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For The Man Who Has Everything: A V8 Snowblower

My friend Duff sent me a link to this gizmag article from 2005. It’s a few years old now so some of you may have already seen it but I just had to re-post it. It’s a truly amazing hunk of machinery! Here’s the excerpt from the original article, see the bottom of the post for the link back to gizmag.

If you’re tired of anemic, one-lung snowblowers with their slipping drive belts, you might consider Kai Grundt’s V8 snow blower which raises the bar on the traditional snow blower in every respect. With electric start, electric block heater, antifreeze heater and eight cylinders, it has no drive belts to freeze up and you’ll never get bored with the job as the 454 cubic inch big block Chevrolet V8 produces 412 horsepower, 430 foot pounds of torque and can throw snow 50 feet at just 3500 rpm. Nor will you get cold as the machine has been ingeniously designed to route the engine coolant through the handle bars, with the rear mounted, enclosed radiator keeping the operator nice and cosy.


The first point to make is that this is not a V8 grafted on a traditional snow blower carriage but a purpose-built unit crafted around a motor of this magnitude. It functions very much like a traditional blower by way of operator input and feedback and offers effortless safe operation.

Manouevering the massive beastie (it has a total wet weight of 912lbs) is a snack thanks to the hydraulic-drive 4WD skid steer on independent walking beams which offers a zero turning radius. It’s also as fast as you like, with an infinitely adjustable speed range on the drive wheels via dash mounted flow control. At the opposite end of the scale, it has more than enough torque to pull your car out of the ditch before the hydraulic motors stall!


Adding to the well-balanced feel of the unit, just 15 pounds of down force on the handlebars will lift the auger blade off the ground in order to climb stairs/walkways for ease of snow removal. Safety has and continues to be paramount with spring return to centre “fail safe” type directional controls with emergency stop and tether cords.

Safety is one of the key theme, with a flashing blue light (as required by law in many areas) being the least of the safety features. No-one will fail to hear you with those twin throaty exhausts, which come standard with 92 decibels at the controls, though if the rhumba of a V8 exhaust is music to your ears, you can obviously go much louder. Evan at the standard baffling, hearing protection is strongly suggested.

The powerful yard machine lights and a dashboard with backlit gauges complete the package to ease the burden of this normally reviled task

The custom 42 inch, two stage auger has a Chevrolet 10 bolt truck differential with spool and a centrifugal auger clutch with shear pin protection, further adding to the image of this “automotive theme blower.” As each unit is cutom-built, optional extras for the snowblower are both diverse and outrageous as the base unit – there is unlimited auger choices from single to multi stage designs and various motor combinations to suit the religious preferences of the customer (Chevy, Dodge Hemi, Ford) and such exotica as a V-10 or a diesel engine or remote starting can be accommodated.

And if, after a while, you feel you’ve outgrown the 400 horses, this particular engine is well catered for in the performance modification area, with Lunati camshaft, Milodon Gear drive, Holley and Edelbrock components to name a few, and there’s always the fuel injection option too, if you feel you need to throw the snow out of the county or ensure your seat in the “neighborhood blower blingster hall of fame.”

Here’s the link to the original gizmag article. Sorry for the off-topic post, but I couldn’t resist.

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Tyler is a hobby machinist and 3D printing aficionado. He teaches computer programming and web development at Highline near Seattle. Tyler founded Projects In Metal in 2008 because he was frustrated by the lack of free plans available for hobby machinists.

3 comments

  1. How can we get in contact with Kia, the man witht he V8 blower?  Are there plans available from him?  I have been thinking about building a large snow blower for the last several years.

    Ted

  2. This is certainly a nice bit of engineering but seems like a bit of overkill designned for the shear dramatic impact. I don't really know because I've never had to deal with snow. I've also seen several versions of V-8 chain saws used for Open Class competition log cutting. 

    Back in the mid-eighties we (joint R&D effort) built a special construction concrete flat saw for deep cutting with the new Chevy 4.0L V-6 when it was introduced.  These saws normally run a 35 or 65HP air-cooled Wisconsin 4-cylnder engine. We mounted the V-6 sideways, ran multiple V-belts through a Municie 4 speed to control the output speed for different blade sizes (24″ to 48″ diamond blades).  The major engineering challanges were to build a Timken outboard crankshaft and trans bearing support system to handle the side strress imposed on the normally inline crank/trans bearings.  Also, for the totally self contained cooling system we had a custom 6 row radiator made with push & pull thermal controlled electric fans (not much airflow).  It was a beast in it's own right with 140 HP (governed @ 3000rpm) and being able to cut 36″ deep at 10 feet per minute all day long through thousands of feet of large aggrigate concrete on the old Denver airport. This is normally done in several passes and so it was a real time saver/money maker.  Also, no saw could cut this deep anywhere in the world with 24″ being the upper limit. 

  3. @TedShop, I'm not sure how to go about getting in touch with Kia. There's a link in my post above to the original article, and in the original Gizmag article there are two links, one goes to a defunct URL and the other to a persons email (Kerry Phibbs). You might try Kerry and see if that gets you anywhere. 

    @Fabrickator, definately overkill. But fun. I was hoping that it might serve as a bit of inspiration, and it's just fun to look at! My dad's favorite tranny for his '57 chevy was a Muncie Rock Crusher. The concrete saw sounds like an interesting one-of-a-kind machine. I wonder who ended up with it after it was decommissioned?