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(Gizmodo)   There are several much cheaper, and maybe more practical, ways to shovel your driveway, but none any cooler   (gizmodo.com) divider line 26
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2014-02-13 08:32:02 AM  
I can't really tell how tall that thing is, but it sort of looks like the snow outside right now is easily twice its height.
 
2014-02-13 08:51:32 AM  
I dunno, I still kind of want to try the flamethrower method.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-13 09:24:30 AM  
Global warming is cheaper.
 
2014-02-13 09:25:42 AM  
I have a pretty good sized tractor that I plow with.  It is pretty heavy.   If I don't have weights and chains and my 240 lbs of bulk, it will mostly just spin its wheels when I plow.

But if this thing were autonomous, and could just run up and down my driveway like a roomba, now you're talking.
 
2014-02-13 09:28:59 AM  

Pocket Ninja: I can't really tell how tall that thing is, but it sort of looks like the snow outside right now is easily twice its height.


It is, but if its anything like the equally sized battlebots with less weight concerns its probably around 400-500lbs which is plenty for /most/ snow, also it has an actuator to lift the plow

lets be honest someone that blows that kind of cash on something like this probably has it because its fun not because it is a vital part of escaping the snow.
 
2014-02-13 09:39:20 AM  

All Latest: Global warming is cheaper.


Economics of scale?
 
2014-02-13 10:02:36 AM  
I'm expecting a few inches of Global Warming today.  That RC shoveler should come in handy for sure.
 
2014-02-13 10:03:02 AM  

Sybarite: I dunno, I still kind of want to try the flamethrower method.


After the last snow/ice storm, I was seriously considering building one for myself. Thinking that about 2' wide with 4 gas jets would be about right.
 
2014-02-13 10:06:37 AM  

ChubbyTiger: Sybarite: I dunno, I still kind of want to try the flamethrower method.

After the last snow/ice storm, I was seriously considering building one for myself. Thinking that about 2' wide with 4 gas jets would be about right.


I'm thinking of pouring gasoline all over my driveway and lighting up.
 
2014-02-13 11:16:30 AM  
That would work for getting kids off your lawn too.

/needs more mounted .50 cal.
 
2014-02-13 11:34:05 AM  
Thats not snow

This is snow

s28.postimg.org
 
2014-02-13 11:48:29 AM  
That snow plow looks cute for up to 4 inches of snow. Replace the plow with a gas-powered snow-blower and it might be good enough for Canada.
 
2014-02-13 11:54:21 AM  

Cheron: Thats not snow

This is snow

[s28.postimg.org image 259x194]


Always love driving Trail Ridge Road after they open it for the season:

www.cyclelicio.us

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2014-02-13 12:00:50 PM  

mistrmind: ChubbyTiger: Sybarite: I dunno, I still kind of want to try the flamethrower method.

After the last snow/ice storm, I was seriously considering building one for myself. Thinking that about 2' wide with 4 gas jets would be about right.

I'm thinking of pouring gasoline all over my driveway and lighting up.


A typical driveway is about 6m x 6m.  Lets say you have 0.15m of snow on your driveway (about 6 inches).  Settled snow weighs 200kg/m^3 (low estimate).

So, we have:

.15m*6m*6m = 5.4m^3

5.4m^3*200kg/m^3 = 1080kg

Latent heat of fusion for water is about 330kJ/kg so we have:

1080kg * 332kJ/kg = 358MJ

Gasoline contains about 130MJ per gallon, so that's 3 gallons worth of energy.  Let's be very generous and say that 10 percent of the energy goes to melting the snow rather than heading up into the air.  SO 30 gallons of gasoline might do it.

Cost of gasoline to melt your driveway: ~$100

Youtube video after you light 30 gallons of gas on fire in your driveway: Priceless.
 
2014-02-13 12:39:13 PM  
Anyone else notice the bot was doing a shiatty job of clearing the snow off the pavement. Yes, it moved the bulk, but it left a layer that will become the ice glaze you slip and fall on the next morning.
 
2014-02-13 12:41:01 PM  
It doesn't involve explosives,  far from the coolest method of removing snow.
 
2014-02-13 12:55:12 PM  

Hollie Maea: mistrmind: ChubbyTiger: Sybarite: I dunno, I still kind of want to try the flamethrower method.

After the last snow/ice storm, I was seriously considering building one for myself. Thinking that about 2' wide with 4 gas jets would be about right.

I'm thinking of pouring gasoline all over my driveway and lighting up.

A typical driveway is about 6m x 6m.  Lets say you have 0.15m of snow on your driveway (about 6 inches).  Settled snow weighs 200kg/m^3 (low estimate).

So, we have:

.15m*6m*6m = 5.4m^3

5.4m^3*200kg/m^3 = 1080kg

Latent heat of fusion for water is about 330kJ/kg so we have:

1080kg * 332kJ/kg = 358MJ

Gasoline contains about 130MJ per gallon, so that's 3 gallons worth of energy.  Let's be very generous and say that 10 percent of the energy goes to melting the snow rather than heading up into the air.  SO 30 gallons of gasoline might do it.

Cost of gasoline to melt your driveway: ~$100

Youtube video after you light 30 gallons of gas on fire in your driveway: Priceless.


Hey!  You some sort of college boy?
 
2014-02-13 01:14:01 PM  

wildcardjack: Anyone else notice the bot was doing a shiatty job of clearing the snow off the pavement. Yes, it moved the bulk, but it left a layer that will become the ice glaze you slip and fall on the next morning.


That's so they can get you on the sand spreader attachment in the up-sell.
 
2014-02-13 04:05:26 PM  

Sybarite: I dunno, I still kind of want to try the flamethrower method.

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They make them....

http://www.amazon.com/Red-Dragon-VT-2-23-000-BTU/dp/B00004Z2FP/ref=sr _ 1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392325472&sr=8-1&keywords=weed+burner">http://www.am azon.com/Red-Dragon-VT-2-23-000-BTU/dp/B00004Z2FP/ref=sr_ 1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392325472&sr=8-1&keywords=weed+burner
 
2014-02-13 05:56:05 PM  

supersucker: Sybarite: I dunno, I still kind of want to try the flamethrower method.

[i.imgur.com image 475x350]

They make them....

http://www.amazon.com/Red-Dragon-VT-2-23-000-BTU/dp/B00004Z2FP/ref=sr _ 1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392325472&sr=8-1&keywords=weed+burner">http://www.am azon.com/Red-Dragon-VT-2-23-000-BTU/dp/B00004Z2FP/ref=sr_ 1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392325472&sr=8-1&keywords=weed+burner


They make them specifically for ice, too:

Link
 
2014-02-13 07:56:12 PM  

Hollie Maea: A typical driveway is about 6m x 6m.


Wha?  Who has a square driveway?
 
2014-02-14 03:51:45 AM  
The flame blaster is a bad idea - you just make ice.

What you really need is a driveway that can rotate like a rotisserie on it's major axis.

When it snows, you just dump it off and you're good to go.
 
2014-02-14 05:57:32 AM  
img.gawkerassets.com
 
2014-02-14 04:12:02 PM  

John Buck 41: Hollie Maea: A typical driveway is about 6m x 6m.

Wha?  Who has a square driveway?


My neighbor.
 
2014-02-14 08:44:08 PM  

Hollie Maea: John Buck 41: Hollie Maea: A typical driveway is about 6m x 6m.

Wha?  Who has a square driveway?

My neighbor.


Well, ok then. A precedent has been set.
 
2014-02-14 10:07:25 PM  

John Buck 41: Hollie Maea: John Buck 41: Hollie Maea: A typical driveway is about 6m x 6m.

Wha?  Who has a square driveway?

My neighbor.

Well, ok then. A precedent has been set.


It's not perfectly square.. but that's a typical driveway area, at least for the purposes of estimation.
 
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