I've been nudging at Mrs. Bugbear for 5 years to get a snow-blower. My efforts were really only half-hearted since up until we moved I really didn't need a snow-blower. When your driveway is just over five hundred square feet it is difficult to make cogent and convincing arguments for purchasing a snow blower, you lack the moral high ground so to speak. I didn't have myself convinced so convincing my wife was impossible. The new driveway is closer to fifteen thousand square feet; my arguments gained much greater ground with the move. Not long after we moved Mrs. Bugbear finally caved in and we bought a 30" Cub Cadet Snow Blower. (Actually, she caved in before we moved but I didn't want to spend the money to buy it.)
In my naivete I thought that a snow blower would be a labour saving device. I'd walk behind the blower which drives itself and finish clearing the driveway without breaking a sweat.
I mentioned naivete didn't I?
The freaking snow blower weighs THREE HUNDRED FREAKING POUNDS! Turning the the frickin' thing is no small feat. The blower has independent clutches for each drive wheel to facilitate steering the behemoth. At three hundred pounds this feature is necessary but it is still a wrestling match to get the beast turned.
I mentioned THREE HUNDRED FREAKING POUNDS didn't I? This is what I get for getting the thirty inch snowblower instead of the twenty-four inch snow blower which is forty pounds lighter.
I did for the sake of thoroughness shovel my driveway a couple of times when we had very light snowfalls. In light snow it takes about as long to shovel the driveway as it does to employ the snow-blower. However, in heavier snow shoveling would be an all-day affair whereas the snow-blower will get the driveway cleared in about the same amount of time as for light snow.
But I still have to manhandle THREE HUNDRED FREAKING POUNDS OF SNOWBLOWER.
Don't tell Mrs. Bugbear, but I really don't mind shoveling the driveway all that much, the exercise is good for me and it gets me out of the house for 45 minutes or so and despite the THREE HUNDRED FREAKING POUNDS OF SNOW BLOWER, using the heavy SOB is kind of fun, in a cold and heavy lug your guts out kinda way.