doesn't throw snow

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brand new out of the box - fully charged batteries - picks up snow and just dumps it out of the shoot - doesn't throw it more than maybe 8". Customer Service was zero help, returning to HD!
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Weird, I just plowed a good 7-8 inch or heavy wet snow a few hours ago and had to lower speed cause it was almost getting at my neighboors driveway a good 30 feet away!!!
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Where is the video!!!
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Well I did one 2 weeks ago but there wasnt enought snow (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0kv4jdnmtw)

Today I just shoveled the snow I had on driveway and pilled it up in line and then got the EGO out.  Need to get a tripod.....  Hard to shot video and push the snow blower with one had on that heavy snow...
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We only got a 1/2" of powder yesterday but I decided to try it anyway and it did the same thing once it got enough snow in it to throw through the chute.  Looked like it coughed out a cup of flour.  I backed it up and dumped out the rest that it scraped up and continued shoveling.  I should have tried my blower on it.  Tomorrow looks more promising for greater accumulation so I hope I'll be able to see how it performs.
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Did you turn the auger speed up bryon? Mine throws water 30'. seems you got something else going on. Did it have the rubber paddles installed? Just checking things. Motor going the wrong direction maybe?
This isn't normal.
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Check the chute maybe (I know it's dumb, but trying to figure out whats going on...)

If the chute is at its lowest position the snow doesnt got that far at all.
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2" of snow and everything is set up correct
Does it need deeper snow to throw?
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If it's only throwing snow 8 inches clearly everything is not correct. Tell us more about what is going on. Motor speed, etc. Have you varied the speed at all to see if it makes a difference?

Upload a video or photos if possible.
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Full speed, blades going the right way, not much else too it
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I think it does... Pille  the snow  with a snow shovel.  Like a good 7-8'' height and width and go trought it with your Ego and get back to us with the results!!
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I don't have any experience with the Ego snowblower (yet!), but my crummy plug-in SnoJoe snow blower does exactly the same thing when there is only a small amount of snow.

In my somewhat limited experience, single stage snowblowers need a certain "feed rate" of snow to work properly. Even if there's several inches of snow I need to keep the SnoJoe moving at a reasonable pace to keep the blowing rhythm going, or the snow tends to stall in the chute and either barely make it out or clogs it up.

Byron, you have 90 days to decide whether you're going to keep the unit or return it. I would wait until you have a decent snowfall to put it to the test before you make a final judgement. Even though I detest my cheaply built SnoJoe, it's still well worth having as it is so much easier than shovelling! :-)
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No matter how good or expensive a snow blower is, it nearly impossible for it to throw anything under 3 inches simply because it relies on momentum to launch the material any considerable distance. For this reason while i have an ego snow blower (and can't wait to use it!) for lighter dustings I usually use a 36" push shovel (picture attached). Its MUCH more efficient and easier to use on anything under 5-6 inches. Any good handy man knows a tool is only as good as it's intended use. A snow blower is simply not designed for very small amounts of snow. Wait for a decent fall and i'm sure you'll be going back to HD to buy it back lol
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Is the blade on that metal?  I've been looking for something like that but most of the shovels at the stores are flimsy, plastic crap these days.  I want a good, sturdy pusher like that.  My dad had a good one when I was a kid.  It was angled so it rolled the snow to the side.

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No just impact resistant abs i believe. Used it last year without a problem no cracks. But again it's a light snow pusher not a plow. You gain in clearing width what you lose in height do anything over 5 -6 inches basically is too much. That's when the blower comes out....
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I have a pretty good SHOVEL but after three winters the design flaws came glaring through and it's not as effective as it once was.  I'd like something like you got.  Did you buy it local or online.  I see some similar ones on Amazon but not that model.
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Online i believe...it's blue and cost like $90. I clean walkways for a handful of commercial properties so it's paid itself back and some during light show falls
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Yep, I think I see that model.  Thanks!

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So what is the point of having a residential-style snow blower if it won't clear small accumulations of snow??  That would be like my mower only cutting if the grass was 6" tall or taller.  That would be unacceptable.
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Omg watch my fricken video. It handled 2" of slush like it wasn't there. Speculate all you guys want, but until you use it, stop assuming it wont work.
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Ummmm...but, it didnt work. Almost 3 inches of snow, semi-wet and definately not fluff. Tech guys say it needs more volume to operate properly. Still not seeing the purpose of a snow blower that doesnt work in 3", when that volume is what is fairly typical of the vast majority of snow falls. I assume then that this machine is only a once or twice a year option with 5,6+ inches. Rest of the time my 4 busted back joints and a shovel do what has been done for decades, and break my back further. Seems a little bait-and-switch without advertising that it can't handle the average snowfall. I have multiple other ego products, but this is a shitty deal when you are expecting it to do what it actually says "snow blower". Should say "snow blower - for 5+ inches"
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There is something wrong with your unit. Did you watch my video? Tech guy is wrong.
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Is the chute installed?

Does it bog down?

Is the chute getting clogged up?

Take a picture from the front of the snow blower and post it. Something just doesn't add up here.

Does alot of air flow come out the chute when its just running?
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Kinda pisses me of that for $600 I still have to use a shovel the majority of the time.
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The Ego blowers work well for light fluffy snow. Not so much for the heavier stuff.
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I went out when I got home from work and since there wasn't enough accumulation for the snow blower, I made quick work of the driveway, and most of my sidewalk as well as the neighbor's before all my batteries died using the leaf blower. My other neighbor was out and watched me start, he left to pick up the kids from school and I finished before he got back. The only problem I had was when the wind start blowing it back in my face and where I'd already cleared.
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I repeat myself.
Omg watch my fricken video. It handled 2" of slush like it wasn't there. Speculate all you guys want, but until you use it, stop assuming it wont work.
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Was the chute pointed out at horizontal with the lowest speed setting?  Mine was the same but when I adjusted to higher throwing angle and speed, it throws as it should though not up to 35' because we have only less than 3 inches of snow when I first tried it.

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