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Blow once before the storm is over? OR WAIT?

Any advantages of blowing before the snow stop falling?
I used to do ( two runs) if we know we are getting more that 20 inches or more.
but since its going to peter out around 14-18" I am going to hold out.
Go for one pass and do the cars and maybe the deck a bit earlier with the SS etc.

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I've done that: one initial clearing before it's over and then a more detailed finishing job later. Especially if the timing happens to be right like changing wind conditions or if it will be going to freezing rain.
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Just do it and don't think anything more of it. Its not a big deal at all.
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I think it is a BIG issue. Before I repowered I made a pretty BIG deal about it. I would tackle amount of about 6"- maybe 9" because of the laboring of the Tecumseh 7HP. Now with the Briggs I tend to wait longer and even if there is BIG amounts involved.
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Any advantages of blowing before the snow stop falling?
I used to do ( two runs) if we know we are getting more that 20 inches or more.
but since its going to peter out around 14-18" I am going to hold out.
Go for one pass and do the cars and maybe the deck a bit earlier with the SS etc.
...I'd be out there as often as possible! I've only got 2 and I find myself out for hours messing with them, doing the neighbors, making a path for the dog, anything to blow some snow!
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I feel it's generally prudent to make several passes before the storm is over assuming you're anticipating a large snow fall. If I'm only going to get 2 - 3", I wait 'til it's over.


We're forecast to get 18" or more today. I've already been out once for a quickie clean up with the single stage machine and did about 20 minutes worth. I'll likely got out again in a couple hours. Snow is supposed to be wrapped up after dark.

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Any advantages of blowing before the snow stop falling?
I used to do ( two runs) if we know we are getting more that 20 inches or more.
but since its going to peter out around 14-18" I am going to hold out.
Go for one pass and do the cars and maybe the deck a bit earlier with the SS etc.
Based on the list of equipment in your signature, you can definitely wait and do it all at once if you want to!
There is no limitation on the machines themselves that would require two runs..
So one run when its over, or two, or more, is only up to how often you personally feel like going out..
the machines are fine either way.

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Well B/T, I guess there is no advantage to making multiple runs, other than exercising all those machines!!!! Here's a great opportunity for them all to have some fun!!! GLuck, J
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I would clear multiple times during a big storm when I had a smaller, somewhat-underpowered machine. Now I usually just wait for it to be over and clear at the end, which is what I'm doing today. I will consider clearing twice during a storm if it's getting to be over the top of the machine's intake. But that's something like 20" (I forget exactly) on my current blower.

I've never compared exactly. But my guess is that I can clear 12" in less time than it takes to clear 6" each, in two different sessions. And even if the total time is the same, then I still only have to get dressed up once

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