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: Dennis On: Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:10 pm

michaelanthony wrote:For last few years my neighbor has been pushing his snow to the end of his driveway and letting the town do his dirty work, hence it ending up in front of my driveway......soooo this year I unveiled the atv with the newly purchased plow and pushed it (angled it) all back towards his drive, It was worth the 300.00 bucks for the plow and a hell of a lot of fun. So he proceeded to push it across the road in front of our neighbor George's house and he went bullistic because he gets water in his basement in the spring so he plowed it back. :lol: :lol:hee-hee-hee-hee, beevis and buthead laugh!

play nice boys :box: :poke: :rambo2:
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:31 pm

Dennis wrote:play nice boys :box: :poke: :rambo2:

Oh I haven't even started, it's a house with 4 adults and they all get a check :gee: no blood no foul!
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:03 pm

Well I got just about everything listed on the choices.

But the primary work horse is the F250 SD with the Meyers plow on the front. My truck and I get to sit in the cab.

Felt sorry for the wife cause she does the shoveling so a couple of years ago I bought a Troy Built (MTD) track drive snowblower. And it came with heated hand grips. Works well on the blacktop and I can raise it to go over grass to the checken house or over parts of the stone section of the driveway. And as the Mainers know, dogs like their paths through the grassy areas. So I can make some travel lanes for them as well.

When it gets really deep, we also have the Case 580 C with EROPS and cab heater. Plus I can pile it up if needed. Makes a big pole for the grandkids to play on.

And then finally I got an old Honda Fourtrax 2 years ago and it has a plow blade on it. Haven't even tried it but the previous owner said it worked well.

And of course we do have a few shovels of varying size and shape.


And if all else fails, I'll use the snowmobile and just pack it down until Mother Nature can take it away herself.





Rick
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: BigFoot On: Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:35 pm

2001 NH :D
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: NoSmoke On: Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:11 am

A few years ago when I was dating my wife, she told me her back hurt because she had to shovel out her car. (I was living in Maine at the time and she was in NH). When I stated empathy for her, she said, "That is alright, I am used to it as I did it all the time". So I said, "Well your Dad had two girls, and you were the oldest so I guess that is to be expected", and she said, "Not with my Dad, my ex-husband." So I said, "Well what was he doing". "Oh he was usually in the house playing video games." :mad:

I am so glad my wife originally married a loser, it makes being her Husband so easy, and she is so appreciative of even the little things I do for her. :D

Here is a photo of my tractor and snowblower, purchased for "scrap iron price", $50 a few years ago.

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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: SteveZee On: Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:28 am

Nice NS, and great set up with the tractor/blower/bucket. Hard to beat that.
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:59 am

Here is a picture of my '99 F350.

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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: oros35 On: Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:17 am

JD 420 gets the job done well. Although I'd like to have a blade for it too. You need a heavy enough snow for the blower to do a good job.
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: Pacowy On: Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:09 pm

This is my first year using this 1986 Bronco II w/6.5' Western plow. So far, so good.

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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Wed Jan 02, 2013 2:05 pm

I haven't seen a Bronco II on the road in years. I bet that thing can turn on a dime. I had a 1988 Bronco XLT...very nice vehicle.
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: Pacowy On: Wed Jan 02, 2013 2:50 pm

Rob R. wrote:I haven't seen a Bronco II on the road in years. I bet that thing can turn on a dime. I had a 1988 Bronco XLT...very nice vehicle.


Yes, its ability to work in tight quarters was one of the reasons I got it, but I've found it has no problem moving back banks left by the 1-ton operated by my neighbor's lazy contractor on a long stretch of driveway that we share. So far, it's exceeding my expectations by quite a bit.

Mike
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: xandrew245x On: Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:58 pm

At work we use a front end loader with a bucket that is about 12' wide, works pretty well other than leaving a pile of stone at the end of the driveway, and can make one hell of a pile of snow. For the smaller things we use our kabota backhoe.

At my house I use a snowblower.
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: Dann757 On: Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:26 pm

WAHHHHH everybody has betterrr toys than me and it's NOT FAIR :D

Great idea with the snowblower, Dennis actually did something; I've just been trying to think of a "gravel eliminator" for a long time.

Nice Bronco II ! Last time I had a plow I spent a lot of time on my back welding up a rig for a Cherokee I had. Got it all set up and then it didn't snow in NJ for 2 years hahahahaha. Another vee hickle I wish I had held on to.....
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: Dann757 On: Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:45 pm

michaelanthony wrote:Oh I haven't even started, it's a house with 4 adults and they all get a check no blood no foul!


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

In 1993 we had a big blizzard. I was working for an ambitious guy who painted in the summer and picked up some plow jobs in the winter. He asked me to follow him around in my Jeep just in case he got stuck in his Toyota pickup. His first driveway was for a Doctor that had to get out. It was an upscale development. He got in and plowed the guy's driveway as I sat back and watched. At the same time, a garbage truck with a plow came by and plowed the other side of the street, leaving a 4' high berm in front of every driveway. Well, Rich went on to the next customer caddy corner from this street.
Well, the guy across the street waved to me and I got out and started talking to him. He accused us of plowing him in, and demanded we plow him out!
"You plowed me in!"
" No we didn't, another truck did that."
" Yes you did, I wan't you to clear my driveway."
"Why don't you get your butler to do it!!!"
That much snow can set people off and I was ready to climb over the berm and slug the guy. Instead I went over to Rich all mad and jumpy. Rich went over to the guy, and being a good salesman, got the guy to pay him to plow his driveway!!! It turned out the guy was a PROSECUTING ATTORNEY hahahhahahaha.
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Re: How Do You Clear Your Drive?

PostBy: NoSmoke On: Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:48 pm

Sometimes, when this boy gets stuck, the boys up to the Farm call me up and have my 25 hp Kubota pull their snow plow out!

Actually, I am just joking, this boy, appropriately named Big Blue has never got stuck. It is pushing a 16 foot wide, 5 foot high, 6 way plow. It is mostly used to push silage up into a pile, but does double duty as a snow plow in the winter. It has 400 hp, differential lock and steers by articulation. It does real good at pushing snow, but probably never could run a snowblower; it has no PTO or a 3 point hitch! Pretty sad for a tractor that costs $270,000 new. As pictured, it is probably around $100,000.

When I worked for Douglas Dynamics, the parent company for Fisher, Western and Blizzard snowplows, I posted a picture of this up on the leader board and wrote, "Who is the "Boss" now, an obvious bash at Boss Snowplows, our main competitor.

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