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Atlas Senior Class Survey

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by Atlas Sr Design, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. Atlas Sr Design

    Atlas Sr Design Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    Hello, we are students at Eastridge High School in Rochester New York. We are part of a Senior engineering class in which a year long project is to design a solution to a problem and produce an effective prototype. My group has chosen a snow shovel that pushes, rather lifts, heavy wet snow.

    current ideas consist of a different blade design, or possibly a heated blade.

    Please leave any comments or ideas, your input will be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,598

    How about using the motor and battery from a powered wheel chair and attach it to a frame that has a mini snowplow attached? Essentially a smaller version of this:

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  3. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    A heated handle would be nice. I don't know how a heated blade would work though.
     
  4. Atlas Sr Design

    Atlas Sr Design Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    thank you for the replies, please tell anyone else about this thread
     
  5. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040

    What is your intended market for this product?

    What's your cost target?

    Materials selection?

    Weight?

    How about VOC feedback, are the options that you wish to include really desired by your intended market? What features are they really willing to pay for? How much are they willing to pay for them?


    http://cozywinters.com/shop/vertex-shovel.html
     
  6. Atlas Sr Design

    Atlas Sr Design Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    JohnnyU, we posted this on the forum to get feedback from people that shovel driveways, so no features are set in stone.

    Our intended demographic is for people that shovel the usual wet and heavy snow that falls every year in Western NY. Plus any other places where that snow falls often. Our cost target has not been determined yet, that is towards the end of the year.

    thank you for the link, we are aware of that shovel
     
  7. mayhem

    mayhem PlowSite.com Addict
    from Peru MA
    Messages: 1,016

    Are there any specific design constraints? Cost? Weight? Powered or unpowered? Specific materials to be used?

    You want to create a shovel that pushes heavy snow out of the way instead of lifting it, is that right?
     
  8. Atlas Sr Design

    Atlas Sr Design Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    Our shovel is unpowered, but we are looking for features customers would like to see on the shovel, thats why we posted this thread
     
  9. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,175

    Perhaps a lever action that is stepped on to do the lifting rather than using your back. (just an idea)
     
  10. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    This is a quik sketch I made. It's just an idea. Sorry it's so small.

    Plow Thing.jpg
     
  11. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,175

    I would lose the wheels... use a normal shovel design add a v brace angled behind the shovel that rolls (like those ab sit up machines) attach to a pedal to step on that'll fold up in line with the handle when not in use. I think it's important to keep it simple and compact but functional.
     
  12. Atlas Sr Design

    Atlas Sr Design Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    Thank you all for the ideas, these are a great help
     
  13. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,175

    Post up the design you come up with......
     
  14. Atlas Sr Design

    Atlas Sr Design Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    We aren't in the design stage yet, we still need to get as many features as possible
     
  15. 18lmslcsr

    18lmslcsr Senior Member
    from WI.
    Messages: 113

    How about, just making a really strong, light weight shovel that last. Lol! I use Suncast right now and luv the Z bend but the plastic with cheap tin blade is the pits. So, I would say make a quality metal one that has a real solid metal edge that will last. $27 for a shovel x 2 every other season is steep. No plastic crap on it any where.....That would be a great design.

    C.
     
  16. Atlas Sr Design

    Atlas Sr Design Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    A high strength shovel that is also lightwieght is a very logical idea, i also play lacrosse and know that various types of Titaniuim handles are very strong and also lightweight. If we can make a moderately priced shovel that can last 5+ years would be a great investment
     
  17. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 663

    something lightweight but at the same time strong enough to not crack and break with wet snow. i hate shovels that break so easily
     
  18. Atlas Sr Design

    Atlas Sr Design Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    Definitely, a strong metal handle with a strong metal blade that is durable is what we are going for now, please list any features that you would like to see in this product
     
  19. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    These guys got it all right. Design a shovel, patent it,sell it to everyone and retire. Wealth is not in the service field but in design and manufacturing
    Good luck to you on your project
     
  20. Atlas Sr Design

    Atlas Sr Design Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    thank you, we'll be sure to keep everyone updated on our project