It should be no surprise that the snowblower first came into play in the North, and more so in Canada. Before the invention of the snowblower, people were making use of the snow plow, which was a shovel that was installed on a vehicle’s front. It broke up snow and pushed it aside, but it got easily stuck and could not handle very deep snow falls. Besides, the cleared snow was not thrown afar off as is the case today and therefore could easily find its way back to the already cleared area. Though this was the case, snow plows were extremely useful for trains as they could help them to manage unforeseen snow drifts. The earliest snowblowers leaned heavily towards railway applications in an attempt to combat the limitations experienced from the use of a snow plow.
Arthur Sicard displayed his first model in 1925, having been inspired by a grain thresher back in 1894. The Sicard Snow Remover Snowblower had a basic outline, comprising of:
- The snowblower itself which had a motor and two chutes
- The snow scooper
- A four-wheel drive truck case furnished with a truck engine.
In spite of its simple design, the Sicard snowblower was capable of discarding snow 90 feet away, or put it in the back of the truck if the user so wished.
After Sicard’s genius invention, the first human propelled snowblower, which was developed by a company called Toro in 1952 was presented. Toro continues to consistently produce high-quality blowers for all types of snowfalls, and have even begun to make garden care and agricultural equipment among others. The Ariens also joined the snowblower industry through the introduction of an attachment snowblower option to their previously launched Yardster series. In the 1960’s more organizations began making and showcasing their unique models, and the slow evolution and modernization of the snowblower began. Of significant importance was the introduction of Ariens’ Sno-Thro series in 1960, which continues to be produced up to date. In 1962, Simplicity also launched their Snow-Away model. In the 1970’s the first two-stroke snowblower was introduced. They were called ‘Snow Cannons’, and they were developed by the Gibsons. Initially, they produced a horsepower of 8, which was later advanced to 11 in the 1980s and much later to 13 horsepower, which is common in the present day snowblowers.
Modern day’s snowblowers are purchased along with innumerable accessories such as; motors that enable the chutes to rotate, ignitions that are battery-operated, heated handles for more comfort and even headlights. Numerous manufactures are coming up with inventions that are environmentally friendly to make the end-users feel that they are not compromising the environment. Electric models, as well as their reviews, are also accessible on Snowshifts, though they are not as powerful as their gas-powered counterparts. All in all, the snowblower industry has witnessed perpetual growth, with more snowblower manufacturers coming up with machines that offer outstanding reliability, performance, and sturdiness. Besides, technology has seen them become more efficient and easier to operate.