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post #1 of 21 Old 01-27-2015, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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When to blow snow in a big storm?

I was curious, when do you guys blow snow during a big snow? Do you go out half way through it or wait for it to end?
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post #2 of 21 Old 01-27-2015, 09:39 AM
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I have the luxury of waiting out the storm but if it continues I'd probably make a few random passes just to get rid of some of the bulk.

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Assuming it's all snow such as this one will be I just wait to the end. It may slow me down but I only want to cover 12,000 square feet so many times. It also affords a rare chance to experience the machines working in full depth or more virgin powder. If I need to clear the way for someone to come or go that's another story.

However it the storm will have a wet ending I will try to get to it before it's saturated. Then again if it's a little rain on a good snowfall to be followed by cold I don't mind letting it set-up to have a crusty top that blows nicely.

Depending on the storm I can be a little shy of 2 hours or nearly 4 to do it all so once per storm works for me.

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Here in Mass., I plan to head out and tackle the 30 inches around 1:00. It will still be snowing, but I've got a conference call to check in on my college at noon. So, early afternoon for the first and major swipe. I just saw a neighbor out at 10:00 AM blowing, so I'm guessing that will encourage others to go out and play!
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i got 30 inches today and went out 4 times. chances are ill go out once more come morning because its still snowing out there and im sure the giant plow will be by at least once more

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a big storm here would be a foot of snow. I would have done my snow ( and the neighbors ) once then again in the morning before heading to mom's

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For me it really depends on the amount of snow. But I like to try and clear about every 12". If the storm is going to be around 18" I might wait, depending how I feel.
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I like to wait until its all over. Unless were talking massive amounts of snow even beyond what we got yesterday here in NY (1.5-2ft) I would consider doing a prelim pass. I just see going out while its snowing fun but a waste of time and gas. If you have the means with a big machine I rather just wait. I rather do 1 big job then doing a few smaller ones.

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I like to clear every 6 to 8 inches. We have to clear a lot of snow. If I'm working by myself its a little over 4 hours of work. If my son helps. We can do it in a about 2 hours. I think its best not to use the machines "maxed" out for these extended periods. Less wear and tear throwing 6 to 8 inches vs. 12+. Have I waited for the storm to be over and done the 12+ throwing snow, yes.
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I like to clear every 6 to 8 inches. We have to clear a lot of snow. If I'm working by myself its a little over 4 hours of work. If my son helps. We can do it in a about 2 hours. I think its best not to use the machines "maxed" out for these extended periods. Less wear and tear throwing 6 to 8 inches vs. 12+. Have I waited for the storm to be over and done the 12+ throwing snow, yes.
I will say that there were points that I was maxing out the machine, I mean really pushing the motor a few times that sound of it under heavy load so I will say its def harder on the machine.

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