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post #8 of Old 12-10-2015, 01:48 AM Thread Starter
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There was a lot of snow when it arrived, so much so that I didn't get a picture right away, but it was delivered exactly as described. Started right up, and used Mr. H.'s ramps to drive it down off the kei truck once it was cut free of the shipping pallet (had to pick it up at the trucking freight depot, way across the valley). Went right to work, a few days later everything was cleared up enough to play.

A path cleared for the gas man:

Hydraulic tilt and roll prevents damage to the grass.

Hitting the north side road for the first time...

...ever, tricky little run to try with a tractor, and a steep fall if you go off.

Evidence of blown snow conspicuous by its absence, far far away, aye.

By now I was getting familiar with the layout of the bridge.

From left to right: throttle, track drive engage, U-control hydro drive control (left side forward speed, right, reverse), twin tank-style steering levers (pull back on the side you want to turn toward), two joysticks: upper chute rotation and discharge angle; lower auger height and tilt. Far right: auger engage. The red clip behind/under the steering levers is a safety clip you can hook to yer duds, if it pulls off and shorts together everything stops and the little light there comes on.

Also found that the muffler is a great place to dry and warm gloves, in between runs.

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