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Gotta hate it when this happens . . .

I *hate* it when this happens . . . . Recently in Calumet MI, heavy blower found this:








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My parents live in Holland, near an intersection, and a few years ago they got so much snow that they had to have front end loaders clear the intersection. After they got it all cleared out they had snow banks about 6-7 feet tall
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Holland? Deep, deep south!

This is an area where large graders, dedicated plows and heavy blowers are the *norm* . .

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I take it that's a car, buried in a snow mountain?? That is wild. Seeing the layers from the different storms is kinda cool, though. I can only imagine what kinds of things a truck-sized snowblower could inhale and shred!

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Seeing things like that absolutely blows my mind. For one, leaving the vehicle there...why. I'd assume it's a dead vehicle. Second, that a place can actually get that much friggin' snow astounds me.

My brother and I talked yesterday. He now has snow piles lining his EOD up 6 feet. That, for our city...is amazing. This is why I take advantage of having just enough yard to throw the snow to effectively one spot...I can keep my entrance to the street relatively clear as far as a sight line is concerned.

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Yup, that's a car. A little digging revealed that it was likely a 'for sale' that the owner just left there until it was too late. As I noted, that's Calumet, MI which has recorded 263 inches so far this year in some areas (and not exactly a record breaking year - pretty typical, actually, and very similar to the 70'S) . . . . very close to where I grew up. The most impressive thing is that even with snowfall like this, almost nothing closes, and very little ice . . . more of an inconvenience than a problem, since it's typically cold enough to not be very slippery . . .

A more common 'blower strike' is trash cans . . . those typically do get eaten and the contents blown back into the yard. Often, some debris gets stuck in the blower and the operator is out there with a crowbar, effectively ''picking the blowers teeth' (while likely swearing vehemently . . .)

Most of the heavy blowers in the area are the older 1940-ish Oshkosh trucks with the dedicated SnoGo, dual engines, and all wheel drive . . . nothing to mess with, and cannot be used for anything else, since the blower isn't an attachment - it's basically the truck..




These kind of snow conditions are also one of the reasons that some of my desires in a blower may seem a bit odd . . . we see issues that other areas never will . . .


(Heh . . . just noticed the drift cutters on the truck blower, for all those naysayers that say that they don't help . . . Uh, yeah, in snow like this they certainly do!)

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That's pretty bad. I could not tell what was buried in there. Maybe the owner hoping to make an insurance claim if it didn't get sold?
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Wow, that is a serious machine! Do they normally go that slow?

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I wonder if that machine has the impeller mod?

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Did the blower break a shear pin?

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