Buying Snow blower Bare Unit, Thoughts?

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Lot of people have been looking forward to buying the bare unit without the battery/charger.  I have the Leaf Blower and String trimmer so i thought i'll go with that too. But they come with 2.5AH batteries and the Snow blower comes with 5AH battery and needs atleast 4AH. The only other high AH battery comes with the Lawn mower which is 7.5AH, but that will only be one battery and this mower needs to two. So, wondering why will people be looking forward to just the bare unit.
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If you look at the snow blower official manual here and check page 9 it gives wich batteries are compatible:

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0262/2513/files/16-0629_EGO_SNT2100__Snow_Blower_Manual_NA_V7.pdf?...

BA1120, BA1400, BA2240 BA2800, BA4200

So compatible models are:   2 Ah, 2.5 Ah, 4 Ah, 5 Ah and the 7,5 Ah

It says also :  NOTICE: For best performance, recommend for use with 2pcs 4.0Ah or higher Ah batteries.

But you can still use those lower Ah batterie.  I doubt the snow blower will be less powerfull using lets say a 2 or 2.5 Ah batteries VS 2x 5 Ah batteries.  Just the run time that is gonna be better.

Thats what I think.
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Well, my drive isn't huge so hopefully it won't wear out too quickly.  I guess it depends how much it contacts the surface and how much it snows.
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@Mcklain - this has been discussed a bit before, but to remind everyone: the high-lift blade (likely) does not mulch at all (due to the inherent design of the blade).  Please see the attached diagram for illustration.

A high-lift blade is specifically meant to be used for those who choose to cut with the chute open, directing grass clipping out of the undercarriage, or for those who choose to bag.  You'll typically find the "vacuum" effect more efficient, which does well for fall cleanup, etc.

The current mulching blade of the SP mower does not vacuum hardly at all, and the 1st gen non SP mower vacuumed only slightly better...

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I see, thanks!!  I have the 21'' Non self propelled mower.  So the blade that comes with my mower is NOT the high lift blade.

If so, I always bag my grass so I would need to buy the high lift blade to have better bagging?
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@Mcklain - yeah, the blade that comes with all EGO mowers are just mulch blades with minimal lift.  You might have noticed, but as your bag begins to fill - you can often find a clump of grass just sitting in the chute channel, as if it's not really being "blown" into the bag.  A high-lift (conventional) blade would theoretically push more air, hence blowing the grass to the back of the bag (and pick up more debris in the meantime).

That said, I have the SP 21", and when I bag I'm generally pleased with the amount of clippings get thrown into the bag.  I rarely (almost never) end up with windrows.  It's just that larger debris pickup (leaves, etc) will likely be improved with a high-lift (conventional) blade.
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Guys, let's keep this on topic for the snow blower.  More information about the high-lift blade can be found here: https://community.egopowerplus.com/ego/topics/european-high-lift-blade
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Hey Sanjeev,

Lots of people have two batteries 4Ah or larger through buying tools and/or buying a separate battery. Through Home Depot the lawn mowers as well as the 16" chainsaw all come with batteries 4Ah or larger, and some retailers even offer other tools like the string trimmer bundled with larger batteries.

Some people with larger properties also bought extra batteries for their mowers if getting the job done was not possible on a single battery. Some bought the 7.5Ah battery just because they wanted a single battery that could cut/trim/blow their whole yard, and others bought it bcause they got addicted to the turbo button on the blower like it was some sort of drug. :-)

Either way, it's great to have choices isn't it? :-D
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I have the 4Ah battery that came with my mower, and I picked up a 5Ah battery for a good out-of-pocket price from Amazon using gift cards I got for my birthday, so I'm set.

With my relatively small driveway and the kind of snow we get in central Iowa, I'm confident those two batteries will do the job for me.
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Great points everyone. At this point, i think it will just be better to go with the Full snow blower unit and sell my almost new two 2.5 AH (String Trimmer and Leaf Blower) batteries on ebay. I'll save around 150 bucks and will have two better batteries for my blowers and trimmer. Sounds like win/win :)
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@Sanjeev Shinhmar: Word of caution from someone who does/has owned all sizes of EGO's batteries: the 5.0 Ah batteries are noticeably heavier than the 2.5 Ah batteries.  Something to keep in mind if you plan to utilize them for the hand-held blower and trimmer (one of which you typically use one handed)!
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Have no fear. The following parts will be available on homedepot.com for the snow blower: scraper bar, rubber paddle and drive belt. These will be available later in the fall, closer to snow season.  The scraper bar is plastic.
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Thanks Jennifer!
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Yes, thanks for the confirmation.
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Thanks, great reply..


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Here's some photos of the scraper bar. sorry they're not better quality.  The bar seems very sturdy and should perform well.
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Congrats Wrog on your new "snow blower" and thanks for the great photo of the UNBOXING EVENT!!!!!  How exciting - you will probably be up late tonight playing with this new & awesome machine : )
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Some of you might already know this, but the bare unit is out for 399$. Great price point.

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