Snowblowers

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  1. Zoom-boing
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    So we spent today digging out from another foot or so of snow (I shoveled the 4" we got yesterday myself) and quite frankly, while the whole shoveling thing is great exercise and all when the snow is this deep and this heavy and this wet well . . . it's just getting old.

    Thinking about getting a snow blower but really not looking for spending the big bucks. This one is getting pretty good reviews. Nice that it's not gas (the smell, the noise, the maintenance, the weight) and from the reviews it looks like it would tackle what we get.

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Toro-38381-18-Inch-Electric-Thrower/dp/B003FIQKYO/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top]Amazon.com: Toro 38381 18-Inch 15 Amp Electric 1800 Power Curve Snow Thrower: Patio, Lawn & Garden[/ame]

    Anyone have any snow blower info they'd like to share?
     
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    Never owned a snowblower myself.

    And don't call me Frankly.
     
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    Shirley, I would never do that.
     
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    Just remember - 100% of all snowblower accidents happen while using a snowblower.

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    You do have a broom handle, don't you? :D
     
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    JUst put the snow off to the side, let it dry out, then burn it.
     
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    Do they make solar powered snow blowers?

    Old Rocks?

    Yo- little help?
     
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    I was at Home Depot today and they didn't have a single snowblower in stock.
     
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    $100.00 :lol:


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    Really sorry you have to shovel snow, because you have to. Must be like chopping wood to stay warm. In any event (Luckily), here in CA. I don't have to do either.
     
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    When snow melts, where does the white part go?
     
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    Some constructive ideas. A small welding machine or battery charger can be a source for heating wire, as long as you use enough wire, and then again, not to much wire. It is the resistance in the wire. Use like a number nine wire around 3/16, and don't let it touch itself as it goes from the positive + and back again to the negative - . Basically that is how an electric blanket or the devices below work.

    When I was in construction we used 1" plate steel to make a work table. The underside was laced with #9 wire and hooked up to a welding machine allday in cold. We had a simple plastic roof built over scaffold frames, and the table kept everything hot in there from say a 20 degree temp on the other side of the plastic cover.

    My thought here is, not only don't you want to shovel snow, you don't want to be outside freezing while running a snow blower, but inside keeping warm. This might cost more or less depending on how you go about the project and how big the project is overall. Old electric blankets would be cheap. Army surplus, 2nd hand store.

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    NOTE:Check used stores for old electric blankets


    Look around for a local chemical supplier where you can buy bags of either magnesium chloride, calcium chloride or both. Most commercial ice melters are made from some combination of these two chemicals or may just contain one or the other along with a little sodium chloride. Calcium chloride is the most effective ice melter, lowering the freezing point of water to around -20 degrees F, but it is also expensive.



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