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  • Josh
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    3 hrs of shoveling

    Today is a day I wish my driveway was a bit shorter. Just finished shoveling 15 inches of snow off my driveway about an hr ago. Just a few hrs late to work . We got hit pretty good out here. Anyone else burried. I know there will be some of you that laugh at 15 inches of snow. But hey its pretty decent for around here.

    Josh

  • Tom W
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    Ya gotta do whats right

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  • JimDon
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    Reminds me of the time our neighbor was sick back in about '78. He had pancreatic cancer and needed to get to hospital ASAP. I lived at the bottom of the alley that his driveway was attached to at the top. Had just had about a 12-inch snowfall and alley hadn't been plowed and they couldn't get out of garage and down alley to hospital. They called me and asked if I could help. I asked how much time they had before they needed to go. Somewhere around 20 minutes. Had an Ariens 7 hp that was already chained up. Locked differential in and cranked up the engine. Alley was about 1,000 feet before they could get to the street. Cut a couple of swaths up and down the alley so they could just drive in the paths I had cut and get enough traction to drive. Within about 15 minutes their old Chev Impala was bounding down the alley and out to the street - no prob. Unfortunately the neighbor died not too long after, but I felt really good about being able to plow a fast path for them to exit.
    Jim Don

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  • Wild Weasel
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    Damn! I can't believe the guy would have the nerve to not help you out!!

    Should have just put it in gear, put your foot into it, and dug some nice deep ruts into whatever it happened to be on top of at the time!

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  • Tom W
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    I showed him how to check the oil and it was OK. One other solution I came up with is to buy a Hummer SUT. I have been looking for an excuse to buy one anyway. Now to convince my wife of my need.

    Tom

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  • Woussko
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    TomW

    You're very correct that some people (I have to include myself now and then) are real *&^%$#@ in mind and heart. As for the getting stuck, I hope readers realize it was the rented HD pickup and not your Hummer. Sadly this stuff happens when we attempt to help people. It ends up that they *&^% in our face. Any real person would have helped you dig out and given you a nice home cooked meal. I hope the snow thrower you got works out to be a good one for you.

    Now a bit about overspeeding engines. Please everyone, do NOT do it. Even 10% above the rated max speed is getting dangerous. You need to use this way of thinking. If you increase the speed to double, the stress is 4 times greater. If you increase engine speed to 3 times what's normal the stress is 9 times greater. Anymore too many small engines are maxed out at the factory. I'm glad it didn't end up with your getting pieces of metal blasted into you. Good luck with your new one.

    Tom

    Did that butt headed guy add oil to the engine before starting it? If not, he will soon have scrap metal for an engine and you can laugh at him. Maybe he will pay after all for not offering to help dig out the HD pickup.
    Last edited by Woussko; 02-18-2007, 07:03 PM.

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  • Tom W
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    In the vein of "No good deed goes unpunished" here is a short story. During the snowstorm wednesday my snowblower blew up. ( Never, ever think you are doing good by stretching the governor spring. The motor will run faster for a short time and more snow will be thrown but the life of the machine will be lessened significantly.) So over to HD I go to buy another snowblower. Fortunately I was there in time to buy the last one. There was a couple ahead of me who had bought the second to last one. No store employees were available to help load the blower in the guy's car so I offered to help. He had a new Jeep and of course it didn't fit into the back. I told him I had brought my Hummer and suspected mine wouldn't fit so I planned on renting HD's truck to bring mine home and offered to bring his to his house. He accepted. We unloaded mine first and then drove to his house where I was to helped him unload his. He made the turn into his driveway. As I followed and made the turn into his uncleared driveway I knew I had made the wrong decision. Of course I got stuck. We unload the guy's snowblower and what does he do? He tells his wife to get some gas, asks me how to start his snowblower and starts to clear his sidewalk with his new snowblower. He did return a couple times and offer encouragment that I was almost out and he did let me use a snow shovel to dig the truck out. I suppose I should be thankful he didn't charge me a deposit for the use of his shovel. Some people just don't get it.

    Tom

    Tom

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  • Bob D.
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    Rotary plows

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  • Wild Weasel
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    Originally posted by Woussko View Post
    And for all of you that are Railroad fans, here's an interesting web site about plowing snow.
    I was at the Henry Ford Museum last summer near Detroit and they had a massive train snow remover right in the museum! I don't think it was one of those rotary ones though...


    Originally posted by smorris View Post
    Wow! Pretty subtle. Love the tags!
    heh. Thanks. That car gave up "subtle" years ago. It's been a fun process all the way through. It'll be sad not to be able to drive it anymore for a while. Of course, her daily driving replacement should be just as entertaining.

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  • smorris
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    Originally posted by VASandy View Post

    Woussko, I saw one of those rotary plows in Alaska. They still use ones like OSC posted on a regular basis.
    White Pass Railroad? I saw that this past August when we went to Alaska. I'd love to see one of those run! I used to be a bit steam engine nut. Went to see all the engines as they came through here. The steam rotary is a marvel!

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  • VASandy
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    Sweet car!!! Definately the 1337 tags!!!

    Woussko, I saw one of those rotary plows in Alaska. They still use ones like OSC posted on a regular basis.

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  • smorris
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    Originally posted by Wild Weasel View Post

    You can see the history of it here: http://www.wildweasel.ca/car_pics.shtml
    Wow! Pretty subtle. Love the tags!

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  • Woussko
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    OK everyone I just had to post this so you can see the real MONSTER SHOVELING machine. How would you like to have one of these in your front yard to show off? Needless to say it costs more than most of us pay for a lot and nice house. Please don't ask me how much, but I have little doubt but what it's over $1 million.

    http://www.letourneau-inc.com/pdf/eq...ing/L-2350.pdf

    And for all of you that are Railroad fans, here's an interesting web site about plowing snow. Scroll down some and you'll really see the snow flying. http://membrane.com/~elmer/rail/snow/rotary/

    Here is one you'll have fun seeing thanks to our friends over in Norway. http://membrane.com/~elmer/rail/snow/rotary/nor01.jpg
    Last edited by Woussko; 02-16-2007, 08:07 PM.

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  • Wild Weasel
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    Originally posted by smorris View Post
    No, I'm not some ricer kid. Mine is so subtle, I can't get any attention form the fart-can kids. Maybe some of it has to do with the "53 year old bald guy driving a station wagon" part. Of course that keeps me below the police radar, too.
    Very nice work on the Subie!

    I'm totally the ricer kid... though I've mostly grown out of it now.

    I've got a supercharged 220ish hp Sunfire. Runs high 14's on heavy 18" wheels with all season rubber.

    Most of the bling on the outside of the car I actually got for free from shows and sponsorships. My money's gone to the stuff that makes it fun, like the interior, power and suspension.

    You can see the history of it here: http://www.wildweasel.ca/car_pics.shtml

    Now that'll be stored away though for future use while the Mazdaspeed becomes my new daily driver.
    Last edited by Wild Weasel; 02-16-2007, 01:49 PM.

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  • Woussko
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    OSC

    Nice picture for sure. I'm going to look for one of an old steam engine powered "Rotary Plow" that railroads used many years ago. To see and here one at work was quite an experience. You both cheered and also feared that beast. Only once did I get to see one working and that was a restored one. I'm getting old, but not that old. LOL

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