I finally came up with the design I wanted to use for a homemade groomer and had a chance to put it together this weekend. The plan is for it to be pulled behind an old snowmobile that I have, though if it does a decent job I could see snowshoeing with it. It's mainly wood with a few metal parts. Pretty basic, but should do an OK job of processing and then packing snow. Colorado snow tends to be really soft (most of the time) so just running a snowmobile over fresh snow doesn't seem to be enough. I'm hoping the groomer will make the snow a little easier to ride.
Unfortunately we don't have enough snow right now to use it, so it's just sitting in my garage. There is a chance we'll be getting more snow this week and if that's the case I'll give it a go on Saturday. The only part I haven't installed yet is the rope to pull it, but that will be coming soon.
Total length is just under 5', and width of grooming surface is 21". The angled blades in the front are 1.2 cm deep into the snow and the flat blade behind that is 1.7 cm deep. Behind that is a packing pan. I'll put rocks or metal in the tray to help pack the processed snow. I used sheet metal as the packing surface. Should slide pretty well. The whole groomer weighs in at about 35 pounds so it will definitely need weight in it to pack properly. I realize I may need to make running changes to it as I use it, but this should be a good starting point.
I'll report back as I know more about how it does.
Shot of the whole thing.
The front angled blades.
The packing pan where the weight will go.
Picture of the bottom of the groomer as it's being held up.
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