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post #1 of 42 Old 01-13-2015, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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Sitting and idling

With the weather not cooperating so much -had a snow only once this year and guess what?! Man, that was the best snow day from long, long time. After finishing my driveway (250') I wasn't tired at all. I learned how to make quick 180 in a blink of an eye. I was so happy.
Tracked models are great if you have a long hilly or unpaved driveway like mine. They are unstoppable like a tank. And like a tank takes a lot of effort to move around with the engine off on garage floor and tight spaces. You can try to disengage transmission, but it's still a tank at least to me (150lbs).
I knew about it before I made my mind and purchased one.
I found few tracked models on different kinds of dollies from ready made, like the one you can get at any hardware or home improvement store for around $20 to custom made units from scraps of plywood or 2x4' with couple caster wheels attached. There are also some nice ones with a color matching paint jobs.
With no snow on the horizon I decided to build one.
Originally it was suppose to be a simple thing with 4 wheels attached. Great weekend project I thought. Then I went a little crazy with it, added non-slip rubber mats, lockable caster wheels, couple holes for drainage, collapsible ramp with pneumatic struts for lift support and some red paint.









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post #2 of 42 Old 01-13-2015, 11:16 AM
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I see you went a little crazy plastering your name on everything also.

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What? O, yeah and that too, lol.

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Top notch! Even for a wheeled-thrower, this would come-in handy around the garage!


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Thanks classiccat.
With all the crap I have and limited space it already is.

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Beautiful, your design and fabrication look professionally done.

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Well, that's just to fancy for words. Nice work.

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Well, that's just to fancy for words. Nice work.
Looks great !!!

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Thank you all.
I wasn't trying to reinvent the wheel, at the end it's a dolly, still.
With a concept in my head, I measure both platform and a ramp, calculate angle of approach, so the auger doesn't scrape the floor.
I wanted to be:
- easy to use (including loading and unloading),
-stable (caster wheels with locks) enough, so you can walk on it without being worry it will run away (I did an oil change by bringing only right track on the dolly with the left still on the floor. That gave me good angle to drain the engine oil),
-not slippery (especially when wet or wearing wet boots),
-had an anchor point at the back (Honda is front heavy) that could work as a hook as well (after all the tests I didn't needed. You can drop the auger to middle position (tracked units) and that is secure enough.
-had some draining for melted snow,
- and look decent.
If you look at the second photo you will notice spring loaded hinges (with 150lbs rating) however what works vertically doesn't always work horizontally. Different physics. The ramp didn't want to stay up, so I found couple old pneumatic lift supports from old kitchen door cabinet and mount those in addition to hinges. That didn't help a thing . When I put the platform on its side the force from hinges and struts was great to the point I couldn't 'break it'.
Something was not wright . Then I lowered one of the mounting points for the struts to create better angle. That was it.
Most of the parts found @ Home Depot, eBay, or garage.

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Nice job!

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