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What’s The Best Snowblower?

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What’s The Best Snowblower?

Winnipeg snow removal requires a varied set of tools, such as a snowblower, for the job. As you know, we can have snow events ranging from foot-tall dumps to an inch of slush, and everything in between. There is really only one piece of equipment that is universally acceptable for all of the winter conditions we face in Winnipeg, and you will find out what that is below.

Ditch the Shovel

Many people stick with a trusty shovel for the entire winter, and granted it may be good for 1” of light, fluffy snow. But when it comes to heavy slush, you’ll be feeling it in your back. Other people say that only a two-stage snowblower – what you typically think of when you think snowblower – will work in Winnipeg as it is heavy duty and can get through anything. While that is true, a two-stage snowblower can not clear 1-3” of snow effectively, as it will leave a layer of snow/ice on the driveway. The truly best way to tackle snow removal in Winnipeg is with a single-stage snow blower.

Don’t let the small size fool you. Single stage snow blowers are by far the most versatile piece of residential snow removal equipment you can own in Winnipeg. A high quality single stage snow blower can tackle anything from 1” of fluff or slush, to massive snow storms like the two we received in December of 2016. At Cleanr Snow, we maintain a fleet of Toro commercial single stage snow blowers. Even in the biggest of snow falls, it is very rare for us to pull out our two-stage snow blowers.

Why We Use Single-Stage Snowblowers

A single stage Toro snowblower uses a rubber paddle that scrapes and scoops the snow off of the driveway. This is different than a two-stage snow blower, which uses a metal auger. The two-stage can only effectively clear snow when there is enough to hit the metal auger and be forced up the chute.

With the use of a rubber paddle, single stage snow blowers can clear right down to the concrete without any risk of damage, and still manage to handle large volumes of snow.

Here is the kicker. Not only do single-stage snowblowers do a better job of clearing the snow, they are quicker to use as well! With a single-stage snowblower, the limitation to speed is you and you only. You can literally run behind them and they won’t skip a beat. With a two-stage snow blower, you are limited by the gear drive transmission and are forced to walk slowly behind them, all the while doing a poor job of clearing the snow.

In conclusion, single-stage snow blowers are by far the way to go. Toro is the top brand to choose from, in our opinion. If you are a residential home owner and are in the market for a new snow blower, I would urge you to take a look at the Toro 721 R and the Toro 721 E. These can be purchased at any local Toro dealer such as Accurate Lawn and Garden or Home Depot.

If you don’t feel like snow blowing this winter, consider giving us a call to book an estimate – (204) 960-0246.

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Snow Removal Pricing in Winnipeg – What Goes Into It?

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Snow Removal Pricing in Winnipeg – What Goes Into It?

Are you a Winnipeg resident looking for the best snow removal contractor in the entire city, but are not sure if the snow removal pricing is fair? Well, let us give you a quick breakdown of what really goes into residential snow removal pricing and why the prices at Cleanr Snow are what they are.

What’s Included with Snow Removal Pricing

The first things to account for are the fixed costs. These include, but are not limited too: incorporation costs, lawyer fees, accountant fees, building rental to store equipment, liability insurance, vehicle insurance (multiplied by each vehicle the company has), bookkeeping fees, etc. All of these fees exist within snow removal pricing for the business whether it is out blowing snow or not – these costs must be paid just to exist!

Secondly, we have all of the variable costs. The variable costs occur when a sale is made and the service must be performed. For instance, say you call us for a snow removal quote at (204) 960-0246, someone is being paid to answer the phone and set up an estimate with you. After that, a Cleanr Snow estimator will visit your property (spending gas and paid time) to take a look and determine which driveway size you fall in to. Then, provided you like the estimate and decide to go with us, it comes time to do the actual work after the next storm hits! This brings with it a whole new host of fees including: equipment costs, maintenance costs to keep the equipment running smoothly, fuel for the trucks and equipment, and of course the biggest of them all labour!

Since snow removal is unpredictable and we are on call 24/7 for five full months, our employees must be available at any time of the day from November 1st – March 31st. This means that we must essentially pay them a full time salary just to stay available. Our commitment at Cleanr Snow to paying our team fair wages through the winter, even though they may only work 10 hours per week, means that we can serve you at the first sign of snow. We are not stuck waiting to round up the crew, as they know that when the snow flies, it is time to work!

Overall, there are many, many costs that work into the overall snow removal pricing here in Winnipeg. As we strive to be one of the most efficient yet competitively priced companies, we aim to always improve our service so you will be left with a smile after every snow fall!

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Winter 2016/17

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Winter 2016/17

Stats & Stories

It was our second winter providing residential snow removal here in Winnipeg and we weathered the second snowiest December in Winnipeg in recorded history! We still managed to provide exceptional service to every single one of our 60+ customers, making sure that all properties were cleared daily during even the biggest of storms in December. Read on to see exactly how long we took to clear all properties, on average, per month.

The winter season started off slow, as we experienced the latest first snowfall in recorded history. We didn’t have to shovel for the first time until November 22nd. The first snowfall became slush very quickly, so we were mostly shoveling water. We used this as an opportunity to train the new staff on each property, and really took our time to learn them, as it was not absolutely crucial that we be speedy. Our next visit was exactly 7 days later on November 29th. Between the two snowfalls, we averaged 6 hours and 55 minutes to clear all properties.

December of 2016 was the second snowiest December in recorded history with over 70cm of snow and it was busy! We ended up clearing six times in December – three of which were for the same storm. At Cleanr Snow, if 6 inches or more of snow are forecast, we will clear your property during the storm as well as after it. This meant that for the first (of two) big storms in December, we had to clear THREE times for the same storm. With drifts four feet high being commonplace, our time to clear each driveway drastically changed from an average of 8 minutes to 30+ minutes. We still somehow managed to maintain an average of 8 hours and 2 minutes to clear all properties. This is amazing as many companies were running DAYS behind. Instead of that, we pushed with the storm and made sure all homes were accessible!

January came in strong and our first snow fall was big and only a week or so after the boxing day storm. January gave us five storms worth clearing and it was some decent sized snow! We averaged 7 hours and 8 minutes to clear all properties in January.

February started to slow things down with only four snow events that were an inch or greater. We had many light dusting’s, but they never seemed to accumulate to an inch, only half an inch or so of snow would fall. In February, we managed to clear all properties with an average time of 5 hours and 47 minutes.

March of 2017 we only had to clear snow once on March 8th. March of 2017 had the least amount of snow that we have seen in a snow season since we began Cleanr Snow in 2015. Our time to clear all properties for that one snowfall in March was 4 hours and 55 minutes.

6 HOURS AND 49 MINUTES

That is how long it took us, on average, over the season to clear all properties from start to finish. Considering we had the second snowiest December in recorded history which caused multiple 10 hour days, we did alright!

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