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    Remote Control Snowblower (full sized)

    Last spring i finished up a full sized rc snowblower build, figured I would share it here as well. Initial versions did include an arduino and some programming, but final layout just used two sabertooth drivers for simplicity. There is also a full 10 part video build log that shows how every part of it was laid out and constructed.

    Final videos of it in action below:





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    Re: Remote Control Snowblower (full sized)

    That's pretty cool. You're a total lunatic to automate a snowblower. What a fun project, and it sure looks good.

    What's the range on it? Would you be able to operate it from inside your house? It seems like the next step would be to mount a camera like you have on some of the drones, such that you'd be able to sit inside wearing goggles and driving the snowblower. That sure seems like it would be popular.
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    Re: Remote Control Snowblower (full sized)

    I don't know anything about arduino's or how you did this. But if you could work with a company like Home Depot and get them to sell your product, you could make infinite $. Snowblowing your sidewalk or driveway from inside your house? That's a game changer.

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    Re: Remote Control Snowblower (full sized)

    During initial testing i ran it from about 300ft away without any problems. It uses a standard transmitter for RC planes so its probably good for 1/4 mile? I regularly use it while sitting on a stool inside my nice warm garage. It is pretty awesome to not have to be out there. I was thinking about doing a fpv setup for another $100-200 it would also need a wiper on the camera though and probably several cameras to see 360deg. It is a dangerous machine. 300lbs with spinning blades of death it could easily eat a dog or child so better for me to be near i think.

    There is one company who sells something like this for $10,000 a pop. I figure $3000 would be palatable for people. I have $1300 into it using a used electric wheel chair and used snow blower. But I also spent allot of time and have a full shop with welders, lathes and milling machines.

    It was a great project and am very happy with it. I might build a few more as I experiment with different design ideas selling off the older models as I go. I cant believe no one is really making these yet for sale yet though. Honestly all of the components are off the shelf stuff. I only had to combine existing components for the most part.

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    Re: Remote Control Snowblower (full sized)

    Up to you what you do with this. But I wasn't suggesting that you churn a few of these out yourself and sell them locally. This is the type of product that the guys on Shark Tank would give both nuts and a kidney to get a piece of, especially since there isn't anything comparable on the mass market right now. Good luck!

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    Re: Remote Control Snowblower (full sized)

    Are you going to churn out it?

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