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Blizzard of 1978

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by cjc810, Jul 27, 2004.

  1. cjc810

    cjc810 Member
    from RI
    Messages: 69

    Would this be great to plow again.
    think snow

    This is a week later in Rhode Island. Traffic going up Mineral Spring Ave. No Providence

    mineral spring.jpg
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2004
  2. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,407

    We have had close to that amount of snow 2 times in 2 years, iam sure we will have another storm drop at least 20" this year.
  3. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,951

    I remeber that my father had a k5 blazer with a fisher plow
  4. cjc810

    cjc810 Member
    from RI
    Messages: 69

    We had a 1945 willys MB with an old plow that you had to go outside to the plow and pull the center pin to angle left or right.
    We put on 4 tire chains and 4 adults in the back seat to plow this storm.
  5. rob1325

    rob1325 Senior Member
    Messages: 298

    We had a 1970 Jeep CJ-2000 (I think) with a 7 1/2 Meyer plow, lol.
  6. Tommy10plows

    Tommy10plows Senior Member
    Messages: 345

    I plowed it too.
    1965 4 cylinder Jeep CJ 5 5.38 to 1 gears, Myers Plow
    1962 Willys pickup, Hurricane 6, Manual Swing Myers plow
    1972 AMC Jeep, 304 V8 Western Plow

    Ran bar reinforced chains on all wheels, thats 12 sets on three vehicles. They were unstoppable.

    All with Monarch Hy-Lo belt driven pumps. Never a breakdown. Never let me down. No computer nonsense, no hi tech, just plain old reliable low tech no tech.
  7. Flipper

    Flipper PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,180

    We have ahd much bigger storms since then. Remember in 78 most car were rear wheel drive, few "SUVs" existed and plows were less common.

    New technology has made the storm of 78 just as obsolete. It would be cleaned up within hours today.
  8. wolfie

    wolfie Senior Member
    Messages: 174

    I was plowing with a 1972 K-5 blazer. I was able to get most of my driveways plowed but a few had drifted in so bad that they had to be cleared out with a payloader.
  9. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,407

    I agree with flipper, so many people have plows that it would be cleaned up in hours today. Not to mention the advances in vehicles and weather over the years. with the media today we are all going to die over 4 inches, everybody makes a big deal over snow. In the mountains of Northern New England, they get 27"+ of snow all the time and the roads are always clear up there.
  10. cjc810

    cjc810 Member
    from RI
    Messages: 69

    It was the timing of that storm. Every one got out of work at the same time during the begininng of the storm so no one could plow the roads. Also it was very cold storm all the big storms we have had have been around 27 degrees. At the height of this one it was about 17 degrees.

    SIPLOWGUY Senior Member
    Messages: 686

    I was not plowing yet. I was 17. My Dad had a new 77 Dodge Aspen and rather than drive it in the snow he walked many miles to finally catch a bus to get to work. We watched the news, shoveled the street by hand because the neighbors Wife was due any minute, and had the baby that night. My Dad had to have open heart surgery that summer. The Doctor said the added exertion of the snow aggrivated his heart condition. Who knows, he is still around today at 76.
  12. PSDF350

    PSDF350 Senior Member
    Messages: 577

    3 winters ago we got 36" over the course of evening and night then 2 days later got another foot. that year we actually got several 12-18" storms plus 2 of those 36"+ storms.
  13. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    This picture is from February, 1977, also known here as the Blizzard of '77. The fence line is over 5' tall. BTW this is my older brother, so no, I wasn't plowing yet, nor was my truck even in the pre-production stages yet :p

    blizzard of 77x.jpg
  14. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    This is also from the Blizzard of '77... where the snow wasn't so densely packed...