And thanks to Del, he's the one who really started it.
Whats fun to think about is how much searching I did before I learned my machine was a Wado from Japan. The Japanese writing on the labels was my only clue. After finally discovering Yahoo Japan Auctions and their snow blower category (were talking months of searching) I found my first sibling. There was no longer a doubt where DMC/LMC got their (my) machine.
Searching LMC/Wado found the guy that worked at LMC and set it all up with Wado. He made a few trips to Japan to work on this venture. I talked to him a few times. They figured that the ski resorts they were selling big snow cats to, might also be interested in a bigger snow blower. I dont think it worked out very well, but I would love to find out what ever happened to the other one or two that they did import. I think mine spent the better part of it's life here in Utah at the Snowbird resort.
It was owned by an individual that lived at a nearby ski resort when I got it.
I also remember him mentioning there being a bunch of DMC-12 (Deloreans) stored at the DMC/LMC snow cat facility. John Delorean was in the middle of his whole legal mess. They may have been hiding them from creditors, but I don't remember the exact reason.
The folks in Japan are innovative. I recognize features on my snowblower that I don't believe existed in north america at that time. For example the serrated augers are everywhere today, but in 1984/1985?