Annoy the neighbours from the comfort of the couch; 3D printed remote controlled snowblower

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2016 - 01:24 PM |
Tagged: DIY, 3d printing

Snowblowers are noisy and not as effective as a shovel, but when it is remote controlled it certainly becomes an attractive solution.  Over at Hack a Day there is a link to a 3D printing project which gives you the plans to print out your own snowblower.  The project does encompass the entire machine, it might be prudent to look the project over and see if standard snowblower parts can be included in the build; especially if you already own one.  3D printing is growing in utility as well as popularity.

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"This year’s model features a slipper clutch — combined with a differential from a heavy RC truck — to forestall damage to the attachment if you happen to hit any rocks or ice chunks. The blades are also thicker and lack teeth in this iteration, as they would catch on anything hard and shatter the blade more often than not."

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December 30, 2016 | 01:58 PM - Posted by Bill (not verified)

Noisy and not as effective as a shovel? Bahahaha. Spoken like someone who's never used a snowblower!

December 30, 2016 | 02:50 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Pah!  bet you use a leafblower too

December 30, 2016 | 03:19 PM - Posted by Sebastian Peak

I have a neighbor who uses a leaf blower... surprisingly effective; though odd-looking.

December 31, 2016 | 03:35 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Leaf blowers are also quite effective at blowing light, fluffy snow off of steps and sidewalks.

December 30, 2016 | 04:21 PM - Posted by Luthair

Didn't you move to BC or something where there is no snow?

If you get a lot of snow or have a big driveway snowblowers are definitely a lot easier than shovelling, plus shovelling is a form of exercise which has a higher risk of heart attacks...

Leaf blowing is similar, if you have a lot of trees and a big yard the powerful blowers can be pretty effective.

January 1, 2017 | 05:56 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Snow comes with two solutions, if it isn't something you can shovel then you call someone with a plow attachment on their truck or ATV.

If you get a lot of snow the blower is only good for a few uses before it can't throw the snow high enough to get on the bank and you end up with a slowly shrinking path or drive.  They've never impressed me at all; to each their own.

January 2, 2017 | 09:46 PM - Posted by Dusty

That's what two stage blowers are for! The weak single stage throwers can't handle the snow around my house.

December 31, 2016 | 03:32 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Those were my thoughts too when I read that. Only someone who has never used a snowblower to clear a foot of snow off of a large driveway would make such an absurd statement.

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