Tuesday 3 February 2009

The 1929 Fordson Snow Machine

was a concept machine that the motoring industry of Detroit was planning to produce, and although a number of cold climate countries (Norway, Finland, Canada) were interested, the historical records indicate a lack of interest in the project, perhaps the Great Depression interceded on the minds of decision makers ?

"The film clearly shows that the vehicle copes well in snow. Steering was effected by having each cylinder receive power from a separate clutch which, depending on the position of the steering gear, engages and disengages; this results a vehicle that is relatively maneuverable."

The video clearly illustrates the vehicle effortlessly pulling 20 tons of logs around, so you've got to wonder why the armed forces of the period didn't build troop carriers or tanks with this invention ?

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