Snow Blowers


Really Big Snow Blowers

September 7th, 2011 admin Posted in Unusual Blowers 1 Comment »

We thought we would do a fun post about Really Big Snow Blowers, since there seems to be a lot of interest in this type of snow machine. If you are actually looking for a large snow blower for your own application, check out the categories and select the size that you are looking for. We are reviewing as many as we can on our blog and adding more every month. Soon we will start adding more for the coming winter season, however we wanted to write this post while it is still summer time and  warm. The snow will come soon enough!

There are lots of commercial snow blowers that are really big, but we thought we would start with one that really caught our attention.Really Big Snow Blowers This guy was trying to clear snow along a road in North Dakota. the snow is almost too deep for this type of plow to move the snow. Sometimes road authorities have no choice but to go with a large commercial snow blower when the drifts get too deep.

A plow cannot move the snow far enough off the road and it all just becomes a huge wall that cannot be moved by the plow. This one was a great picture to show just how deep the snow can get in the winter in North Dakota, however if you thought this was bad, check out the road in the next picture.

Really Big Snow Blowers – Difficult roads

This road is a virtual tunnel through the snow. The snow is so deep that you have no choice but to use a snow blower to open the road and you hope there are no cars stuck in the snow along the road. Just look at that snow. You can barely see the tops of the trees beside the road. The instant there is a little bit of wind and this road will fill in with snow in a matter of minutes from drifting snow. If you look closely there is a car traveling along the road towards you that is dwarfed by the height of the walls. There is also a line up of cars going in the other direction. They seem to be waiting for something to let them through. Could be either the snow blower working to clear the road or more likely a spot where the road is only one lane due to the snow conditions. This is a really amazing picture that you only see in extreme snow conditions in the Dakotas and other areas around the mountains were they routinely get a lot of snow.

So what kind of machine do you need to clear snow off roads like this. Here are two pictures of the type of machines that are needed. The first one shows the commercial snow blower machine in profile clearing a little bit of snow along a road.

We think this was just a demonstration picture to show the machine in operation. Sometimes these machines are used to clear snow along city streets as well. They will blow the snow directly into a waiting truck so that the snow can be carted away and left in a snow dump to melt in the spring.

Really Big Snow Blowers – Lots of Snow

The next picture shows snow clearing operations that were probably along a road like the one we showed earlier. There is just no way a car or even a big truck could get through this road until it is cleared. There is even danger of the snow blower machine of getting stuck in the snow. Where is the road?

Can you imagine driving this machine in these conditions? I hope this guy has a radio or a working cell phone, since it would be easy to get stuck, and with blowing snow quickly get covered in snow , not to be seen again until the spring.

If you liked this post , let us know and if you have your own pictures that you would like to send us, leave us a comment and we will try to add them to our blog.

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North Dakota Snow Blower Clearing

August 21st, 2011 admin Posted in Unusual Blowers 1 Comment »

This post is about clearing snow in North Dakota. Our web site normally focuses on snow blowers and reviews of them. We try to give our readers a summarized view of all of the snow blowers on the market so they can come to one place and see the various types of snow blowers. This post and the one before it is a departure for only two posts, because we were just amazed by the pictures and the amount of snow involved, the machines that are needed and the impact it has on peoples homes. In some areas of the country were they receive a lot of snow, they have to find significant ways to deal with the snow like this large snow blower above. Homeowners must be ever vigilant about the snow load on their roofs and regularly remove snow to avoid collapse.

We hope you enjoy these pictures that we found on the net. The snow blower on the right is needed to clear roads like the one on the picture below. Can you imagine having to spend your day blowing snow from a road when the

snow banks are higher than your machine and you are already sitting over 15 feet in the air atop your massive snow blower. Of course there is always the danger as well of hitting a car that has the unfortunate luck to be buried in the snow long this road.

With snow banks like these, it will not take much for this road to be filled in once again. Not even a small storm will be needed. Just some blowing wind will fill this road in within a matter of hours.

The finished road is shown on the right with a car driving down it. A nice sun shiny day somewhere in the middle of north Dakota in the winter time along a road that was only recently opened!

This was obviously taken in the country, however homes in North Dakota had to endure the huge amounts of snow as well. The next two pictures show the impacts of snow and some of the dangers of huge snow falls as well. This man had to get up on the roof to clear the snow off his roof or

risk his roof caving in onto of him some night. That is a lot of snow and there were probably many roofs that caved in.

Once you get the snow off the roof , it builds up along the doors and windows and there is another danger. That is the weight of the snow against the glass causing the windows to break. There is another concern as well. For example when the snow begins to melt, the water has to go some where and you really should get the snow away from your house,

especially from anywhere that the water could penetrate into your home on the main floor or in the basement.

The picture on the right shows how much snow has built up around the house and against the windows.

What a pile of snow! Hope you enjoyed the pictures and the comments. Feel free to add your comments about the snow in your area of the world!

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Snow Clearing in North Dakota

August 7th, 2011 admin Posted in Unusual Blowers No Comments »

The winter in North Dakota was unbelievable this year in 2011 and the pictures we came across that we found on the web that were freely circulating are just unbelievable.

This picture  shows a women in her hot tub with mountains of snow around her. Imagine the work they had to do just to get this picture! The hot water from the hot tub would help to melt the snow, but whoever had to do the shoveling had a lot of work to do. This is a picture to remember and we are sure that they will have this one on display for many years to remember the great snow storms of the winter of 2011.

Snow like this takes huge snow blowers as well, which is the subject of the next

picture. This is truly a huge snow blower that is only used for heavy snow falls in mid winter when no other machine can deal with all of the snow. If you live in the southern US or even southern Canada, you might not ever see one of these machines at work. Hopefully you will not have to see one. In the mountains or in the mid west where they receive a lot of snow there is a good chance you will see snow that requires one of these machines.

These snow blowers are only meant for serious extreme snow conditions and that is why we included these pictures on our web site!

Which leads to the next picture. This is the kind of situation that requires

these kinds of snow blowers. Imagine driving in these road conditions or having to blow snow from these roads. Were is the road in the first place and are there cars buried in the snow along the road  somewhere? How does the snow blower driver even know where the road is and stay on the road without ending up in the ditch. Just look at the car on the road relative to the side of the wall of snow along the road.

This road was cleared after the snow storms were over, I cannot imagine what it would be like having to exist during a snow storm in this area.

Next picture shows a suburban home in a situation were the snow is up to the roof and has buried the home.  I sure would not want to have to shovel the

driveway in this area.  These people have to also remove snow from their roof to avoid the roof caving in from the weight of the snow on the roof. A roof can hold a lot of weight without caving in, but if the snow becomes soaked with rain water which can happen sometimes in a warm spell, the combined weight will be too much for the roof and down it goes.  Our next post will show some more pictures of this same storm and road conditions in the North Dakotas in the winter of 2011. We will post it in 14 days so watch for it to see the next set of pictures. If nothing else, it should make you appreciate the summer time that much more!

Enjoy the summer months and get prepared for the next winter that might dump tons of snow on the Dakota’s. The rest of us can be thankful that we do not have to live with this kind of snow.

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Snow Clearing in Russia

January 14th, 2011 admin Posted in Unusual Blowers 1 Comment »

Every once and a while we come across some unusual pictures of snow situations in Snow Clearing in Russiaother countries. We thought our readers might enjoy these pictures and perhaps appreciate just how easy we have it compared to these people. This one is from Russia and shows what they have to deal with in some areas of their country where they receive lots of snow.

This situation takes major snow clearing equipment to open the road, only to have it fill in again during the next snow storm. You wonder why they even bother to reopen the road with these kinds of conditions. This must be the only road into a town or perhaps between towns.

Can you imagine getting stuck in one of these snow canyons during a storm. You would have to come back in the spring to get your car when the snow melted and that is if the back hoe did not damage it when they were re-0pening the road. If there is any wind at all, the snow will fill in this road and this road will be impassable within a few minutes, Any driver would quickly get stuck in the snow even if you have a four wheel drive vehicle You never want to be caught in a snow canyon like this one. Amazing!

Snow Clearing in Russia – Open Roads

This is what the road looks like once it is open and the snow clearing equipment has completed their work for the most recent snow storm. With a little wind and some blowing snow this road will fill in again within a matter of minutes and I sure would not want to be stuck anywhere near this snow tunnel. This is actually a potentially very dangerous situation to be in if your were on this road. Anyone traveling in these conditions should travel with survival gear and be prepared to be able to walk out if their vehicle were to get stuck in the snow. When you think about it, most people would have a difficult time just trying to climb out of this tunnel to the top. Your vehicle is stuck and you cannot even get out of this snow tunnel.

We really like adding these posts to our blog to show what other people have to deal with in various parts of the world. These pictures are from Russia , however we expect that people living in the Canadian Rockies and in the US Rockies must have to deal with some of the same conditions.

We have heard of snow tunnels like this on North American roads, however have not yet seen any pictures that come close to these. We think they are out there, and if you have some, why not send them our way via comment. Perhaps in the Rocky Mountains of western Canada or in the north western part of the United States will have conditions like these. We also suspect that some railroads also have to face this kind of snow conditions in the mountains or heading through valleys were the snow really fills in. Let us know.The snow is actually quite dangerous if your car is on the road with these conditions and snow valleys in the road which is like a valley between the snowdrifts. Be very careful when you’re driving these kinds of roads and if you cannot see where you’re going, turn around and go back.

If you have pictures like these or know of situations in North America, please send us your pictures via comments on our blog and we will add them to our blog for readers to view.

Amazing snow conditions!

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A Real Powerful Snow Thrower

February 11th, 2010 admin Posted in Unusual Blowers 1 Comment »

This is a real powerful snow thrower, however we cannot claim this as our own. In fact we don’t even know who originally sent this story around on the internet. But it is so interesting and obviously different that we just had to include a post about this unusual snow blower or should I say snow THROWER!  Hope you enjoy.

454 cubic inch big block Chevrolet V8 produces 412 horsepower Just in case your havin’ any trouble removing snow from your driveway… this baby power snow blowerwill blow snow back to where i t came from…  more story at the bottom…

And now for the rest of the story….

If you’re tired of anemic, one-lung snow blowers with their slipping drive belts, you might consider Kai Grundt’s V8 snow blower which raises the bar on the traditional snow blower in every respect.

With electric start, electric block heater, antifreeze heater and eight cylinders, it has no drive belts to freeze up and you’ll never get bored with the job as the 454 cubic inch big block Chevrolet V8 Powerful snow throwerproduces 412 horsepower, 430 foot pounds of torque and can throw snow 50 feet at just 3500 rpm.

Nor will you get  cold as the machine has been ingeniously designed to route the engine coolant through the handle bars, with the rear mounted, enclosed radiator keeping the operator nice and cozy.

powerful snow thrower

Maneuvering the massive beast (it has a total wet weight of 912 lbs) is a breeze thanks to the hydraulic-drive 4WD skid steer on independent walking beams which offers a zero turning radius. It’s also as fast as you like, with an infinitely adjustable speed range on the drive wheels via dash mounted flow control. At the opposite end of the scale, it has more than enough torque to pull your car out of the ditch before the hydraulic motors stall! Adding to the well-balanced feel of the unit, just 15 pounds of down force on the handlebars will lift the auger blade off the ground in order to climb stairs/walkways for ease of snow removal.

Power full Snow thrower Safety has and continues to be paramount with spring return to center “fail safe” type directional controls with emergency stop and tether cords.

Safety is one of the key themes, with a flashing blue light (as required by law in many areas) being the least of the safety features. No-one will fail to hear you with those twin throaty exhausts, which come standard with 92 decibels at the controls, though if the rumble of a V8 exhaust is music to your ears, you can obviously go much louder. Even at the standard baffling, hearing protection is strongly suggested.

The powerful yard machine lights and a dashboard with back lit gauges complete the package to ease the burden of this normally reviled task. The custom 42 inch, two stage auger has a Chevrolet 10 bolt truck differential with spool and a centrifugal auger clutch with shear pin protection, further adding to the image of this “automotive theme blower.”  As each unit is custom-built, optional extras for the snow blower are both diverse and outrageous as the base unit – there are unlimited auger choices from single to multi stage designs.

There are various motor combinations to suit the religious preferences of the customer (Chevy, Dodge Hemi, Ford) and such exotica as a V-10 or a diesel engine or remote starting can be accommodated. And if, after a while, you feel you’ve outgrown the 400 horses, this particular engine is well catered for in the performance modification area, with Lunati camshaft, Milodon Gear drive, Holley and Edelbrock components to name a few, and there’s always the fuel injection option too, if you feel you need to throw the snow out of the county or ensure your seat in the “neighborhood blower blingster hall of fame.”

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