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post #1 of 19 Old 11-12-2019, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Seeking opinions on the Sno-Thro Cab Kit

There are many times when the wind is howling and blowing snow/ice back into my face while snowblowing. I like the idea of the cab, but honestly, I just don't see very many people using them. Are they worth it? Does the plastic get covered in snow making it impossible to see out of? Can it be taken off/reinstalled easily and quickly? Does the headlight get blocked? Any and all opinions appreciated.

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If you are blowing snow and what you are blowing is coming back in your face, than just crank/turn the chute away from you, or come at it from the opposite direction.

I have never, ever seen anyone use one of those plastic/vinyl cab attachments. I would think they would be a pain in the ass Ö. jmho

If it is a blizzard out, your not going to avoid that in any fashion, just wait till it stops.

And always wear the proper gear. I choose the full insulated helmet liner with collar, one that has the removable mouth chin guard. put a nice warm hat over that, and you can blow in sub zero weather, no problem. That's what we wore on the railroad.
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I have one and wouldn’t be without it. It does not accumulate blowback nor impede vision. It also helps break the wind even when it’s coming from behind, which is open (because it is an obstacle that creates a partial block that the wind must go around). It’s like standing in the corner of a bus shelter in the wind. If anything it improves vision, and it also creates shelter when it’s still snowing/sleeting.
The ONLY negative is that the added #5-7 pounds or so of cab weight (which isn’t much) might make the front end a bit lighter. This isn’t an issue with tracked machines (they don’t tend to climb packed snow as much as wheeled units) but if you have wheels I would recommend a #10-15 pound weight be added to the front of the bucket if you mount a cab. It’s just a question of geometry for each individual machine.

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Great information, thank you.

Any feedback on ease of removal/reinstall? The place I store my machine has low clearance and I am fairly sure I would have to take it off each time I use it.

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I have one and wouldnít be without it. It does not accumulate blowback nor impede vision. It also helps break the wind even when itís coming from behind, which is open (because it is an obstacle that creates a partial block that the wind must go around). Itís like standing in the corner of a bus shelter in the wind. If anything it improves vision, and it also creates shelter when itís still snowing/sleeting.
The ONLY negative is that the added #5-7 pounds or so of cab weight (which isnít much) might make the front end a bit lighter. This isnít an issue with tracked machines (they donít tend to climb packed snow as much as wheeled units) but if you have wheels I would recommend a #10-15 pound weight be added to the front of the bucket if you mount a cab. Itís just a question of geometry for each individual machine.

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Great information, thank you.

Any feedback on ease of removal/reinstall? The place I store my machine has low clearance and I am fairly sure I would have to take it off each time I use it.
This is the one thing I was going to comment on. Make dang sure you have adequate overhead clearance through whatever door you may be going through. I see these advertised many times on sites such as Craigslist, Kijiji, Etc. I can almost bet they're selling them for this reason.

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Here's one...

https://chambersburg.craigslist.org/...005660625.html

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ďUsed once.Ē Why, because itís a PITA and heíd rather go without?? Thatís why Iím asking for opinions. 😉

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Quick removal and reattachment is not practical with my Honda snow cab. I used to have another brand with my prior snowblower that also wasn’t easy to take off and on. Other brands might be different.

You should probably pass on this if you plan to take it off and on.

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ďUsed once.Ē Why, because itís a PITA and heíd rather go without?? Thatís why Iím asking for opinions. 😉
If it fits right and there arenít any overhead height issues they are an asset, not. PITA.
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Or do like a lot of people do and wear a full faced crash helmet with the face shield down, but use some fog free treatment on the shield so you can see out of it. It actually works to keep all the snow out of your face being protected with the helmet, and keeps the head and face warmer.

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