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Does anyone have any experience with this tailgate spreader?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by ontario026, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. ontario026

    ontario026 Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    Canadian tire sells it, it looks to be a "swisher" brand. I know it would be light duty, but I only really have 1 account where I need to salt/sand and that is my parents lane, as it has a few hills in it, and maybe my own house if required, my residentials are straight plowing, no salting.... so for light duty use??? anyone ever seen them?

    http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/brow...ries/PRD~0408071P/25-gallon+Salt+Spreader.jsp

    Thanks
    Matthew
     
  2. dellwas

    dellwas Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    Yes, ditto for me too. Only do our country road, about 1/2 mile long. I'd like to see comments on the C.T. one as well

    Ackland-Grainger has a SNOWEX SNXSP125 for sand/ice melt, and a SNXSP225 for salt for $849. However, looking at the Snowex home page shows that the 125 is not suitable for sand. Both priced at $849

    Here's the link to the Ackland Grainger flyer, you need Adobe Reader to get it:

    http://www.industrymailout.com/Industry/LandingPage.aspx?id=464228&lm=18219530&q=163032671&qz=04172030266b9246658edbb48f9a7c3c

     
  3. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,989

    I bet you could spread it faster with a bucket..... look around on kijiji and find a decent snowex for a good price...
     
  4. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    there is a bunch of decent sand/salters available to buy online, check out a previous thread started by me regarding buying tailgate sand spreaders online, people gave me all sorts of websites that sand spreaders can be ordered from, also, northern tool and equipment has some great stuff
     
  5. dellwas

    dellwas Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    Yes, but how many will ship to Canada? Ones I looked at, outside of Northern will not. Then there's the issue of "Brokerage". If shipped by couriers it can cost up to 30% of the cost of the item. I won't deal with any American company that deals with couriers, only those that send via USPS as there is a flat brokerage fee, very low, I believe it's $5. In this case I doubt that any will try sending a sander/salter by USPS!

     
  6. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    Check with ESI. He was going to ship me a plow. I believe they have in house brokers or ones they can get. How close to the border are you? Go for a weekend away and get one.
     
  7. dellwas

    dellwas Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    See, that is where it gets tricky. You can act as your own brokerage agent, but you can only do so at the point of entrance into Canada. Closest ground entry point, at least the last time I checked was Dorval, outside of Montreal, which is what, 1200KM away from me, here in Nova Scotia? Also, I think there's only 5 brokerage entry points into Canada. To be honest, I don't know if you could simply cross the border, buy one and bring it back in, that I don't know. In any case, closest entry to me would be ST. Stephen / Calais, which is a hefty distance.

    Also, did check with Northern Tool and this comes up when you punch in shipping costs for most of their spreaders:

    "Sorry, this item is restricted from being shipped to the destination you requested.
    If you need assistance finding comparable item(s) that we may be able to ship to your requested destination, please contact us at 1-800-221-0516.


     
  8. dellwas

    dellwas Senior Member
    Messages: 369

  9. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    so i worked your numbers using your calculator, and it works out to about $700 which when you compare the product, is a pretty damn good price
     
  10. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    just a question here, but do you have a friend or family member that could help you with this
     
  11. dellwas

    dellwas Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    What product????

     
  12. dellwas

    dellwas Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    Not sure if you're asking me or the OP? If me, nope, no relatives or friends in the U.S.

     
  13. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    lol, i picked a buyers spreader, (tgsuv1b) as it looked comparable to the unit you were looking at. i was asking both of you, and if you guys did decide to go that way, i may know someone that would be able to help you:waving:
     
  14. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    Phone ESI and ask what they can do. You can bring anything you want into Canada. Anything made in the States is duty free. Pay GST and PST. There has to be more then 5 entry points into Canada. Any where a Transport truck crosses is a point. Every crossing as far as I know has a Canada Customs and will gladly take your money.

    Do you have to go to New Brunswick and then cross? Can you take a Ferry and cross into Maine. I thought I did that but it was 20 years ago.

    UPS and any of those are not a good choice.
     
  15. dellwas

    dellwas Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    Good to know, will definitly keep it in mind.

     
  16. dellwas

    dellwas Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    Duty free has nothing to do with brokerage. Brokerage fees are the "processing and handling fees" charged by courier companies and the USPS/Canada Post for handling the package, and associated paperwork.

    http://canadaonline.about.com/cs/customs/a/shopshipcanada_2.htm

    On brokerage, I think the 5 entry points only refers to Purolator when I stop and think about it. I asked if I could handle my own brokerage from them, and I think they told me they only had 5 entry points, so I had to go to one of them to do the paperwork.

    I'm in Nova Scotia, so I would have to drive through New Brunswick, or go to Yarmouth Maine and catch the ferry to Bar Habour, Maine.

    On couriers, agreed. Learned a long time ago not to deal with them! :nod:

     
  17. ontario026

    ontario026 Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    My marina actually overlooks the international bridge to Ogdensburg NY. I can have stuff shipped to the UPS store in ogdensburg ny and then pick it up and avoid brokerage fees... only problem right now is that I have not gotten my passport yet, so I can't cross the border. I bought my plow last yr from Gilco Equipment in watertown NY. Since I have my GST# etc for the business I had to do the paperwork where the truckers process their paperwork, I had to pay the gst on the plow right there, then I paid the PST through my normal PST remittences for my business...

    I just don't know if I want to pay for a new good quality spreader right now for the limited use It will see, and a used one I am worried about getting something 3/4 worn out...

    Matthew