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About this project

PROTOTYPE

We recently completed a snow blower prototype and are looking to improve our design and reduce manufacturing costs to make it more affordable to everyone. This is a robotic snow blower, which features the Ariens 24 snow blower. The power of this 4WD robot will allow you to clear your driveway and sidewalk while you stay in the comfort of your home or business. 

We are also offering a robotic snow plow. The prototype, that you may have seen on CNN or The Weather Channel, had a 6WD chassis with 13" tiller tires and a 52" wide snow plow blade mounted to the front of the robot with an air cylinder for remotely lifting and lowering the blade. Since then, we have redesigned it to be 4WD, increased its power, narrowed the chassis for easier driving and storage.

We are looking for your backing to improve our designs, reduce manufacturing costs, and provide an option as a DIY package so we can offer the robots at a more affordable price. SuperDroid Robots build custom robots all the time. We have built thousands of robots.  One of the main requests is to provide the robot in kit form for DIY.  The issue with providing a "one-off" robot as DIY is we have to build, assemble, and test the robot to make sure it works. We also have to document all the steps and write the instruction manual.  So for a one-off production, it cost more to do a DIY than provide a assembled unit.  If backed we will be able to provide the snow plow and snow blower in kit form.  Of course we are still going to offer it assembled for those who want the RTR (Ready to Run) package.  

We realize the cost of these robots are very high.  When compared to the hassle of going out in the cold and hurting your back or having a heart attack, this cost is not bad at all.  You will be the hit of the neighborhood if bought for personal use.  If bought for commercial use, it is a huge time saver and no more workers comp claims...

The robots are built in the USA and built tough. They are made super rugged and built to do a very hard job. Heavy duty motors (we loaded them up to 130Amps @24VDC - over 4HP and there was still room to go). 1inch solid steel axles. Sealed ball bearings. Large 13 inch tiller tires. 3/16 thick welded aluminum chassis. 70 Ahr of battery power @ 24VDC.

The remotely operated snow blower and snow plow are intended for the home, business, or municipality which requires snow removal.

See who is talking about SuperDroid Robot's remote controlled snow removal robot. 

CNN Channel Video
Weather Channel Video 1
Weather Channel Video 2

Read our blog about the snow plow
Read our blog about the snow plow

How did we test a remote controlled snow blower in November in North Carolina?

Snow provided by Snow my Yard
Snow provided by Snow my Yard

Lessons Learned

With a 38.5" wide body, we were only able to deploy the snow plow through a standard garage door.  In order to appeal to a larger audience we shrunk the width to 26" to accommodate a standard door opening.  We also redesigned the chassis to accommodate wheel chair motors and made it 4WD for more power.  We also narrowed the plow to 34". 

Early Prototype Snow Plow with Remote Control
Early Prototype Snow Plow with Remote Control

 2ND GENERATION DESIGN

The 2nd generation snow plow is comprised of a 4WD welded 26" x 35" chassis. With a 34" or less blade.

RC Snow Plow Conceptual Drawing
RC Snow Plow Conceptual Drawing

The 1st generation remote controlled snow blower as seen below, uses the same chassis as the snow plow but has a cutout in the front for the attachment of the Ariens Compact 24 snow blower. It also includes a different battery layout along with a secondary cover.

Prototype remote control Snow Blower in Action
Prototype remote control Snow Blower in Action
RC Snow Blower conceptual drawing
RC Snow Blower conceptual drawing

DELIVERY SCHEDULE

Estimated Delivery Schedule
Estimated Delivery Schedule

 REWARDS

$20 Reward "Get Blown Remotely" T-shirt
$20 Reward "Get Blown Remotely" T-shirt
$20 Reward - "Get Plowed Remotely" T-shirt
$20 Reward - "Get Plowed Remotely" T-shirt
Shoot the Owner with "OverKill" our over-sized paint ball shooting remote control robot.
Shoot the Owner with "OverKill" our over-sized paint ball shooting remote control robot.
$15 Reward - Lube for snow chute
$15 Reward - Lube for snow chute
                                           

Risks and challenges

There's very little risk for the backer. SuperDroid Robots has been working with robots for over 25 years and we have a capable and experienced team of engineers, technicians, and fabricators.

Through the years we have made many contacts with suppliers, machine shops, fabrication facilities, laser cutters, water jet cutting, etc. With our relationships with local vendors, larger projects can be affordably managed.

SuperDroid Robots has a complete in-house machine shop, including several CNC machines, break presses, TIG and MIG welding, and plasma cutting. This enables us to produce low quantity production and prototyping.

Our challenge, what we need your help with, is to produce our robotic solutions in a volume necesary to bring down cost and provide these solutions to the consumer.

With your help we are confident that we can meet our goals, deadlines, and price-points.

Thank you for your support!

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    If you do not want to purchase a snow removal robot but want to be part of something big, we will give you A BIG "Thank you!" in the monthly newsletter.

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    Can of white lithium grease to remove squeak from chute as seen in promo video.

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    A SuperDroid Robots "Get Blown Remotely" T-Shirt and your name added to the monthly newsletter thanking you for your pledge.

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    Adult only sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL

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    We will fly 1 person within the continental United States to North Carolina to meet the team and shoot the Owners with a remote control paintball shooting robot!

    Includes airfare and 2 nights hotel accommodation. International airfare will cost more, so we have added shipping costs.

    Use our robot "OverKill" to remotely shoot paintballs at the Owner of SuperDroid Robots.

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    Complete "Snow Plow" kit includes 1 welded chassis and all required parts and instructions on how to assemble the remote control snow plow.

    These are heavy large packages, so shipping gets expensive and it has to ship freight. For shipping outside Canada or US, the batteries will not be included to reduce the shipping cost. You will be responsible for buying batteries (about $350 USD). The cost of batteries are subtracted from the calculated shipping cost. If you want your country added here, contact us. Thank you!

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    Complete "Snow blower" kit includes 1 welded chassis and all required parts and instructions on how to assemble the RC snow blower. (Kit includes parts for adapting the Ariens 24 snow blower but does NOT include the snow blower)

    These are heavy large packages, so shipping gets expensive and it has to ship freight. For shipping outside Canada or US, the batteries will not be included to reduce the shipping cost. You will be responsible for buying batteries (about $350 USD). The cost of batteries are subtracted from the calculated shipping cost. If you want your country added here, contact us. Thank you!

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    Fully assembled "Snow Plow" includes everything needed to run right out of the box.

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    Fully assembled "Snow Blower" includes everything needed to run right out of the box. Price includes the Ariens snow blower.

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Funding period

- (30 days)