We got 8" of extremely heavy, wet snow last night/today, but that's what these machines are for, right? I snapped two shear pins (lotta fun replacing those!) which, i guess can be expected and offers further testament to how heavy & wet this stuff is. My big complaint is almost a total lack of reverse power. I wind up horsing it, it's that inadequate and frustrating. And while the forward power is a lot better, it still seems to lack traction. Will chains help? I've got the tires inflated properly; will it help to deflate them somewhat? Please, no Patriots references!