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Old 05-07-2017, 10:06:01 PM
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Default Snow Cat in the Desert

A major city in the desert strikes me as an odd place to find a Snow Cat. Evidently it belongs to (or belonged to) to APS, the electric utility company. It's been sitting in a fenced lot behind a Phoenix AZ burger shop for years.
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Default Re: Snow Cat in the Desert

Makes more sense than you might initially think. Snowcat speads load across large surface area. Equally effective on snow.... or sand. Any soft or shifting surface. I know of at least one instance where a snowcat was sucessfully used to pull a large catapillar tractor out of the mud.

Fyi: APS = Arizona Public Service. Meaning state owns cat. May be used anywhere needed, such as other areas of state where a Snowcat might be expected.
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Default Re: Snow Cat in the Desert

Very cool, that snow cat was built by the Thiokol Chemical Company in Utah. Likely has a six cylinder Ford industrial engine in it. Just a guess, but it was likely used to traverse unstable land. The wide tracks would distribute the weight of the vehicle over a much larger area allowing the vehicle to go to regions a wheeled vehicle cannot. Reminds me of a friend in upstate NY who has a swamp on his property. It wasnt until his father bought a Linn that he was able to transport goods across the swamp without getting stuck.

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Default Re: Snow Cat in the Desert

Looks remarkably like the one that was at the ski area I worked at in 1977 in far Western Maine.
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