Home DIY DIY: Pedal-Powered Snowplow

DIY: Pedal-Powered Snowplow

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Many of us have had to deal with lots of snow this year. A snowplow could certainly make your life easier when you have to remove snow from your driveway. Not all snowplows are cheap though. If you are up for it, you can modify a bicycle into a pedal-powered snowplow. It has already been done by Craig Smith. Here is what he had to say to Makezine:

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my bike plow makes it easy to make a few runs up and down the driveway to make 2 or 3 piles that can then be easily hand shoveled off to the side. A lever pulls up or lets down the plow with a rope and pulley. Pulling the lever all the way back cantilevers the rope and pivot point so it locks in place. The plow blade is hinged with a bungee cord, so hitting a discrepancy in the road allows the blade to flop and give like a real plow. The bike can turn on a dime so raising the plow and returning up the adjacent path is quick and easy. I can do ‘reverse’ by pushing down on the front wheel with my foot to roll it backwards.

This is a classic but considering that many of us have to deal with snowy conditions, something like this would be fun to try. It goes without saying that you can’t use this if are dealing with a significant amount of snowfall.


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