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Finally it looked like Winter was going to arrive today! This - after the daffodils and cherry blossoms were already blooming. But, the line moved further North and the sleet and rain took over. We were in the 8-12" forecast range but was actually 4-5" of wet, wet snow and a lot of sleet. I have to admit for this snow storm I wish that I had a steel edge on the plow instead of the UHMW.edge. It had a tendency to "ride over" the ice underneath. I always wait until the county plow comes by before going out to do my neighbors and my driveways. It was nice to have the second cab on the plow tractor considering my other cab never got installed this Winter!. With the 25-30 mph wind blowing I hardly felt the weather while plowing for two hours.
I just got a very nice condition tall chute blower and I'm looking for ways to protect it from my gravel driveway. I'm thinking about a 6" deep by 1/2" 'board' of UHMW that would span all the way across the bottom of the blower, forward of the scraper blade. For mounting I was thinking of replacing the existing skid shoes with angle bracket that would allow me to bolt this large strip of UHMW all across the bottom of the auger. The idea here is to prevent stones from being sucked up into auger. I'm not worried about 3/4" of snow left behind. I'm more worried about putting 3 tri-axles loads of 3/4" stone through my blower. Maybe I could do the same thing with a pieces of 5/4 pressure treated decking. The idea is the same, lift the blower up a bit and only allow it to throw the snow that's in the auger chamber and not allow it to pull things in. This is my first blower of any kind so I'm new to this and would like to make it last. This could be hair-brained and stupid, which is why I'm seeking input before proceeding. Thanks