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Snowblower/Generator combo

My first thread (ok second one after the introduction one). Anyone else would like if a manufacturer i.e. Honda or any one else created a Snowblower & Generator combo? My immediate thought for the generator use would be for power outages... Could the Honda Hybrid Snowblower be a step in that direction?
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Snowblower & Generator combo?
I've wondered why there hasn't been an ATV/UTV feature of a small generator, maybe enough to power a sump pump and a few lights....

Weight would be a factor to consider. Maybe make the machine "modular" where you could take the snow auger off and attach the generator(?)
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Maybe that modular toro setup at lowes?


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My first thread (ok second one after the introduction one). Anyone else would like if a manufacturer i.e. Honda or any one else created a Snowblower & Generator combo?
First off, welcome!

I don't see this as an idea with widespread appeal. Or at least, it's not really something I'd like a manufacturer to make.

There are some generators that can be attached to the PTO (Power Take Off) of a garden tractor, etc. I think that's an interesting way to make use of a powerful engine that you already own, though I don't think they are common.

The actual electrical generator half of a normal generator is quite heavy. So if it was always part of the machine, it would add a lot of weight, in addition to bulk. The generator half would also be better kept dry, which is tough on a blower. The Honda hybrid blower is extremely expensive (~$8k) already, so adding more stuff to it (for generator output) would likely make it even more of a niche product.

As a simple example of some challenges, generators often have large fuel tanks, my 5500W is 8 gallons, I think. My blower's tank is only about 1 gallon, so I'd get much less run-time if using it as a generator.

Now, some Ariens allow other "attachments" besides the snowblower bucket. Like a big brush, for street-sweeping. If you could remove the bucket, and attach a generator head to the same engine, that could be interesting.

But you can get a generator for $400-500 or so, with lots of choices. If a manufacturer released a generator head, their sales volumes would probably be quite low, and it could likely only work with certain models. It seems like this would make them quite expensive.

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How about when you take the auger off, you could put a power washer onto it ?

All of these things have low usage factors, and a big expensive powerful engine. Seems like it ought to be used for multiple functions.
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The snow blower would also have to be fitted with an air filter.

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One of the first pieces of OPE i worked on as a kid, was the TROY-Bilt Horse tiller ( or something like that, It was the BIG one). It had optional attachments for it, because it was so big and heavy. A plow blade was a good seller for it. There was a generator attachment available, which I guess was NOT a big seller. And they are worth a fair bit of dough now, if you had an original, matched to the unit of tiller that was purchased at the time. That generator was only 110v, only had 2? outlets and not many amps. From what people in the know told me, it was a very expensive way to make power. As it was a very pricey option, used a lot of fuel to run it, considering it was using the 8 hp engine, and heavy. The weight combined with the amount of work to do the change over, made it cumbersome. according to sales reps of the day. So although I like the idea and the versatility of machines, it seems very cool, but not a good financial decision. But I'd buy one if the price was right, because I just picked up 2 of the old T/B Tillers.

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My father had a craftsman garden tractor from the 70s had a a lot of attachments, one was a generator, one u just bolted to the front of it on a mounting plate and ran a belt from the main shaft pulley to the gene.


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Maybe that modular toro setup at lowes?


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Isn't that a Troy Bilt machine? The power head and the various atachments at our local Lowes is Troy Bilt.

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