There are still a lot of places around the area that have yet to be shoveled/plowed out. It's unfortunate, but when you get that much snow dumped on you at one time, it's a reality.
Kevin Blake lives in Madison and has come up with what could be the Winter product of the year, it makes shoveling snow fun, while at the same time gives you a pretty good workout and is safe on the environment.
The Pedal Powered Snow Plow is the brain child of Blake, and thought it's not for sale, the video and image gallery below give you step by step instructions on how to build your own environmentally friendly snow removal system that might just make you faster next year as well.
Rham, Gery, listen up, this is the platform you want to get on top of ASAP. the Pedal Powered Snow Plow might be the tool that keeps your streets and sidewalks clean, while at the same time gives you the most fit city employees in the country.
By Kevin Blake
It probably took me 50 to 80 hours to complete the pedal plow. With a little bit of mechanical aptitude, some metal working resources and a couple of old bikes, just about anyone can make a pedal-powered snowplow. (You can see all of the design illustrations and photos in the Image Gallery.)
Ever since I was old enough to mow the grass, I would daydream about ways to make the task easier. I thought about robot mowers, remote control mowers and tying self-propelled mowers to a stake to track in a circle. When my chores changed from grass to snow, my musings changed as well. I grew up in Missouri, so the amount of snow that I had to deal with was fairly small.
In 1996, I was interested in recumbent bicycles and human-powered vehicles. A friend and I built a recumbent tricycle for him to use as a commuter vehicle. It was winter when we took it for an initial test ride. At some point while we were riding the nearly completed tricycle, I commented that maybe we could put a plow on the front and push snow around. We discussed the idea and ended with the speculation the snow would be too heavy, and the tricycle would not get sufficient traction.
Then in 1999, I moved to Wisconsin and experienced more substantial snowfalls. The idea of a pedal plow started rolling around in my head again. I obtained a junked Craftsman riding lawn mower without the engine and cutting deck.
Inspired by Monster Garage, I realized that I had access to a shop and
the beginnings of the snowplow in my garage. I turned off the TV and
began sketching ideas for the plow.
Snowplow Frame and Chassis.
tackle this project, you'll want to start with the frame. A used mower
can provide you with a seat, wheels, steering mechanisms and a
transmission. I recommend a recumbent seating position because it's a
little easier to get on and off the plow when you're wearing winter
clothes. It's also more stable and places your weight over the rear
wheels to improve traction. The seat from the mower is made for this
The frame of the mower probably will not work
without some modifications. The frame on my junked mower was
essentially a large flat plate. I realized that I would have to mount
the pedals high to make sure my heels cleared the existing frame. I had
to scrap it and create a new frame. You might be able to modify your
mower's existing frame if you are handy with a cutting torch.