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There was only about 3-4 inches out there and it's still snowing but I had to try it out.

Great machine. Fast, wide path, throws far, clears good.

Even though this is a new model and from what I read, this is not supposed to be an issue any more, but...the poorly designed light gets in your eyes and not in the work area. It must have been really bad before.

As far as "fishtailing", it only did it a couple of times when I hit the grass next to the driveway and it is not much worse than my old Craftsman with the "triggers" if I did the same thing.

I was a little worried that this big of a machine would be hard to handle but it was not. It will take a while to get used to the new controls and hydrostatic drive but so far I am happy with it. The chute adjustment is super easy.
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Welcome to the forum!

I am glad you like your new "toy"
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Congrats on the new Cadillac!

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hello curt, welcome to SBF!! that's one king sized snowblower you got

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It's amazing how easily these machines handle regardless of size on flat pavement. They balance them very well. Now if you feel the need to add weight to the front you will not be a happy camper at 36". Best machine you can buy for parking lots and very large flat areas.

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So - where are the pics? No snow to be found here yet, so share the view!


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Sorry, no pictures. :-(

The first time I used this unfamiliar machine was at night in the dark. It was much easier to operate the second time in the light of day. Not wanting to do damage to the snowblower or something else, I took my time and thought about what I was doing. It will take a while until operating this becomes second nature.

The amount of area I need to clear is about 2 to 3 times what the average homeowner in suburbia would have. In addition to that, three times in the last twelve years I have had to blow a path about two blocks out to the highway so my wife can get up the road at 1AM through drifting snow and I had trouble keeping up with my old 28 inch Craftsman. I have no doubt this thing will make the job much easier the next time!!!

This 36 inch machine would be too big for most homeowners. If I had any less to do, I would want something like a 28 inch. The hydro-static drive is way worth the money! The engine on this thing is more powerful than any snowblower I have used in the past, yet it seams much quieter .

I will be looking for something to improve the lighting situation.

Putting out this much money for a snowblower is a big investment. So far, I am very happy and do not regret making this purchase at all!!!
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