Clever Homebrew Tech Makes Snow Blowing A Breeze

Clever Homebrew Tech Makes Snow Blowing A Breeze

Laura E. Hall
Feb 3, 2011

Our hometown is now on its third snow day, although thanks to technology, not all kids are getting a day off. Whether you're similarly buried and working remotely, or you if braved the roads, you'll enjoy these two DIY snow-removal contraptions, just below the jump.

Crafted by Jimmy Bui, a Midwestern engineer, this robotic pushing platform is meant to aid people who aren't physically capable of pushing the plow themselves. It's made from the base of a motorized wheel chair which is bolted to a snow blower -- nice and simple. It's controlled by a toy airplane remote controller, and a plastic cake dome protects the motor.

Makezine recently shared this cool custom bike. The three-wheeler is a separate DIY project. Maker Craig attached the snow plow accessory to handle snow loads too small for the large plow, but too large for comfort.

The plow is controlled with a lever, rope and pulley, and locks into place, though it has some give (for changing road surfaces) due to a bungee cord hinge.

Finally, here are some useful tips for riding your bike in the snow. Top tip? Be careful out there!

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(Computers in snow image: Flickr member cripple_me licensed for use under Creative Commons. Bike fence image: Flickr member n.gottier licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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