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Old 05-16-2018, 01:30 PM
 
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Just closed on some land in the northern panhandle. I am considering what to buy for my lawn and snow removal. I am leaning towards a JD lawn tractor with a snow blade. Is there enough snow to warrant this? If it snows a lot but melts the next couple of days I wouldn't bother plowing it.

If a snow blade is useful it adds to the value of my over all purchase. If not then maybe I go with something other than $2,000 JD. However if there is that much snow a separate self propelled mower and snowblower would make me lean into getting the lawn tractor as the price wouldn't be a whole lot different.

At first I thought of nor'easters blowing in leaving substantial amounts of snow. Then I looked at some site about climate data and it shows all months with no more than around 3 inches of precipitation. Depending on how it is measured 3 inches of water is a lot more as snow. I wasn't clear how it was measured.

So my question is would a small tractor with a blade be over kill?
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Old 05-18-2018, 06:39 AM
 
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The northern panhandle will get clipped by lake effect storms a couple of times per year and those snows can be more substantial than what we normally get. The typical snow in most of WV and the NP (outside of the mountains) will be 1-3". There are probably 3-4 storms per year in the NP that will be over that. There will be a 1-2' storm every other year or so.

So it's a personal decision. For me, it would depend on the length of my driveway and property, potentially giving the neighbors a hand, etc.
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Old 05-18-2018, 12:43 PM
 
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The northern panhandle will get clipped by lake effect storms a couple of times per year and those snows can be more substantial than what we normally get. The typical snow in most of WV and the NP (outside of the mountains) will be 1-3". There are probably 3-4 storms per year in the NP that will be over that. There will be a 1-2' storm every other year or so.

So it's a personal decision. For me, it would depend on the length of my driveway and property, potentially giving the neighbors a hand, etc.
Thanks for the helpful reply. Another factor I think is how long does a foot of snow stick when that happens? If it is gone in a week I am leaning towards just letting it melt. No public sidewalk goes through my place so I don't need to clear for that reason. My driveway is maybe 100 feet long.

I have one car only so would probably just dig out a spot at the end of driveway and walk in. From what I have seen of my neighbors in the area my little JD would be the baby on the block. All of them have at least lawn tractors and some real tractors.

Heard one guy has a plow truck and does the road up the hill when it is heavy. So based on your advice I think I will skip the JD for now or buy a smaller model just for the yard. Doesn't seem like good value for once a year or every other year.

I can probably contribute to the common good more easily by just giving the guy with the plow some money for his time and wear and tear. Ugh I was really trying to justify a shiny new JD. Now I have to find something to buy to replace it to fill the empty void in my heart that the JD once occupied.
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Old 05-20-2018, 10:56 AM
 
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Lowe's will put snow blowers on sale pre-winter. I purchased one last year and only had to use it twice but I was out of town six weeks of winter or "might" have used it more.

I really like the job it did and my back really appreciated the blower .
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