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Old 01-02-2013, 02:54 PM   #1
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Historical Snow Plowing Footage

I bet a few of these bad boys were used in the Adirondacks, although most of the footage is from Tug Hill.

Walter Snow Fighter with a Frink V plow. Pretty amazing piece of machinery for moving LOTS of hard packed snow!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...v=TZR2WbD3Hz0#!
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:11 PM   #2
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Oh yeah I remember some times going down Rt 3 in the early 60s and meeting one of those big plows going the other way...


EEK.. Snow never seemed to be as deep and compacted in the ADK's as on Tug Hill..so the plows could go faster.
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:18 PM   #3
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I bet a few of these bad boys were used in the Adirondacks, although most of the footage is from Tug Hill.

Walter Snow Fighter with a Frink V plow. Pretty amazing piece of machinery for moving LOTS of hard packed snow!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...v=TZR2WbD3Hz0#!
"Bucking the drifts"
That's what they called it. I grew up in the area where this was filmed, and my parents before me too. I remember in the 1960's when this was a common sight on my road, only then it was with much larger Oskosh plows. But they had to buck forward and back in the same way coming down the road. My 92 year old father-in-law was one of those drivers, probably knew of Charlie. We don't get snow like that anymore.

And then there are the giant rotary blowers mounted on the big state trucks. With all of these trucks, there have been several cases of cars stuck and abandoned along the road being completely buried with drifting snow... and when the plow or rotary comes along unable to see... the result ain't pretty.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:01 AM   #4
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Great stuff!!
Did you guys study the clothing and equipment in those films? Quite a bit different from today's synthetics!
Interesting (for me, anyway) sidenote...in the '80's I was working in Northeastern Industrial Park, formerly Vorheeseville Depot, home of Walter Truck.
Those guys were on strike for over a year, until the company folded and was bought out and moved all production north...a very effective strike, I'd say!
I had personally witnessed some Walter truck demonstrations, where they would jack the vehicle up, leaving only a single wheel touching the ground, then drive off the jacks with that single wheel providing the traction!! Try that in a modern "4WD" vehicle!
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:38 AM   #5
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In 93 when we had the three ft of snow an high winds an five foot or more deep drifts, I pushed a v plow in a Mack truck. A big change in trucks since then, The plow was the same make.two days it took to open up my roads.
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:58 AM   #6
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Land use on Tug Hill has certainly changed since that old snow plow footage. A lot of what used to be wide open fields is now woods. More woods has created wind breaks, which helps to reduce the blowing and drifting snow.
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