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Big Storm in Nova Scotia

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by PJB, Nov 15, 2004.

  1. PJB

    PJB Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    I have been wishing for snow for the last two weeks to try out my new Blizzard plow. I guess I wished too hard. We got 24" of wet snow on saturday and Sunday. Local guys who plow private roads in the area had to park their plows and hire back hoes or loaders, the snow was just too heavy and deep.

    Power has been out for two days and some areas won't have it back before the end of the week according to the power company. It took down 4 steel towers. 200,000 people without power.

    Attached are a few pictures after I managed to clear my driveway.





  2. PlowMan03

    PlowMan03 Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 482

    Nothing like plowing while the ground is soft :realmad: Gotta hate it.......I know I do.
  3. Boast Enterpris

    Boast Enterpris Senior Member
    Messages: 745

  4. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,407

    Nice, same storm dumped 6" on us before it headed for the maritimes :nod:
  5. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,237

    I'll have to disagree with you Boast, there is nothing cool about 24" of heavy, wet snow.

    That's one heck of a storm. I hope you made it through without any equipment breakdowns. I couldn't even comprehend how to start moving that much wet snow at once.
  6. PJB

    PJB Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    Heavy plowing

    Hi Mark,

    I tried to plow with the blade angled and after about 20' the truck went sideways instead of the snow. All I could do was bash to the left, bash to the right and gradually make my way ahead. My Blizzard 800HD worked well and sustained no damage except for the decals coming off which ssems to be pretty standard.
  7. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,237

    Glad to hear it. You can ruin a lot of equipment in a hurry trying to move snow like that. The most wet snow I've probably ever tried to push has been 8-10", and that's been awhile. Light, fluffy lake effect on the other hand is a lot of fun, especially when you have 22". You don't even need brakes. :D
  8. PJB

    PJB Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    Perhaps the most interesting thing about it is the fact that this is the first time I have ever plowed! Maybe scary is a better word than interesting.

    I didn't get a chance to put any ballast in the truck, that probably would have helped a bit.
  9. johntwist

    johntwist Senior Member
    Messages: 415

    I'd say that probably would have helped alot . :nod:
  10. The Boss

    The Boss 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,099

    I'll take anything mother nature wants to throw at me. :nod:
  11. apkole

    apkole Member
    Messages: 75

    Sooo, Mark Oomkes, is ya ready? Done picking the leaves of'n them trees? We've started doing some mechanical prep work, but are still hammering away at the shingles. Care to make a first plowable snow prediction for this year? I don't think we will make it 'til the end of December like we did in '03. Whaddya think?

    Great pix from Nova Scotia. You can keep it there for awhile, IMHO.

  12. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    24" of snow either fluff or wet I don't want to see it. I am very happy with anything under 6". Pictures are great and it looks fantastic when it is pure white. Good thing it happened on the weekend!
  13. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,951

    i wouldnt mine moving up there the winters are longer or like buffalo
  14. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    PJB you might need a set of Timbrens on that Honda with all that snow on the roof :drinkup:
  15. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Nothing like "learning under fire". After that, it's going it's going to seem pretty tame.

    Sounds like you did just fine :drinkup: .
  16. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,237

    24" of fluff is a lot of fun. It makes for long nights, but it's fun. Equipment works pretty hard, but not nearly as bad as trying to push wet stuff.

    APKole, we can be ready in a matter of a couple hours. Still working on leaves, been a good year for that. No predictions, been sort of wierd weather again. A month or two ago, I would have thought we would have plowed by now. I hate to say it, but it's been a long time since we've had a lot of wet stuff like that.
  17. snoluvr

    snoluvr Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 266

    We got 22" in three days last december..I didn't make it home for almost 4 days...But made enought to cover the truck payments for 6 months!!! nothing wrong with the white stuff, but I can make just as much having a bunch of 4 inch storms.