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I have a neighbor that his neighbor gave him his old real John Deere 5/22" blower. He said it's yours, you do your own driveway, you maintain it, only thing I ask is you do my sidewalk 75', and my 2 car driveway 30'. He liked the deal because he's been shoveling. That was a few years ago and he's still happy with the deal. However he's moving this year and is going to give me his snowblower. Unless there's a condition I continue, which I'll turn down, I'll get a customer maybe from it.

I have another neighbor that bought a snowblower with his neighbor, 50/50, on a new one. The deal was, this year I'll keep it at my house and do all the snows; next year you keep it at your house and you'll do all the snows. Well, his year came and he never did the snow on time or at all, work, dinner, family, cold, wet, tired, snow became hard and crusty, iced, it didn't work out. He bought out his share.

Another two neighbors, behind me, have an informal agreement to do each other's sidewalk when they are out, and one neighbor always does the very old lady whom lives between them, driveway.
 

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He should give you the blower, you deserve it after the two years of doing the blowing for him,no questions asked,in my opinion I wouldn't take the deal either.

I have a neighbor that his neighbor gave him his old real John Deere 5/22" blower. He said it's yours, you do your own driveway, you maintain it, only thing I ask is you do my sidewalk 75', and my 2 car driveway 30'. He liked the deal because he's been shoveling. That was a few years ago and he's still happy with the deal. However he's moving this year and is going to give me his snowblower. Unless there's a condition I continue, which I'll turn down, I'll get a customer maybe from it.

I have another neighbor that bought a snowblower with his neighbor, 50/50, on a new one. The deal was, this year I'll keep it at my house and do all the snows; next year you keep it at your house and you'll do all the snows. Well, his year came and he never did the snow on time or at all, work, dinner, family, cold, wet, tired, snow became hard and crusty, iced, it didn't work out. He bought out his share.

Another two neighbors, behind me, have an informal agreement to do each other's sidewalk when they are out, and one neighbor always does the very old lady whom lives between them, driveway.
 

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I do my neighbors on both sides. I had a deal with them that if I'm traveling, which I do a lot, and it snows, they do my sidewalk and driveway. I even offered to let them use my machine to do it. Just so my wife can get in and out of the driveway. It worked out fine with the last neighbor, he died.

These new neighbors don't even come out when I blow their sidewalk. I'm thinking of discontinuing.

Anyway, I think any deal with strings attached isn't worth it. I'll by mine, and if I do yours, it's a favor. I don't want to commit to doing anything.
 

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We have a neighbor that always pulls his ancient blower out of storage for the first time AFTER the first snow storm of the year. Thing is a disaster and he never gets it started. The three neighbor amigo always bail him out and make short work of his drive.

Come to think of it, I have never seen his blower run, just see him every year trying to start it. He may have a method to his madness.
 

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Specific arrangements/agreements . . . 'this for that' (quid pro quo) are probably not the best thing to have, because at some point one of the parties to the agreement is going to fall short of their end of the bargain.

In our neighborhood, it is neighbor helping neighbor as the situation fits, no strings attached.
 

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I dont have a neighbor to the right but the fella to the left is my brother in law, every storm he and I would come out and clean both of our driveways using one of my machines. The way our schedule is some times I get home early and some times he does and its tough for either of us to wait and not be able to use the driveway. So last year I gave him one my Yamaha YS624s, its usually very tough for me to part ways with Yamahas, this one is a jewel and I couldnt see myself selling it. Now he uses it on his time and I clean my driveway myself when I get home.

The folks across the street have a late model Toro that they use pretty much every storm without an issue, every now and then if we get a wet slushy mix of snow/rain I help them out with the EOD stuff using the Honda, its not an agreement of any sort, more of a courtesy.

The family living diagonally across the street from us has been shoveling their driveway for the past 10 years I have known them, it use to be the 4 young kids and their father and now its just the kids that have grown up. I usually help them out whenever we get a Nor'easter, again there is no agreement, if I am out and they are out at the same time I'll go over their and help them clean up. I find joy in using my machine and helping others, so far I havent felt like either of the neighbors feel like its my job to help them as they are very courteous and usually very thankful.
 

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JL excuse me but I don't really see what your question would be? To take it or leave it?
So I will add some comments if that is OK? I wouldn't want to clutter the thread up.

No strings attached I would take it. I think the guy who gave it to him got the better deal? Just stand inside the nice warm house and watch his walk and drive get cleared.

You do it one year and I do it the next? One year you might get dumped on and the next year nothing? No thanks.

I used to do the Old lady across from me as her daughter use to try and shovel it all. They would reward me and the family with baked goods. She died and they sold the house.

The others who shovel I try to help as much as I can and most go out and buy a blower after I do after they see how much easier it is instead of shoveling. I only have my 5 horse Craftsman and the old Snowbird so I won't do their ends of the drive as it puts too much wear on my machine. If it is light I will but the high, heavy, wet or icy snowplow pile at the end is theirs to do. There used to be a guy with a back hoe with a bucket ride around and do the end of your drive for $20 bucks a scoop. 2 scoops $40 bucks. He did quite well when it snowed deep. I have not seen him in a few years, I never had him do mine.

The guy who used to live across the street bought (I forget what it was I think it was a big Ariens?) it was orange with a real big, high horse powered big bucket machine, it had all the bells and whistles with the heated grips. Must have been an Ariens. He used to fire it up and walk it up and down the block where there are sidewalks like he was walking his dog. lol He was a giant of a man he would do it with a big smile too. lol Wish I had took a picture when he did walk it.
He would only buy the biggest and the best out on the market, he owned a construction company and would do the same for his dump trucks and other equipment. When the market crashed around 2008 he lost all he had, big mobile camper. house and company, all/everything the snow blower too. Sheriffs sale. I tried buying it from him but I was too late. :(

So bottom line free?
Yep I would take and sell or depending on what shape it was in take it and use it.
Or give it too someone in need.
Free? No strings attached? Yep a no brainer for me.:grin:
 

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No strings attached I would take it. I think the guy who gave it to him got the better deal? Just stand inside the nice warm house and watch his walk and drive get cleared.
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I'd pay $1500 for a lifetime of snow removal. That's a steal.
 

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I have a agreement with the 2 neighbours across the street to do theirs, there husband both made this before they passed on. My neighbour right beside me asked me once and I said i had to do the others first he was a bit upset then I said I have been doing theirs for 2 years and it is a paid job. Then he said they will not buy a blower and want to save money so they can go to Mexico every winter for a few weeks, there is 12 to 14 in in their yard now so by Feb 9 when they return I guess they will be busy. Did theirs last winter the day before they returned and did not say thanks for a month or so.
 

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We have a neighbor that always pulls his ancient blower out of storage for the first time AFTER the first snow storm of the year. Thing is a disaster and he never gets it started. The three neighbor amigo always bail him out and make short work of his drive.

Come to think of it, I have never seen his blower run, just see him every year trying to start it. He may have a method to his madness.
the madness belongs to the neighbors.
 

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I have a agreement with the 2 neighbours across the street to do theirs, there husband both made this before they passed on. My neighbour right beside me asked me once and I said i had to do the others first he was a bit upset then I said I have been doing theirs for 2 years and it is a paid job. Then he said they will not buy a blower and want to save money so they can go to Mexico every winter for a few weeks, there is 12 to 14 in in their yard now so by Feb 9 when they return I guess they will be busy. Did theirs last winter the day before they returned and did not say thanks for a month or so.
one neighbor offered me $100 for just a week to keep their drive clean when they went to Hawaii. ( whether it snowed or not )

it ended up snowing 6-7 feet or more in that week ( NOT EXAGGERATING ) and i ended up blowing it 7-8 times. Maybe 10 hours total and about 7 gallons of gas.

boy, did i make out on that job. hahaha

this year hardly any snow and don't you know it......they are not going to hawaii.
 

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This season was the first time we got enough snow to use my blower. I felt all the surrounding neighbor's eyes on me while I was out there and they were shoveling.... I would have helped them but the pullcord snapped after I got done knocking some drifts down with no backup to fix it. What's a guy to do :roll3yes:
 

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I bought the house we are in 18 years ago and shoveled for the first year then the second year the wife came home and said that there was a MTD 29" at our Walmart and if I wanted it to go and get it. The neighborhood we moved to had about 8 elderly couples that I would help by doing their laneways aand sidewalks for free. Some would offer some money or home deserts.I usually took deserts but only a few times the money----just the way I was brought up I guess. Now I usually do 13 to 15 laneways and sidewalks which take about 4 hours with blower but a few when I used my MTD 12hs lawn cutting tractor with 46" snow blade I mounted to back. Works great !!!!!!! Most of the time I use tractor unless it gets too heavy or too deep then I use blower.
 

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if it is free no strings attached i would have no problem taking it. has the neighbor asked the neighbor he got it from if he might want it back? that would be the first place he should probably be checking if he is moving.

i generally just go around the neighborhood and do the driveways of the people i feel like doing. there is usually about 5 of them i will consider doing if they are not done already. no strings attached even tho the 1 neighbor usually gets me a gift card or something since i am pretty on top of keeping their driveway clear but it is attached to ours so it makes it pretty easy to do both at once especially since it allows me to throw some of the snow from our driveway onto their lawn which is easier than moving it around or over my vehicles.
 

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orangputeh, that is a ridiculous amount of snow for 1 week! Too bad you kinda took a bath on that deal :) Several years ago we had a record winter here in MA, and we got about 9 feet for the season. That was tons for us, and admittedly it all happened in maybe 4-5 weeks, with very little melting between storms. So that helped it look big.

But I can't imagine getting that much in a week, wow.

I have no arrangements with the neighbors. But several neighbors don't have blowers, so I'll try to help with the EOD on significant storms, if I'm out there and they haven't cleared it yet. If it's dense snow, a few minutes and a few passes could save someone an awful lot of shoveling time.

I do, however, try to make sure I have my driveway done first. If the machine develops a problem while helping a neighbor, I don't want to be stuck then spending a long time shoveling the rest of my partially-blown driveway.
 

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I’m afraid of commitment, I don’t mind helping a neighbor but I don’t like the obligation. I would rather buy a snowblower than pay for a free one.


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