When America’s railroads are covered in dozens of feet of snow, a shovel and bag of ice just won’t get the job done. That’s where this giant snowplow shown to us courtesy of Extreme World and Engineering comes in. This video displays the incredible power of the rotary snowplow, a piece snow removal equipment that’s the size of a train with an ENORMOUS circular set of propellers on the front end that spin to cut through the snow on the track ahead of it with ease.
This monster can chew through 12 foot deep snow by spit it a distance of 100 feet.
The predecessor of the rotary snowplow was the wedge snowplow. Since approximately 1840, a wedge snowplow cleared snow from railroad tracks by pushing the snow to either one or both sides. However, the heaviest snow accumulations could not be cleared by the wedge method. For this reason, a Canadian dentist invented the rotary snowplow in 1869. The rotary method is still used for snow removal to this day.
- Height: 16.5 Feet Tall
- Length: 48 Feet
- Weight: 137 Tons (300,000 pounds).
- Fan Radius: 11 Feet
- Fan Engine Power: 750 HP Engine
- Fan Rotation Speed: 90 Revs per min.