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The condensed history and ongoing saga of my junk is here.

In the beginning, there was a couple of problems with winter life at the Hill.



Here is Mrs. and the big cat pretending to shovel out after I'd already, you know... shoveled out. Her fresh tire tracks/toasty warm ride evidence exhibits #1&2.

Next exhibit: lookit them piles, all hand stacked. Yowza.

Now get out all yer fingers and toes and multiply those by the 100 yards between that cozy little scene and the road that the town clears...

The final problem was that the neighbor was trying to hack away at the uphill long run with his farm tractor, no chains, and an extremely long plow mount that often resulted in his front wheels waving 'goodbye' to Sir Isaac and him having a hand half extended to the Reaper.

Now I dunno if all that convinced you, but it did convince Mrs. and I was given the Green Light to pull the trigger on a better solution.


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Close, but that three-stage would have been a little too much overkill, and I like overkill.

Nice looking and sounding machine though.

Besides here at the Hill we only burn diesel.


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We fell in love over the internet, courtesy Yahoo auctions.

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Looked good to me... freshly serviced including new cats. 'A' in the model designation indicating diesel power, 'E' indicating full electronic chute control.

I immediately had it strapped to a pallet and on its way here.


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Sweet machine. Make sure to keep the cat indoors. Or it will greet that reaper before your neighbor.

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Thanks.

The cats, also affectionately known as the 'yard rats', are not mine to command. Of course I get the cat food bill, but there is a mutual trust and understanding, and having proven themselves time and again faithful companions and guardians of the Hill they are welcome to patrol at will and with positive results; strays and other vagrants have fled, rodents eliminated.

To quote Commander Spock: "Admiral, if we were to assume these whales were ours to do with as we pleased, we would be as guilty as those who caused their extinction.".

Big cat has been hauled off to the vet a few times for biting off a little more than he could chew/stupid, the little black one is smart enough to stay out of trouble.



Inspecting rice paddies, during a walk together on a fine early summer day.



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What a feeling I would have with 3 ft of wet snow and just blowing it some far away, real power there. Wish I had one. But I still have no snow this year.

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There was a lot of snow when it arrived, so much so that I didn't get a picture right away, but it was delivered exactly as described. Started right up, and used Mr. H.'s ramps to drive it down off the kei truck once it was cut free of the shipping pallet (had to pick it up at the trucking freight depot, way across the valley). Went right to work, a few days later everything was cleared up enough to play.



A path cleared for the gas man:



Hydraulic tilt and roll prevents damage to the grass.

Hitting the north side road for the first time...



...ever, tricky little run to try with a tractor, and a steep fall if you go off.

Evidence of blown snow conspicuous by its absence, far far away, aye.

By now I was getting familiar with the layout of the bridge.




From left to right: throttle, track drive engage, U-control hydro drive control (left side forward speed, right, reverse), twin tank-style steering levers (pull back on the side you want to turn toward), two joysticks: upper chute rotation and discharge angle; lower auger height and tilt. Far right: auger engage. The red clip behind/under the steering levers is a safety clip you can hook to yer duds, if it pulls off and shorts together everything stops and the little light there comes on.

Also found that the muffler is a great place to dry and warm gloves, in between runs.





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I am going into depression when I see all the great snow you have. The rain we got in the last week we could of had over 2 ft of fun love in snow. Keep the pictures coming

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Our dearly departed little black cat also managed (for the most part) to avoid damage. I attributed it partly to her astounding agility and partly to her equal parts entertaining/amazing tree climbing/descending ability.

Nice machine you have there. I could never justify it where I live. Perhaps a house hunt is in order.
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