A snowblower is a motorized machine that takes the backbreaking work out of clearing large areas of snow. They are indispensable for clearing snow from areas where traffic is heavy. Roads, train lines and airport runways, as well as sidewalks, driveways, parking lots and have the snowblower to thank for keeping traffic moving.
The snowblower was invented in 1925. A Canadian inventor named Arthur Sicard made his first snowblower sale with the Sicard Snow Remover Snowblower model. His machine consisted of what was basically a truck with two adjustable snowblower chutes and a motor. The snow could be sucked up and thrown over 90 feet away or blown into the back of the truck.
The machine became even more popular when the domestic snowblower was introduced in 1951. Soft and hard packed snow could be directed away from the truck or stored in the back until it could be dumped. These later machines made great improvements on the snowplow, which could only push the snow into the side of the road.
The snowblower comes in two types of design. The single stage snowblowers are usually lightweight and more compact. They are excellent at getting into tight corners and small spaces. The single stage snowblower has one tool that can both lift the snow and then throw it. The blades of this type of blower will cut out sections of the snow and push it back towards the chute. It will then be blown through the chute behind the machine.
The dual or two stage blower can be much larger. It will be able to move snow over very rough terrain. The dual stage has a ridged blade for cutting through hard snow and even ice. It also has another blade that lifts the snow into the chute. The amount of snow that can be moved depends on the size of the blower. The largest blower is capable of moving two tons of snow per minute. They are also capable of throwing the snow almost 50 feet (15.24 meters).
The snowblower is compulsory item of machinery for most northern territories. Areas that experience severe weather conditions have cause to keep them on standby for most of the year. Without them many roads and towns would come to a complete standstill during the long winter months.