Well, we got our first real snow. Nothing major, about 6" of fluffy stuff but it allowed me to use the tractor for its intended purpose this winter, snow removal. The tractor performed perfectly i will say, myself at one point though, not so much..... :/ I pulled it out of the garage and moved some snow with the bucket which I tend to gravitate towards by default and occasionally got off and adjusted the work lights to where they worked best. Then I got the bright idea that I wanted to use the snowblower to see how it performed. There must have been a disconnect between my hands and my brain as I had the throttle up fairly high and pulled the PTO switch and there was a loud pop and then nothing.... So I get off the machine and cycle through the PTO settings trying to get some signs of life out of the blower while I have that sinking "i broke something" feeling and finally deduced that i snapped a shear pin on the PTO driveshaft. A quick replacement and I was in business. Uggh, what a bonehead start to everything that was.
So the blower works great. It is a bit like bringing a hand grenade to a knife fight as it seemed very oversized for the job. I ended up running about 1/2 throttle and worked from one side of the driveway to the other blowing all 6" like it wasent even there. The blower scraped right down to pavement nicely and was probably the fastest I have ever done the driveway. I had no issue blowing the snow backing up, just kind of set the machine over for each pass and hammered down till I got to the garage and repeated the process. A quick pass in front of the doors with the loader and the job is done.
I can see a set of edge tamers being ordered for the loader for sure. Feeling very good about the purchase, what a jump up this is from the x310 with the 44" blower.. It almost seems like its "too big", but then again, there's no such thing when it comes to toys, ahem, I mean tractors.