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I wasn't sure where to put this picture so here it is. There is an active thread Loss of farmlands equals less drifting? and in it there is mention of the terrific (horrific?) snow drifts up in Maine. I found this picture of Plowman clearing his driveway with his 1933 FWD Klauer unit. I think he was going out to get the newspaper or something. Bshoesey

Rotary Snow Plows - walter linn oshkosh fwd

As for the reported photo of me going to get the mail...... that was in June, late snow accompanied by high wind. Had to go around the whole town cause the school year had ended and the kids were trapped, had to spend 3 nights at the school. Not much of a start to a summer vacation. The school had run out of food for the kids and oil for the furnace. With the 33 Klauer Snogo I had things cleaned up in no time. PLOWMAN

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Pennsylvania Department of Highways was a steady customer of Walter snowfighters and also Snow King rotary plows

PDH SnowKing rotory plow on Walter chassis

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These photos are from the collection of Wesley Moore, a former PDH employee. This picture shows the boys standing ready with the Walter truck/Snow King plow.

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Nice shot of a road grader with some sort of rotary plow working thru some substantial snow.

Second pass on some serious snow

Looks like the second pass on a closed road

Rotory Snow Plows - walter linn oshkosh fwd

Another snow blower hard at work. Some of the 30's/40's versions Klauer
Sno-Go's remain in the fleet today, mounted on newer trucks and repowered to Cummins in the late seventies. There were few changes in the basic design of the Klauer equipment over the years, but the best upgrade now is to convert to hydraulic drive. This eliminates the driveshafts and main chain box, both sources of trouble. With the hydraulic conversion you have one honkin' big pump and a couple drive motors. The talented staff in Somerset County Pa started these conversions on PennDoT machines quite a number of years ago. All of the above photos are from Erie County, Pa.

Here is an odd request- I drive up I-190 to Niagara Falls on a regular basis. There is a construction yard located at the overpass of I-190 and Baseline Road with an old snow blower head sitting in the yard. We need someone in the neighborhood to get a few pictures and update the group on the equipment. There is a remote chance the chassis is sitting in one of the barns. Any offers of help?
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I'd like to thank my wife for figuring out how to copy Google maps and print them on the website !
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Here's a shot of a rotary plow in action, this year in California Sierras. Thanks Ryan
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1976 Oshkosh with Klauer Sno-Go doing some clean up work at Little Hope, Pa on Rt.89 in Erie County a few years ago. This truck was flown in to Erie by military transport during the winter of '76/'77, one of the worst winters in local history. This machine dropped the main chain box last winter. I hope they repair it or convert it and not sell it. You don't sell the fire truck just because there hasn't been a fire for a while. It hasn't shown up for sale yet.

1945 Oshkosh with Sno-Go

1945 Oshkosh/Klauer Sno-Go combination for sale at the Monroe, NY municipal sale in 2002. We didn't stay long enough to see what it sold for, unfortunately. Probably not much!
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As the sign says, "runs good"

2 speed conversion for Walter transmission

Factory drawing of the transmission upgrade to turn the standard Walter 6 speed transmission into a 12 speed, allowing ground speed slow enough to accomodate efficient snow blower operation. You'll probably have to study it for a while to figure it out, I know I did.
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I guess this will qualify as a rotary plow. This is a combination of an offset vee plow and wing plow with a rotor on the end to throw the snow. I don't have any information about these wings, only a couple pictures. They are powered by an engine mounted behind the cab. Seems like there would be a lot to go wrong. Any comments or information about the roto-wing will be greatly appreciated.

Plowchaser sent me this photo of an actual roto-wing Walter in action probably in the 50's. Thanks for the picture!

Rotary Snow Plows - walter linn oshkosh fwd

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I picked this ad up from eBay. It mentions the use of an offset vee plow and the picture on the bottom right looks very similar to the one in the MassDPW section

Attention all enthusiasts- There are a few of us collector types who would be really interested in obtaining/saving one of the off-set vee plows as seen in this picture. Any help locating them would put someone forever in our debt. A heard a rumor about two of them sitting in Maryland. Is there any truth to that story? Let me know. Thanks

Off-Set Vee Plow News Update-
On a recent trip through New England I found two off-set vee plows. The first one pictured is a Wausau sitting at the Kemp collection in Hillsboro NH. (If I remember correctly the rig from the Kemp collection has a new home in Maine thanks to "53". - DavCut) The second one is at Steve McLean's in Limerick ME. I have the Frink plow put "in lay-away" until I find a way to get it back home.
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This is an interesting contraption. I can't tell if it slides in and out for each cut or if you just crawl down the shoulder.
Either way, it looks like an idea whose time has come and gone.

New York State snow 2007

Here's a 1952 Oshkosh rotary plow working in Scriba, New York in February of 2007

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1970 New York State DOT Loadstar Sno-Go
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That first cut is Fantastic!!!

Great picture!

Jim

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