Re: Why walk when you can ride ?..
It will work,the video proves that...just the lifespan of a disc drive might be shortened considerably with the extra load on it..
The sulky idea has been around for decades--Gravely used them long before I was born..a neighbor next door to me in my home town made one for a self propelled reel mower so he could ride instead of walking behind it--I remember he hammered nails into the solid rubber tires so it would have enough traction to pull him behind it!..
I've had a Snapper RER that had the friction disc drive setup and was surprised how good it worked--but it had a much bigger disc than a snowblower...and if it got wet or oil on it,it slipped badly..once the rubber wears down or gets wet or oily,they fail to propel it well enough..not the ideal setup,but it works well enough for lighter duty use..
I saw a home made wood hauler a guy built using an old disc drive rear engine rider mower--he made a large triangle shaped platform big enough to hold a cord of wood out of plywood and 2x4 studs and he used only the rear half of the rider to propel it by bolting it to the rear of the platform,and he put the front half with the steering axle & steering wheel up front at the "point" of the triangle..it was only like 6" off the ground too..
When my friend and I saw him loading at least a cord of firewood on it,we laughed,said "that thing will never budge that load--or get stuck instantly"...
Our jaws dropped when he got in the seat and put it in gear,and it took off like it was empty!--it even pulled the load up a decent grade that was pretty muddy and slick without getting stuck too..he said he used it for several years too!..
He used a grinder to make grooves in the drive wheel so the friction disc wouldn't slip under heavy load..and put a stronger spring on the friction disc so it had more pressure against the drive wheel..he said the hardest part of making it was figuring out how to make linkages for the shifter and clutch pedal..
I love seeing things people have invented like this on YouTube..some are quite ingenious--others are good for a laugh when it is a miserable "fail"!..