From Norway to Mayfield: Snow Plowing’s Antecedents and Modern Methods, Part I

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There is a history to Mayfield snow removal that you may not be aware of, and here is more information about snow plowing then and snow plowing now. You’ll see that there’s quite a difference between the two and that modern technology has really stepped up to the plate in this field.

Horses used to be the power behind snow plows in earlier days. The blades used for snow plowing back then were made from wood in a wedge shape. It was a lot of work for the horses to pull heavy snow so it was a much more difficult task back then and it could take an extremely long time to get the job done.

Once the automobile was invented the snow plow was adapted to be used with vehicles. It was converted to fit onto the front of the car for easy plowing.

During the early 20s, patents were issued for snowplows. The first plow was created in Norway by Even and Hans Overaasen. These two brothers made a plow that could be used as a model for future snow plowing plans. Soon after this plow was invented, these two men offered snow removal as a business.

There was another famous inventor named Carl Frink that invented another snowplow that could be mounted on cars. He developed a company in 1920 called Frink Snowplows in Clayton New York. This company is still alive today and is now known as Frink-America.

Snow plowing using trains has a history that dates as far back as the middle 1800s. J.W. Elliot was a Canadian dentist that invented the rotary snow plow. After seeing that there were some problems with the wedge plow, this Canadian inventor decided to make some changes and have the blades cut and rotate the snow as the train moved ahead. This rotary blade used an engine as its power source while a second engine kept the train moving forward.

The blades would lift the snow up a channel and then the snow would be churned out from the top of the shoot. An operator would be able to control how fast the blades would turn and could turn the chute in different directions. Over time this system was modified so a pushing locomotive could do the work with one operator handling both the train and the snow clearing.

This was the beginning of Mayfield snow plowing and there were newer and better ways of clearing snow just on the horizon.