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post #1 of 15
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If you have one please tell me if you like it .... What kind it is and type gas or electric one stage or two stage and how much snow you normally get ?? and type wet or dry
post #2 of 15
I live in the middle of B.C . We get a lot of now. We have a small driveway. If the snow isn't too wet Dh uses a small snow thrower. He finds it easier on his back than a big snowblower. The big ones aren't great in wet snow either.
post #3 of 15
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I am also petite at 5'2
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
I am also petite at 5'2
....meaning (in a not so polite manner) easy to use for a petite person.
post #5 of 15
The snowthrower is very light weight. My 11 year old son can use it. It does a great job
post #6 of 15
We have a large gas one with electric start (snow blower), I believe its 36" wide. It is hard for me to manuever, but does well in all types of snow... heavy wet snow, light fluffy snow. I probally would not recommend it for you....its bulky, and can drag me even on the slowest speed. (I'm not petite) It does a great job, and my hubby has no probs with it.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
A little mouse told me that I may need to be clearer

I would like to know the following of those who have and use snow blowers

Electric or gas ??

one or two stage ??

Brand and model if you know ??

Can it be used by someone of smaller stature ??

Where are you?

And do you have dry or wet snow ??

How much snow do you get in ave storm??
post #8 of 15
When living on the farm, we had a few (none of them were working well) used blowers. Most of the time we'd have to get out there and have us and the boys taking turns in shoveling the driveway and circle - a big pain in the butt!

We talked about getting one now in town, but felt that after shoveling a lot of driveway at the farm, its a "piece of cake" to just do our short little driveway and one walk to get the trash can around front.

Until we are not capable of hand shoveling any more, we'll not worry about getting a snow blower. If we really need one, the neighbor will let us borrow his.
post #9 of 15
Electric or gas ?? gas

one or two stage ?? two

Brand and model if you know ?? Troybuilt

Can it be used by someone of smaller stature ?? it is self propelled and easy to use but we are tall

Where are you? Ohio

And do you have dry or wet snow ?? Dry

How much snow do you get in ave storm?? a couple of inches to under a foot
post #10 of 15
Electric or gas ?? Gas with electric start if need be.

one or two stage ?? 2

Brand and model if you know ?? Yardpro, 30" 10.5HP

Can it be used by someone of smaller stature ?? Self propelled but it is large and bulky. I have problems with manuevering it (turning). Hubby has no problems. Probally not the greatest for someone of smaller stature.

Where are you? Southwestern Ontario, Canada

And do you have dry or wet snow ?? Both

How much snow do you get in ave storm?? 1ft +++
post #11 of 15
A snowblower? What's that?

Oh, is that what you guys use to mow that white Canadian grass?



(Gonna be 80 here today.)
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
A snowblower? What's that?

Oh, is that what you guys use to mow that white Canadian grass?



(Gonna be 80 here today.)
I am sooooooo tired of the white grass

The good thing about it tho, it fills in the potholes in the city
post #13 of 15
Electric or gas ?? Gas w/ electric start

one or two stage ?? 2

Brand and model if you know ?? Toro Yard Master

Can it be used by someone of smaller stature ?? yes

Where are you? western Illinois

And do you have dry or wet snow ?? both

How much snow do you get in ave storm?? 2-4", have had up to 14" at one time

This is the 2nd Toro we've had; the first was a snow-thrower, very light weight and manueverable, but with a standard pull-rope starter and a choke. I bought it used at a yard sale and finally replaced it when my back couldn't handle the pull-rope anymore.
Now we have a snow-blower with a chute to throw the snow in any direction you want. The electric start feature is fabulous! It clears a path about 22" wide. The only problem with this one is the chute; when you have a heavy, wet snow it tends to clog. I carry a piece of broom stick with me to loosen it up.
Bottom line---anything is better than shoveling by hand.
Hope this helped.
post #14 of 15
I would like to know the following of those who have and use snow blowers

Electric or gas ??Gas. Electric snowblowers do not produce enough force for snowblowing. Might as well use a shovel!

one or two stage ?? Two stage-this is an investment (ours is 20 yrs old). If you live in a place where winters are long and have lots of snow single stage -well you will be disappointed!!

Brand and model if you know ?? John Deere 8 hp 26"-"nothing runs like a Deere". Ariens is the only other brand to consider IMO (made 30 miles away in Brillion,WI).
That being said we did examine the new snowblowers. More safety features but some of the parts don't seem as sturdy as ours.Also consider looking for them at local hardware stores vs big box stores-staff more knowledgable. Find out about service too.


Can it be used by someone of smaller stature ?? Yes but again make sure it has the electric start option-the pullstart would be to awkward.

Where are you? Near Green Bay, Wisconsin

And do you have dry or wet snow ?? Both. Wet snow one needs to take smaller bites so machine doesn't bog down. We have lots of wind so dry snow is a pain at times!!

How much snow do you get in ave storm?? Anywhere from 2-9 inches.
We have once again record snows so far-45" in December. We have snow from November until early April.

One thing also to consider is the cold temps a larger machine cleans up a yard faster!! The only way I start this is with the electric start.
I also sweep all the snow off as possible before storing back into garage and we keep the bottom of the chute off the floor of the garage with a thin piece of lumber. We have an enormus driveway-it can easily hold 30 cars. We have a straight and circular driveway that needs to be cleared and with the snow I have the discharge chute adjusted to throw as far as possible. While it does have a reserve function I usually muscle it around. After a snowfall it takes me about an hour to clean the entire driveway and around the mailbox.
post #15 of 15
Electric or gas ?? gas with electric start, four stroke engine: i.e. regular gas, no mixing

one or two stage ?? one stage, one

Brand and model if you know ?? Honda 5hp

Can it be used by someone of smaller stature ?? I'm always the one home stuck using it, 5'3"

Where are you? Hudson Valley, NY

And do you have dry or wet snow ?? both

How much snow do you get in ave storm?? last week 14 inches, avg is tough to call, we are on the snow/ice line so it varies

The Honda is small, maneuvers easily, snow chute swivels, no cranking. We have a drive that fits four cars, a large patio and walkway around the house.
Home Depot sells them and Honda dealers. It's the smallest one Honda makes. No whistles or bells, there is also a model without electric start. It can handle the stuff dumped at the end of the drive after the plows go by. If you have an average suburban drive, this does great. 5hp doesn't sound like much, but it throws that snow without a problem. It's one of the best things we got after our snow shoveler, err, I mean our son, left home.
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