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Save Those Old Snow Shovels and Turn Them into a Wind Turbine


One learns something new every day. Living in the blast furnace South I have little experience with snow shovels. Actually we have them. We just call them pollen shovels and use them in April. It seems there is more to these simple tools than meets the eye. I would have never thought about using them to generate electricity.

Homestead Notes has a fascinating and informative article about using snow shovels for just that unusual purpose. Please look at their article on building a Snow Shovel Turbine. They provide you with everything you need to know to add one of these ingenious contraptions to your homestead.

You can turn this:

Photo by John P. Mulgrew, Getty.

Into this:


Photo featured by Homestead News, May 24, 2016.

Such a turbine can be constructed for less than $200. It will generate around 300 watts of power. That’s about the same amount of juice developed by many over-the-counter solar panels. It is enough power for several lights, a computer, or an efficient television set.

The parts list is super simple:

  • 4 Snow Shovels. They recommend the 27” variety.
  • 4″ Weatherproof Box.
  • 4″ Weatherproof Cover for the box.
  • Some Galvanized Steel Pipe.
  • Screws and Screw Connectors.
  • J-B Weld. There is nothing it cannot do!
  • Bearings.
  • Electrical Conduit.

That’s about it. To use the energy produced, one need buy or convert an electrical generator. To put it all together they offer a simple, 5-minute instructional video:

Video by Homestead Notes/myshowmeamovie, YouTube.

This project probably won’t take much time. It doesn’t require a lot of money. It doesn’t even take up much space. And it offers a free and unlimited supply of renewable energy from nature.

Three hundred watts isn’t a whole lot of power. However, it is more than you have now. In a pinch it might be the difference between necessity and convenience and just twisting in the wind. Let the shovels do the latter so you don’t have to.

Read More: Build a complete off grid cabin for less than $5000!

Perrin Lovett writes about freedom, firearms, and cigars (and everything else) at He is none too fond of government meddling.

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