If you happen to call the East Coast home, there's a good chance you recently woke up to plenty of winter weather. Given that we're facing down a few long months of snow and ice ahead, we thought we'd take the time to explore one of the more interesting innovations in snow removal.

Behold the TowPlow: a steerable trailer that allows one truck to clear up to two and a half lanes of roadway in a single pass. The machinery effectively doubles the efficiency of a truck and driver, but it comes with a heady price tag. The TowPlow will set your local department of transportation back around $100,000 a pop.

The TowPlow can also be fitted to disperse sand, salt or liquid calcium chloride, which makes it a triple threat when it comes to keeping roadways free of the slippery stuff. The machine was pioneered in Missouri, but states like Pennsylvania have also taken to using the TowPlow when the worst winter weather hits. Click past the jump for a few videos of the mega plow in action.







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      BipDBo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sure that every passing motorist experiences a moment of panic at the site of a rig appearing to jack knife.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, Top Gear could learn a thing or two from this monster
      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      Michigan needs these for I-75
      midmo217
      • 2 Years Ago
      For the record, the TowPLow started in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2005, to allow one operator to clear twice the pavement. You can now see them in a dozen states and across Canada. Please give these operators room. And this is a staged video after the storm and after the truck had cleared the pavement. You can not get any good video during the storm. These units have operated in up to 8" of snow and you DO NOT want to be standing on the shoulder when he comes by in deep snow..... All snow plowing states have seen these and most all hesitated to even try, because of concerns in traffic. You can see in Mo, Minn, Utah, ND, Tenn, Maine, Oh, Penn, Nebr, Iowa, Wisc, and other NE states now trying this winter... it all came from central Missouri were one learns about equipment from farm experience.. the MoFarmBoy... MoSnowKing...
      Sukairain
      • 2 Years Ago
      DRIFTING SNOW PLOW!!!!!
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 2 Years Ago
      I do like how in the videos they are plowing roads... that don't need to be plowed :)
      Krishan Mistry
      • 2 Years Ago
      Better than the Snowbine Plowvester, I must admit. It might not have chomping blades and a flamethrower, but IT DRIFTS!!!
        john pitha
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        James May would find this "Brilliant" Jeremy Clarkson would try to lay waste to caravans with it and the hamster would probably clean out a whole streets worth of parked cars with it. I can't wait to see it
      Matt Nielsen
      • 2 Years Ago
      We've had these in Minnesota for a while
      MotorworldHype
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mr. Plow that's his name that name again is Mr. Plow! #FirstMrPlowJoke
      ThinkAboutIt
      • 2 Years Ago
      In the total scheme of things a hundred grand isn't all that much money. Especially when you consider the price of a second truck with plow and salting/sanding gear. Not to mention the cost of the second DOT worker, likely on overtime, collecting Big Bux to drive that second rig.
      Joel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yes, In Wisconsin had tow plow too, I see that plow so wide
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