In a pilot project carried out in 1998 by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the commonwealth built an innovative snowblower that promises swift, safe, and efficient removal of large amounts of snow. PennDOT evaluated the effectiveness of a rear-discharge prototype based on Japanese technology. In order to keep costs down, it was decided to modify a 1986 Idaho Norland rotary snowblower. The prototype received its trials during the summer of 1998 on an unused portion of SR 219 near Somerset, Pennsylvania. Using wet sawdust to simulate snow, the prototype performed above specification, loading a 20-ton (18-Mg) truck in 16 seconds. One drawback to the snowblower is its size, which is due to its having been modified from existing equipment. Although useful for interstate work, it is 50% bigger than desired for city use. However, when the snowblower moves to mass production, it is anticipated that it will be scaled down to approximately two-thirds the size of the prototype, improving maneuverability.

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    Scranton Gillette Communications

    380 E Northwest Highway, Suite 200
    Des Planes, IL  United States  60016-2282
  • Authors:
    • Reed, M
  • Publication Date: 1999-6


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  • Accession Number: 00765162
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 29 1999 12:00AM