Yeah, I went overboard. So what.
1) The CHEAPEST leafblower homedepot had. $39 Ryobi blower.
2) a $5 homer bucket.
3) a Powerwheels Transmission for the auger/chopper plate driver
4) a 12v 5amp Meanwell power supply
5) a cheap PWM motor controller for speed control.
6) prototyping tape, AKA Gaffer’s Tape.
7) Gumption and a Can-Do attitude.