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post #1 of 50 Old 01-04-2017, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Outside storage of snowblower

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First post here. Hopefully not redundant to another already posted but forgive me if it is.

I'm up here at 9600' in Breckenridge, CO, where we get upwards of 500" of snow a year and at times a dump of 10-20 inches is not unheard of.

I'm hitting 68 this year and while twenty years of shoveling the sidewalk and driveway has been good exercise, I'm about done with that. All my neighbors have Toro's and laugh at me (nicely) shoveling all the time.

Problem I have is no room in the two car garage to put a snow thrower. I would like to put it on my covered porch, perhaps under an insulated tarp, electric start of course, maybe put a space heater under it for an hour or so before I use it, whatever, but I have read that ice freezing up on the auger could be a major bummer, shear pins blowing out, etc. Am I dreaming?

The porch is also two steps up, thought I could build a small ramp for winter use, but do you think it would roll up there for me?

I can't believe there aren't kids like I was anymore that want to earn money shoveling!

Anyway, you guys may be able to reassure me....or tell me I'm screwed

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hello breakcapt, welcome to SBF!! why not build a lean to on the garage to store the snowblower, I'm going to do that in the spring to make more room in my little one car garage. there are a few on the board that do store there blowers under a waterproof tarp

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I would have that infamous "architectural review committee" citing me the covenants! I could do that on the wraparound deck maybe. We do get sub zero temps, of course, but usually doesn't snow when that cold. Maybe I could put something on the deck in the blind side of the porch. Thanks
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They're pretty much all self-propelled, so going up a ramp ought not be a problem . . . . and really, most are narrow enough that they should fit in between the front fenders of two vehicles in the two car garage IF the drivers are reasonable careful. Measure a couple.
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You would need special conditions to have ice issues in auger between uses. Id assune in CO theres dry snow conditions. Here in mass end of driveway snow is extremely dense, and filled with salt. Auger is never an issue. Just make sure the shute doesnt have snow packed in it when parked. I have 2 machines, both are outside all year long under tarps.


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...I have 2 machines, both are outside all year long under tarps.-efisher-
Curious. Do you have any rusting problems?

I had to store all of my OPE outside for a few years and I had terrible rusting. The last year I put clear plastic, then a tarp down underneath and after taking care of the rust, it was almost a non-issue.

Maybe it's just Northern Michigan, but that darn rust gets in everywhere and fast!

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The only way to combat rust is hosing off the machine before parking it. Salt is terrrrrrible. Will rust and rott all year long. Everyone in new england goes to the carwash for the undercarrage was after ever storm, but our cars still rott from the ground up


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The only way to combat rust is hosing off the machine before parking it. Salt is terrrrrrible. Will rust and rott all year long. Everyone in new england goes to the carwash for the undercarrage was after ever storm, but our cars still rott from the ground up


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Not practical for a car but would work for spraying down a snow blower



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Seams reasonable


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Not practical for a car but would work for spraying down a snow blower
I've heard there are some car washes (They've always been called Quarter car washes around here) that have an undercarriage spray system. I'd like to find one.

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