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.