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Found this on Snow Journal. 

 

http://www.flixxy.com/snow-vehicle-concept.htm

 

Could be useful turning an old tractor into transportation vehicle to your backwoods chalet.

 

Going up Teton Pass in deep snow may also work.  As for going down steep grades I am not so sure it would slow down. The old Tucker Snowcats were always interesting on extremely steep grades when the tracks filled up with packed snow and it became a really fast sled. 

 

Reference Link on Snow Journal http://www.snowjournal.com/page.php?cid=topic16694

 

post #2 of 7

Looks pretty cool.  You couldn't use it on most of Teton Pass as it is closed to snowmobiles access from the top and the bottom on the Wilson side.  You can go up Phillips Canyon, but I don't think that rig could do it on that terrain.

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That just looks sketchy, theres no gas pedal just a throttle lever so if you fall off the machine keeps running and you turn into hamburger, also the center of mass is up high so if one side drops into a tree well or something it could roll over onto you and your screwed, also most tractors dont start in the cold. Sorry im not tryin to rain on your parade, thats just the left brained and farmer sides of me kicking in, for the time it was deffinantly a very interesting product, not a terrible design.

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Snowyphil I got to agree with you. As a farmer you know a lot of good farmers and their kids got killed with farm equipment and their PTOs.  Farming is not exactly risk free. 

 

Falling off the tractor reminds me of a story about the guy who bought a new sail boat.  His first time out he has the sails up in moderate windy conditions probably in a close haul.  He gets the idea of taking pictures of his new sail boat sailing.  While under sail he jumps off his new sail boat into the dingy, powers up the dingy and rides around his new sail boat taking photos of his boat actually sailing with nobody on board.   Now comes the tricky part.  He powers the dingy up to catch up to the sail boat at  the stern (back of the boat) when he up to the sail boat he lets go of the dingy motor to grab onto the sail boat, the dingy looses power and floats away from the sail boat.  He wasn't able to figure out how to get back on his sail boat.  Sail boat eventually hit something hard and sank. 

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That just looks sketchy, theres no gas pedal just a throttle lever so if you fall off the machine keeps running and you turn into hamburger, also the center of mass is up high so if one side drops into a tree well or something it could roll over onto you and your screwed, also most tractors dont start in the cold. Sorry im not tryin to rain on your parade, thats just the left brained and farmer sides of me kicking in, for the time it was deffinantly a very interesting product, not a terrible design.

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Snowyphil I got to agree with you. As a farmer you know a lot of good farmers and their kids got killed with farm equipment and their PTOs.  Farming is not exactly risk free. 

 

Falling off the tractor reminds me of a story about the guy who bought a new sail boat.  His first time out he has the sails up in moderate windy conditions probably in a close haul.  He gets the idea of taking pictures of his new sail boat sailing.  While under sail he jumps off his new sail boat into the dingy, powers up the dingy and rides around his new sail boat taking photos of his boat actually sailing with nobody on board.   Now comes the tricky part.  He powers the dingy up to catch up to the sail boat at  the stern (back of the boat) when he up to the sail boat he lets go of the dingy motor to grab onto the sail boat, the dingy looses power and floats away from the sail boat.  He wasn't able to figure out how to get back on his sail boat.  Sail boat eventually hit something hard and sank. 


 



HAHAHAHA, thats freakin funny as hell, i dont farm but my family does and i work on the farm in summers, weve had 3 farm related deaths in the last 10 years and alot of bad accidents, it deffinantly comes with a risk, and most farmers try to be safe but sometimes arent as safe as they should be. Its a dangerous job for sure.

post #6 of 7

I think snow travel converted Ferguson tractors were used in addition to Tucker snowcata on the first motorized crossing of Antarctica. The expedition could not afford to equip themselves entirely with real snowcats.

post #7 of 7

That's because they were kiwis, I do believe. well at least some of them were

A certain Mr Hillary if I'm not mistaken, setting up fuel dumps for a Vivian Fuchs, so that he could make it across.

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