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Paper route paper canon Answered

Hey guys, I need some suggestions. I'm wanting to build a canon type device that will toss/shoot/push out a newspaper that is rolled up, onto peoples porchs. I do paper route delivery, and getting out of the car for houses setting kind of a ways back is a pain. Or just having to get out everyime kind of sucks. I'm thinking more along the lines of something that is spring loaded. Also, one problem is when you roll up the news paper, you use rubber bands. But if I were to have a chamber where the paper when down into it, the rubber bands would affect how the paper slid out the gun, since rubber bands of course having a rubbery consistancy that would almost be like a rubbery shoe bottom stopping suddenly on a basketball court, putting a brake on it's velocity. Anyhow, and ideas would be great. PVC type canon with a spring inside seems like that might be functional, but how would the locking device work, etc. etc...


Really old thread here but was searching around to see if its been done.

Anything with a spring or cannon would be rough to operate repeatedly for 8 hours... also be loud at 3am and wear out whatever it was attached to on the car, short of welding.
The whiffle ball/softball wheels pitching machine sounds like the quietest and could probably handle the repetition easier. Softer material for the wheels may be the only hitch as long as they can be adjusted to different size papers.. Rubber bands would then be helpful in the launch process. Would also be less strain on where its secured. Could probably just harness it from the front of the machine to just inside the door. Could revolutionize the delivery process...as it becomes obsolete.


7 years ago

use papers not paintballs

I can recall seeing kids in movies, riding their bike and loading papers into this launcher thing attached to the handlebars and it flung papers up the drive ways. Can't think of what the movie was though...

get a large water balloon slingshot and take out the window and mount it so you can launch papers through the window.

how do u get paper route?

go to www.myaircannons.com it has sick as cannons like a toilet paper cannon . that would work for you but its powered by an aircompressor lol .though there is a newspaper cannon there that isnt powered by aircompressor but by surper rubber bands but it costs like $170 to buy the whole thing but you should check out the site theres like everything related to cannons that wont fully kill someone besides the ULTRA POWER SUPER TOMATO LAUCHER/WATER BALLOON LAUNCHER . trust me i bought it ,shot a tomato at sum1 while he was riding a bike and slam he went off like a cannon ,i was 71ft away its so fun!!!it costs $279 btu its worth it . it might fit newspapers as it fits 10 tomatoes in 1 shot

and btw if your using it as a paper route either aim at the mailbox or the ground as if you aim at the door ... well lets just say dont use it on a paper route ... its awesome when ur friend has 1 cuz we wer shootin eachutha with water balloons . at a safe distance of course.over 1 acre we do it like every day o and also just one thing that i did wrong I USED A CHILI FILLED WATER BALLOON he was blind for 3 days but it happens you just accidentaly mix up water with blended chili til its a liquit these things do happen

Make the rubber band work for you not against you-use a cup that rides in the barrel (or along a beam like a crossbow) or use a cup on an arm (like a catapult). I can see calibration being a problem-the arc of fire and where on the target-I mean house-you hit depending on how far you pull the spring.

That's a good idea. Didn't think of that.

jtobako's idea is great, something along the line of a slingshot, rig your car window frame.. Can pull it even while sitting on the driver seat, and aim accordingly..

Why not use a scaled-up paper plane launcher? (Alternative supplier)

Two powered, contra-rotating wheels almost touch - feed the paper in one side and it whizzes out the other at extreme speed.

I think some tennis-serving machine use similar systems, and I used to have a toy car launcher that was similar, way back in the day.

That's how hot wheels used to be propelled. (Probably still are)

. Great idea! Compact, powerful, and, with a little work (cage around the wheels), reasonably safe. . I've seen the same principle used for baseball pitching machines. If the wheels turn at slightly different speeds, it throws a curveball.

Why not an air cannon? You could use a PVC pipe and an air bomb (i.e. air pressure vessel) and if you had a big enough air bomb (to maintain relatively consistent air pressure) you could sight it.

You deliver papers by CAR?????????? What happened to walking? Or cycling? I used to deliver papers, back in the day. It was the local free rag, so it was light but I had about 300 to deliver. I walked the route, and to save the distance walking up and down drives I used to hop over walls.

Yeah, trust me, no one can do my route walking or riding a bike, unless you have that kind of time, but our route requires the papers be delivered in 3 hours. I'm in pretty good shape, and I couldn't possible do that in 3 hours, let alone 8. It's not close together, and involves tons of papers.


11 years ago

My newspaper guy drives on the oppisite side of the road the throws them from the car to drive way

. I don't think you would gain much from a cannon you have to physically cock - it will wear you out. Since you are in a car, I'd try to figure out how to use a 12V motor for cocking.