Friday, December 9, 2011

Troy-Bilt Snow Thrower Giveaway

In honor of Chicago's first real stick-to-the-ground snow of 2011 and in general holiday merriment, I'm giving away a snow thrower courtesy of Troy-Bilt.  This is the Troy-Bilt Storm 2410, a two-stage snow thrower with an electric push-button start.  It will clear snow drifts up to 21 inches high at a width of 24 inches at a time.

I don't own this or any other snow thrower so I can't comment on its performance but I did find this cute video of a guy clearing his driveway using this model.  It looks like it works well.  But, now I can't get this song out of my head!



To enter the contest post your worst snow-shoveling experience and I'll pick a winner at random.  The contest is open to people living in the contiguous United States only.

This contest will close on Friday December 16th at 7:00 pm CST.  I will contact the winner directly so please make sure I have a way to reach you.  If I cannot contact you within 24 hours I will select another winner.  The snow thrower will be shipped to you directly from Troy-Bilt so you will need to share your address with them after I notify you that you have won.

Good Luck!

Update: Congrats Benjamin Vogt, winner of the Troy-Bilt Storm 2410 snow thrower!  Check out Benjamin's blog The Deep Middle.

22 comments:

  1. My worst shoveling/snow clearing experience occurred of course, on February 2, 2011, the day after the crazy Chicago blizzard. My back alley drifted at least 3 feet deep, and other than the 94 year old neighbor directly behind me, there are no other garages for about 50 yards. I worked on the alley a bit at a time for days, and resigned myself after nearly week to the fact that I would not get my car out until the Spring thaw. The only reason I finally got out is because I flagged down a front-end loader (commandeered by our alderman to clear alleys) that kept ignoring ours because he "didn't think anyone lived down there" and asked him specifically to clear our alley so my neighbor's aid could get in to her. I probably should get a snow blower, but I am a newly single mom with a reduced budget, but winning this one would really be wonderful!

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  2. The first winter after we moved here from Miami! My husband was traveling, of course, and we were hit with 28in of snow. We had one CHEAP shovel which broke from the weight of the snow. I ended up having to shovel with my garden spade....

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  3. Last year. Chigaco had a really bad snowstorm, my husband was stuck at work. My two year old and I, 5 months pregnant went out to shovel snow. Took me a while.... :-)

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  4. Pretty much any shoveling experience is terrible for me (low back disc issues). But last year it snowed a few feet and it took my husband about 8 hours to shovel the sidewalks on our corner lot.

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  5. When we came back from Christmas with the family, had 12" + onteh driveway. We'd just driven 8 hours and it was dark out, but had to shovel half the driveway before the snowplows came on the street and buried the car. That sucked monkeys.

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  6. Shoveling snow after work till 2 AM is probably my worst experience. Nothin' worse than being bone tired and coming home and you can't get in the house.

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  7. Would deciding to use a metal snow shovel o clean 6" of snow off my new car and creating one horrid gouges in the paint of said *new* car count as a worst snow shoveling experience?

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  8. I just want to comment but don't want to win. I live in Louisiana so I don't need it. I just remember getting snowed in when I lived in Indiana. We were told not to leave our homes unless it was an emergency or we would be arrested! That's how bad it was. The emergency services didn't want anyone out in it. My next door neighbor had snow as high as the top of his back door. The drifts were pretty crazy.

    An old friend of mine used to show us pictures of her place in Canada, where they would have to build tunnels through the snow to get to the street.

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  9. Last year's 20" snowstorm was a doozy. We live on 1/4 acre in the suburbs, a corner lot with a sidewalk, and I chose not to buy a snowblower. I waited a day to start shoveling for that one. :-D

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  10. of course the worst snow clearing experience was last year after the epic snow. City crews could not clear my street for nearly a week following. All the neighbors pitched in with shovels and snowblowers to clear it ourselves so we could get out.

    Good Green Guru

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  11. We lived in PA and had almost 50 inches of snow piled up last March from two different blizzards. We were moving and needed to get large pieces of furniture out of the house, but only a very small pathway had been shoveled when we arrived with the truck! It took awhile but we finally dug our way through and got moved. We were sore for days and days!

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  12. I'll repeat the other posters and say last year's Chicago blizzard, aka Snowpocalypse. It must have taken at least 8-10 hours for 2 people to shovel out our driveway and sidewalks!

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  13. The worst snow shoveling experience for us happened the year before last. There's nothing but barren fields around here during the winter so the snow really piles up on those windy days when the only thing in the way to stop it are the houses.

    It rained for a day before turning to snow for a day, then rained again (forming ice and that thick wet kind of snow) and then snowed a boatload, nearly two feet, before the jet stream took a nosedive for our area. Our porch is three feet high, and we had to push the front door open just to get to the shovel.

    It took two days for someone to plow the road and about that long for us to shovel a skinny path to our car. Shoveling the driveway took all three of us trading on and off (we only have one shovel) all day and we only got half done. Thankfully, our neighbors have a big tractor with a snowplow attachment and took pity on us. He swung in and pushed that stuff right out of the way, clearing a space in about five minutes that had taken us all day to do!

    We made him some nice chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies in thanks, and he asks for more every chance he gets! :)

    Thank you for hosting the giveaway!

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  14. I live in KC and last year we had a blizzard that dumped like over 20 inches of snow in one night. I live in an older house that has a very long driveway. Luckily I share this driveway with my neighbor so I usually have help shoveling. For this particular blizzard, though, both of us were shoveling AND we hired some guy to help us (paid him $40!) AND it still took us over 2 hours to dig out. I need a snow blower/thrower!

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  15. My worst shoveling experience was in western Ohio. I was just out of college and working at a nature center, where I also lived. With the other interns at the non-profit, we shoveled the snow by ourselves whenever a school group came by. One weekend, we had 10" of snow, and the school group cancelled, so no one shoveled, but I still had to feed the owls a mile away. I drove in my car, but got stuck in snow + ice on a bridge over a creek at the bottom of a hill. Luckily, I had a shovel in my car, but it was nighttime, everything was silenced by the snow, and I cried while I spent nearly two hours shoveling, then using my car mats to gain friction on the ice. I finally got off the bridge, left my car on the side of the road, fed the owls and walked the mile home.

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  16. During the Chicago 2011 blizzard, I shoved for 14 hours clearing 4 foot drifts from our alley since our city does not plow alleys. The private snow plow I tried to hire would not even attempt to clear the alley for fear of getting stuck. Two hours after I finished shoveling, the city plowed the alley with construction equipment. They sent an email stating that they make an exception and plow due to the severe storm, but I missed the email because I was shoveling.

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  17. I think our worst experience is the time Nick broke two snow shovels in one season. Only the hardiest of shovel can withstand his patterned "kick the shovel from behind" technique.

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  18. We had a gravel lined driveway and every winter my husband would manually shovel the snow onto the grassy parkway. Every spring, amongst the grass, we would find tons of gravel mixed in with the flower bed making it difficult to mow the lawn. Since then we have installed an asphalt driveway.

    My husband purchased his first snowblower after the epic blizzard in 2011. He was a good neighbor and cleared the snow from the sidewalk but he did not know about the limits of snowblowers and attempted to clear all of the snow which happened to be taller than said snowblower. Unfortunately his purchase did not meet his expectations and he and my son were reduced to doing MANUAL LABOR!

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  19. My worst shoveling experience occurred last year. Snow drifts and snow plows had nearly buried the passenger side of my car and all the other cars on the street. I could not hope drive myself out of this to make it to work on time. I bundled up with shovel in hand to uncover my car. Still dark outside, I was alone on the street shoveling as snow was still falling heavily. I could not see how I was gaining. The snow was falling so fast. If I had a snow blower that day, I would have cleared out my parking spot and all the other cars in my block.

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  20. As the mother of 3 and my youngest is just 5 months old my worst shoveling experience is not shoveling at all. I need a snow blower just for safety and convenience.

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  21. My worst shoveling experience was shoveling for my mother who just moved into a new home. She previously lived in an apartment on a street so wasn't prepared for the snow. Her new home was on the bottom of a hill so everyday she drives up to the road. Her vehicle is 2wd so driving up a hill from a dead stop is near impossible so a good snow shovel is a requirement to go anywhere and safety is a big concern because there is no guard except for the trees to stop her from driving over the hill. My worst experience snow shoveling was here because the only snow shovel she had was 15 years old and falling apart. Every couple scoops the end of the shovel would fly off and no matter how I tried to attach it the the handle it would still come off but i was determined to do a good job for my mother. After struggling trying to shovel down hill and up hill and side to side slipping on the steep hill I realized was inevitable because eventually I slipped and slid down the hill only to find my self hugging a tree with my my legs. Luckily I was still able to have kids.

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