Well, my AWD Rider snow thrower was finally put to use today after about a foot of snow last night, and it was UNSTOPPABLE!!
With no tire ballast, no wheel weights, and no chains, and starting from the bottom of my driveway, up a constant 9-degree slope, it never slipped or hesitated once!! It bit the ground and somehow knew where to send traction. Snow was flying at peak setting at least 40-50 feet. It was super impressive. I got done in record time, and got two of my neighbor's driveways done so I could get some more seat time.
I had a couple of quick videos shot from indoors, but during the next storm, I intend to get some better video. These videos really don't do it justice... but at least for now you can have a look.
I did learn from this first trial, and I have some pathway ideas to make next time easier. But this is one tough machine. I honestly thought about getting some chains before the storm just to have them on hand for when my machine started to slip on the steepness, but I would have never used them. Frankly, that Rider has better traction than my vehicles. When I was all done, and the road was packed with a slick, icy coating (sun was coming out), I tried to navigate up it, just to see if it could do it, and it never spun, complained or hesitated. It was freakish actually!