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Will a Robot Replace Your Snow Shovel This Year?

Posted December 16, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Snow removal can be a daunting and difficult task. Why not let a $4,000 autonomous robot do the job for you? Users actually sync the robot to their phone with an accompanying app, and this robot can also mow the lawn and clean up leaves when there's no snow.


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12/16/2016 1:25 PM

I've always liked the idea of a 'Roomba' type device for snow removal.

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12/16/2016 2:23 PM

Having blown snow for the last 44 years, forgive my skepticism. There are so many different types of snow, I seriously doubt this will be a useful machine unless you are blessed to only get light, dry, fluffy snow in temperatures well below freezing. Other issue is battery operated. That places this squarely in the toy category. You simply cannot store enough energy in a battery to do any kind useful snow removal. The auger is joke. It will not process the crud deposited at the end of the driveway by the snowplows.

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12/16/2016 2:56 PM

And if there's ice under that snow it isn't going anywhere. I can see it working with leaves, but we had a lot of pecan trees and they shed sticks like crazy. I don't know how it would deal with that. Does it bag the leaves (doubtful) or just blow them off to one side like it does the snow? For four thousand bucks I'd want something that not only bags them but ties the bags off and sets them out by the curb. Don't really need it for the snow because we very seldom get snow here and, when we do, it's more just a dusting.

It would kind of nice to have something to pick up the pecans, though. An attachment like this, maybe?

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12/16/2016 3:48 PM

Out where I live $4000 will get you a older fair condition fair sized tractor and a snowblower to go with it.

We picked up our old Mf 2745 (~140 PTO HP) for $3000 and the 8 foot snowblower was another $500.

As for our winters this one has proven that even with a 140 PTO HP that's not enough for a 8 foot wide cut in many places.

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12/16/2016 5:05 PM

Your winters up there are brutal. I don't know how you stand it. I was in Colorado in December 2013 and it got down to -8F at night. I've a friend up there who said it was -31F where he was. -8 was bad enough. I can't imagine what -31 feels like.

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12/17/2016 12:43 PM

I had -27 F a week ago and my brother had -31 half a mile away. We grew up in it and know how to deal with it so it's not a big issue for us.

In many ways it can be rather enjoyable if dealt with the right way!

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12/17/2016 12:55 PM

I deal with it by living in Texas (not that I have any great love for Texas, per se, it's just that my teenage daughter happens to live here with her mum).

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12/17/2016 12:27 AM

The whole idea as I see it is to get exclusive territory sales, distribution and service rights.

There are plenty of folks that are tired of, too lazy or just plain rich to plow their driveways.

Add into that a general shortage of people who can barely change a flat tire on the family car.

The warranty on the product doesn't say you get a refund if it won't work in your situation.

For the right person, this is a knocking at the door opportunity.

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