2020 - Volume #44, Issue #1, Page #05[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Building A Machine To Bale SnowI was talking to reader Greg Hemming the other day and he told me he’s working on a machine to bale snow.
I figured he was kidding so I pressed him. Why would you want to bale snow? The answer is that Greg lives out on the prairies of Saskatchewan where livestock farmers often set up windbreaks if they have cattle out on fields during winter. The problem is that they have to move the big windbreaks around and then bring them back in again in the spring. Hemming figures that if he could make big bales of snow, he could stack them up as protection from wind and they would simply melt away in the spring.
He told me that he’s working to modify a conventional baler, but instead of pickup fingers it’ll have paddles to pull snow into the bale chamber. Moisture will be added to the bales to harden them, and Hemming says you could even color them if you wanted to use them for other purposes – like making a wintertime maze or even an igloo.
The baler isn’t finished yet. Greg said he’d get us pictures once it’s up and running.
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