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

How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: NoSmoke On: Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:37 am

Just wondering how people on here clear their driveways?

I use my tractor and push it out of the way with the bucket. We did modify the bucket to be nearly 8 feet wide to gain some efficiency in doing so. Overall it is a terrible way to push snow. The tractor does not have a cab so it is cold, and it is a very slow moving way to move snow. Granted no amount of snow stops it, and it never gets stuck, and can pile the snow up 8 feet, but I think a truck is better and a lot faster.

Alternatively, we do have a 7 foot snowblower that does work well. It is a bit big for the tractor and is cumbersome to use. With it sticking out 6 feet in the back, and the loader doing the same up front, the turning radius is about 40 feet, so it is tough to get around. And on this hill, blowing snow means you wear as much of it as you remove. I would take a pick up with a Blizzard Speed Wing any day, but who could justify a $12,000 dollar unit just to move snow from point A to Point B?
NoSmoke
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: New Yoker WC90
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vogelzang Pot Bellied Stove
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Other Heating: Munchkin LP Boiler (Back-up)

Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:44 am

Now if we woulda had more then one choice I woulda had to put p/u plus ornary old 8N for clean up.
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: Freddy On: Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:53 am

I snow blow. No way would a plow do what we do. We have more paths & twisty places then anywhere. Gotta keep the wife & dogs happy! For the first time this year I have a "sit on" snowblower. I picked up a used Wheelhorse & did some major repair work on a two stage snowblower. It does a hellofa job! I do eat some snow if it's windy, but if I wear my full face helmet I'm comfy as a dog by a coal stove.
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined


Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:00 am

There's no option for, "I tell the lazy 13 year old boy to go oitside and shovel since my snowblower is still broken".

Because thats what I do.
I'm On Fire
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machines DS-1600 Hot Air Circulator

Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: lsayre On: Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:01 am

For us it used to be shovels and salt, but three years ago our three children (grown adults) pitched in together and got us a two-stage MTD snowblower with electric start for Christmas.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Stockton Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW)

Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: sperry On: Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:10 am

We start with the heated cab. :D Then we we gear up and start the old Ariens blower to get her done. ;)
sperry
 
Stove/Furnace Make: efm/alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: 520/fireplace insert

Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: wilder11354 On: Tue Jan 01, 2013 9:46 am

P/U w snowplow 99.9% shovel rest.
wilder11354
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Harman SF260
Coal Size/Type: nut or pea, anthracite
Other Heating: crown oil boiler, backup.if needed

Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: Yanche On: Tue Jan 01, 2013 9:55 am

Heated cab 4WD tractor, 1% shovel.
Yanche
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Alternate Heating Systems S-130
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Tue Jan 01, 2013 9:59 am

F350 with Fisher plow...cost half as much as my previous compact tractor and moves a lot more snow.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: coalkirk On: Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:00 am

John Deere 1032D
coalkirk
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: echos67 On: Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:00 am

Little JD Diesel with a plow most of the time but when it gets real bad I throw the blower on it.

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After the 80" of snow durring the winter in 2010 I found a cab, go figure I havent needed it since !

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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:05 am

Nice find Keith. :)
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: Ed.A On: Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:06 am

Snowblower. Like fred my area to clear is to tight and difficult to effectively plow. Paid people for years to plow out the main portions but then I'd spend an hr shoveling by hand the places where it couldn't be pushed.

Luckily I purchased my 27" 2-stage just before the major snows we had 2yrs ago. The worse we got was 16" of the white stuff at one drop and handled it fine.
Ed.A
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Channing III/ '94 Stoker II
Coal Size/Type: Rice

Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: sterling40man On: Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:06 am

:D
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:10 am

Show off :clap: toothy
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