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post #1 of 13 Old 11-26-2014, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Snowbird gettin' gravel...

we got 3" of wet snow today and temp was in mid-high 30's
had to be the worst snow to move I ever saw, like wet cement or mud, not snow
but had to get it moved as it's going into the 20's tonight and it would be frozen solid then
with the weather on the warm side the ground was not frozen either, and the Snowbird picked up a lot of gravel constantly.
I had to change over to the Gilson tractor to finish up, and even that was pushing a lot of gravel, had to keep lifting the blade.
way too warm and the snow very wet, yecchhh !
about the worst snow to test an old blower out in ever.
hopefully next snow will be better and colder. this one was a mess, for a blower or plow.




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'Birds are weird in the wet stuff. They'll toss slush to the left just fine, but not so well to the right.
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this one threw the slush fine, actually pretty amazing considering how heavy it was, but it sucked up so much loose gravel it sounded like a brush chipper instead of a snowblower, it was like a machine gun, even with the steel front wheels all the way down.
so I moved the rear shoes all the way down too, because it was the scraper bar that was picking up the gravel, not the augers- and that adjustment had the front steel wheels dangling in midair.
made a pass like that and the rear shoes were creating so much drag in the slush, it would stop the machine like a dredge or drag line, and cause the tires to spin on a hill.
even the tractor had a hard time turning in it.
just really slick, mushy snow. the worst I ever experienced having to move.
I usually let this kind of stuff lay and melt at end of season, but it's going to get cold and freeze, not melt.
guess it was better than shoveling it all...
have to find the sweet spot for the wheel and shoe adjustment on that Snowbird....the shoes have to come up a little, until the front steel wheels hit again.




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at all cost, keep the stones out of that machine......they will do damage that very bad for your machine.....lift up the shoes and the scraper blade
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the scraper blade itself on this is nonadjustable, it's built in permanently to the bottom edge of the chute. but it has a skid shoe on each side behind the blade, that lifts the entire chute and blade up, and a steel wheel on each side in front of the blade. so the rake angle of the chute can be adjusted using the steel wheel and skid pad.

I initially adjusted the steel wheel to max height, and it was getting gravel with the scraper bar. then I adjusted the shoes to max height, and that lifted the front steel wheels completely off the ground into midair, and the cutter bar up pretty high. that looked like it may work, but when I tried to use it, the relatively wide skid shoes had all the weight on them, and they were dragging like a brake and stopping the machine, and slowing it down on the hills.

surprisingly the wet snow in the auger and tines did not stop the machine. that Snowbird throws it right out of there, gravel snow and all....

if the snow wasn't so wet, and if the ground was frozen, I think it would have been just fine in that last setting




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Craftsman Drift Breaker 10/32 3-stage
Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
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Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
New Holland/Gilson Unitrol 8/26
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the encrusted ice and snow melted off the Snowbird

yes, she was gettin' a bit of gravel last time....

just a bit...but this is one of the perks of buying a $30 snowblower....

no biggie !

but notice how high I lifted it up for next time...if it gets gravel THEN, we're gonna move on down to another blower....










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Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
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Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
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Kudos to the Snowbird! Not too many machines can take that kind of thing for very long
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these are built as good/better than any snowblower made, IMO.




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1967 S-242 Snowbird 4/24
AMF Dynamark Luminaire 5362 8/26 3-stage
Craftsman Drift Breaker 10/32 3-stage
Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
Ariens 910010 8/32
Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
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Wow, can't imagine the noise that the machine was making......
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it actually wasn't that noisy....because the stones are very small and the machine was able to digest and throw them.

a big stone, now that would be noisy....and severely damaging !




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1967 S-242 Snowbird 4/24
AMF Dynamark Luminaire 5362 8/26 3-stage
Craftsman Drift Breaker 10/32 3-stage
Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
Ariens 910010 8/32
Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
New Holland/Gilson Unitrol 8/26
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