At first i got the Snowblower with the 5ah kit in Canada

  • 2
  • Praise
  • Updated 3 years ago
I wanted to try the Snow blower for a few weeks during Winter and return it at Home Depot with there 90 day return Policy. I have a Total humerus prosthesis since last September and can't lift a shovel so I wanted something as light as possible that was strong enough to take care of the two car length drive way and the snow left from the snowplow at the end the far end. I've had it for 3 weeks now and I'm impressed. I had the chance to find a Ego Snow blower kit with the 7.5ah batteries in Canada, so I will be returning my 5.0ah kit at home Depot to get the 7.5ah Kit to keep. I'll update this review when I get to return and switch Kits and what has been put through this machine since. I also have a gravel driveway and I have no problems... next review with a few pics.
Photo of Bobryche

Bobryche

  • 660 Points 500 badge 2x thumb

Posted 3 years ago

  • 2
Photo of Blue Angel

Blue Angel, Champion

  • 179,468 Points 100k badge 2x thumb
Where did you get the 7.5Ah kit?
Photo of Bobryche

Bobryche

  • 660 Points 500 badge 2x thumb
http://www.unionwheel.ca/specials in AB, Canada
Let me just say that at first the snow blower with 5.0ah batteries was $799.00 at HD Canada and is now $948.00. Unionwheel sell unit with 5.0ah battery kit for $799.00 with about $60 sales tax... but where I live the S&H is $150.00. When I bought the machine at HD it cost me just under $1100.00.
So when I saw that they sell the snow blower kit with the 7.5ah batteries for $1072.00 even with taxes and S&H its still a good deal when I look at the price of the 7.5ah batteries ($559) at HD Canada. I get the Snow blower at a low price.
Photo of Blue Angel

Blue Angel, Champion

  • 179,468 Points 100k badge 2x thumb
Out of curiosity, where did you have it shipped to? I'm in Ontario, shipping would probably be horrific from AB!!!
Photo of Bobryche

Bobryche

  • 660 Points 500 badge 2x thumb
Quebec, near Montreal. You can give then a call, I did just to see. Good customer service.
(Edited)
Photo of Bobryche

Bobryche

  • 660 Points 500 badge 2x thumb
I'm about to return the snow blower kit with about 1 month use. I'm going to be getting the other Kit later today. I took a few pics to show wear. I have a gravel driveway so I didn't lift the handle of the snow blower to dig into the snow with the scrapper bar all the time but some rocks did pass through, I did scratch a little bit of metal on one underside lifting the handle to dig in at one point. The edge of the scrapper bar does have a few nicks but nothing major. In the last month I've had light fluffy snow to wet heavy snow and even ice from a 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch on top of snow pass through the snow blower no problems, it does make some noise passing through the blower but it can take it. I'm pretty sure a plastic palette would of broke. The compact snow left by the city plow at the end of the driveway was compact and about 8 inches high so it took a bit of pushing, I just put it against my belly and pushed it with 1 hand going deeper with each passing. There were times when there wasn't a lot of snow and I passed it all the same just wanting to play around with it. Now even if the shoot was put completely to one side and the blower flopped snow a foot or 2 on the side ( not far ), going up and down the driveway and changing the shoot direction was fast and was happy because I can't lift a shovel with my shoulder but I can push. Snow blower makes jobs much easier and a lot faster. The pics showing scratches on the metal and rust I suppose are normal for any snow blower I hope, as for the scrapper bar, that is normal. More later.
Photo of Bobryche

Bobryche

  • 660 Points 500 badge 2x thumb
I thought that I would have trouble with returning the blower with those scratches but all is good and I received the other Kit with the 7.5ah batteries and did a little trouble shooting with the lights, all is working fine. I'm waiting for it to snow to try it out properly. Very Pleased with service and product so far.
Photo of Bobryche

Bobryche

  • 660 Points 500 badge 2x thumb
Now that I charged up my 2 batteries, I'm waiting for it to snow... By looking at the unit I returned I wanted to protect the metal edges underneath each end from scratches and rust. I live on the 2nd floor so I have to bring the snow blower up a few steps in the house and I noticed the plastic above the wheels had some scratches from up and down on the stairs. Not wanting to leave the snow blower outside I put it behind my door, it still leaves me room to pass with grocery bags. I wanted to find a low cost solution to these problems so I bought 1 pack of door edge guard U-shape style which has two 27 inches pieces at $7.50CD. Starting against the scraper bar and installing each piece on each side will end up right in the middle of blower, it's so tight I put a piece of paper in the crack and it stays.. Perfect.. For the scratches on the plastic I put two stripes of Velcro, good for stairs and when I put behind the door, I tilt it on black metal bar and it rests on the other end of the Velcro, I find it takes up even less room this way(the Velcro I already had). I'll see if it sticks. Here's a few pics.
Photo of Bobryche

Bobryche

  • 660 Points 500 badge 2x thumb
If your wondering.. the door comes up against the black metal bar and not the green plastic handle and that heater is never on. I'm sure a second stage blower wouldn't fit behind a door like this... Awesome
(Edited)
Photo of Bobryche

Bobryche

  • 660 Points 500 badge 2x thumb
Been waiting all week for it to snow, Impatient. I used the snow blower three times and each time I'm done I keep looking for more to do. Glad I got the 7.5ah batteries. The snow blower makes shoveling sooo much faster. I had a few inches of snow and took care of that..EZ. Even if the city put rocks in the street the snow blower will get scratched a bit but it can take care of it just be careful. Now the people who live below pay a contractor ($240 for the whole winter) to take care of there three car length driveway to the right, we have a two car length and it would cost $180. When their car is there it's 2 length  ;). I find its the same quality job. I Feel better buying the snow blower, It will pay for itself in 5 Yrs and it will last.
5 Year Warranty.. How can I go wrong !?

We had a two day winter storm and it started out with freezing ice, then a thick snowfall. Took care of my side before going to bed (the lights on the blower do a good job at night). I noticed that my neighbor down the street always takes up to 1 1/2 hrs to 2 hours to do their driveway and has a 2 and 3 length like us. Last night I left the snow blower outside tied up and it snowed a lot during the night so this morning the snow blower was full of snow. I got the snow off the car and had to do the same thing for the snow blower, parked the car in the street to do my part of the driveway and grabbed the batteries from the house that I did NOT charge from the job I did the night before. When I went to put the batteries in the blower there was no snow in the battery compartment which reassured me. Put them in, I always turn on the lights just to make sure all is working and cleared the snow, no sweat. Just as I was finishing up my neighbor came outside so I asked him if he wanted to move his car so I could clear his side and also where the garbage bins are which the contractor doesn't do and also a path to the shed in the backyard and even his door on the side. I was looking for more snow even though I was finished. I started thinking about helping my neighbor down the street, the light on blower was still green, plenty of power left. Maybe next time. It took me about
30 Minutes. 

I always put all the snow to the left, on the grass and the blower throws the snow up and over with ease, I even have to reduce the auger speed so I don't put snow in the neighbors driveway to the left, it's already on his side of the grass..hahaha. On the lowest speed I'm able to keep the snow on my side (of the grass). There were times I had a bit of trouble digging in, wanting to dig in and push at the same time when there was a thick amount of snow. I just took my time even if I had to push and make a second pass. Compared to my neighbor down the street who shovels the same snow that accumulates until they reach the edge they want and lifts and throws the snow over the snowbank on their grass that's getting higher and higher as winter progresses. With my shoulder prosthesis I can't do this.
My neighbor across from me pulled out his black metal gas snow blower and was doing near the road edge and broke his blower, at one point his machine was making grinding metal sounds and he had to stop while I was putting everything through my Ego Snow Blower, even the brown ice that forms around your wheels under the car I put that through and the snow from the snow plow at the end of the driveway, it made the snow blower slow down but continued and I had to be careful because of ice projectiles.

So happy I bought this. Impressed with battery power.
(Edited)
Photo of Blue Angel

Blue Angel, Champion

  • 179,468 Points 100k badge 2x thumb
I agree 100%; most people would be far better off doing their urban driveways themselves with a small electric blower than paying a contractor to do it for them.

Great post!
Photo of Bobryche

Bobryche

  • 660 Points 500 badge 2x thumb
I left the Snow blower outside for two weeks straight, not covered at all. It snowed and finished up with ice so when I decided to pass the machine, I had to bang on it a little to get the ice off of the snow blower to put the batteries in, turned on the lights and finished the driveway and more very nicely even with half inch ice..Still passing tests with flying colors.
Photo of Bobryche

Bobryche

  • 660 Points 500 badge 2x thumb
Big Snowstorm here today. I had to remove the snow from snow blower cover before putting both batteries. Had to pass twice today so far and didn't charge batteries, I wanted to see how much I could do when the red lights come on. I did 5 car lengths and more the first time, about 5-6 inches of snow. Then I waited..as soon as the city snowplow passed in my street I went outside and passed a second time. I did the same amount plus what the city plow left without difficulty, I even fooled around a bit with the snow and placed it on top of the lower side of snowbank I got going, directing it where I want the snow, even how far as to not put too much on the neighbors side. At first one of the batteries turned red, kept on going and then the second battery light also turned red. Kept on going just to finish up and quickened my place, then the red lights starting flashing and that was it, no more juice. Charging the Batteries as I write this, ready to pass anytime soon to keep ahead of the storm. Very Nice Indeed the lights were on at all times.
Snowplow contractor passed by for down stair neighbor after I was done, I saw him arrive, stop, look to make sure he was at the correct address, he got up from his chair in tractor to look and slowly left.
MY BAD LOL
(Edited)
Photo of Blue Angel

Blue Angel, Champion

  • 179,468 Points 100k badge 2x thumb
Ego. Ruining the livelihoods of snowplow contractors everywhere. :-)

With such a nice unit on the market I can't understand the allure of paying a snowplow company and depending on them to be able to get out of your driveway? In my neighborhood, most people using a snowplow contractor have a car perpetually parked in their driveway, so they're paying to get only 1/2 the driveway done!

Madness I say! :-)
Photo of Bobryche

Bobryche

  • 660 Points 500 badge 2x thumb
My girlfriend totally agrees with you. Since my accident I try to enjoy simple things and since its my first winter in the country I enjoy passing the Ego snow blower. I'd rather use the machine than have my girlfriend shovel all that snow when I couldn't do it, now I can. Everyone is happy :)   "looks both ways" I prefer to have her in the kitchen, she makes great food and home made bread  ;)
Photo of Bobryche

Bobryche

  • 660 Points 500 badge 2x thumb
I left the Snow blower outside again and had no problems starting the machine.

I took care of the neighbors balcony downstairs, he hadn't done it since the beginning of winter so there were thick ice snow pieces that went through the machine. One large piece got stuck and stopped the palette from turning so I backed up a bit and pushed a second time and the piece went through, after that I noticed that something was loose. When the snow was 2-3 inches thick I didn't notice anything but when the snow got thicker 5-6 inches and more. I brought the machine inside and to room temp. It seemed that the Shoot and the two screws seemed loose. Tightened them up. Shoveled some snow from snow bank on the side to pass in the machine. It seemed fixed. I'm really hoping for a heavy snowstorm to see if all is fixed. I'll phone CS and see if trouble shooting will tell me if maybe strap is loose or needing a new one. At the same time ask for another scrapper blade.