Posted Feb 16th 2013 6:00PM
Built in Mount Forest, Ontario by Viking Cives LTD, the double-lane snowplow, or "Tow Plow" as it's been coined, is a mammoth of the roadway. With a clearing width of 8.5 metres (28 feet), the Tow Plow more than doubles the snow-clearing ability of a typical snow plow, which has a clearing width of 3 metres (10 feet) to 3.7 metres (12 feet).
How does this bladed monstrosity work? The Tow Plow is basically a regular snowplow, with a trailer attached. The trailer has a large plow mounted along its right-hand side and the trailer is equipped with pivoting wheels which allow the operator to swing the trailer wide to the right of the truck. Using a lever mounted in the cab of the truck, the driver can deploy the trailer plow behind him, up to a 45 degree angle.
Tow Plows are currently in use by several provinces in Canada including New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. According to Viking Cives LTD, the benefits of using these mega-plows are found in decreased fuel and manpower costs as the super-plow does twice the work while operated by a single driver. To further increase productivity, the Tow Plow can also dispense salt or sand on the roadway as it clears snow.
According to the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation, the Tow Plow costs around $100,000, less than the cost of two separate snowplows.
To watch the Tow Plow in action on Canadian roads, hit the jump.