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Survivalism & Self Sufficiency Topics => Homesteading and Self Reliant Living => Do It Yourself - Projects, Ideas and How To => Topic started by: SWNH on October 11, 2010, 09:04:40 AM

Title: Homemade Power Wagon
Post by: SWNH on October 11, 2010, 09:04:40 AM
Power Wagon

I made this to haul firewood from my splitting area to my stacking area. It's really quite simple to do and doesn't require any perminant modifications to the snowblower. 6 bolts and a belt change to convert it back.

I removed the blower assembly from the "traction" unit (6 bolts) and removed the belt that drives the blower. What I was left with was essectially a 2-wheeled tractor. I fabricated a deck with large caster wheels and bolted it to the tractor unit using the existing bolt holes. It looks more complicated than it is due to the fact I was using materials on-hand rather than fabricating everything from scratch.

It handles just like a shopping cart. Not pictured is the simple wood box that sits on the deck to hold the firewood splits.

One thing to keep in mind is the fact snowblowers do NOT have air filters. If you are going to use it in the non-snow times of the year, get one. The life of the engine will be considerably shortened without it.

(http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/3429/powerwagon2.jpg)

(http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/3091/powerwagon1.jpg)

(http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/259/powerwagon3.jpg)
Title: Re: Homemade Power Wagon
Post by: mxitman on October 11, 2010, 09:26:51 AM
Thats sweet, and a great idea for those who don't have a small trailer or truck to move stuff.
Title: Re: Homemade Power Wagon
Post by: bartsdad on October 11, 2010, 11:27:58 PM
OK, this will work great on my DR brush mower.

+1 for giving me another project.  ::)

The DR attachments attach via a pin and tube, making this even easier than the snowblower conversion. I'm also picturing a powered wheel barrel.
Title: Re: Homemade Power Wagon
Post by: SWNH on October 12, 2010, 04:06:31 PM
OK, this will work great on my DR brush mower.

+1 for giving me another project.  ::)

The DR attachments attach via a pin and tube, making this even easier than the snowblower conversion. I'm also picturing a powered wheel barrel.


Hmmmm....might be a market for a wagon attachment for those mowers. I'll have to think about that one.  ;)
Title: Re: Homemade Power Wagon
Post by: Chief_919 on December 16, 2010, 09:19:12 AM
Man that is slick.

Nobody owns a snowblower down here to do it with :(
Title: Re: Homemade Power Wagon
Post by: jbm555 on February 07, 2011, 10:34:50 AM

Very, very clever.  We don't usually get enough snow here to justify a snow blower.  However, this gives me some ideas (powered wheel barrow for moving dirt/mulch/rocks) and I think I'll try to keep my eye out for a used one. 

Title: Re: Homemade Power Wagon
Post by: bartsdad on February 07, 2011, 11:18:47 AM
I'm glad this thread got bumped, I forgot to add that many snowblowers never came equipped with air filters and could lead to premature failure if operated in dirty conditions
Title: Re: Homemade Power Wagon
Post by: cdnshooter on February 14, 2011, 03:54:06 PM
(http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h7/Cdnshooter/vehicle5.jpg)

"Balkan Harley"

Roto tiller + wagon = family transport!

Cheers,

Ben
Title: Re: Homemade Power Wagon
Post by: Joel on February 14, 2011, 04:21:33 PM
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"Balkan Harley"

Roto tiller + wagon = family transport!

Hah!  Back twenty years ago when I was there, those were common as anything in China.  First few I saw damn near scared me to death, but they grow on you.

(http://asiantriporteurs.files.wordpress.com/2007/03/lhasa95roto-copy.jpg?w=497)
Title: Re: Homemade Power Wagon
Post by: tomh on April 25, 2011, 11:55:20 PM
I was in Madagascar and saw a lot of make-shift transportation carriers, every tracker I saw was in pieces rusting on the side of the road. The small engine equipment had purpose and got used. This guy would deliver firewood.

(http://faithandtom.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Going-for-a-Ride3-300x225.jpg)