• Feb 22, 2011
2000 Ford Taurus Wagon snow plow – Click above to watch the video after the break

Some may call it lazy; we call it resourceful. Tired of shoveling snow and apparently unable (or unwilling) to purchase a truck-mounted plow or walk-behind snow blower, Jeff Schneider of Minnesota did the only logical thing he could: mount a blade to the back bumper of his Ford Taurus Wagon. Ingenuity – It's the American way, no?

It seems that the little modification did the trick... mostly. In heavy, wet snow, the two-wheel drive (we'd say front-wheel drive, but it is backwards, after all) Taurus just can't generate the kind of traction needed to push a few hundred pounds of the fluffy white stuff any real distance. But if the snow is the soft and powdery stuff, well, look out, snow plows.

See Schneider's ingenious solution to the Minnesota winter in the video after the break.

[Source: Associated Press]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      If this is his daily driver, then I think this is brilliant. He mentions that he's got a snowblower for when it's necessary. On the days that this can handle it, this is a huge advantage. Notice the snow in the morning, drop the blade, back out of the garage like normal, lift the blade and drive to work. That would save a huge amount of time in the morning over getting the blower going!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very creative... I like the idea.
      • 3 Years Ago
      that's not creative, that's just stupid and lazy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thats just wrong on so many levels.

      Why doesnt he do what that guy in PA did? Shovel, salt, lay down some tarp, then unroll the tarp when the snow is done. Genius!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Haven't seen this. Link?
      • 3 Years Ago
      AN AMERICAN GENIUS AT WORK
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mc Guyver is backz!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      My 94 My break if I tried this
      Lucas
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've been looking at amp powerstep my ride. And yes, it is the American way. http://www.electricstep.com/eshop/pc/PowerStep-Applications-c81.htm
      • 3 Years Ago
      Some might call it a great way to wreck your transmission. There's a reason that plows usually use 3/4 ton trucks and low-range.

      It might seem strange given how cold it is outside, but you can overheat and burn up a transmission really quickly in a situation like this.

      Hopefully he'll be careful and a bit lucky and not have any problems.
        • 3 Years Ago
        My Dad blew a transmission in a first generation Taurus pushing a small trailer uphill in reverse.

        I don't know if it is the same transmission, but this guys trans is not long for this world.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Granted if it were heavy snow, then you'd have a point. However, given the gearing for reverse along with the fact that AB said it was difficult in anything more than light snow, then I don't think he'd have much of an issue.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The transmission in that car is one of the weakest Ford ever made. It will ruin it very quickly.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Just wait until he runs into someone or something due to poor rearward visibility. ....Well Jimmy santa used to walk until your father took him out with the rear plow one snowy Christmas eve, no he has to use a scooter.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Reverse is lower than 1st, so that helps.

        Of course, one imagines a Legacy with a trailer hitch and a couple hundred pounds of sand in the trunk would do an even better job.
      • 3 Years Ago
      how retarted.
      just another union school teacher goofing off with taxpayer's dollars.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Retarted?

        Were you home schooled?
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