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Snowiest April on Record Wrecks Snow Blowers

Posted at: 04/19/2013 6:45 PM
Updated at: 04/19/2013 10:49 PM
By: Travis Dill
tdill@wdio.com

Friday's heavy, wet snow topped off the snowiest April ever recorded. It wreaked havoc on snow blowers across the Northland, but that was good business for some in Duluth.

Just over 40 inches has fallen so far this month, breaking the old record by 10 inches. That had snow blowers running constantly for weeks, and when they broke down some people brought them in to Duluth Lawn and Sport for repairs.

“Shear bolts, broken down belts, drive disks, whatever can go wrong with a snow blower you'll find out today,” Sales Manager Dave Chrysler said.

That has kept mechanic Matt Haugen busy. He said four or five snow blowers came in every day because of the storm.

“It's been awhile since we've seen this much snow in April, but yeah it's always good. Work is always good,” Haugen said.

He was happy to stay busy, and customers like Ron Heckathorn really appreciate the tune up.

“This way I can get up, like this morning, 13 inches of snow and I can just blow my driveway out. No hassles,” Heckathorn said.

The storm also made the season closeout sales on snow blowers look good to customers.

“We've sold more in the last couple weeks than we have in the last couple months. So it's a nice way to end out the year and clean out the inventory,” Chrysler said.

Haugen was thankful for the business, but also ready to move into spring.

“We've had so much snow we haven't seen many lawn mowers yet. They'll be coming though,” Haugen said.