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post #11 of 17 Old 02-15-2017, 05:07 PM
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Easy for you to say. Putting my weight on the grips and pushing down to lift the front of the machine up is no picnic with a bad back. I still don't understand why the scraper bar snags so much snow in reverse.
I agree. The snow in back should be blown away already.
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In order to lift up the front end and thus make it easier to move backwards in reverse mode, were you literally putting a hand on each handle and then pushing down on the handles before you shifted into reverse?
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In order to lift up the front end and thus make it easier to move backwards in reverse mode, were you literally putting a hand on each handle and then pushing down on the handles before you shifted into reverse?
Yes. And that hurts my arms and back and feels unsafe because my balance now depends on feet not slipping. Instead of the machine being an anchor to hold onto, it's an awkward heavy thing teetering on the wheels. Maybe I should have opted for a smaller lighter machine instead of this 28" beast. As I said up front, it's annoying.

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Yes. And that hurts my arms and back and feels unsafe because my balance now depends on feet not slipping. Instead of the machine being an anchor to hold onto, it's an awkward heavy thing teetering on the wheels. Maybe I should have opted for a smaller lighter machine instead of this 28" beast. As I said up front, it's annoying.
I just turned 60 yesterday and all of the discs in my lower back are badly deteriorated. I have arthritis in both thumb/wrist areas.

I own a 2 year old Ariens 30 Platinum Deluxe SHO with auto steer. I do my driveway and usually 3 -4 others in my neighbourhood. I always tip the machine back while reversing. It's something I've done since my first snow blower back in 2000. I find there's a balance point while tipping and I wear good snowmobile type boots with deep treads so I don't find it slippery when the blower is tipped.

I really don't understand this problem you have. This is a common practice when reversing your blower.

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I guess I'm a wuss then. Or maybe the pattern that I take clearing the property could be improved upon, because I seem to do a lot of reversing.

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I guess I'm a wuss then. Or maybe the pattern that I take clearing the property could be improved upon, because I seem to do a lot of reversing.
Most times I get to the end of a strip I'm clearing , then turn 180deg and head back for another cut. Goes quicker this way too. I find the reverse is too slow anyway.

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Most times I get to the end of a strip I'm clearing , then turn 180deg and head back for another cut. Goes quicker this way too. I find the reverse is too slow anyway.
Unfortunately, turning around isn't practical when clearing between vehicles in the driveway or doing a long sidewalk. Next year will be different, I'm moving soon.
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