How Do You Clear Your Drive?

How do you clear your driveway, whether contracted out or done yourself?

Shovel: I do it the old fashioned way
5
7%
Snow Scoop: I use the modified old fashioned way
0
No votes
Snowblower: I like to use petrochemicals to move snow, but prefer to do it at 30 inches at a time
23
33%
ATV: I like to clear my drive and then go blasting through the woods as a reward
2
3%
Tractor: An ornery ole cuss, I just push it out of the way with my tractor
17
24%
Tractor/Blower: I use a snowblower on my tractor and end up wearing most of it
8
11%
Truck: Nothing beats a heated cab, and the speed and power of a truck
14
20%
Radiant: I don't do anything but look outside and watch it melt
1
1%
 
Total votes : 70

Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:54 pm

Dann757 wrote:
You mean welfare checks? Some people have no honor. Probably able-bodied too.

Very able bodied, the stepson is a big drop out and acts out occasionally breaks into cars, smokes a lot of dope, got caught growing last yr. As a matter of fact all the grown ups grow and sell, maine's second largest crop.
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: Phil May On: Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:27 pm

Kubota m-95 with 8" blower and loader on front. Do not ever point shoot towards anything that you don't want destroyed.
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:36 pm

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I have the same snow thrower for the JD that oros35 has, doesn't work very well on 3/4 stone. Lots end up on the lawn and stuff (like windows) gets broken. :o
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:17 pm

If I could get a backhoe and bucket for this thing I'd be in business. :lol:

It's my only piece of equipment. Bought it brand new in '05 - the very first year they came out with the 800, so I had the biggest baddest ATV for a couple years. Had lots of fun on it. Does more working than playing these days though. I can't afford the fines ...

Sometimes I work it a little too hard ....

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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: echos67 On: Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:36 pm

Lots of JD garden tractors, fine little machines.

Smitty,
Nice looking 4wheeler, did Polaris make those models in yellow also ?
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:45 pm

Don't recall Polaris ever having a yellow machine - just Honda with their EX & Foreman models, and now BRP (Bombardier) & Can-Am.

Here's a Can-Am. They also have a mud model with a snorkel, and a radiator mounted on the top where that storage box is - it's insane. Thing is absolutely nutso. Wish I could afford one - what a beast! Has a beast of a price tag too .... :shock:
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: echos67 On: Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:52 pm

Thanks, several years ago I had a yellow Polaris for maybe a week but I can't remember what cc it was, I do remember it was a twin cylinder though :confused:. I think I sold it to buy a KX 250 at that time, man it's hell to get some age :lol: .
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:03 pm

Might have been a Sportsman 450 ...??? .. Not sure.

I used to wrench at one of the largest Polaris dealers in the country In Glendale, AZ back in '99 - and I still don't remember. :roll: :doh:
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: NoSmoke On: Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:03 am

I used to have a 1996 6X6 Atv by Polaris. It was only a 450 cc machine, but worked well. It had an all-chain-drive which was its weakest point, because the double axle in the back had a hard time keeping the back chain adjusted right. The other issue was its turning radius. A Tri-axle dump trailer complete with cabbed tractor could turn around in less room then that thing could, but Mercy Sakes, switch that thing into 6 wheel drive and it would go anywhere. The dumping box on the back was handy too.

By the way Smitty, you CAN buy front buckets for ATV's now. What they do is have a small engine power a hydraulic pump that actuates the lifting and dumping cylinders on the front loader.

The problem with all that is, buy the time you buy everything, you end up with a ATV that costs as much a small tractor, yet is not really designed to take the punishment that a tractor can. I say that because I TRIED to cut wood with that 6x6 Polaris. Here we can still sell pulpwood in 4 foot lengths, so I would put a trailer or scoot on back of it and load 4 foot pulpwood on it and haul it to the road for a truck to pick up. It worked, but the ground clearance was an issue, and you could just feel the abuse when you hooked onto a stump or root. It just jarred the whole machine. In 1999 I got my tractor and the ATV sat unused until I sold it.

Of course I say all this like everything I have must earn its keep, and yet I bought a $9000 dollar snowmobile that gets about 2 months worth of use out of it per year! That is an expensive toy.
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: echos67 On: Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:34 pm

Smitty, do you miss the freedom of AZ ? I love that place ! Just go a little North to Flagstaff for some snow.

NoSmoke, wish I had a use for a snowmobile, those have came a long ways and are always fun to ride.
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: SteveZee On: Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:39 am

echos67 wrote:Thanks, several years ago I had a yellow Polaris for maybe a week but I can't remember what cc it was, I do remember it was a twin cylinder though :confused:. I think I sold it to buy a KX 250 at that time, man it's hell to get some age :lol: .

Yeah but you had the KX! Wouldn't want to plow with one but.......
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: oros35 On: Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:41 am

Wood'nCoal wrote:I have the same snow thrower for the JD that oros35 has, doesn't work very well on 3/4 stone. Lots end up on the lawn and stuff (like windows) gets broken. :o

First year I spent many hours rakeing rocks out of my yard and landscaping!

For the next year I got smarter, and welded an extra wide pad on the skids and have it adjusted to about 2" high. Sure it leaves some snow on the drive, but better than rakeing rocks or replacing windows!
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:43 am

Last week I saw someone plowing their driveway with a huge ATV on TRACKS. This guy had an outfit the same colors as the ATV, and looked like he was ready to go to the moon. I imagine for what he spent on that rig I could buy a used front-end loader big enough to pick up a car.
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: NoSmoke On: Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:56 pm

They are a bolt on option that will only set you back about $4500. They are very popular here in Maine.

You can actually use them on the snowmobile trails here in Maine, but must register the ATV as a snowmobile to legally do so. Most of the snowmobile clubs mount the tracks on trucks (s-10's) so they can pull the snowmobile groomer through the trails, at least for the clubs who do not have have the cabbage for Pisten Bully 600's!

Atv tracks...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjO0IG701os
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: Matthaus On: Mon Jan 07, 2013 12:43 am

This guy has the right idea for anyone with a few spare parts and way too much time on their hands! :lol:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n4dCZGhtkw
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