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Which is faster, blower or shuvel?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by oldschoo, Jun 23, 2007.

  1. oldschoo

    oldschoo Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    Some guy last year had a $1200 6.5 hp ( or more) blower which took him about the same amount of time to do the same size driveway as me and I only had a big shuvel. Now I'm sure I was working much harder than him, but it kept me warm. Is it only quicker and much easier using a blower on REALLY deep snows like of 8 inches or more? I think it was like 5 inches on the drives which were about 30x15 and it took us each about 15m.
    The guy told me he'd done about 100 already that day. I was like on my 15th or something. I figured he must've been lying his arse off...lol I'm on a tight budjet and want to know what is the point in spending $1,000 if I can do most jobs as fast with a good shuvel? Is the main reason to save energy so that one can last longer hours and do more jobs? I can see that as a good reason. How much do u have to spend on a blower though to really be 2 or 3x as fast as a shuvel? Could I attatch a plow to a 36 inch wb mower if I get one? Just an idea..
  2. carcrz

    carcrz Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    I used a backpack blower when my snow blower broke down last year. We had 12" of snow & it worked fairly good until the wind changed directions back in my face. It took about twice as long though.
  3. YardMedic

    YardMedic PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    You'll never go back to shoveling once you've run an 8-10hp snowblower. Look at it this way: when you shovel, the piles stay at the side of the driveway, right? A snowblower is gonna send it farther off the side, keeping more room for more snow, AND you're not having to shovel snow over 4 feet of piles at the driveway's edge. Heavy snow, you'll work hard with a snowblower but not nearly as much as you will shoveling. It's a no-brainer really. Spend $1200 for something you're gonna get anyway when you plow (the snowblower will ride with you in the truck). Look now for a new one at great summer savings.
  4. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,202

    Sometimes I use a shovel, sometimes a backpack blower and sometimes my snow blower. I hae a Toro CCR2450. Nothing fancy but it gets the job done. All depends on how much snow and the area.