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This is it, Never Buying New Again

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This lame year is the last straw.

The last time it snowed here in NJ enough to really need a blower was 2016.

And IIRC, the time before that was 2012.

I'm talking about 3-4 hours of total run time on all machines combined - in a span of 10 years!

I like new but a new blower cannot be justified for this kind of usage. Sticking to the old stuff and keeping them on life support.

Even my 2012 generator has been used more (has 69 hours on it) and that was entirely for Hurriance Sandy in that same year. It hasn't been needed since.

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snow wise up in sussex county nj it's the same, lack of snow since 16 is unreal, in fact if not for the ski area we would only be seeing brown and brine white.last and only blow able was that 36 hour storm dec 1 and 2 where thanks to being at 1400 feet we got 16 inches,

the gen set i put in after that dec 2008 ice storm here, that's hour meter reads 321 right today,it ran 40 hours last in dec when we lost power from the wetness of that snow,
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I used to live in New Jersey … I never owned a snowblower there.
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used to be we never saw grass from late oct to about may 1 here on this dang mountain in fact 1987 it snowed 6 inches on oct 4th
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“This is it, Never Buying New Again”

Well, your equipment list includes 1989 and 1979, so you probably got your money’s worth. 😉

Same south of Boston, one 7” storm in December, and one 2” in January and that is it. Boring!

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definitely been a few years since we got any good amount of snow here. haven't seen any tall snowbanks in a few years. use to be able to find snowbanks taller than vehicles north of me. haven't seen any in a while. this pic was taken back in February 2015. definitely don't need a snowblower as much as we use to. also seems like every year it gets more difficult to sell snowblowers unless we start getting hit with good storms.

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This winter is strange. It is so warm and not snowing. We got like 3 snows days and they were less than 2". This week, it is 55F outside.

Learning from the previous years, I got my snowblowers ready for this year. I got home two new two-stages snowblowers and tuned up my single stage snowblower. I was so excited to try them out. I wasn't into snow blowing in the previous years. I preferred to shovel by hands. Not anymore when I got older and became more busy.

The good thing is that, you don't have to worry about snow problems. For that, I don't care if it snows, or not. The main purpose of snowblower is still to get the work done. Get it done and get inside. Being young, I didn't take care of my body. I start to feel it now. It is smart to get a snowblower.
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Yeah, this winter and last winter are both kinda lame. Hopefully we'll get some snow. The machines can get some exercise, the skiiers and snowmobilers can have some fun, etc.

I can't really bring myself to buy new equipment, too.... thrifty But I do try to find solid used stuff. My current blower has earned every cent and hour I've put into it, in the big winters we've had (including 14/15, when we broke records).

And while my generators don't rack up tons of hours, they've also been worth their weight in gold, especially in multi-day outages (we've had several). They change it from being very-difficult (sitting in the cold & dark sucks after a while), to being close to normal. We couldn't use the dishwasher or washer & dryer, but we had lights, heat, fridge, microwave, internet, Playstation, etc That's close enough that a multi-day outage becomes much more manageable. It's a relief to have that backup plan available when a storm hits.

And if you're out shoveling, then going back into a cold & dark house, that's just an extra twist of the knife.

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gonna load up my Honda'sin the Tacoma and will travel anywhere to find snow. this is getting discouraging. people are already raking their yards , riding their bicycles , doing spring cleaning , having yard sales , wearing short sleeves and shorts in 45 degree weather in the middle of freaking february.

it's ain't right. I'm a retired Teamster but gonna file a grievance against sumbody.

"It Feels Like Beer O'Clock "
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Sooner have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
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