Dandy Dave

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow....

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14 INCHES OVER THE LAST 24 HOURS HERE AND STILL DIGGING OUT!

BROKE ONE OF TWO SHEAR PINS ON THE CRAFTSMAN LAST NIGHT. BELT LIKELY NEXT.....

GOTTA GO, PICTURES LATER.....

OH WHAT FUN, IT IS TO.....?

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Don't forget the cold as well. Suppose to be -10 tonight. Single digits today low teens tomorrow. Wind chills of -30. Thank god that seat is heated. Just dumped another 100.00 in Kerosene in the shop tank and cleaned the filter as it was starting to act up. That's just the backup overnight heat as I have been burning a wheel barrow full of wood every day and 1/2. Thankfully the new house is insulated pretty darn well so I probably burn less fuel here than to heat my shop on backup. My shop here at the house is getting 6 inches of glass in the walls and 2 inches of foam inside. I'm even thinking of building inside storm windows for it as well. I would rather use the extra money for cars than heating every winter.

I think we have 4-6 right now. Estimates are 6-20". Got to love the span.

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Big Murry??? Pictures please. Does it have a heated seat???

Different kind of Murray. The seat was heated until the snow got over 19 inches then dragging in the snow cooled it off. Not to mention the 4-5 foot drifts.

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Yesterday there were 4 girls sun bathing 4 houses down from me. I was actually sweating from the heat. Keep the white stuff north from here.

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We got 12 inches plus. I was going to just blaze a trail down our 600 foot driveway and wait to plow until I cam home tonight. Then I realized at that point we had over 8 inches and I better get the tractor out. Took about 2 hours and the end of the drive is a mess. I'll have to put the bucket on for that one.

I just got back in tonight. Hopefully the snow has finally stopped so I can plow the next 6 inches off we got and get the bucket on so I can go find the mail box.

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So you don't want me to talk about yesterday - Superbowl Sunday?

Shorts and Flip-Flops...

Sunny and high 70s....

Top down....

OK, I won't talk about it...

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SNOW??? Heck, my tulips are coming up!!! It was 66F last week and 50F today. Haven't had snow (2 inches) since the beginning of December. I'm supposed to be living in "the great white North"? :cool: :D

Terry

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I never take the bucket off of the Buick Snow Master. I've moved snow with about every kind of machine at one time or another. I still Like using the Buick Snow Master the best. On the farm we had a John Deere snow plow on a 4230 John Deere tractor with tire chains. That thing would slide off of the road and get stuck on a patch of Ice sometimes. And I have moved snow with Bulldozers. On Ice on a hill they tend to slide sideways because the tracks grousers act like a multitude of sleigh runners. Snow blowers tend to plug in wet and heavy snow. Old Highway trucks with a wing plow only move the snow in one direction. I ran a 1957 FWD years ago. A 3/4ths ton truck with a plow. Everyone that has ever had one of these knows what happens when you go just a little too far and end up just over the last pile of snow that was pushed up. The nice thing about this particular loader backhoe is it is well balanced. Some thing someone who has not run a lot of equipment would not feel in a machine. Also, If you do get in a position that you do slide off of a road, All you need to do is reach out with the backhoe and get yourself back on the road. This particular machine has a lower center of gravity than some others I have run, So it won't flop on its side so quick. Also, If the front end gets over a bank often all you need to do is reach out with the hoe to get the weight off of the front wheels and 99 times out of 100 it backs right out. I have one real miserable driveway I help a Neighbor with when the snow gets deep. Guess I'll have to take some photos and show you guys, Not a driveway for the faint of heart, or inexperienced. All hills and turns in the middle of the woods. Dandy Dave!

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Surprisingly my little rig seems to be working out OK. That heated seat sure was nice last night when it was atleast -10. I knew it had to be cold, I've never seen the exhaust build ice on the loader arms before. Overnight low was -26.

Second plowing was pretty easy as there was only 6 inches of fluff.

I swapped the bucket on, it only takes about 5 minutes. Most of that is because I have to roll it over to the tractor bay. Then I cleaned out the bottom of the driveway to find the mail box. I definitely need a bigger Snow bucket and to cut down a couple more trees (even though I cut down a few hundred this fall) at the end of the drive. The 1 inch ice storm that we got over a week ago really solidified the banks underneath. That made it a little hard to move the banks.

The chains and 4 wheel drive seem to do the job pretty well. I never had to use the differential lock. We've got 600 feet of driveway before you reach the parking lot at the top There is one 90 degree corner but it's not real sharp and about a 200 foot hill that my wife thinks is steep but could be alot worse.

I'm so glad I didn't buy a pickup truck to plow with. A blower would have been good for it yesterday but I know as you mentioned with the wet snow they are pretty much useless. Lets hope we get some melting before we get our next big round.

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Yes. The loader bucket is best when wider than the front wheels and turning radius. Some of those old loader tractors in the old days the bucket was much narrower. Dandy Dave!

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So you don't want me to talk about yesterday - Superbowl Sunday?

Shorts and Flip-Flops...

Sunny and high 70s....

Top down....

OK, I won't talk about it...

No body likes you yet.

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After cleaning the driveway three times on Sunday with the last one at 12:30 AM due to my son getting his Grand Am stuck half on the road and driveway, still woke up to this:

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I have to keep reminding myself that at this time last year, this was all too normal........

AND....

Then there was the comment from my wife, "You put this up for me because????"

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So you don't want me to talk about yesterday - Superbowl Sunday?

Shorts and Flip-Flops...

Sunny and high 70s....

Top down....

OK, I won't talk about it...

That's It Marty, I'm moving where you are! :P If we had that kind of weather, we would be skinny dipping up here. :o Dandy Dave!

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No body likes you yet.

I like you Marty. It just takes some of us longer to get smart enough to get out of the not so great north east. Dandy Dave!

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Here's one of the toughest Driveways I have ever plowed. Belongs to a good neighbor. I have pushed 4 to 6 foot drifts off of this road in the past. Today was a breeze. Dandy Dave! post-44142-14314296148_thumb.jpg

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How you folks like the view? The photos do no justice to how steep it is. He has a skid steer loader but it slides around and likes to flop on it's side from time to time. LOL.. 2cnd to last photo is a low spot that likes to drift in. I've moved drifts out of that spot that were 6 foot high in the past. Lots of steep banks all around. Must be a good 3/4ths a mile off of the main road to the top of the hill. Dandy Dave!

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How you folks like the view? The photos do no justice to how steep it is. He has a skid steer loader but it slides around and likes to flop on it's side from time to time. LOL.. 2cnd to last photo is a low spot that likes to drift in. I've moved drifts out of that spot that were 6 foot high in the past. Lots of steep banks all around. Must be a good 3/4ths a mile off of the main road to the top of the hill. Dandy Dave!

Dandy Dave,

I love the last shot! There is some beauty there, especially looking outside sitting by the fireplace with a 7&7. ;)

Not so much I imagine when doing the slip & slide dealing with 6 foot drifts! :eek:

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Dandy Dave,

I love the last shot! There is some beauty there, especially looking outside sitting by the fireplace with a 7&7. ;)

Not so much I imagine when doing the slip & slide dealing with 6 foot drifts! :eek:

Mind you now, The Buick Snow Master Glides right though, and puts that Skid Steer up right, and in its place. ;) Dandy Dave!

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Mind you now, The Buick Snow Master Glides right though, and puts that Skid Steer up right, and in its place. ;) Dandy Dave!

Yep! A clear example of "use the right equipment" for the job!;)

None the less, here's wishing you be safe out there!

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Here are some shots I took of the drive today after plowing. I should have made one more pass but it was getting late and suppose to snow tomorrow again so I'll get it then.

The green photos are the driveway when I was starting to cut it back before winter. Good thing I got it cut back. Could you imagine trying to plow it before I cut it?

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