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post #1 of 6 Old 11-27-2019, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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So we got about 10-11" of wet heavy snow Tuesday night- Wednesday morning on top of not frozen ground. I figured this would be a pretty tough test for the Dr and it was. My driveway is gravel and dirt and I had the scraper bar set about 3/4" off the garage floor( in hindsight I should've set it higher, live and learn). In these snow conditions, the Dr was still blowing the snow at least 35-40 feet, although I was only using 1st and 2nd gear. The machine ate up the EOD monster complete with some gravel and never bogged down. The auto turn system worked fine and the machine tracked straight for the most part. The only exceptions were when a skid shoe would dig into a soft spot but even then only a little correction was needed. I do have a set of Armor Skids from my old MTD that I may install, but I wanted to try the stock ones first. My biggest issue was getting used to the "reversed" auger and drive controls, more than once I found my self releasing the auger drive instead of the wheel drive. I do think it could use a little more power, perhaps the 302cc Loncin would have been a better choice than the 252cc. All in all I'm happy so far, the machine performed well and made short work of some pretty sloppy conditions.
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Wet heavy snow is a challenge for any blower, regardless of brand . Any machine like a snowblower requires a few runs to get the "feel" of the machine, as they all have there traits.
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Good to hear it went well. Some nice options on those for the price also.

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I took a quick look at the DR blowers. They look pretty nice, seem well thought out.
Thanks for your review which I enjoyed reading.

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Geez, 11" of wet heavy stuff....just the other day it broke 65* here and had to take a ride on the old scooter for the last time!!!!maybe?
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Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! Another wet heavy 4-6". I have installed the Armor Skids, adjusted to a 3/4" gap on the shave plate. Much better with an established snow base from the last storm. This machine is simply the best value in an under $1,000 snow blower on the market today!
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