Jim’s January 2019 Garden Quiz Answers

January 2019 Garden Quiz Answers

Here are the garden quiz answers and explanations for the January 2019 Quiz.  To drill down into more details, click on the links showing where the answers can be found – or, take a browsing tour of The Perfect Vegetable Garden.


 

Answer to Question #1

The question was: Last month, Jim (That would be me.) reviewed some really great snow throwers / blowers.  One of them was the Ryobi RY40850, 20 inch Snow Blower.  What powered this amazing machine?  A) Electricity or B) Gasoline.

The correct answer is:

A) Electricity

Ryobi 40-Volt Lithium-Ion 5 Ah High Capacity Battery

The Ryobi RY40850 20 inch Snow Blower is a marvelous cordless electric piece of equipment that can eat through snow 10 inches deep.  Pretty impressive for a single-stage snow blower I would say.  And, it’ll throw that snow a couple dozen feet away from the path cleared.

However, it wouldn’t hurt to have a couple of extra charged up Ryobi lithium-ion batteries on hand because the batteries only last about 45 minutes to an hour.

 

This answer is found in Ryobi RY40850 20 inch 40 volt Cordless Electric Snow Blower.

 

Answer to Question #2

The question was: Assuming you got through question #1 in short order, can you tell me what fuels the Ariens 938033 Snow Thrower?  A) Electricity or B) Gasoline.

The correct answer is: 

B) Gasoline

Ariens 938033 access to gas filler opening

This Ariens 938033 Path-Pro Snow Thrower is gas powered – and, with its 280cc engine, it can cut a 21 inch wide path through snow that is a foot deep and toss the white stuff a good 20+ feet away.

TIP:  Keep a generous supply of ice melt on hand to toss on your driveways, sidewalks, steps and porches after the snow is removed – to keep from having slippery ice patches that may cause you or your neighbors to take an unexpected trip to the pavement.  Ooops!  Better yet, apply some ice melt BEFORE it snows – to prevent ice from forming during the snow storm – which makes for easier snow removal.

 

This answer is found in Ariens 938033 Path-Pro Snow Thrower.

 

Answer to Question #3

The question was: What moving parts are used on the Ariens 938033 Snow Thrower to pick up the snow and throw it out through the discharge chute?  A) An auger, or B) An auger plus an impeller, or C) An auger plus an impeller plus an accelerator, or D) None of the above.

The correct answer is: 

A) An auger

Ariens 938033 auger paddles and scraper bar

The Ariens 938033 is a single-stage snow thrower – so, it only has reinforced rubber auger paddles that are built tough and long lasting.

A 2-stage snow blower has both an auger and an impeller.  Hence, the name, “2-stage.”  The auger loosens the snow – pushing it up into the impeller which helps to throw it with more force up and out of the discharge chute.

If the snow machine has all three parts – auger, impeller, and accelerator – it is a 3-stage snow blower.  The accelerator helps break up snow and ice that is more tightly compacted – and allows for taking a deeper bite into any accumulated drifts.  The accelerator takes the chunks of snow and ice from the auger and grinds up into much smaller pieces.  Then, the impeller sucks it all up and spits it out.

The article, “Snow Thrower Reviews”, will give a more complete understanding of the different stages (sizes) of snow throwers / blowers.

 

This answer is found in Ariens 938033 Path-Pro Snow Thrower.

 

Answer to Question #4

The question was: The Briggs and Stratton 1696807 Steerable Snow Thrower is a powerful beast of a machine!  It uses superior technology and is considered one of the top snow blowers of its class.  What “stage” is this equipment?  A) Single-stage, or B) 2-stage, C) 3-stage, or D) None of the above.

The correct answer is: 

B) 2-stage

Briggs and Stratton 1696807 steel frame and steel auger

The Briggs and Stratton 1696807 has a super strong steel auger to annihilate hard packed snow – sending it through a spinning impeller that thrusts the cold, white debris out through the chute.  An auger plus an impeller equals 2-stage.  The 1696807 will dig down 20 inches into the piled up snow and clear a 2 foot wide path.  And, it’s strong enough to demolish those piles of snow in front of your driveway – left over after those dreaded city snow plows have barreled down your street!

A single-stage snow blower just has an auger – without the impeller.

Hot Hands Hand Warmers

A 3-stage snow thrower is a 2-stage machine with an added accelerator – to help break up the hard ice and compacted snow.  This is the strongest, most effective type snow thrower available – until someone comes up with a 4-stage version if there could ever be such a thing.

This snow throwing heavyweight even has heated hand grips – but, since I’m cold natured, I still like to stuff a pair of gloves with some Hot Hands Hand Warmers for a toasty warm feeling that keeps my fingers flexible enough to grip the handlebars.  Heck, I even stick a few of these hand warmers into my snow boots – ‘cause, if my feet get cold, I’m cold all over – to the bone!

 

This answer is found in Briggs and Stratton 1696807 24 inch Steerable 2-Stage Snow Thrower.

 

Answer to Question #5

The question was: What brand of engine is used in the Briggs and Stratton 1696807 Steerable Snow Thrower?  Be careful – this may be a trick question.  A) Troy-Bilt, or B) Honda, or C) Briggs and Stratton, or D) None of the above.

The correct answer is: 

C) Briggs and StrattonBriggs and Stratton 950 Snow Series 208cc Engine

Of course, it’s a Briggs and Stratton engine – specifically, the Briggs and Stratton 950 Snow Series Engine.  Their engines are the best – and they know it.  They wouldn’t even dare to think about using another engine in their snow thrower, now would they?

 

This answer is found in Briggs and Stratton 1696807 24 inch Steerable 2-Stage Snow Thrower.

 

Answer to Question #6

The question was: Snow throwers / blowers can get their augers jammed up with hard packed ice and snow sometimes.  But clearing the jam is a pretty simple process.  All you have to do is shut off the machine and reach down and pry the snow away with your hands – and, you’re free to get back to clearing away all that snowy stuff that shouldn’t be where it is.  A) True or B) False.

The correct answer is: 

B) False

Missing left hand from accident.

Don’t ever stick your hand – or your fingers – or even your foot – anywhere near the augers to un-jam them.  A whole bunch of folks have lost fingers, hands, and even toes doing this.  When the snow packs up and jams the augers, it spring loads them – so, it is highly probable that clearing the jam will release a powerful, unstoppable force when the augers bounce back and anything in their way will be decimated.

You don’t want to be known as “lefty” – or “Three-fingered Jack” – or “Hop-a-long Cassidy” – do you?

Please – use a wooden stick – a broom handle – or something else besides a part of your anatomy – to clear the obstruction.  Don’t become a statistic.

 

This answer is found in Snow Thrower Reviews.

 

Answer to Question #7

The question was: The first easy-to-use snow throwing machine was invented by:  A) An American, or B) A Canadian, or C) A Russian.

The correct answer is:

B) A Canadian

Sicard Snow Remover Snowblower

In 1925, Arthur Sicard, a Canadian – after 30+ years of research and countless failures – invented the very first snow throwing machine.  He named it the “Sicard Snow Remover Snowblower.”

He studied a farmer’s grain thresher to get the idea for his original design.  His unwavering purpose was to give farmers a quick and easy way to get the snow off their fields so the cows could easily feed.

Newer models of Mr. Sicard’s snow thrower are still in use throughout the United States and Canada and, probably, a few other places in the world.

 

This answer is found in Snow Thrower Reviews.

 

Answer to Question #8

The question was: The CUB CADET 3X26 Snow Blower is rated to throw snow how far from the cleared path?  A) 20 feet, or B) 40 feet, or C) 100 feet, or D) As far as you want – it’s adjustable.

The correct answer is:

B) 40 feet

CUB CADET 3X26 Snow Thrower

This 3-stage beast, with its 357cc OHV engine will definitely toss snow more than 20 feet.

I have never found a snow blower that can throw snow 100 feet – unless it belongs to the city for clearing roads.  But, if you ever hear of one, let me know – I would like to borrow it and send my extra snow over into my neighbor’s yard – just for some smirks and smiles.

Have no doubt that I surely would love to have a snow thrower with an “adjustable distance” discharge chute.  It would serve all those neighborhood kids right – for pummeling me with snow balls every time I try to clear my driveway and sidewalks!  I could take them out with a man-made snow avalanche in seconds!

 

This answer is found in CUB CADET 3X26 Snow Blower.

 

Answer to Question #9

The question was: As of this point in time, there are two outstanding 3-stage snow blowers that have been reviewed in The Perfect Vegetable Garden.  They are the CUB CADET 3X26 and the Troy-Bilt Vortex 2690 3-stage 357cc Snow Thrower.  They both clear the same path width and snow depth.  And, just what would that width and depth be?  A) 20 inches wide and 8 inches deep, or B) 24 inches wide and 12 inches deep, or C) 26 inches wide and 21 inches deep, or D) 60 inches wide and 48 inches deep.

The correct answer is:

C) 26 inches wide and 21 inches deepCUB CADET and Troy-Bilt snow blowers moving snow.

Yessiree Bob, these two behemoths can cut a track that’s a whopping 26 inches wide and 21 inches deep.  You can’t beat that with a stick!

The first two, “A)” and “B)”, are typical widths and depths for single-stage and 2-stage machines.

And, I think any snow blower that could cut a path 5 feet wide and 4 feet deep might have to be attached to a city snow blowin’ truck.  Otherwise, it would be impossibly awkward even for several people to push around together!

 

This answer is found in CUB CADET 3X26 Snow Blower and in Troy-Bilt Vortex 2690 3-stage 357cc Snow Thrower.

 

Answer to Question #10

The question was: Jim, the Lifelong Gardener, (That would be me, again.) has a “particular passion” for two brands of snow blowers.  And, they are:  A) Ryobi and Honda, or B) Cub Cadet and Snow Joe, or C) Husqvarna and Craftsman, or D) None of the above.

The correct answer is:

D) None of the above

Troy-Bilt AND Briggs and Stratton snow blowers

My “particular passion” – my diehard loyalty – will always be to Troy-Bilt AND Briggs and Stratton snow blowers.  Of course, that’s only as long as they maintain the quality for which they are so famous.  That’s just the way it is – even though I know there are other great products by other quality manufacturers. 

But, I have to say that the Cub Cadet and Husqvarna models are a very close second place.  Matter of fact, I have products from each of them that I am very fond of – because of their high quality standards and the bells and whistles they offer.  You will see both names on equipment I have in my garden shed.

 

This answer is found in Troy-Bilt Vortex 2690 3-stage 357cc Snow Thrower.

 

Answer to BONUS QUESTION

The question was: Once upon a time, there was a big ole evergreen tree growing right smack dab in the middle of a dreary, dank, swampy, foggy woodland where ghosts, witches, warlocks, werewolves, and all kinds of other magical creatures lived.  Out of the blue, a blast of eerie wind blew through the woods. Which way did the leaves on the tree fall?

The correct answer is:

No leaves fell.  Evergreens are pine trees!  Pine trees have needles – not leaves!

Evergreen trees are pine trees and they don't have leaves!

 

Which did you like better – the January 2019 quiz page– or, this January 2019 answer page?

Pen a comment way down below or email me – and let me know your thoughts.  I look forward to all correspondence from my fellow gardening aficionados.

 

Jim, the Lifelong Gardener

jim@perfect-vegetable-garden.com

4 thoughts on “Jim’s January 2019 Garden Quiz Answers

  1. Nate Reply

    I’m very impressed. I stumbled upon this by accident while looking for information on snow blowers. I am a sucker for any sort of online quiz.

    I look forward to giving your next quiz a try and see how many I can answer before coming over to the answer page.

    This quiz contained some really great information. I enjoyed it immensely!

    • Jim Reply

      Hi Nate,

      I’m glad you liked this quiz concept.  Due to popular demand, last spring, I started posting monthly quizzes and answers that covered recent articles I had published.  It has been a great hit with visitors!

      The Perfect Vegetable Garden is all about learning new and innovative tools and techniques – leading to a satisfying and rewarding garden adventure for all of us – with a little humor thrown in – here and there.

      Jim

  2. Ciara Reply

    Wowza! Even though I have never used snow blowers, but it was quite educational to see which were the better options and to learn so much about them!

    I was always under the belief that any machine powered by gas is better, until I received an electric drill and saw that they work amazingly well! They look and smell cleaner and, in most cases, have an excess of power! I could not be happier!

    Thanks for an informative read!

    –Ciara

    • Jim Reply

      Hi Ciara,

      I’m happy that you learned a thing or two – that will, no doubt, prove useful down the road – if you ever end up having to clear mountains of snow.

      I’m sure you now have a much better understanding of the type of snow blowers you would need – based on the situation at hand!

      Jim

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