Our next installment finds Arthur Sicard, circa 1894, an 18 year old working on the family dairy farm in Saint-Leonard-de-Port-Maurice, Quebec. Snowstorms being frequent and dairy products being perishable motivated him to find a better snow removal means.
Motivation found inspiration one day when he saw a new piece of farm machinery called the thresher. If this machine could gather grain perhaps he could use the design to gather and move snow. It wasn't long before he had built and tested his first prototype however it bogged down in snow. His notion was dismissed by those around him and he went on unsupported in his pursuit. He went on to make a life for himself in Montreal until finally in 1925, 31 years later he astonished the people of that city with his "Sicard Snow Remover Snowblower". The first sale was to the nearby town of Outremont, in 1927.
The Sicard name has been synonymous with large snowblowers ever since. My hometown had a Sicard unit mounted to an old Michigan front end loader for several decades.
Real snow blowers were invented in Quebec by a man named Sicard . His vehicles were called Sicard Snowmasters and he also built the trucks to carry them, huge 4x4s with separate engines to run the blowers, they have been copied all over the world.
The First Sicard SnowBlower wos built on FWD chassis in 1926.
The first Sicard built chassis (1938) had a short hood, and a blade at midship.
Sicard worked as a delivery man at his dadТs dairy farm. In the winter, delivering milk to the market was a very difficult task.
In the fall, Sicard saw his neighbor using a threshing machine to harvest wheat. The swirling blades on the machine made Sicard think of creating a similar machine to clear the roads in the winter
Sicard Stated to built swow blower in Montrtal in 1927. At the beginning, the equipment was installed on FWD 4X4 trucks. Sicard had their own 4X4 trucks by 1938. These trucks were bought mostly by towns and were used for snow removal during winter and converted to refuse collecting, streets cleaning and other municipal jobs for the rest of the year.
During World War II Sicard snow removal equipment found their way to major airports all over North America making Sicard name known outside Quebec.
In 1938 the first Sicard-built chassis was introduced and the company began rapid expansion. During the '40s Sicard snowblowers were sold in Canada, the USA, Great Britain, and the USSR. A branch was established in Water-town, NY to better serve the U.S. market, and by 1946 a total of 250 units were in cervice.
Mr. Sicard died in 1906 and the next year the company was purchased by Simard of Sorel, Quebec, and Schneider of Paris. Soon the product line was diversified to include street sprinklers, highway maintenance vehicles, trash trucks, and crane carriers. Meanwhile the snowblowers were continued and vastly improved.
The first Sicard conventional trucks and truck tractors appeared in 1958. They were diesel powered, available in both two and three axle models, and continuously improved with such modern features as fiberglass hoods and fenders. Sicard also had a license to build KW-Dart off-highway trucks for the construction market in Canada.
In the early '60s the company was doing well. But the end was to come in the not too distant future. Paccar bought the company in 1967 and three years later discontinued Sicard production in favor of Kenworth trucks. Fortunately SMI Snowmastcr Ltd. of Ste. Foy, Quebec acquired marketing and manufacturing rights for the snowblowers as well as production facilities in Montreal, QU; Bathurst, NB; and Watertown, NY. Sadly another Canadian truck manufacturer was gone, but the Sicard "Snowmaster" lives on.
They built highway tractors during the early '60s using both the International "Comfo-Vision" cab and the Dodge cab - much the same as FWD did during the same time.
They were extremely popular in Quebec - Asbestos Eastern used to run many, both short-nose as on Page 140 of Niels Jansen's Classic American Heavy Trucks and long nose.
BP Canada used several during the late '60s and early '70s powered with 318 Detroits - if I remember correctly they were a mix of both the International and the Dodge cabbed versions.
As stated Sicard built several license-built Dart off-road trucks for the Quebec mining projects, thus beginning the association with PACCAR.
During the early '70s when there was a difference between the US-built Kenworth cab-over and the smaller, older-style Canadian Kenworth there were a handful of US-style cab-overs built as Kenworths but their manufacturer's plate actually read "SICARD K-100".
Consumers Dddistrubting ran several.
Canadian built trucks tend to run regional - such as Sicard being propular in Quebec and Scot in Atlantic Canada and Hayes in the west.
While Mr. Laplante has stated that the Ste. Therese plant continues to produce PACCAR products one of which might surprise a good many is that the Peterbilt 379 day cab is also built there.
In 1925, Arthur Sicard presented his first prototype, a design he based off a concept he first thought up 31 years earlier. Two years later, Sicard sold the first УSicard Snow Remover SnowblowerФ to Outremont, Montreal, and the rest is history.
The Sicard Snow Remover Snowblower had a fairly basic design, consisting of only three sections: the snow blower with two chutes and a motor; the snow scooper; and a four-wheel drive truck chassis equipped with a truck motor. But despite its simplicity, the Sicard was a beast, capable of throwing snow 90 feet away (or in the back of the truck if you wanted to hang onto it.)
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