Well, we got a glancing blow from a “Colorado low” today and it dumped about a foot of wet snow on us. Today, the temperature was around melting when the storm was gone except for some wind and I fired up the old snowblower. Promptly the snow chute fell off… That’s the second time a plastic collar that holds the chute onto the machine cracked in the cold and vibration. I could replace it for less than $50 but then it occurred to me that the snowblower is about 25 years old and owes me nothing. It has done a decent job except in very deep or hard-packed or wet snow. If I fix the chute again, what will fail next? I might be investing in scrap iron. I know the engine is still worth keeping but the rest could be scrapped without shedding a tear.
Since it’s end of season, I might be able to find a new one at a good price. Something more to buy. Now, I was able to clear the driveway by letting the blower throw snow skyward and the wind took it away and this may be the last snowstorm of the season. Dare I wait until next year to buy a new snowblower? As Trump would say, “We’ll see…”.