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Regretting engine choice.

I was cleaning my driveway after a big snowstorm. My Troy-Bilt 179cc engine was struggling. My neighbor has a Yard-Man 208cc snow blower and he was doing fine. His driveway was cleaner than mine, too. After he was done, he stared at me for 45 seconds as I struggled to throw the snow. His snow blower looks almost identical to mine except he has some toys on it like headlights and remote chute control.

Do you think he was laughing in his brain or felt sorry for me? How many of you regretted your engine choice? It's too bad it is too late to return mine.
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I was cleaning my driveway after a big snowstorm. My Troy-Bilt 179cc engine was struggling. My neighbor has a Yard-Man 208cc snow blower and he was doing fine. His driveway was cleaner than mine, too. After he was done, he stared at me for 45 seconds as I struggled to throw the snow. His snow blower looks almost identical to mine except he has some toys on it like headlights and remote chute control.

Do you think he was laughing in his brain or felt sorry for me? How many of you regretted your engine choice? It's too bad it is too late to return mine.
Ok a big point to be made of is do you take the full width of your snow blower at a time? many times one should take only half width depending on thickness of snow. Up to 6", you can take full width then as thicker the snow gets you adjust by what you feel your engine is not struggling.
When the snow is wet and heavy it is most important to adjust for less obviously.

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Normex makes excellent points..
"technique" rather than engine size could have been the larger factor here.

Fruggy, when you say "His driveway was cleaner than mine, too." that suggests to me that perhaps you were trying to eat too much snow on a pass..

With my '71 Ariens, if its more than 8" or so I will often only use 1/2 to 3/4 of the bucket width on a pass, not because of the engine strength, but so that snow doesnt spill out of the side of the bucket, leaving "lines" of snow behind on the part of the driveway I already cleared..

So, were you trying to do "full width" of the bucket each time? and perhaps your neighbor was not?

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I recently bought the same snow blower. I've not needed it yet. I got it because it's easy to maneuver in my tight hilly driveway. It's not powerful but with patience I feel that it'll do the job it is intended for. My driveway is approximately 25 long by 19 feet wide. It's gravel and a steep hill. I'll take my time and work through the snow. Really, how much of a difference in power is there between the 179cc and 208cc engine?

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I recently bought the same snow blower. I've not needed it yet. I got it because it's easy to maneuver in my tight hilly driveway. It's not powerful but with patience I feel that it'll do the job it is intended for. My driveway is approximately 25 long by 19 feet wide. It's gravel and a steep hill. I'll take my time and work through the snow. Really, how much of a difference in power is there between the 179cc and 208cc engine? Whimsey
To answer this correctly you should compare ft/pound of each and not by CC size. For a driveway this size it wouldn't matter much between the two but I would recommend highly to have wheel chains for a steep driveway
and next year an impeller mod kit if you find it doesn't throw far enough especially with wet and slushy snow to avoid clog ups.

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To answer this correctly you should compare ft/pound of each and not by CC size. For a driveway this size it wouldn't matter much between the two but I would recommend highly to have wheel chains for a steep driveway
and next year an impeller mod kit if you find it doesn't throw far enough especially with wet and slushy snow to avoid clog ups.
I'm ordering the chains as well as a shoe skids from a vendor on this site. They sound perfect for my uneven gravel driveway. Can you tell me more about impeller mod kit? Thanks.

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All of you made a great point. I did indeed use the full bucket to remove the snow. I will use half next time.
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Can you tell me more about impeller mod kit? Thanks.

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SNOWBLOWER IMPELLER KIT

Here Ya go. Lots of us here just make our own impeller kits though.

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Learning the dance and the most efficient pattern for your property can have a huge effect. This can vary with storm / snow trype so be patient and think about what you are doing.

You may find some helpful ideas here.

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