Leaf Blower as a Snowblower???


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Old 11-19-11, 12:12 PM
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Leaf Blower as a Snowblower???

I'm considering buying a used 8 HP MTD walk behind leaf blower for cleaning up my yard. I was wondering if I could also use it to clean up my driveway after a light to moderate snowfall. I realize it would likely only work for dry snow. I have a 42" tractor mounted snow thrower for the big stuff. But I was wondering if I could clear the driveway in just one pass with the leaf blower. Has anyone tried this? How does it work?
 
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Old 11-19-11, 12:15 PM
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Yes. It is done all the time in the city to clean a light snow off a sidewalk. I have even seen guys do this with backpack style leaf blowers. As you mentioned, it only works with light, fluffy snow.
 
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Old 11-19-11, 12:25 PM
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light snow? yes. Moderate snow? no. Unless you have all the time in the world to burn. The more snow you blow, the bigger the pile gets in front of it. So 2" becomes 4"... 4" becomes 8"... you get the idea.
 
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Old 11-21-11, 06:46 AM
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I find very seldom is the snow of the right consistency for the leaf blower but I do use it on occasion.
 
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Old 11-23-11, 03:58 AM
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If you do use the WB blower in the winter, be sure to change over to winter weight oil...if you don't have a heated storage area or if you are not already using a multi-season, synthetic oil that is.
 
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Old 11-23-11, 04:53 AM
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I'm thinking Tim Taylor could come up with a mod for a leaf blower that would remove even the heaviest, wettest snow.
 
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Old 11-23-11, 04:22 PM
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LOL, yeah. It would be an air boat with a giant pipe reducer behind the fan blade and about 100' of fire hose.

Puey, never seen a leaf blower that has a crankcase with oil. I thought they were all electric or 2 cycle.
 
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Old 11-24-11, 03:47 AM
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My wife went out and bought a leaf blower and weed eater from Sears a few yrs ago and both are 4 cycle. Also it seems like I read somewhere that California had or is in the process of outlawing 2 stroke motors.
 
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UR kidding! How do they compare as to size and weight?
 
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Old 11-24-11, 03:48 PM
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I've not noticed too much difference in the weight and they seem to work ok..... but you are supposed to adjust the valves at every oil change

Had I went out to buy them, I would've bought 2 stroke. She bought and paid for them thinking she was doing something nice for me and I'm not about to let her think otherwise
 
 

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