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can a gas snowblower be converted to an electric motor? Answered

I have an ancient snowblower with a clapped out Tecumseh engine that burns oil faster than gasoline.  Has anyone done a conversion to an electric motor, and is it feasible ie cost of electricity?  Would I need a 220 VAC outlet or could a 110 motor handle the load?  I live in Alberta, and we get a metric butt load of snow.  Thoughts?


What about treadmill circuitry and motors? Or design your own circuitry using only car batteries as the power source. With proper enclosures for the electronic components, I don't think you would have anything to worry about, And plastic can be formed into any shape you can think of. Just keep a careful eye on the temperatures of the motors, And the amount of moisture that gets into your electronic enclosures, And make any needed modifications until you have a perfectly working machine. I am looking for a broken snowblower for this very same reason. I have built the same type of electric circuitry for a broken tiller, And got fairly good at shielding it from water and dirt. But Michigan winters may prove to be another problem altogether. My temporary solution to the moisture problem would be to store my snowblower in my basement where its warm, So it dries out the machine. But once i have the snowblower in hand, I can work out the details needed to shield it from moisture, And maybe even get you some usable info.


8 years ago

Have you though of using a starter out of a car and some 12volt batterys

Doesn't sound too safe mixing all that snow and water with 220 volts.

Might light you up like a neon sign.

There are all manner of electric snowblowers on the market, but I already have this old wreck, if it can be repurposed rather than hauled off, I'd be much happier.

I realize that there are all manner of electric snowblowers already on the market but they were designed from the ground up as such and most likely any motor that you use will not be double insulated and have a built in gfi circuit and the other safeguards needed.

Take a look at the official engine rating first.



8 years ago

Probably, but it will take a pretty hefty motor. The motor off an electric lawn mower might do it, but I wouldn't plug it into a circuit that wasn't GFCI protected.