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Old 11-26-2008, 10:14 PM   #31 (permalink)
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WRONG..... you start piling the snow in front , means pushing more mass which mean s harder to go anywhere.....
I never thought of that.

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I think you really want one of those cattle bumpers off an old steam locomotive.
Brilliant idea! I'll go look on ebay right now...
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Old 11-27-2008, 05:16 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Well the solotec can be had for a lot less than $1000:

Solotec Drive 'n Plow polymer resin snow plow

From what I've been reading it is a piece of crap, though.

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Old 11-27-2008, 09:03 AM   #34 (permalink)
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AH HA! I FOUND IT! If you have a rear hitch this would work well for light snow.

SUV and Car Snow Plow | Snow Sport Plow that Fits all Vehicle Types
Great idea for backing out of the garage and clearing the driveway in one shot! Mount it up in the garage, back down the driveway, return to the garage and take it off. Probably worth the investment if you get frequent light snow and have a long driveway.
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Suzy Subaru is right, snow plowing trucks are good in the snow before they put on the snow plow, they're equipped with heavy duty frames, brakes, transmissions, differentials, etc. The addition of a plow only adds weight on the front end (which can be a mixed blessing), and diminishes underbody clearance.
My friend who lives up a steep long driveway at 7500' in Northern Arizona, uses an ATV with a plow to clear the road, and then uses his Forester to go up and down it. I imagine if he had REALLY deep snowfall, he'd want a snow blower attachment, but they are realllllly slow. He'd rather go out two or three times during a winter storm with his ATV plow.
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A plow is really hard on a vehicle frame because you usually have to ram the snow once it starts piling up.
Even trucks screw up their trannys and other components over time.
An ATV snowblower attachment would be an excellent choice for a car and the Forester would be a great vehicle for it. If I had a long driveway and no truck or ATV, I'd go this route.
This kind of snowblower has a quick attachment and it's own motor to power it, unlike a PTO on a tractor snowblower. Snowblowers are a much better choice than a plow because you can put the snow where you want it and can work in tighter places. Cost is much higher than a plow however.
Here's a link if you want to check out one of the models:

ATV Snowblower - Snowblower for an ATV

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Old 12-08-2008, 02:35 AM   #36 (permalink)
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Is anyone using a Snowsport plow on a Forester?
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:07 AM   #37 (permalink)
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Even with worn down Geosquealers, I never bother shovelling my driveway.

I just run the car back and forth a few times until the snow is compacted.

Last year Toronto had some record snowfalls -- no problems.

The only thing I watch for is the windrow the city plow puts up; I don't blast through that in reverse. Likely the car would do it, but I'd rather not have to collect and remount bits from the exhaust system.

If you get really heavy snowfalls, think of chains. You can keep them in the car for when you really need them and the misery of putting the (expletives deleted) things on beats freezing sitting in the middle of nowhere. Don't have any in the Subie at the moment, but have used on 3-4 occasions on 2-wheel drive cars in 30+ years of driving.

Now if I was living in the sticks or having a need to be on back roads whatever the weather, chains would be more justified.

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I don't shovel the parking spot either. I drive a little back and forth on top of the snow. That's good enough for me
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I don't shovel the parking spot either. I drive a little back and forth on top of the snow. That's good enough for me
My nabor did that last winter. Worked fine untill the first warm days came, and he drove in to about 40cm of sluch. 4x4 did not helpe him much, and the next morning the car was frosen solid in ice
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My nabor did that last winter. Worked fine untill the first warm days came, and he drove in to about 40cm of sluch. 4x4 did not helpe him much, and the next morning the car was frosen solid in ice
My car don't stand in a private parking area. It stands on the road so if I'm watching out for snow plowing days I move my car. So it won't build up like that.
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Well, I guess things are better in Toronto and Norway than rural Ontario Canada! There is just no way I could get out of my driveway after the snowploughs have constructed a 2 metre wall of snow and ice at the end of my driveway. I wouldn't even dare taking a run and trying to blast my way through like some of the 4WD Silverado and F250 trucks do it.

My good old track drive John Deere snowblower has to be put into service.

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The man driving the huge tractor that clears the street actually promised to not make a snow wall on my side of the street. But thats because thers no houses on the other side, so they can push or blow that way.
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