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Old 12-21-2013, 10:04 AM
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And now for the rest of the story....

If you're tired of anemic, one-lung snow blowers with their slipping drive belts, you might consider Kai Grundt's V8 snow blower, which raises the bar on the traditional snow blower in every respect. With electric start, electric block heater, antifreeze heater and eight cylinders, it has no drive belts to freeze up and you'll never get bored with the job, as the 454 cubic inch big block Chevrolet V8 produces 412 horsepower, 430 foot pounds of torque and can throw snow 50 feet at just 3500 rpm.

Nor will you get cold, as the machine has been ingeniously designed to route the engine coolant through the handle bars, with the rear mounted, enclosed radiator keeping the operator nice and cozy.

Maneuvering the massive beast (it has a total wet weight of 912 lbs) is a breeze thanks to the hydraulic-drive 4WD skid steer on independent walking beams, which offers a zero turning radius. It's also as fast as you like, with an infinitely adjustable speed range on the drive wheels via dash mounted flow control. At the opposite end of the scale, it has more than enough torque to pull your car out of the ditch before the hydraulic motors stall!

Adding to the well-balanced feel of the unit, just 15 pounds of down force on the handlebars will lift the auger blade off the ground in order to climb stairs/walkways for ease of snow removal. Safety has been, and continues to be, paramount, with spring return to center "fail safe" type directional controls with emergency stop and tether cords.

Safety is one of the key themes, with a flashing blue light (as required by law in many areas) being the least of the safety features. None will fail to hear you with those twin throaty exhausts, which come standard with 92 decibels at the controls, though if the rumble of a V8 exhaust is music to your ears, you can obviously go much louder. Even at the standard baffling, hearing protection is strongly suggested.

The powerful yard machine lights and a dashboard with back lit gauges complete the package to ease the burden of this normally reviled task. The custom 42 inch, two-stage auger has a Chevrolet 10 bolt truck differential with spool and a centrifugal auger clutch with shear pin protection, further adding to the image of this "automotive theme blower." As each unit is custom-built, optional extras for the snow blower are both diverse and outrageous as the base unit - there is unlimited auger choices from single to multi stage designs and various motor combinations to suit the religious preferences of the customer (Chevy, Dodge Hemi, Ford); and such exotica as a V-10 or a diesel engine or remote starting can be accommodated. And if, after a while, you feel you've outgrown the 400 horses, this particular engine is well catered for in the performance modification area, with Lunati camshaft, Milodon Gear drive, Holley and Edelbrock components to name a few; and there's always the fuel injection option too, if you feel you need to throw the snow out of the county or ensure your seat in the "neighborhood blower blingster hall of fame."

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Dude, thats cool.


I bet CN would buy that if you get tired of it.
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First, unless you used the wrong photo, that's a Small block chevy,not a big block.

Still pretty cool.
I would think(I am sure) a small block or bigblock powered snow blower could handle a 5-6 foot wide auger . Even with the SBC , the machine still looks anemic.
The operator heater is a very awesome function
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sure look like a big block to me!!!
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the headers have me faked out. the 2 center exhaust tubes look close together like a sbc. the pipe plug in the frontof the cylinder head should have been obvious , but I missed it, sorry.
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That thing would be a real beast with a 6 foot wide auger. OMG
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That is one helluva hot rod. Kudos to the builder.
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So does it have a hydraulic pump driven off the back of the engine?
Is a tracked option available?
Tim Taylor would be proud.
My apologies for the negativity, that machine is truly awesome.
We got a foot of snow last week. It has me thinking
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So does it have a hydraulic pump driven off the back of the engine?
Is a tracked option available?
Tim Taylor would be proud.
My apologies for the negativity, that machine is truly awesome.
We got a foot of snow last week. It has me thinking


It looks like there are 3 ("Blade-Runner"?) arimid core lawn and garden type belts driven off of the front of the engine, and what appears to be a hydraulic fluid reservoir between the front of the engine and the snowblower.

The text included says that the wheel drive system is hydraulic, and that there are no snowblower drive belts to slip ... yet there is mention of a "centrifugal auger clutch", so I'm not sure whether the auger differential is driven by an orbit motor or is belt-driven?

If that were the case, a belt-driven electomagnetic (i.e. A/C) clutch would make the most sense to me ...

Also enjoyed the part where it said this thing could bull a vehicle out of the ditch.

I can see more of us guys building something like this.
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After a couple of mods here's what you get. Seems to me it needs a drivers seat, a cup holder and some tunes. Eh?

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66GMC.. I have a friend that has an old zero turn mower that used to have a twin cylinder Wisconsin engine.It now has a 1200 Subaru engine on it and last year there was a 66 inch wide thrower mounted to the front. That thing would toss snow, rocks, frozen dead animals etc , about 65 feet .
I would like to build something I the future. This past summer I saw a 60 inch wide thrower set up to have a 3 point mounting and PTO input.
I could have and should have bought it , just to have when I am ready.
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As much as I admire guys that can do stuff like this, I am not sure I have the courage to fire it up and use it. I would be worried about it flipping over when I cracked the throttle!
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After a couple of mods here's what you get. Seems to me it needs a drivers seat, a cup holder and some tunes. Eh?

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What. A. Machine!
Nice to see it in action!
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66GMC.. I have a friend that has an old zero turn mower that used to have a twin cylinder Wisconsin engine.It now has a 1200 Subaru engine on it and last year there was a 66 inch wide thrower mounted to the front. That thing would toss snow, rocks, frozen dead animals etc , about 65 feet .
I would like to build something I the future. This past summer I saw a 60 inch wide thrower set up to have a 3 point mounting and PTO input.
I could have and should have bought it , just to have when I am ready.
Already impressive ... but still needs MORE POWER!
(Insert Tim the Tool Man sound here.)
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Cool
Is that a Cat yellow color in the engine?
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