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    • January 25, 2015 3:40 PM EST
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      Here's link to the video:  https://www.cordlessrenovations.com/?page_id=3574


      This is a NH FB1 Snow Thrower that was custom built for RCS America and I plan on upgrading the 12V motor to an 18V HRD Hammer Drill motor with two speed settings.  We will also upgrade the throttle to the New RailLinx 900 10amp Throttle, so we can hookup a pusher locomotive (if need be) and plug it in directly to a 2-Pin Aristo Plug on the back side of the FB1.  The FB1 motor blocks are power separately from the hammer drill motor which runs off a relay and starts turning at 12 volts.  That way "hopefully" no fingers will get cut off when the snow thrower is sitting still?

       

      More pictures to come.

      Rick Isard

      Cordless Renovations, LLC

      www.cordlessrenovations.com

      This post was edited by Rick Isard at January 25, 2015 7:31 PM EST
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      www.remotecontrolsystems.com

    • January 25, 2015 6:09 PM EST
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      That right there is cool.

    • January 25, 2015 6:26 PM EST
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      Terry, thanks...


      I have six used FB1 units that I will be converting to snow throwers over the next several months.  They will all have the same hardware and control system with a basic coat of paint.  


      When I'm finished with one I will post it here for sale.


      Thanks,

      Rick Isard

      Cordless Renovations, LLC

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    • January 28, 2015 12:15 PM EST
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      Man that's cool!  It really cranks up.  Does it have a clutch or something, in case it hits something really solid?

    • January 28, 2015 2:39 PM EST
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      Hi Ric,

       

      Not yet, but when I upgrade it with the 18V HRD Hammer Drill motor with two stage gearbox, it will.


      Rick Isard

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      RCS America

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      www.remotecontrolsystems.com

    • February 21, 2015 12:12 AM EST
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      The possibilities are endless:-D 

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    • February 21, 2015 9:15 AM EST
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      Nice job Rick.  Ive wondered why no one has seemingly yet to try and over kill on power and drive with G "scale" rotaries.  Since its obviously not the same battle as it is in 1:1 why not build the models in our favor?  Another area I'd like to explore is the blade design.  What would be optimum for us verses how it looks compares to the prototype blades.  I think ours would protrude more with a slight twist to be the best for the job, but I'm sure it would look funky. 

      I'll be watching. I'm guessing In Iowa you have some snow out back?   Are we going to get to see it in action?

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    • February 21, 2015 1:29 PM EST
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      Randy,

      Those are all good points, but besides Chucky (USA Trains) no one has really given it a go in a production model that resembles a full scale version.  After getting into this I can see why, too expensive!

       

      But, here's where I'm at so far.

       

      I had some parts on order and they arrived on Thursday, so here's what going inside.

       

      This is the DeWalt Hammer Drill Motor Block and 3 Stage GearBox and 3 inch shaft what will insert directly into the Kirby Blade.  

       

      This mounting kit allows the conversion of a DeWalt series 3-speed transmission and the DeWalt series 18 volt hammer drill motor into a finished, ready-to-use gearmotor with 3 selectable speeds, a 1/2in. keyed output shaft riding in dual ball bearings, and adjustable torque clutch setting using the existing gearbox clutch.  Which can be adjusted or changed from an external screw.

       

      DeWalt Hammer Drill Motor & 3 Stage Gearbox

      Below is the Kirby (original) vacuum metal motor blade that fit's in the early (1954-ish) models of the Kirby vacuum.  This version was altered a bit from the original; we removed the 3 inch metal extension from the front of the blade that held the fan assembly to the rubber belt.  This is where our 1/2" shaft from the DeWalt motor assembly will fit and be welded to the propeller.

      Kirby Rotary Blade

      I will probably make 2 - 3 snow throwers (all-ready sold) and then put together a kit that anyone can purchase and install themselves from our instruction manual.  This version is going into a FB-1.  The kit may only come with the newer version hard plastic Kirby blade?

       

      I'm testing two different kinds of battery-packs, the first is a 18V NC2500SCR NiCd HRD pack from Sanyo.  The second is a 18.5V 3000mah IMR26700A HRD Lithium-ion battery-pack with a 60A discharge rate.  My guess is that the NiCd pack will perform better in all types of weather temperatures.

       

      I'm also planning on adding an additional FB-1 unit behind the snow thrower; this unit will have two RailLinx 900 10amp throttles, one to power both locomotives and the other to power the DeWalt assembly kit.  

       

      Once I have it all assembled I will take pictures and upload a video for everyone to see.

       

      This will also be on display at my booths (RCS America) during the ECLSTS in York, PA this year.

       

      Thanks,

      Rick Isard

      Cordless Renovations, LLC

      RCS America

      This post was edited by Rick Isard at February 21, 2015 1:44 PM EST
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      www.remotecontrolsystems.com

    • March 16, 2015 12:40 PM EDT
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      Any update on this project?

       

      Greg

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    • March 16, 2015 8:17 PM EDT
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      Greg,

      Actually yes.  Everything is installed but I just haven't had time to take pictures and update everyone.  But, I will say it's extremely powerful.  The one problem that we did encounter was ice.  Because this version of the shroud doesn't have the square, flat bottom blade to cut through the snow and feed the shroud; the ice would clump against the trucks and stop the momentum of the snow thrower.  So, we piled snow in front of the shroud to see the distance it would throw and I can honestly say that at low speed/high torque (450fp) 10ft. is not out of the question, and it does clear it very well. 

       

      This FB-1 version weighs 17 lbs., with the IMR26700A Lithium Battery-Pack.  You will also be able to choose the 18V NC2500SCR NiCd Battery-Pack to operate in temps down below 20 degrees.

       

      Give me a couple of days and I'll post pictures and a video.  This will be on display and operational at the ECLSTS.

       

      Thanks,

       

       

      This post was edited by Rick Isard at March 16, 2015 10:20 PM EDT
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    • March 16, 2015 10:21 PM EDT
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      Thanks Rick!

      Will look forward to the pictures!

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    • March 27, 2015 11:18 PM EDT

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      Rick,

       

      Links suggest the video is private...

       

      Michael

    • March 28, 2015 12:05 AM EDT
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      Hi Rick

      I get a "please sign in" message when I click on the video.

      Mick

    • March 28, 2015 12:25 AM EDT
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      Ok, try it now.  They were in draft mode, so I went back in to You Tube and published them. 

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    • March 28, 2015 4:50 AM EDT
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      OK for me now Rick

    • March 29, 2015 8:16 AM EDT
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      Rick,

      I'm no snow blower expert being from Florida, but is something missing on the front to get down to rail level? Seems the way it is, it would leave a lot of snow on the track.

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    • March 29, 2015 6:08 PM EDT
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      Either some housing to get the snow up, or move the whole unit closer to the rails or both would be my take.

       

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