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When to go out?

When do you go out to start your snow removal? I regardless of storm intensity wait until the end of the storm. I am from an area where the snowfall rarely exceeds 32", which allows me to wait til the end.
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Depends on how much you like to blow snow! I usually try to wait til the storms over but a guy on the forum (Stromr) will tell you he's out as often as he can find some snow to blow. I've heard Mrs. Stromr has threatened to have him committed!


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I wait until the snow has ended unless it's wet and going to melt. I find if I go out during the storm, the sidewalk fills in almost completely from the wind so why work the same effort twice. In most cases the snow insulates the sidewalk from freezing. However, I want the sun to melt the ice so I weigh that also.

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I find that it's better to do it once, when the snow has ended. I've had a bunch of storms end wetter then they began, then temps drop, causing a tougher icy tail end.

If I have left it till the end, the fluffier stuff would have insulated the ice from sticking.

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I like to wait until Spring but usually can't.
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I like to wait until Spring but usually can't.
Same here... I'm not overly fond of blowing snow so I do it as little as possible.

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When do you go out to start your snow removal? I regardless of storm intensity wait until the end of the storm. I am from an area where the snowfall rarely exceeds 32", which allows me to wait til the end.
Well it depends on the machine I have available to me. Back when I had less capable machines, that did well up to 12", I would go out at around 9-10" and blow the rest at the end. Later in life I got professional model Ariens blowers and would just wait until the end (they have 24" high buckets and can handle that).

I just got a Honda HSS928 with tracks, have only used it on 2 storms, 15" of sticky snow and 4" of wet SLEET (yup 4" of sleet). It handled both with grace but we'll see next time we get 2 feet how well it does.

So, for now, my rule is wait until the end...subject to further research.

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Same here... I'm not overly fond of blowing snow so I do it as little as possible.
Well I never would've guessed, I thought everybody on this forum loved to blow snow! Let me play you the song of my people:


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I like to clear the driveway every 6" if I know more is coming,however as a crippled old fart who walks with a cane I now wait until its done.
Next winter I'm afraid I'm going to have to mount the 42" blower on my Ford riding mower.
I don't like to do that as I live on a gravel road and the snow plow throws stones 10 feet into my driveway so I like to keep the plow on the Ford to clear it.
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Well I never would've guessed, I thought everybody on this forum loved to blow snow!
Nope. I never have liked blowing snow. I simply have an interest in OPE and I try to maximize the effeciency of my blower. That's why I'm here.

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