What became of snow blowers?
IN the 1960s I worked for a Bristol company which hired out plant (excavators, concrete mixers etc) to civil engineering companies, building contractors and the general public.
It was important to have these out on hire, whatever the weather, as the drivers still had to be paid.
In very bad winters, such as 1962/3, councils throughout the country would ask us to supply excavators and tractor shovels to help keep the roads open, especially in areas such as Exmoor.
Some of these remained out on hire for several months.
I remember hearing rumours that Bristol Corporation, who had previously hired equipment from us, were going to invest in a fleet of their own snow blowers.
We were obviously concerned that our services to them for snow clearing could come to an end.
If my memory serves me correctly, and I believe it does, the Corporation's snow blowers did not live up to expectations and were put into storage.
What happened to them then?
I would hazard a guess that the Corporation received a refund from the supplier for unsatisfactory merchandise.
Perhaps they were taken back by the supplier, or, once the hype had died down, quietly scrapped.
No doubt nowadays such items would have been put for sale on e-bay.