Saw this cool old B & W movie
Thanks for that Jim. I remember some big snowfalls. The biggest recently were back in the early to mid eighties. Some of the blizzards we had down in Southwestern Minnesota blocked mile after mile of road like that. During those years they described the lake effect snows as being horrendous. I would imagine they were as close to those in the films. I also remember a few storms in the mid 50's that were pretty rough. I remember Dad telling me about the storms in the '30's where they would be able to walk along and touch the tops of the highline poles. Now days we see some pretty ugly drifting some years but it's mostly because the farmers are back to cleaning up the hedgerows and fencelines and the only place to cause the snow to drift in is the roads. And there's nothing worse than trying to drive down a road where the snow in the ditches and on the roads and out in the fields is at the same level. Driving at best is a guessing game.
Somehow I found this after watching the snow plows. Fordson Snow Machine - 1929 Concept https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBjlSJf4274
Anyone got one of these set ups now?
Someone posted another one with the snow plow trucks here in color and with sound from 1939. Makes my back hurt just to watch these guys!
Hey I want one of those. I wonder how well they'd work from ice onto open water and back onto ice. If those can be used as pontoons it could be fun. Widen them out a little and put a paddle wheel on it too.
Thats where I grew up guys, Life was good back then.
That's what caused the Arps Corp. to stop (plus WWII) the the making of the Automobile Snow units. The Snow units were built to travel over the drifts. I have a copy of there 1930 advertisement film, traveling at 40 to 50 mph over the snow drifts on unplowed roads in Wi.using a model A. The Snowmobile Co. also lists an advertisement film in there 1925-26 booklet, but I've not found a copy as yet (any leads or help??????)
The Arps Corp. also made snow plows and are still making them today.
I doubt the top video is a Ford. If it was a model A, or AA, it would have had a painted radiator shell. After that the shells were all painted too.
Anyway it just does not look like a Ford.
That video was probably made in an area that didn't usually get snow that deep and so they didn't usually need bigger snow plows..
We had snow like that every year in Wisconsin and even in the 30s 40s and fifties I never saw a snow plow that had to stop, back up and take another run at it.
They used big trucks and tracked vehicles that went along about 15 MPH and never stopped. They even had wings on the sides to knock down the the sides as they plowed through the snow. They were like a bulldozer with the driver up near the front and the engine in the center or more near the rear.
Because I have nothing better to do while sitting
in Anaheim, CA waiting for a load out ...
I did a little research and came up with this
No mention of Ford although other sources
cited the company made its' own gasoline engines
up until the 20's ....
Maybe in the 30's they were powered by Ford ?
In the 80's I plowed a lot of snow in Minnesota. We used a D-8, 966 Cat loader and Cat 12 Grader. This was hard on people and machines. Ramming into drifts all day took it's toll. Sometimes we would leave the road closed if people had an alternative route. Those big cuts would drift shut in a few hours sometimes.
My first day out with the Grader. I made it about a mile and went into the ditch. The wing could spin you into the ditch pretty fast...no cell phones then either.