Yeah that’s me a few days ago. We had a dusting of three inches of snow that I removed from our 150 foot circular driveway. This one I could handle with my trusty Craftsman tractor.
I am a tool guy. I have had many of them throughout my life. My barn is stuffed with specialized tools I purchased when I had a cabinet making business. I am also a firm believer in the old phrase
That is you don’t use pliers when the job really calls for a socket wrench. In that regard when I looked out on our 150 foot driveway covered with over fourteen inches of wet snow I knew I didn’t have the right tools for this job. My Craftsman garden tractor is the top of the line and biggest garden tractor they make. I mount a fifty-six inch mower deck to it in the Spring and it does a great job on my two and a half acres of grass.
In the fall I put on the fifty-four inch heavy-duty snow plow blade and tire weights and chains. I even add a concrete filled building block to the back for additional weight. All this makes it the right tool for snows up to six inches deep but it is not the right tool for this one!
So, I did what a man really doesn’t like to do and that is to call for help! I am now patiently waiting for the guy with the big four-wheel drive truck to come. I hate to admit defeat before I even start the job but sometimes that is the best and safest thing to do.
Sometimes a guy has to do what a guy has to do…..
PS.. We are officially plowed out now but even the guy with the “right” tool got stuck at the end of our driveway. At least for a little while.
We have a white out here at the homestead so I will be hunkering down with a picture puzzle and a keyboard today but not at the same time, I don’t believe in multitasking. We knew it was coming but don’t really believe it until we see it. We are kind of like our Missouri neighbors in that regard.
I stayed late after the Christmas meal at the soup kitchen and shelter yesterday to make food for the guys there through the next few days so they should be ok. My tractor plow is harnessed up and ready to roll once the snow subsides. It looks like we will get about a foot. We had less than four inches all of last winter. I hope this isn’t a harbinger of things to come.
Here it is the first real snow of the season. We got about three inches last night. Our neighbor on top the hill behind us has been plowing our driveway since we moved here ten years ago. But, last year his antique tractor broke down and he has not been able to find any replacement parts. So this year I bought a plow blade, wheel weights and chains for my new garden tractor. This will be my first time using it. As with most men I really enjoy my new toys. Even though it will be cold (I really don’t like being cold) it will be fun to see if I can do this myself.
Wish me luck.
And the journey goes on..
Postscript: I got it done and it works great. Thanks Sears Craftsman for making such a well engineered product. Let it snow, let it snow..
We had our first snow of the season last night. But I am too lazy right now to dig out the camera and take a picture so this one was taken in January this year. Yvonne absolutely loves snow. Me, not so much but I put up with it for her sake. We have lived here for more than ten years now but I still very much appreciate this view out one of our windows.