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Sorry, but I recently won a couple of eBay auctions. Just waiting for the currently owners to get the cash. Now if you can find me a decent MEP....<snip>
I couldnt help but notice......"future owner of a M35a2" ????? I could help with that if you decide that sno-cat Dosnt sute your needs.
Not quite. These are all-terrain vehicles that spread the load over snow, sand, mud, dirt, grass, salt flats, etc. This series of 'snowcat' actually does poorly in any deep snow compared to lighter, wider tracked units.Ah, a snow cat. Explains the belting track. Only meant to spread the load over snow. Still very interesting that Thiokol made it. They are noted more for their solid rocket motors.
Brings back fond memories of my Revell catalog with one of these towing a large artillery piece. Or was it a trailer mounted rocket?
Did anyone know you can spend > 30 mins looking at Revell models on Google that you built as a kid? Without finding the Snow Cat?
Hope you have a good trip down the highway with the 601 in tow, Bob. Been to Windsor, VT., many a time; the American Precision Museum is a favorite place in town to spend a couple hours looking at historical machine tools. The diner downtown is a great place to grab lunch, too.
Are the yellow units Foremost/Nodwell 110s? (on closer exaimination, I think not, but similar, maybe a Foremost Chieftan?)Reminds me of 2 of the ARFF rigs we used in Antarctica. They were big and slow but they handled the snow real well. We did have one get stuck when the driver tried to climb a snow drift after a big storm and it sank.
Yeah they are chieftains, we had 2 one was 4 door crew cab and one was a 2 door. Also the 4 door used a separate Tecumseh diesel engine to power the fire pump and the 2 door used a PTO to power the pump.Are the yellow units Foremost/Nodwell 110s? (on closer examination, I think not, but similar, maybe a Foremost Chieftain?)
I see most of the rest of your fleet has Mattracks. Man, those are stupidly expensive!!
Yeah they are chieftains, we had 2 one was 4 door crew cab and one was a 2 door. Also the 4 door used a separate Tecumseh diesel engine to power the fire pump and the 2 door used a PTO to power the pump.
They are Canadian made, I know that. We could use some new ones, but because of funding everything has to be American made. While I agree with using as much American made gear as possible, there aren't any American companies building anything as capable as the chieftain or Ivan the Tera bus for that mater. The tried replacing the Tera bus with a huge rig made by Caterpillar. The Caterpillar rig just isn't as capable or easy to maneuver or drive as the Tera Bus, which means they hardly use it. And I don't even wanna know what the Caterpillar rig cost, id guess total cost delivered to be about 500k.
The mat tracks aren't all they are cracked up to be, they are pretty slow and VERY rough ride. Id get in trouble for driving through soft snow to cushion the ride instead of staying on the packed road. Plus the Fords they are on are the dreaded international 6.0L diesels. Also they didn't upgrade the power-steering so they are next to impossible to turn at low speeds. They are looking for replacements but nothing promising has been found.
I suggested either using a Haaglund or a Pistenbully with an ARFF pod on the back. They used to use a couple Nodwell's but stopped due to parts availability and reliability.
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