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Old 01-08-2014, 04:34 PM
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The RV-10 turned out to be a little challenging to push back into the hanger by myself, especially when the ramp has snow and ice. The latest discussion about pushing by the propeller on a CS prop convince me I needed to come up with a tug fast and I did not like the idea of using an electric winch. I found a snow blower at Lowe's.com that would work. 208 cc electric start engine with 4 forward and 2 reverse speeds. It was on sale for only $499.00 with free shipping to the store. 4 bolts removed the auger assembly as a unit and I had some scrap steel from other projects to fabricate the arms and pins. It is built wide enough to allow use with or without wheel fairings. The arms bolt onto the frame with 5/16" bolts. The forward bolts are threaded into a 1" round aluminum rod that fits between the frame sides and provides rigidity to the arms. I had some scrap sheet aluminum that I cut, fit, bent, and painted to finish off the drive belt guard exposed since the auger assembly was removed. I already tested it on snow and it works great getting the RV-10 up the grade and over the concrete 1" lips.
The pics make it look tight but there is plenty of clearance for the wheel pairing.




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Old 01-08-2014, 04:52 PM
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What was the model on Lowes or a link to it on the web site? . I was looking and could not locate that one.

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Old 01-08-2014, 04:54 PM
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Old 01-08-2014, 06:03 PM
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Pretty cool, and you still have a snowblower.
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Old 01-08-2014, 06:04 PM
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What was the model on Lowes or a link to it on the web site? . I was looking and could not locate that one.

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Jeff
Model DB7659-22". Its Lowe's branded name is "Powersmart". I just purchased it less than 2 weeks ago and looked on Lowes.com and its no longer there. Could be they are all gone or just out of stock. Sears also carries it with the Craftsman badge. Our local Walmart had a couple in stock when I was looking but about $150 more. I chose this one because it had a larger motor and the spring loaded single lift up handle to engage the drive. I may end up installing some studs on the tires or chains to help on snow/ice.
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Old 01-08-2014, 06:17 PM
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Default Well Done!

Wow, what a clean looking result. Very clever thinking. Well done!
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Old 01-08-2014, 06:55 PM
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In the 4th picture it looks like you're missing the dipstick from its hole in the left front corner of the crankcase. Hope this is just an optical illusion otherwise a nasty surprise might be in store.
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Old 01-08-2014, 07:02 PM
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Default Mark, you're hired!

....I want this guy doing my inspections !

but seriously, you should trade the blower part for a sweeper attachment for the summer! ( also handles up to 1" or 2 of dry snow)

nice homebuilding to be sure.....and it's not being lazy, it's saving your back, and anything else that gets injured when you slip & fall on ice trying to get traction! Do NOT end your winter flying this way folks!
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Old 01-08-2014, 07:20 PM
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very cool.

here is my idea of a homebuilt tug

http://www.google.com/imgres?client=...art=17&ndsp=16
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Old 01-08-2014, 07:27 PM
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Does it run LOP on mogas??......

Very well done build!
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