My daughter called me Sunday morning to tell me her car was in the back of the house in the garage and there was no way she could get it out to get to work on Monday. There is a grade to her land so she has to come uphill to get to the street. The apron at the end of her driveway was completely plowed in with a good four foot of snow across the driveway. The rest of the driveway had a good 2 foot of snow. I cleaned the driveway down to 2 foot and used the snow blower to remove the remainder of the snow pile. When I got to her actual driveway, which is about 120 foot long around the curve, I used the snow blower to make a path to her car. The snow was over the top of the opening in the snow blower. The snow blower did fine going down but as it came back up the driveway the load of all that snow was just too much and the welds broke on the supports. Needless to say the rest of the snow removal was done by snow shovel. Here are two of the welders from work. Jerry (from WV near Charleston) is on the left and Larry is on the right. Larry used a TIG welder to repair my snow blower problem. Larry is wearing a welding mask which protects his eyes when welding. Here is the weld he was able to put on the shaft. I had bent the part back into shape and his welder did the rest. He welded the two brackets back onto the shaft of the snow blower.
Here is the finished snow blower. It is a Snapper 19" wide path snow blower. My wife bought it for me on Christmas several years ago and I have never had a bit of trouble with it. The snow of 08 had it's effect on the snow blower.
The snow is picked up by the spinning auger and is thrown out the top shoot. The shoot can swivel side to side so you are able to throw the snow out of your path when the snow is deep.
I didn't think that a lot of you southeners would never know how a snow blower looks in the auger area.