Last Updated on August 30, 2021 by Mesbah Sakib
The winter snow has dumped your house lawn or the passageways. It’s too much work to shovel the snow all by yourself. An RC snow blower can ease your way out of this problem.
So, how to make a remote control snow blower?
First, you have to build a strong and durable base. Then install a powerful motor and battery. Also, attach load-taking wheels. Obviously, you have to add the snow blower to your RC vehicle. And lastly, make it remotely controllable.
This is only the gist of what you have to do to build a snowblower. Does this grab your interest? This article contains all the whereabouts that you need to know to make this RC snowblower.
Hop into this article to see what you have to do.
Things You’ll Need To Build A Remote Control Snow Blower
There are two types of RC vehicles that people are interested in. The first type is just a small prototype. People keep them as a mimic in their collection from their point of interest. They are functional but can’t be used to do any actual work.
For the second type, the RC vehicles are a little larger in size. And they are functional. So, you can use them to blow snow out of your yard.
So, what are the things that you will need to build a working RC snow blower?
The following are a list of things that you’ll need to build an RC snowblower-
- Aluminum chassis
- Wheelchair motor (135 RPM)
- Wheels, shafts, and bearing
- Snow Blower
- Motor driver
- Radio Control
Precaution Needed To Build A RC Snow Blower
When it comes to making an RC snowblower, there are a few things to keep in mind. For example-
- You should not allow small children or pets to be near the workspace. This project requires a lot of small and sharp parts that kids and pets can harm themselves with. The ideal place to build this is in your garage.
- Don’t be careless about the circuit and connections. Small casualties can bring down the whole place in fire.
- Always keep fire extinguishers near your workspace.
- Cover your eyes while using the welding machine. Getting your eyes exposed to flares might result in serious eye injury.
These are very small concerns. But not caring for them can create a huge mess. And no one wants that.
Making RC Snow Blower In 5 Steps
Building an RC snowblower is just as easy as making an RC snowplow. These steps are written in a format for someone who has prior experience.
So you should have a certain expertise in building similar RC vehicles. We have instructed you in the most detailed way possible to build this RC vehicle in no time. Just follow the step-by-step guide below.
Step 1 of 5: Building A Durable Structure
The first step is, of course, making the base of the RC vehicle. Take an aluminum chassis (2’-3’ x 1’-1.5′) that fits the snowblower. The front part of the chassis will carry the snowblower and the rear part will carry the battery pack.
Keep in mind that the base should be strong and light. How good the snowblower is, depends a lot on the firmness of the structure.
If it’s too heavy, the powerhouse of the RC vehicle won’t be able to handle the pressure. Again, if the structure isn’t strong enough, the motor won’t be able to deal with the snow.
Step 2 of 5: Install The Motor and Wheels
For building the RC snow blower, we are going to use a wheelchair motor. A 135 RPM motor can serve the purpose well. To install the motor, we have to make simple brackets to hold it.
We have to bolt the bracket onto the existing mounts. Then drill two mounting holes in the extruded aluminum chassis to bolt it together.
We’ll need washers in the hub gap to keep the chains from rubbing against the frame.
Also, you have to install the chains with the frame. Bolt the wheelchair’s front swivel wheels to the chassis. Attach chain around the wheels to gain extra grip.
Step 3 of 5: Installing The Snowblower
In this step, we are going to attach the snowblower to the structure.
For this, we have to drill through each housing on the front corner. Attach bolts to compact the parts. Then we have two brackets on each corner of the extruded aluminum. To secure and anchor the handle to the frame, use a hose clamp. This will keep the back from kicking up during plowing the snow. After that, we’ll finally attach the blower with two locknuts.
Step 4 of 5: Setting Up The Power
For this RC snowblower, we are taking a battery that can create 20-34 volts of power. So we can use a 16000 mAh LiPo battery. The power will be enough to serve for 2-3 hours. You should not use NiMH batteries as they have charge draining issues.
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Connect the battery with the circuit and you’re done with the power supply. Next, let’s find out how to set up the control system.
Step 5 of 5: Establishing A Control System
This part is like a piece of cake. Connect the receiver, as well as the batteries and motors, to the controller. Use the DIP Switch Wizard Tool to set up the switches. This tool helps you to configure your motor driver right away.
Put the motor controller, receiver, power switch, and antenna together. Connect the transmitter and the receiver. Test the direction for each motor according to your commands. Place two antennas right-angled to each other.
You can also attach a Battle Switch, in case you want to save your car from extreme weather. This works fine on the gear channel.
Additional Step: Waterproofing Your RC Vehicle
This step is not included in the making of your RC snowblower. But you need to do this eventually to protect your RC.
Firstly, get a case for your RC car. It will protect your device from water damage and punctures from sharp objects. Internal waterproof components should also be installed.
You’ve now learned about all of the steps involved in creating an RC snowblower. So, for a fast recap, let’s have a look at this overview –
|Structure building||Building a strong structure using nuts and connectors with a chassis. Not too heavy, not too light.|
|Setting up motor and wheels||Install a high-power motor and chain it with the frame.|
Bolt the wheels to the chassis.
|Attaching the snowblower||Install the snowblower using brackets and bolts.|
|Power supply||Installing a high-power Li-Po battery|
|Making it controllable||Establishing an easy connection between the controller and receiver.|
|Waterproofing||Waterproof different parts of the car using associative materials.|
There you go! You now know everything you need to construct your own RC snowblower. If you’ve followed us till now, you should be getting a pretty nice and functional RC snowblower.
Testing the New Remote Control Snow Blower
Now that you’ve built your remote control snow blower, let’s see how well it pulls off. You can try blowing snow off your lawn or the front road.
It should be able to clear 1-1.5 feet of snow easily. If the snow is 3-4 feet thick, the vehicle might get stuck. Apart from the RC vehicle, the snowblower also shows problems sometimes. You’ll need to find them out and solve them through trial and error.
There are two sorts of snow throughout the winter. The snow is soft and pure in the early phases. It is less difficult to clear. The snow becomes filthy, unclean, and stuck as it progresses. As a result, clearing the snow is more difficult. Your RC snowblower, on the other hand, should have no issue clearing it.
Question: Can I use a steel chassis as the base?
Answer: Yes, you can use steel chassis instead of aluminum chassis. Steel will be slightly heavier than the aluminum frame. But it will provide additional strength to the structure.
Question: Will the RC snowblower work if I use a solar panel?
Answer: Well yes, the snowblower will work if you use a solar panel for the power supply. But it will not be equally functional. You will have to charge it beforehand. And it might not provide you enough power.
Question: Do I need to enclose the battery?
Answer: No, you don’t need to cover your battery. But as mentioned in the steps above, you need to fix the battery firmly. Otherwise, it will create imbalance and instability.
We hope now you know how to make a remote control snow blower. This should help you to save you time. Please let us know if you have any questions about any of the procedures. We will make every effort to resolve your issue.
Till then, best of luck.