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Here in northern New Jersey, winter is usually a snowy mess.
This year, we have had just about NO SNOW all winter. Unheard of!
...until this morning.
Woke up to 5 inches of heavy wet mush, snow plows going by,
salt spreaders, etc.
Damn! I was hoping that we'd slip by this winter without any of this.
Been watching the weather with fingers crossed, waiting for the other shoe to drop.
It just did.
Time to go out and fire up the garden tractor with the snow plow.
First time this year.
 
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Yep, it's a wet slushy mess out there today, I think I got about 2 inches in Forks but it looks deeper in Newark than it did at home so 5 inches up in the hills sounds about right.
The only good thing is that it's so late in the season, the sun is strong, it should melt quickly.
 
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We have a slushy mess here. A total of about 9 inches since last week. This could be the end of it. Used the truck again for a trip to the mainland. But with the truck I can take a wheel and tyre, to the Tar shop for inspection. No good, too old. And buy eight yards of material for the Tukvan, and other stuff.
 

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We are still sitting at a whopping 0.01" recorded a while back. We have had a couple of fluries, but not even enough to show on the cars.
 
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I never did understand why it was called a suicide knob. I still use one on my tractor and without it there would be no way I could make the tight turns I make while using one or the other rear brakes. Maybe it鈥檚 the cheap plastic ones that got it the name.
 

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I never did understand why it was called a suicide knob. I still use one on my tractor and without it there would be no way I could make the tight turns I make while using one or the other rear brakes. Maybe it鈥檚 the cheap plastic ones that got it the name.
Don't know why it was called that either, but I guess sometimes it didn't end well for street racers back in the day with one hand on the shifter and one on the suicide knob.
 

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I have one of those knobs on my garden tractor/snow plow.
It gets caught in my jacket constantly. But since I'm only going two or three mph, it isn't dangerous.
 
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Interesting. I've never had mine get caught on anything. I did try two on the steering wheel, thinking I could catch one easier and quicker, but that extra one would get caught. Are yours all steel with steel bearings. Just curious because mine is. Really smooth operation.
 
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Interesting. I've never had mine get caught on anything. I did try two on the steering wheel, thinking I could catch one easier and quicker, but that extra one would get caught. Are yours all steel with steel bearings. Just curious because mine is. Really smooth operation.
Mine is aluminum with ball bearings. I bought it originally 25 years ago when I was driving a tractor trailer. It was GREAT for backing up the trailer.
When I left that job, I took it with me and put it on the garden tractor that I use for plowing snow.
 

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I've been too busy to run the snowblower, even though it's my favorite winter chore. I love creating my own little blizzard. Had to make a quick run to the post office today so just put the truck in 4x4 and went for it when there wasn't any traffic coming. Zoom-swish-whoomp-growl and we were out through the drifts and the big plow roll, no problem. Supposed to get more starting tomorrow afternoon, weather guessers are anywhere from 2 to 10". Guess we'll wait and see.
 
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