OK,, I need opinions on this. I'm seriously considering buying a big snowblower, specifically a Sicard Junior. After getting buried in the recent big storm, and knowing that every few years we get storms like that, I don't want to ever be in that position again. Purchase cost is going to be somewhere in the $5-8,000 range. I tend to think that that amount is really not much money in the current economy, about the same as a well used pickup and plow. In that respect I could let it sit a lot for the times when it was really useful. In normal winters I would utilize it to cut plowing time on several commercial sites that we do. Rather than trying to push back and stack as much as possible during a storm I would push to the unused portions of the lot, making no attempt to stack, and then come in the next day and blow the snow completely off the area. I think the time saved during the storm, and less abuse on the trucks from stacking would more than justify the time to clean up after a storm. I currently have a site that the customer has to remove piles from at least once and sometimes twice a winter. I will approach them about including the removal in my contract and throwing the snow into the next county. This would be an increase in revenue to help amortize the cost of the machine as well. Any money I normally spend to move banks back could stay in my pocket to defray machine costs also. In severe winters I would never be in the position of running out of room. This past storm I found places where I was unable to plow as there was no way to get snow off the blade. I had to open several with a 4' blower on a big garden tractor, slow but got it done. I would also be in a position to hire out to load trucks or clear the school district properties, which is currently done with loaders or TLBs. Again, this past storm forced me to bring in a TLB, cost will probably be close to $1,000 between that and a skidsteer. What I did with those I could have done faster with the blower and kept that money in my own account as well. Then there is the fact that I have always liked snowblowers. And keeping in mind that "he who dies with the most toys wins", I would just plain like being the only kid in town with his own 6', self propelled snowblower. OK,, there it is, blow holes in my idea, ask questions, whatever.