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Every man needs a Remote Control Snowblower. You shouldn’t have to go outside to clear your driveway every time it snows. Sure, you could buy one for $5,000 — or you could make one for under $1,000. With the right parts list and a simple plan, you can have this built in just eight hours. But wait, there’s more! This can be easily converted into a remote control lawn mower, cooler, candy crusader, or Power Wheels Jeep for your kids!

Here’s a link to the snowblower in action.

This build inspired by the Lawnbot400, featured in MAKE Volume 22.

Steps

Step #1: Build a Base

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Keep it Simple — Build a rectangle to fit the snowblower in the front and carry the batteries in the back. I used 3" x 1.5" for the main supports. I used 1.5" x 1.5" to encase the batteries. Everything bolts together with the custom fittings. The beams cut easily with a carbide-tipped blade.

Step #2: Mount the Motors and Wheels

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  • Wheelchair Motors — Make a simple bracket that bolts onto the existing mounts and drill two mounting holes to bolt onto the extruded aluminum. Also, install washers on the hub to space the tire away from the frame so the chains have clearance from the frame. This would be a good time to install the chains ...
  • Swivel Wheels — Bolt the front swivel wheels from the wheelchair directly to the frame of the extruded aluminum.

Step #3: Install the Snowblower

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  • Front — Drill through the housing on each front corner and attach bolts. Mount two brackets on each corner of the extruded aluminum. From here, drill mounting holes for the snowblower housing bolts and attach the blower with two lock nuts.
  • Back — Use a simple hose clamp to anchor the handle to the frame to keep the back from kicking up when plowing the snow.
  • Handle — Engage the blade by tying back the handle with a simple zip tie. If anything goes wrong, it's easy to stop the blades by sliding off the zip tie.

Step #4: Batteries

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Mount them in the back (they help give more weight to the wheels) and wire them in series, creating 24 volts of power.

Step #5: Control System

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  • Sabertooth 2X25 Motor Controller — Wire the receiver, batteries, and the motors to the controller per the instructions on Dimension Engineering's website. Configure the switches per their DIP Switch Wizard Tool.
  • Enclosure — Mount the Motor Controller, Receiver, Power Switch, and Antenna in a neat arrangement. Attach the enclosure to the frame.
  • Radio Communication — Bind the receiver to the transmitter and test the direction of rotation for each motor. Position the two antennas 90 degrees to each other.
  • Accessory Functions — If you want to expand further, add a BattleSwitch! This works well on the gear channel.

Step #6: Enjoy

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Enjoy clearing your driveway from the comfort of your own home! Be careful not to burn your tongue on the hot chocolate!


Comments

  1. gemno says:

    This one is a very bad idea.

    1. Care to elaborate on that?

      1. Ben says:

        It uses a pretend snowblower (sorry but that thing is tiny and electric) and has wheels in front of the blade so they can get stuck in the snow before the blade can reach it. Bring this to where I live and it wouldn’t be able to get itself out of the shed, took me 90 minutes with my 33″ wide, 18″ high intake to clear 2-5 feet of snow from my laneway dumped on us after the last two day blizzard. That and the legal implications if something/someone (a dog/cat for example) gets on the wrong end of the thing without you there to truly control it. Someone even starts walking towards my blower the first thing I do is kill the blade and then lower the throttle till they are gone, the last thing I want is someone tripping or slipping anywhere near my blower.

        1. Ric says:

          It’s clearly a gas snowblower.

          1. Ben says:

            Totally right, I missed the pull start handle. I’m used to seeing only electric blowers that small. Having seen the video though – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=je3FNfGwgHE – I do feel pretty vindicated, there isn’t even an inch of snow on the ground and not only is it clearing it badly (I have a feeling those front wheels are preventing the blade from getting low enough) it’s struggling to come backwards up the driveway, around 2:20 shows that nicely with the wheels spinning like crazy. Given that the blower has wheels I would remove the front wheels and try again, that would probably improve performance, however this is not a blower for use in “real” snow, light dustings like that it will work fine but come further north to where I live on the shores of Lake Huron and it just wouldn’t work. I certainly like the concept but it needs some significant improvement to make it work as good as it good and I still hate the potential dangers of having a large high speed powered blade that is not directly in your control, lord knows when I blow the snow the kids love to come outside and watch but I make them stay far away from me, they know how dangerous it could be.

          2. MommaBear says:

            Ben,
            You need to get the iceberg out and chill. This isn’t for commercial use or even for sale. Just good clean fun and definitely warmer than some dude clearing snow near Lake Huron.

  2. Ed says:

    How well does it steer? That looks like it’s weak point.

  3. Ozmagog says:

    Based on the design am I correct in assuming this is a front wheel drive system?
    Tying the blade engage seems like it could be a safety issue although I don’t think anyone would be walking too close to a snow blower moving by itself. Adding a remote controlled kill switch could be a fun upgrade as well.

  4. jackdempsey8420 says:

    First of all if someone is near the front of the blades then that is Darwin’s evolution theory at work. Secondly it was used it the blizzard that we in the Midwest experienced and it only took him 20 min to clear his driveway from the comfort of his home. Let me remind you that it was -15°F outside with a wind chill of up to -40°F outside. So please do explain how this is a bad idea again?

  5. Cool but it needs a remote camera and smartphone app so you can stay in bed………

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