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Inspired by sanman's Winch-Drawn Snow-Removal Tarp,
is a long, rubber squeegee like thing that runs the length
of the driveway on one side. There are two motors on
either side of the driveway that pull it from one side to
other via cables scraping the snow with it.
require resetting, you'd just pull it from
side to the other as it scraped the snow off the driveway
and piled it up on the side, then the next day, or
whenever, you'd just pull it back to the other side,
the snow into another pile.
The snow being scooped into two piles would reduce the
size of those piles as well.
Now unlike a windshield wiper, the "blade" would be
shaped so that the weight of the snow would push it
making it scrape deeper and more effectively unlike the
windshield wiper that relies on the pressure of a spring
to push it down.
A mobile version of this might be used for roads and
runways as well.
I suppose a smaller articulated version of this with a
shorter blade could be used as well, the two motor units
just roll down the driveway after clearing a swath of
maybe 5 feet at a
time requiring much less powerful motors. Job would
get done, just would take a little while longer.
It would have wheels under it so the only friction would
be at the leading edge where it's scooping the snow.
The hight would be whatever proves practical because if
it was too much to pull the entire load, you could just go
back and forth taking layers from underneath until the
job was done. I expect in actual application you're need
to get some serious horsepower to do the entire
driveway at once. This allows you to spread the task out
without having a pretty hefty horsepower motor that it
might take to move thousands of pounds of snow at
ADDENDUM: If you're doing the moving unit deal
where it moves down the driveway, the blade would
be angled to push the snow towards the street,
changing the angle as it moves back and forth. Once
it gets to the street, the angle just changes to
perpendicular to the driveway so it pushes it to the
There are options already available (blower, not scraper...). [neutrinos_shadow, Feb 10 2022]
|Could do whatever works best. The idea is to break
up the job in practical little bits so you could have
it run every hour or so, or once in the morning, to
whatever works with the size and power of the
|I don't believe in living in snow myself, my
daughter left her beautiful beach adjacent
California town to go to college in a place that has
snow storms. The real solution to snow in your
driveway is buying a driveway in California on the
|And not to brag, but despite going to college at 16
because high school was "A pointless waste of
time." she's just a notch below magna cum laude,
the top 3% of her class.
|(disengage obnoxious proud dad bragging that
nobody could care less about)
|But when she gets her PHD, I won't be able to do
so much as buy a donut without bragging about her
to the person behind the counter.
|Yea, I think that's the good part of this, that it's
|Could mount it permanently, maybe in a container
in two trenches along the length of the driveway.
Don't imagine it would be particularly attractive of
only bringing it up during the winter might be a
|Keep in mind, it will need to be pretty well
attached to the ground on ether side. It's still
pulling a lot of weight.
|Hmm, actually it wouldn't, you could just have a
solid member between the two units keeping the
motor from pulling itself into the driveway.
|Disregard the permanent mounting thing. You
could just store this in the garage during the
summer. The member that's the width of the
driveway between the two units
would be collapsable for ease of storage.
|Wonder if gas powered might be better.
|Plus just realized you dont need two motors, just
one with a mechanical linkage between the sides
through that separation member that stretches
across the driveway.
|[a1] yeah, I realise it's a different mechanism. I thought it was
worth adding a link showing current tech. I've edited the
description to be a bit less blah.
|//glazed with ice//
Is that not the plan? Muhahaha..!
|I could use one now. I, just like 21Quest, love this twice as
much as usual.