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A beautiful blanket of fluffy white snow over your neighborhood is just one of the perks of living up North.  Thankfully we miss out on that down here in Texas, because otherwise we might need a two-stage snow thrower like the one pictured above.  They’ll rid your walkway of the white stuff, but you still get blow back from the thrower all over you — and that’s almost worse than the cold itself.  This snow thrower cab seems like the ticket to not freezing your extremities off.

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The cab shell itself is made from heavy-duty fabric with freeze resistant clear vinyl windows that are designed not to shrink or stretch — and are coated for maximum water resistance and repellency.  The shell is supported by a black powder coated steel frame that can mount to any two-stage snow thrower.

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So, you can walk behind the thrower in an open-bottomed, rugged box that protects you from all the cold nastiness at you.  Street pricing starts at $100.

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6 Responses to Finds: Snow Thrower Cab

  1. Rick says:

    This would come in super handy… Thankfully, I don’t have to worry about snow removal, but my dad does.. And he actually needs a new snow blower this year.
    You think Toolmonger can hook us up with a nice comparo of some of the top line blowers? Maybe send some evaluation units over to me in NY 😉

    In any case, my dad has/had an old Allis-Chalmers Snow Blower that was probably turning 32 years old last winter. He had replaced the engine in the late-80s with a strong Briggs and Straton engine, but the blower itself is still stronger and better put together than anything out there now. My Father-in-Law bought a nice Craftsman two-stage about 6 years ago. Every winter he struggles with it. It didn’t make it through it’s first storm before it broke down because the bolt that holds the blades in a fixed position on the axle sheared off.. Must be a common thing because they include spares with the unit. Too bad the spares lasted through the second storm.. On my dad’s the blade and axle assembly is all one big piece of heavy gauged metal.
    In addition to that, my Father-in-Law had to replace the transmission last winter. They certainly don’t make them like they used to. This year I’m steering my dad clear of Craftsman, but all the others I’ve seen out there at the Depot and Lowes all have the same type of construction for the blades.. (i.e the blade is attached to a sleeve that rotates on the axle with a sheer bolt holding it in place. We even upgraded the bolts to heavy duty hardened steel ones that were bolted in place in stead of just secured with a pin.. and that lasted a bit longer, but not by much.

    In any case.. should we find a good blower, I’m going to pick up this little cabin thing for my dad.

  2. Jake Strait says:

    The point of the bolt is to shear and protect the drive components. Much easier to replace that bolt than some other component when the unseen, snowcovered kids toy brings the whole thing to a dramatic stop. Does your father-in-law run the blades into a lot of stuff or something? If you put a stronger bolt in there, I’m not all that suprised the transmission conked out.

  3. Myself says:

    The shear bolt is obviously a “fuse” to protect the transmission, but that doesn’t explain why the Allis-Chalmers has gone decades without such troubles. What did they do differently? And what’s finally got him looking for a replacement? There’s more to this story. Rick, inquiring minds want to know!

  4. Rick says:

    I understand why they do it.. but what pisses me off, is that I don’t have a good answer to the question “Myself” brought up.

    Frankly, I don’t understand why a brand new and NOT cheap snowblower can’t last even a fraction as long as this ancient dinosaur of a machine (the Allis-Chalmers) Besides the durability issue though, is the fact that head to head, even when both machines operated optimally, the Allis-Chalmers still outperformed the newer Craftsman. I mean, we all know that they “don’t build them like they used to” But common, has quality really degraded that much? I mean, what really sets the Allis-Chalmers apart from the modern equipment? Do they have stronger transmissions? It seems that to a degree, putting in some cheap shear bolts to protect an inferior transmission is cheaper to produce than maybe upping the threshold for the shear bolts so they last longer, and building in a strong more resilient transmission. Kind of like putting in a 5A fuse to protect some cheap electronics, rather than putting in a 20A fuse, but having heavier duty electronics..

    Looking at the performance issue again… Look at new cars today.. yeah, maybe they won’t last as long as an older car.. assuming it doesn’t melt into a pile of rust.. But for the most part even a today’s econo-box will outperform many “sporty” cars from just a decade ago.

    So I would expect the newer blower to at least work better than the old one.. even if it won’t last longer.

    As for the reasons to replace it.. Well, it goes back to the issue of durability.. I think after 32 years it’s finally time to move on. The machine has more than fulfilled it’s duties and then some through the years, but it’s time to let the younger little snow blowers prove their mettle too.. (pun intended)..

    But seriously, my dad’s getting on in years (70 next year) and he has a pretty good sized driveway. The Allis-Chalmers only has an 18″ swathe, so it requires quite a few passes to get the driveway all clean, and basically he’s just not up it as much as the machine is. Additionally, one of the side effects of the amazing quality is that it’s all made of pretty heavy gauge metal, and that makes it pretty heavy and unwieldy. So he’s looking for something newer that cleans a wide swathe (like maybe 24 or even 36 inches) and he’s seen that pretty much any that he’s seen today are much lighter and much more maneuverable than his old workhorse.

  5. kevin says:

    as a note to old vs new i have had both i had an old machine 8hp 26″ cut two stage that had no shear pins auger was chain driven off wheels #50 roller chain impeller was direct driven off engine ( not safe w careless people) it would cut ice and throw about 20 ft you could not overload unit
    auger was very slow turning. i have a 1973 brentwood (mtd early) it has shear pins i have broken 4 pins in 30 yrs of use but the last pin broke after it broke a common house brick and tossed 15 ft my dad bought a new mtd 26″ 10hp and i find in 18″ snow if drives faster than if can blow the snow and parts are not 1/2 as good it has had 2 belts in 4 yrs vs my 73 2 belts in 10yr
    sorry a little long

  6. Mark says:

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