Paul fired up our essentially-brand-new snow blower on Wednesday night. He had the job done in no time ( well, in less time than it took me to go on a neighbourhood ski tour). So that's 2 times last December and once this December.....not a very good expense:use ratio yet :)
Right! Middy fired it up before I got home on Thursday to stay ahead of the snow buildup. She did the main work, then I did all of the "clean up" with the shovel. Even with the snow blower it looks like i'm still the one shoveling!
I need Mr. Wonderful's amazing math skills to an ROI for me on a $600 snowblower..... Do you figure it on inches of snow or time spent? Or both?
I determined my driveway is over 3 cubic yards per inch of snow. (100 feet x 10 ft x 1")
The average commercial dump truck would have needed a second trip to get the last bit of the ~15+ cubes from this week!
$600 / ten years easy of life = $60 per year (I rarely maintain my mower and it's 15 years old and not a Honda)
Pretend there are an average of 4 snows per year = $15 / pop
I think it's roughly 2x as fast. Pretend an average snowfall takes an hour (it's more like 90 minutes if 4", either 2 x 45 @ 2" or 1 back crusher x 90 @ 4"), I feel that snowblowing takes half as long, so 30 minutes to make math easy.
If you make anywhere near or north of $30/hour, snowblower = good value. Given that property tax in A2 is probably more than my all up P+I+T+I back in Whitmore Lake, I suspect one or more of you do!
I knew I could count on Mr. W for the math! Thank you :)