A Real Man's Snow Blower

James

Staff member
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And now for the rest of the story....

If you're tired of anemic, one-lung snow blowers with their slipping drive belts, you might consider Kai Grundt's V8 snow blower, which raises the bar on the traditional snow blower in every respect. With electric start, electric block heater, antifreeze heater and eight cylinders, it has no drive belts to freeze up and you'll never get bored with the job, as the 454 cubic inch big block Chevrolet V8 produces 412 horsepower, 430 foot pounds of torque and can throw snow 50 feet at just 3500 rpm.

Nor will you get cold, as the machine has been ingeniously designed to route the engine coolant through the handle bars, with the rear mounted, enclosed radiator keeping the operator nice and cozy.

Maneuvering the massive beast (it has a total wet weight of 912 lbs) is a breeze thanks to the hydraulic-drive 4WD skid steer on independent walking beams, which offers a zero turning radius. It's also as fast as you like, with an infinitely adjustable speed range on the drive wheels via dash mounted flow control. At the opposite end of the scale, it has more than enough torque to pull your car out of the ditch before the hydraulic motors stall!

Adding to the well-balanced feel of the unit, just 15 pounds of down force on the handlebars will lift the auger blade off the ground in order to climb stairs/walkways for ease of snow removal. Safety has been, and continues to be, paramount, with spring return to center "fail safe" type directional controls with emergency stop and tether cords.

Safety is one of the key themes, with a flashing blue light (as required by law in many areas) being the least of the safety features. None will fail to hear you with those twin throaty exhausts, which come standard with 92 decibels at the controls, though if the rumble of a V8 exhaust is music to your ears, you can obviously go much louder. Even at the standard baffling, hearing protection is strongly suggested.

The powerful yard machine lights and a dashboard with back lit gauges complete the package to ease the burden of this normally reviled task. The custom 42 inch, two-stage auger has a Chevrolet 10 bolt truck differential with spool and a centrifugal auger clutch with shear pin protection, further adding to the image of this "automotive theme blower." As each unit is custom-built, optional extras for the snow blower are both diverse and outrageous as the base unit - there is unlimited auger choices from single to multi stage designs and various motor combinations to suit the religious preferences of the customer (Chevy, Dodge Hemi, Ford); and such exotica as a V-10 or a diesel engine or remote starting can be accommodated. And if, after a while, you feel you've outgrown the 400 horses, this particular engine is well catered for in the performance modification area, with Lunati camshaft, Milodon Gear drive, Holley and Edelbrock components to name a few; and there's always the fuel injection option too, if you feel you need to throw the snow out of the county or ensure your seat in the "neighborhood blower blingster hall of fame."
 

SRAD97750

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Sounds like you could throw a man 50' at just 3500 rpm. I'm glad there's no snow here in Socal. -BIG DAN:thumb:
 
Rednecks....:lol: Is it me or does that thing throw the snow right out in front of you instead of to the side? So you never get done, you keep blowing the blowed snow...
 
Rednecks....:lol: Is it me or does that thing throw the snow right out in front of you instead of to the side? So you never get done, you keep blowing the blowed snow...
:lol: I never paid attention to it my self, but if it will throw snow 50', then hell, my driveway is no longer than that. start it up and throw it out in the street for them to scrap,,,err plow. :smirk:
 

James

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Rednecks....:lol: Is it me or does that thing throw the snow right out in front of you instead of to the side? So you never get done, you keep blowing the blowed snow...
:lol: I never paid attention to it my self, but if it will throw snow 50', then hell, my driveway is no longer than that. start it up and throw it out in the street for them to scrap,,,err plow. :smirk:
:lol: Was just going to say that.

If you can throw it 50 ft does it really matter which direction you turn it. :P

Oh and yeah it's PLOW. :smirk:
 
Looks to me like the exit chute is on a swivel, so you can direct it where you want. But then again the whole snow thing is foriegn to me. :noidea:
 
oOohhooooo nice I want one!! I wonder how hard it would be to get in the back of he truck so I could take it to the snow :smirk:
 

James

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oOohhooooo nice I want one!! I wonder how hard it would be to get in the back of he truck so I could take it to the snow :smirk:
I'm guessing that it'd probably be easier to just put your truck in the back of the snowblower and drive it. :smirk:
 
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