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Canada vs. U.S

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by natureboy, Dec 19, 2003.

  1. natureboy

    natureboy Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    I'm reading all these posts describing your excitement over upcoming snowstorms, where here in Toronto, we pray for no more than a couple inches so we can just salt. Funny how we get paid on contract, snow or no snow, and you guys charge per push based on amount of snowfall. Then again, we don't get 20" storms. We may get 20 cm a couple times a year. That right Americans, Toronto isn't the great white north you think it is. But this difference in plowing has always amazed me.
  2. Toby

    Toby Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 132

    Toronto gets less snow than areas surrounding due to it's positioning. Have you ever been north of HWY 7 or down East or West.

    BTW, not all Canadian contractors use contracts.
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2003
  3. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Snow mONEY

    yOU Got to remember we AMERICANS get excited about snow cause it means money everytime percipitation comes down.
    It's what 10 cents a pound for salt put down? Then 2 inches of snow come down, time to plow. It keeps snowing, keep hitting the lots, keep billing them. Two days later it stops,regroup.get ready starts again, bill again,get the DRift?
  4. peewee

    peewee Member
    Messages: 44

    I'm with nature boy. I can make 5 times the money sanding or salting than I can with plowing and do it in 2 hours with very little wear and tear. To me plowing is the necessary evil to allow me to sand and salt! Evil may be harsh because I really do like to plow but there is no comparison as far as bang for the buck. And BTW, contract jobs pay while you sit at home. In a low snow area you usually make out way ahead of billing per push.
  5. elitelandscape

    elitelandscape Member
    Messages: 79

    I would have to say that in Maritime's we use the same thing as in US per push. I think everywhere's but Ontario uses this way. Don't get me wrong we use contracts for the season to but we make way more per push.
    Toronto has an annual snowfall amout of like 10 inches and we here in the maritmes have like 130 inches like many places in the US.
    So far this year we have had 6 plowable events with over 30 inches of snow.


  6. badranman

    badranman Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    Only been 2 plowable storms here in Halifax. This is a great site!
    Found it yesterday and it feels like I'm plowing, no sleep from reading for 2 days!:cool:
  7. badranman

    badranman Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    I should add those 2 storms have only been 2-3 inches of slush.
    Still looking up at the heavens and doing my snow dance.
  8. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617


    We have had 3 decent events in the last 3 weeks. 3-5" each time
    Last one was a "lake effect" off lake Erie. Radar looked like the fetch had changed and the snow event was dead ( just a dusting ). Went to bed at 2Am. Imagine my surprise when the cell phone rang at 5AM.
    Mount up, move out, 5 inches awaits.