Over the years, hearty folk have tried to devise ways of getting around when the snow falls.
Some of their creations are incredibly inventive, some are just plain nuts, and a whole lot of them were built by people who had friends with movie cameras. Thankfully, a lot of those films survive online.
At first, the concept of a tractor with two massive, sheet-metal screw drives seems wildly insane, but when you see this thing in action, you get an understanding of how ingenious it really was. –
We’re pretty interested in motorized stuff, but occasionally, something human-powered comes along that we’re in love with.–
McGill University Electric Snowmobile
Snowmobiles are great, but nothing spoils the unmatched beauty of a winter landscape like the droning of a three-cylinder, gas-powered snow machine. In recent years, they’ve at least moved along from the old two-strokes, but they’re still pretty loud.
The students built the snowmobile around the e-TORQ DC Brushless motor because of its high torque-to-weight ratio. Also, brushless motors are maintenance free and extremely reliable due to the fact that the phase commutation is achieved by an electric circuit instead of a conventional brush/commutator system. Since the students built it in 2005, it was put into use the Greenland Summit Station team of scientists, allowing them to collect snow samples without a trace of CO2. The snowmobile allowed scientists to double their productivity by carrying more and traveling more than they previously did on cross-country skis.
1975 Thiokol Imp
When you think “Ultimate Snow Machines,” the name synonymous with their production is the Thiokol Chemical Corporation of Logan, Utah, right? Uhh…yeah.
Along the way, the company also built tons of these Ford-powered snow machines, along with ski-lift equipment through 1978. Interestingly, the snow machine division was sold that year to Logan Manufacturing Company (LMC), which was owned by John DeLorean.
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