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Free snowblowing? Give a blower to a neighbor?

I have a neighbor that his neighbor gave him his old real John Deere 5/22" blower. He said it's yours, you do your own driveway, you maintain it, only thing I ask is you do my sidewalk 75', and my 2 car driveway 30'. He liked the deal because he's been shoveling. That was a few years ago and he's still happy with the deal. However he's moving this year and is going to give me his snowblower. Unless there's a condition I continue, which I'll turn down, I'll get a customer maybe from it.

I have another neighbor that bought a snowblower with his neighbor, 50/50, on a new one. The deal was, this year I'll keep it at my house and do all the snows; next year you keep it at your house and you'll do all the snows. Well, his year came and he never did the snow on time or at all, work, dinner, family, cold, wet, tired, snow became hard and crusty, iced, it didn't work out. He bought out his share.

Another two neighbors, behind me, have an informal agreement to do each other's sidewalk when they are out, and one neighbor always does the very old lady whom lives between them, driveway.

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He should give you the blower, you deserve it after the two years of doing the blowing for him,no questions asked,in my opinion I wouldn't take the deal either.

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I have a neighbor that his neighbor gave him his old real John Deere 5/22" blower. He said it's yours, you do your own driveway, you maintain it, only thing I ask is you do my sidewalk 75', and my 2 car driveway 30'. He liked the deal because he's been shoveling. That was a few years ago and he's still happy with the deal. However he's moving this year and is going to give me his snowblower. Unless there's a condition I continue, which I'll turn down, I'll get a customer maybe from it.

I have another neighbor that bought a snowblower with his neighbor, 50/50, on a new one. The deal was, this year I'll keep it at my house and do all the snows; next year you keep it at your house and you'll do all the snows. Well, his year came and he never did the snow on time or at all, work, dinner, family, cold, wet, tired, snow became hard and crusty, iced, it didn't work out. He bought out his share.

Another two neighbors, behind me, have an informal agreement to do each other's sidewalk when they are out, and one neighbor always does the very old lady whom lives between them, driveway.
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I do my neighbors on both sides. I had a deal with them that if I'm traveling, which I do a lot, and it snows, they do my sidewalk and driveway. I even offered to let them use my machine to do it. Just so my wife can get in and out of the driveway. It worked out fine with the last neighbor, he died.

These new neighbors don't even come out when I blow their sidewalk. I'm thinking of discontinuing.

Anyway, I think any deal with strings attached isn't worth it. I'll by mine, and if I do yours, it's a favor. I don't want to commit to doing anything.
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do what i do.

i have a sign that says. "Trespassers Will Be Shot. Survivors will Be Shot Again"

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We have a neighbor that always pulls his ancient blower out of storage for the first time AFTER the first snow storm of the year. Thing is a disaster and he never gets it started. The three neighbor amigo always bail him out and make short work of his drive.

Come to think of it, I have never seen his blower run, just see him every year trying to start it. He may have a method to his madness.

I don't mind spending money, I mind wasting money.
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Specific arrangements/agreements . . . 'this for that' (quid pro quo) are probably not the best thing to have, because at some point one of the parties to the agreement is going to fall short of their end of the bargain.

In our neighborhood, it is neighbor helping neighbor as the situation fits, no strings attached.

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Don't ask to use my equipment and I won't ask to borrow your wife.
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I dont have a neighbor to the right but the fella to the left is my brother in law, every storm he and I would come out and clean both of our driveways using one of my machines. The way our schedule is some times I get home early and some times he does and its tough for either of us to wait and not be able to use the driveway. So last year I gave him one my Yamaha YS624s, its usually very tough for me to part ways with Yamahas, this one is a jewel and I couldnt see myself selling it. Now he uses it on his time and I clean my driveway myself when I get home.

The folks across the street have a late model Toro that they use pretty much every storm without an issue, every now and then if we get a wet slushy mix of snow/rain I help them out with the EOD stuff using the Honda, its not an agreement of any sort, more of a courtesy.

The family living diagonally across the street from us has been shoveling their driveway for the past 10 years I have known them, it use to be the 4 young kids and their father and now its just the kids that have grown up. I usually help them out whenever we get a Nor'easter, again there is no agreement, if I am out and they are out at the same time I'll go over their and help them clean up. I find joy in using my machine and helping others, so far I havent felt like either of the neighbors feel like its my job to help them as they are very courteous and usually very thankful.
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JL excuse me but I don't really see what your question would be? To take it or leave it?
So I will add some comments if that is OK? I wouldn't want to clutter the thread up.

No strings attached I would take it. I think the guy who gave it to him got the better deal? Just stand inside the nice warm house and watch his walk and drive get cleared.

You do it one year and I do it the next? One year you might get dumped on and the next year nothing? No thanks.

I used to do the Old lady across from me as her daughter use to try and shovel it all. They would reward me and the family with baked goods. She died and they sold the house.

The others who shovel I try to help as much as I can and most go out and buy a blower after I do after they see how much easier it is instead of shoveling. I only have my 5 horse Craftsman and the old Snowbird so I won't do their ends of the drive as it puts too much wear on my machine. If it is light I will but the high, heavy, wet or icy snowplow pile at the end is theirs to do. There used to be a guy with a back hoe with a bucket ride around and do the end of your drive for $20 bucks a scoop. 2 scoops $40 bucks. He did quite well when it snowed deep. I have not seen him in a few years, I never had him do mine.

The guy who used to live across the street bought (I forget what it was I think it was a big Ariens?) it was orange with a real big, high horse powered big bucket machine, it had all the bells and whistles with the heated grips. Must have been an Ariens. He used to fire it up and walk it up and down the block where there are sidewalks like he was walking his dog. lol He was a giant of a man he would do it with a big smile too. lol Wish I had took a picture when he did walk it.
He would only buy the biggest and the best out on the market, he owned a construction company and would do the same for his dump trucks and other equipment. When the market crashed around 2008 he lost all he had, big mobile camper. house and company, all/everything the snow blower too. Sheriffs sale. I tried buying it from him but I was too late.

So bottom line free?
Yep I would take and sell or depending on what shape it was in take it and use it.
Or give it too someone in need.
Free? No strings attached? Yep a no brainer for me.

I hate shoveling SNOW!
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