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I have a new to me 9n with a pull behind single stage snowblower that I have now used twice in fairly substantial snowfalls and I thought I would give my critique in case anyone was interested. Overall I am happy with the results of this machine and I will plan to use it more next year. This year I did not have the chains on the tractor for the first snowfalls and ended up clearing my roads with the blade first after a substantial amount of accumulation. With the tow behind I think it needs to get cleared every snowfall or when 3 to 4 inches accumulate. I have done 8 inches now twice and that is pushing the limits of the machine in traction and hp. I am guessing that my tires are not loaded so loading them should help. My main problem is that the N lacks weight for stability but other than that it is quite usable. I am keeping two roadway areas open and the tow behind is very nice to just drive forward without having to back up with its associated crick in the neck. With the proviso that these are not as versatile as a two stage blower I would recommend this machine for ease of use on roads.
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I have seen these types sitting unused for years now, someone tried to give me one about 15 years ago but I had heard bad things about them so I didn't take it. This one is in good shape but could use either new paint or a plastic cover on the slides to help the snow migrate to the blower but otherwise it works well. I did make sure that I used it in the colder mornings so the snow was not damp but two stage blowers don't work very well with that type of snow either. Probably the ideal would be to have a two stage, a one stage and a blade that could be used depending on the conditions. Five minutes will see it on or off.
Unless we have a drastic change in the weather my testing of the snowblower is done for the year. Predicting 45 degree highs for the next two weeks. Next year.
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