don't I need?

    I'm not all that mechanically inclined. My driveway isn't huge - could basically fit three, maybe 4 cars in it if you really tried, so don't need anything massive.
     
  2. redliner

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    http://www.kijiji.ca/v-snowblower/annapolis-valley/craftsman-snowblower-for-sale/1137331246

    Something similar to this? Never heard a bad thing about Craftsman. The older Tecumseh engines usually start on the first two pulls, or have electric start. Really easy to maintain and if you need parts they are easy to find. Given the size of your driveway, I would say you can't go wrong with something similar. A headlight is always a nice option as well.

    You wouldn't regret using a snowblower.
     
  3. Cheddar

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    You don't need or want anything more than an 8hp/24" cut for your driveway. During the big storm last year I did pretty much our whole street with one and it will be easier for your kids to handle when they get older and take up less room in your driveway.
    Do you want low end, mid range or high end. A smaller high end will do better and throw farther and last longer a large low end.
    Stock is getting low this year at most dealers. You should check out the huskys at Rona. Middle of the road brand but they seem well built. If you want better check out Toro or Arians.
     
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    A 724 Honda. Not cheap but it's the last one you will buy.
     
  5. Mitch

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    That's overkill



    I bought a 24" cut craftsman brand new for $699 at Sears, Briggs and Stratton engine. Works perfect
     
  6. Cheddar

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    Like I messaged you this would be perfect. You won't go wrong because if you do, you can always return it whenever you want.

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    any idea how much that generator is
     
  8. clicker666

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    Here's a positive review on the MovingSnow.com site regarding the snowblower in Cheddar's post above. The engine is an LCT, and the unit overall is similar to my Craftsman. (made by Husqvarna). I live off of Cobequid Road, so conditions should be similar, and am pretty sure you can get by with this unit. That Costco price is good - it's a few hundred less than a comparable Sears machine, and Costco has a great return policy.

    I actually got mine running again yesterday, just as I was getting ready to sell it for parts lol.
     
  9. HairyAss

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    ...and, fuuuuck.

    In to see my Osteopath today. Word on my back is that I have a herniated disc. When it comes to snow shovelling, never again in my life. When it comes to a snow blower - not this year, and maybe don't bother.

    All to say, thanks for the input, but I'm going to be looking for a service now over a keep doing it myself solution. At least until my son is a bit older so I can fuck up his back.
     
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    Sorry to hear that. Take care of that back!
     
  11. Cheddar

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    The assembles blower doesn't have power steering but on the box the picture of it has the levers. Either way they aren't really that necessary especially for a driveway your size.
     
  12. Boots

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    Shitty :( does that end running for you too?
     
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    Mine is 4 years old and the pull coil broke. Now I have to use the electric start each time. Still blows like a champ though. Not sure if I want to fix the coil or just sell it and get a new one.
     
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    I have the opposite issue, electric start broke, pull cord works......$600 for a new electric start.....fuck that
     
  15. Cheddar

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    That doesn't sound right. I just bought a brand new 13.5 motor with the starter for less than that.

    Changing the pull cord shouldn't take more that 20 mins. Might want to do it before the starter burns out in a snow storm.
     
  16. HairyAss

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    In the short term, yes. I took the rest of the day off. Bought wine on the way home. Fuck. No skiing either.
     
  17. Boots

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    Us old guys gotta be careful. Always one wrong move away this sort of thing. Cheers to a speedy recovery.
     
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  18. Cheddar

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    Can you still pile drive the wife like you're BP putting in a new deep ocean well?
     
  19. HairyAss

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    I'm actually hoping to turn this into the event that convinces her that we need a 3rd party female involved in all encounters where I can come in and just put the finishing touches in at the end after observing the workers doing the heavy lifting.
     
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    there's 2 kinds of snowblowers ..1 Honda .. 2 everything else .. ... Of the everything else Toro is best ..
     
  21. Cheddar

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    I get that you want to Mike Holmes the experience, but did you just refer to sexing the wife as "heavy lifting"?
     
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    Not by me.
     
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    That shit is terrifying. I'm active and work hard but man if that happened to me I'd be fucked.

    You guys arnt much older then me either
     
  24. Boots

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    Once you pass 35, the body isn't as resiliant as it used to be.
     
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    It's not just the string, it's the spring that snapped.
     
  26. Boots

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    I replaced the pull start in my outboard this summer and it wasn't too bad. I assume it's a similar setup (coiled up spring).
     
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    I see a replacement starter on the MTD website but they don't have a photo and it doesn't match my model number. Not sure if I should take a chance and order it or not.
     
  28. Cheddar

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    what kind of engine is it? You're better off matching it to that.
     
  29. HairyAss

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    I knew this and still have never been the best at doing the things that keep my body humming. Always takes a slap in the face to get my attention. Fuck. Not that this injury is necessarily my fault but I'm sure if my core had been stronger, I may have avoided it?
     
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    Careful yes, but worry about it and stop being active and physical...no.
     
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    This is why I had to start lifting weights 8 years ago at age 42. I was too weak and fragile to do my job, which was being a network administrator. I messed my back up for a few months getting an empty server chassis out of a box. Now I'm bulletproof. (well, except when I do running - seems to wreck me every time).
     
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    Definitely didn't say that. But choosing what types of physical activity we do is important. Not a great age to get into football :lol:
     
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    I've started back into a regular yoga practice with the intent of gaining core strength... I notice a lot more aches and pains in my 30's than I ever did in my 20's :(

    Also booked my first (ever) chiropractor appointment for next week to help my spine from feeling so... rickety
     
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    I pretty much shattered my leg playing softball :o tib/fib fracture. Broken in 3 spots
     
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    I would love to play pickup football.
     

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