Tractors for Snow Removal

Snow Removal Can Be Challenging.

When it comes to snow removal I know the challenges that contractors can face because I worked as a contractor myself. Growing up in Canada, I have lived and worked through some very long, cold winters. In a country where winter is tough, snow removal is even tougher.

Heavy snows, ice storms, freezing temperatures and whiteouts are all normal in a Canadian winter.

Heavy snows, ice storms, freezing temperatures and whiteouts are all normal in a Canadian winter.


With operations across the province and an employee count in the hundreds, it was a massive exercise to review what contracts we had been awarded, plan our routes, and determine what equipment would be best suited for each route in our snow book. This was made even more complicated when you factor in considerations like the distance between job sites, how many times a machine will need to be refuelled during its route, if the attachment I needed to clear a property fit on the machine I had available, and staffing to ensure I had the best operator assigned to each machine I planned on using.

Finding the Best Equipment for Snow Removal

With no clear answers I always wondered what equipment other contractors were using and why they made the decisions they did. I would pay keen attention to the equipment other contractors were using on similar properties to mine, and often found myself driving by competitors properties after a large storm to see how their equipment was performing relative to mine. Sound familiar?

Well, I’m here to let you in on a little known industry secret.

From loaders to skid steers, snow pushers to live edge blades, there is no one way to set up your snow removal fleet. However, there is one thing that the leading snow contractors seem to have in common. They all incorporate agricultural tractors into their snow fleet.

Tractor with plow attachment for snow removal.

Tractor with plow attachment for snow removal.

Tractors for Snow Removal

What do they know that the rest of the industry doesn’t? Your tractor was made for snow removal. Here’s why:

  • Better Fuel Efficiency means you can clear more properties before needing to refuel

  • High Ground Speed means you can cover more properties in a single route

  • Greater Visibility means safer operations and less damage on site

  • Wide Variety of Attachments means you will always have the exact tool you need to get the job done

  • More Affordable and greater availability for rent or purchase means more money in your pocket at the end of the storm

In fact, a tractor will be more efficient and do a better job clearing snow than an equivalent loader of about the same size. Another big advantage of a tractor over a loader is the ability to use powered attachments like blowers or salters. Whether you are choosing a pusher, blade or salter, your tractor will make clearing snow a breeze.

So next time you are reviewing your snow fleet follow in the footsteps of our industry leaders and consider the mighty tractor! And when that last-minute contract gets awarded at the start of the season leaving you scrambling, give us a call.

At DOZR we work with contractors of all shapes and sizes to outfit their business with the best snow removal equipment for their individual needs.We have just what you need.


Originally posted December 4, 2018.

Tim Forestell is Co-Founder and Chief Client Officer at DOZR – North America’s trusted source for heavy equipment rentals. Tim oversees and leads the organization’s customer success strategy and experience including contracts, insurance and logistics. Prior to DOZR, Tim was the VP of Operations for Forestell Designed Landscapes. Tim’s team at DOZR is responsible for designing, orchestrating, and improving customer experiences across a complex range of customer interactions.

DOZR’s vision was created when co-founders Tim, Kevin and Erin were discussing a recurring concern within the construction industry while on a vacation booked through the sharing economy. They wanted to make their idle heavy equipment work for them during the off season. DOZR was founded officially in late 2015. Tim continues to grow and challenge industry standards by creating efficient opportunities for the customer rental process. Tim holds a BHSc from the University of Western Ontario.