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Hi all, just picked up a 939001, this thing was barely used.



Look inside the chute.

So I get it and the guy said he never used it because he'd rather shovel for the workout, said his ex bought it and couldn't take it with her, so it just sat.
I was dubious of course as this location is right in the Erie lake effect snow belt, but sure enough I now believe him. The handles were still loose, (probably the way it came from HD) and it had no shear pin in the left auger (that he never bothered to replace or install). No wonder he'd rather shovel

So I get a shear pin, tighten everything up and now this is like a brand new machine...time to test

I picked this up to do detail work around the parked vehicles and cutting in other tight spots as i get too worried my 11528 will hook a skid. This thing is like a little toy, you can manhandle it much easier if it acts up.
So it got me wondering, How close can it go?

Here is the results (Note: this is two days after the cut and 2 more inches dropped and curled the top of the cut, but you get the idea):

Two thumbs way up...and it's better than a shovel, a LOT better than a shovel
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I think your tempting fate. why get so close. if you do hook something I doubt your reaction time would be quick enough to avoid big money scratches on the paint of the cars.

general rule of thumb for body work is around $350 to paint 1 panel
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I always have to decide how close to get to my stone wall. I usually leave about two to three inches, and then knock it down with a shovel or broom and make a second quick pass. I think I would leave three or four inches if I was going by a car.
The stone wall may scratch the blower, and that could be easily patched up. But in the case of a blower rubbing up against a car, it may wreck the car paint and that would really tick me off because it was so avoidable.

Nice find though!
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I think your tempting fate. why get so close. if you do hook something I doubt your reaction time would be quick enough to avoid big money scratches on the paint of the cars.

general rule of thumb for body work is around $350 to paint 1 panel
The van is going to the wreckers in spring. Have you ever used one of these wet sump 20 inchers? The gear drive is like an on/off switch. It's either going straight with both wheels or not moving at all. It's night and day compared to the big ones, a child could keep this on a straight path. There is no reverse, but once the drive is off, it's easier to pull backwards than a disk drive, basically freewheel. The down side is it's one speed forward. SLOW.

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I can get close enough to touch things. Problem is I usually don't want to be that close.

Please direct all snow blower questions to the forums and not to me with PMs.
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I've Found that Snowblowers Always want to slide towards the car rather than away from it.
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The single speed ones are good for light clean up. I have used it but dont own one.

The couple I have seen had plastic impellers. cant say I am a fan.
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