Lest any of you think I am a complete wuss for not using our industrial strength snow-blower. Let me take you through the lesson I received on how to operate it. Then you might understand why I am a little wary. When I watch Wes outside using this thing - it's like he's working a backhoe or something. Here it is - The Craftsman 8/26
1. Plug it in - pretty easy so far!
2. Adjust the choke - huh? (keep in mind I have never operated any kind of vehicle except a car) - according to the sound - the sound? - nevermind, just leave it where it is.....hmmm I recognize some of those symbols
3. Push this lever up - look at that cute little jackrabbit and turtle!
4. Push this primer button 3 times
5. Push this button to start the blower - ok that is pretty straight forward! Oh nooo - we're not even close to being done.
6. Pull this handle down to start the blades
7. Pull this handle down to make it go forward - gotcha! But wait - we're still not done yet!
8. There are drive controls!
9. Use this handle to operate the drive controls, afterall...
The Craftsman 8/26 can go in reverse...
And can be adjusted according the type of snow. Who knew?
10. Use this handle to rotate the little chute where the snow comes out...
Yes - this thing.
But wait! You can adjust the chute with this little knob to control how high the snow will get blowed. After you are done, you put the lever back down (to the turtle :-) to turn it off. Done.
Got all that? Actually, after this little exercise, I feel like I could go out there right now and get the thing runnin' like a striper bass! Maybe I will even surprise Wes and have the driveway cleared before he comes home - so he doesn't have to drive on it and get it all packed down. Oh wait, I already did that. Oh well, it's the thought that counts right?