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jrtrebor


Location: Michigan - 3 hours north of Chicago on the lake
Joined: Feb 10, 2010
Points: 539

Snowblower Light
Original Message   Jan 10, 2011 10:34 am
I was at Home Depot last week looking around.  Decided to walk through the lighting dept to see what kind of 12v outdoor lights they had.  Got lucky and found these lights on a shelf marked down to $9.99.
They are made of cast aluminum and come with a 50W Halogen bulb included. The hood can be swiveled around the housing.  The mounting base is pipe thread so you can use a lot of different fittings, (steel of plastic)
to come up with a way to mount it to your blower.  The head tilts. 

I first used it with the 50w bulb but found out that it was taking to much out of my battery.  So I bought a 30w bulb for $5.50 (at HD).  Used it last night for about an hour.  Battery now stays charged.
The 30w puts out plenty of light.  With a very good pattern. About 8 to 10' feet wide, and bright out to about 12 to 15' from the front of the blower before it starts to taper off.  I'll have to try and take a picture
of the beam shape and throw at night.

Grounded one of the wires and ran the other to a weather proof toggle switch from Radio Shack. (Can't get the links to work you'll have to cut and paste).  http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3042775

I didn't see this one while I was there but it might work as well and it's cheaper. 
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xhv/R-202025758/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

Comes with a 20w Halogen bulb, which I'm sure would also put out enough light. 
As long as the bulb wattage is 30w of less you should be able to use them without a problem if you already have some type of factory light on your blower.  The 3mp lighting coils will handle it.














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Paul7


Joined: Mar 12, 2007
Points: 452

Re: Snowblower Light
Reply #6   Jan 10, 2011 5:53 pm
jrtrebor wrote:
 But haven't had to use it once since I closed the gap between the impeller blades and the housing.
 

Did you use a Clarence kit?  If so was it hard to install.  I've been wanting to install one on my Ariens but I've been waiting until the warranty runs out...which is next month.
jrtrebor


Location: Michigan - 3 hours north of Chicago on the lake
Joined: Feb 10, 2010
Points: 539

Re: Snowblower Light
Reply #7   Jan 10, 2011 7:05 pm
No I didn't use one of the kits.  Last summer when I rebuilt my blower housing. I extended the length of the impeller blades by adding weld. Then grinding back down the blades to the correct length. Was able to end
up with about a 1/16" between the blade tips and the housing. 
It's not as tight a fit as the impeller kit would have made it. But there was a very noticeable difference in the way the blower handles, and throws really wet slushy snow.  The chute does not clog anymore.  And I've thrown some stuff that was about the consistency of a slurpee.
GtWtNorth


Location: Montreal area, QC, Canada
Joined: Nov 16, 2008
Points: 264

Re: Snowblower Light
Reply #8   Jan 11, 2011 7:56 am
Good re-purposing (I do the same thing as I'm wandering around any kind of store or the local recycling yard). Does the light vibrate very much?
Is that some kind of mini garage you keep your blower in? Finally those VVX marks scratched into the top of the gas tank look familiar, or did you put them there?

Cheers
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jrtrebor


Location: Michigan - 3 hours north of Chicago on the lake
Joined: Feb 10, 2010
Points: 539

Re: Snowblower Light
Reply #9   Jan 11, 2011 9:21 am
GtWtNorth
No, it really doesn't vibrate much that I've noticed. I was concerned about that so I used 3/16" flat bar instead of the 1/8" i was going to use. It's pretty stiff.
Yes that is my little blower house. It started out as cab for a tractor of some kind.  I bought it at a Public Works Dept auction for $5.00.  It's an 1 1/4"  sq tube frame that I covered with 1/8" luan plywood. 
The door is 1/2" plywood. Hinged at the top and in the middle. So the door will fold in half and lay on the top.  It's hard to see but there is a little prop or stand on the top for the door to lay on.  That way I don't have to keep the top of the box totally clean of snow for the door to lay down.  Five feet long, four feet tall and 40" wide.
Those marks on the tank were there when I received the engine.  Until you mentioned it I never realized that they were letters.

GtWtNorth


Location: Montreal area, QC, Canada
Joined: Nov 16, 2008
Points: 264

Re: Snowblower Light
Reply #10   Jan 11, 2011 6:14 pm
I don't know that they are letters. I was looking on the web for a used HF greyhound also, & found a place that sells them. Their engines have the same mark. I was worried about the condition of the engine since they don't test them & don't give a guarantee, but the prices reflect that.
I hope yourt engine runs well, it looks real clean.

Cheers
jrtrebor


Location: Michigan - 3 hours north of Chicago on the lake
Joined: Feb 10, 2010
Points: 539

Re: Snowblower Light
Reply #11   Jan 11, 2011 8:05 pm
GtWtNorth
I bought my engine on Ebay.  If I remember correctly it was from a large place down south somewhere.  Paid something like $134.00 for it plus like $60.00 shipping.
Was a little unsure about buying it but for the price I figured it was worth taking a chance.  Those markings are actually scratches in the paint. 
So far the engine runs just fine.  Started right up when I got it. No strange noises.  Other than I'm not used to hearing an OHV engine run.  It does have different sound than an L head.

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