Gas Powered Drink Blender

Gas Powered Blender

Gas Pow­ered Blender

Some­times a prod­uct comes along and you know that they’re just try­ing to goad some­one for publicity’s sake.  In fact, it would appear that these have been banned in Cal­i­for­nia.  The Gas Pow­ered Blender pic­tured here is pow­ered by a 33cc chain­saw motor.

Once you get past the cool­ness (and it is cool), real­i­ty begins to set in.  I some­what fond­ly remem­ber how hard my father’s chain­saw is to start by remem­ber­ing those crisp fall days when fire­wood was being cut — and how start­ing the chain­saw could occu­py 20 min­utes or more of cord pulling and blue air that was not ema­nat­ing from the chain saw.

When you’re going to chop up a face cord of wood, 20 min­utes of pulling the cord on the saw is far bet­ter than try­ing to cut the wood by hand, but I won­der if 20 min­utes of pulling the cord on your blender is “eas­i­er” than just blend­ing it by hand.  Or with some oth­er pow­er source.

While doing a lit­tle google research for this post I came across quite a vari­ety of gas pow­ered blenders.  One unit was even on “Home Improve­ment.”  I think I missed that episode, but I can eas­i­ly imag­ine that it end­ed with a v8 some­how con­nect­ed to a blender (I imag­ine you’d need bev­el gears at least since I don’t know any non-air­craft v8’s that are built to run in a ver­ti­cal posi­tion — although that would be awe­some).  Actu­al­ly, that made me think that a 9 cylin­der spit­fire (radi­al) engine con­fig­u­ra­tion would be per­fect.

Anoth­er attempt seemed to attach a blender dog clutch to the top of an old out­board motor’s fly­wheel.  I sup­pose, as long as you let it cool (or put the prop into a bar­rel of water for cool­ing), that’s a fine way to do it.  Espe­cial­ly if you’re on a boat.

Anoth­er cool prod­uct calls itself the Dai­quari Wack­er — an obvi­ous homage to the ori­gins of it’s engine (or at least engine design).

It seems that this prod­uct is a rather seri­ous one tar­get­ing tail­gate par­ties… where being a big show-off is an added bonus to being able to make dai­quaris with­out the avail­abil­i­ty of elec­tri­cal pow­er.

(appar­ent­ly, nobody is seri­ous­ly con­sid­er­ing the fact that a mod­er­ate invert­er will run a blender or that a portable drill makes a good pow­er pack for a blender.  The lat­ter is being mar­ket­ed at sail­boaters … who, I sup­pose, are a more envi­ron­ment and “noise” con­scious crowd.)

If you can’t see from the pho­to, the han­dle­bar grip is used like it would be on a motor­cy­cle — Just for show, I sup­pose.  It seems like any­one with a spare small motor could fab­ri­cate this them­selves with­out pay­ing for one… but if you’re not in the group, Cana­di­an Tire is offer­ing one for Christ­mas.

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4 Responses to Gas Powered Drink Blender

  1. DaD says:

    Spit­fires did *not* have radi­al engines (look at some pho­tos), but rather a 12-cylin­der in-line Lycoming, or per­haps Rolls-Royce. Radi­al engines were some­what old­er techn­l­o­gy, and were some­times (at least accord­ing to my uncle Ted) known to shed cylin­ders in all direc­tions when the crank­shaft went dry or was shot up.

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  3. DaD says:

    Checked with the man­ag­er of the local Cana­di­an Tire store — they didn’t even *order* one of these babies — and as far as he knew, no-one asked for one either. Didn’t have any idea how many might have sold chain-wide.

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