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Hi All! I Just bought my ego snow blower and I have used it three times. The first two times it worked like a champ as I saw in the many youtube reviews. But, last night it was not shooting my snow as far and some of the snow was coming out of the front. I know it is frigid up here in Chicago, do you think it is clogged? Has anyone run into this issue? When I set it to the highest power level it sounds like it matches my first two uses, but like I said it is only shooting about 3' away from the blower. Has anyone ever had this issue or know how to fix it? Think it may be defective?
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Checking for a clog is easy; disengage the batteries and check the chute, use a tool to unclog with (or a stick). Spray chute and paddles with silicone to prevent clogging.
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Really wet snow and chute clogs immediately. It also accumulates behind paddle. Will the silicone spray really remedy this, b/c otherwise this is the second snow I had to hand shovel. Just pushing 3-4 feet and it is clogged. Snow is only about 3-4" deep.
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Do you have the auger set to high speed ?
The spray can help.
If the snow is still white and not translucent it should still be able to be picked up and thrown.  Even when I use it in very wet snow, the blower works it just doesn'r throw very far.  It clogs occasionally, but a good shake is all it takes to clear it out and get going again.
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Any single stage snow blower, cordless or gas, will have problems with wet snow.
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Yes I do have auger at high. The snow is white however as soon as it clogs the unit just pushes the snow ahead of it, and yes then what it is pushing is translucent.
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The blower is wet now and I think it has to be dry to spray the silicone so I will have to wait.
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I use spray silicone and totally wasted my money on the clean out tool I bought; no clogs on paddles or chute.
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I will certainly try the silicone. Thanks to all for the help.
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After finishing, I use my Worx Hydroshot to clean the entire snow blower, then my EGO Blower to blow off excess moisture, finish with a with a whip down with clean shop towels, air dry and spray with the silicone.
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Boy you guys are really into this!!! Such good ideas. For now I have my sitting on newspaper in the garage to absorb the melting snow so I don't slip on the water if I use the car. (72 yo female btw).
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We have a similar maintenance approach M Turner ;)
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Any recommendation on which silicone spray to use?
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Ellisina4, doesn't really matter, but I use WD-40 Silicon Spray.
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Put machine on some corrugated cardboard to catch overspray and runoff. Let this dry overnight if possible in a warm space. I've used any brand of silicone spray for decades. Use pure silicone. None of that stuff with a spritz of canola or olive oil, okay? I am now using Dupont Teflon Snow and Ice Repellent because a low price made it jump off the shelf into my Lowes cart. It's silicone with Teflon. If you can think beyond the C8 cancer lawsuits from years back this product is very effective. It's better because the sprayer nozzle produces a fine, even pattern like a spray paint can which is what you want in this app. Most economic. 
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Regarding melt. I have these small mats with a very stiff 1/2" high poly forest of bristles. Bought for my boots but found they work quite well under the snow thrower. No stain on the floor and everything dries faster. Think of it as a dish drainer for your snow thrower. Guess what. They also work for snowy shovels, brooms, and scrapers. New rust stains on my garage floor are avoided.
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Sorry I have so much to say here. Regarding wet snow less than say 8" deep. Wet snow is most often wettest at the bottom. On my driveway I throw the snow just far enough to land on the future next pass or two passes over. This way the wet snow lands on top of somewhat drier snow. Then when you make another pass they get mixed and very often adopt a consistency that allow it to be thrown quite a bit further up on your front yard. Think of it as making a custom hybrid snow that the machine savors. Being in not too much of a hurry and experimenting can lead to very satisfying results.
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Peter, I use my Worx Hydroshot to "power wash" the unit with battery compartment covered, blow off excess water with my EGO leaf blower, then wipe down using cotton shop towels, air dry, treat chute and paddles with silicone spray before pulling back into a warm garage for storage.
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What? No Simonize?
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How deep was the snow? Some people have said it doesn't throw far if the snow is less than a couple of inches deep.
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I’m curious about this as well. With mine I have to have 3-4 inches of snow to get good throwing performance, any less and the distance drops off considerably.

A trick I use if there’s only a light snowfall: push the snow to one side with your shovel and then use the snowblower to blow the pile. Still quick and easy, and the snowblower does all the throwing. ;-)
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Blue Angel is right. In light snow push to one side with a shovel (X-Y) and let the EGO handle the lifting (Z). All my gas powered machines have done poorly in shallow snow especially if it is super dry and fluffy. The best throwing distances are achieved when the snow is deep enough (2"+) and a little damp. For a millisecond the snow is compacted in the chute and becomes like a railroad train (or sausage) exiting from the top. Sounds corny but "Learn to think like the snow". The augers or paddles and the housing behind them are all fashioned after the same reliable geometry that has worked with gas machines for decades. In other words, in light snows the throwing performance of a good gas machine and the EGO are fundamentally identical.
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I don't have my EGO yet but I experience this with my old Toro blower.  If there is little snow it doesn't throw it as far as if there is 3-8 inches...........I think that might be your issue.
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Hi All got a chance to run it this morning. Worked much better! I think you all are right with a few inches not much happens. It's gotta be the right mix. I hit some big piles just for fun and it threw it 10' and bogged down the motor. Just testing it. Totally happy with it still! 
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Yup - small amounts just not enough snow to generate the push to throw it all out a a good rate.  Thus is spits a few feet.  Like Blue said it still works great in smaller snow falls if you do some initial pushing of the snow with a shovel to create a deeper area and then use the blower and it works great.

And with really big piles - larger that the mouth of the blower - it is too much snow to take in and expel properly.  So either tip the blower up to cut of the top off the pile or take off slices from the side only filling half of the mouth.  Either of these methods allows the blower to process the amount of snow coming in and throw it 20' + efficiently.  Also moving thru the snow slower can help with big piles.
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My rule is that if it is 2" snow or less..ferget it.
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Thanks all for the comments! Glad to see an active community here. Annnnnnd I know we are all pumped that we're not mixing gas and oil anymore! ;)
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You got that right!!!
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Amen and Amen
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I have to make sure I don't break out my snowblower when my next-door neighbor is blowing his snow because I can't stand the smell of gas and oil that wafts over to my driveway!
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that is true.  I really noticed my neighbors smell earlier this year.  An he is across the street and one door down.Not pleasant.
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That's really bad.  I think we should ban any vehicle that runs on gas...lol.  You guys should complain to your neighbors and sell them an Ego snow blower.  See if Ego will give you guys a commission.  
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Hey all can you check this video out above. (Side note LED lights rock) But, it may be hard to tell but the snow throws about 5 feet, and a bunch is coming out of the front. I'm jealous of all the posts talking about throwing it 35'. I haven't had that since my first use. When you watch the video it looks like the snow blower chutes. What do you all think?
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Hey Steven, it looks like there's only an inch or two of snow there?  If that's the case, yes, the machine will only throw a few feet.  Once you get into 3-4" of snow or more it will throw much better.
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Blue is right on - need enough material to really launch the snow.

Also the angle and direction of the chute affect the throwing.  Straight ahead and tilted up the chute will throw the farthest.  Throwing to the side and angled down, decrease the throwing distance to various degrees.
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I have a bit that throws out the front too (I've learned to keep my garage door closed so it doesn't throw anything forward into the garage). Overalll, I believe it's a common problem for single stage snow blowers and not necessarily specific to this EGO. I think about the only way to get around this would be to add an impeller to the machine (which would make it a two-stage).
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Thanks for the response guys! That's what I think is causing the in-efficiency. I see a lot of snow coming out of the front of it. I was wondering if I should spray something in the chute to make the snow flow better. Just geeking out on this! I know when it snows heavier my blower bogs down instead of throwing it as seen in those youtube videos.
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Steven, silicon spray does it wonders; spray chute and paddles while dry for best effectiveness.
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You don't say how heavy or water-laden the snow was at each use. Heavier snow will not go as far as light fluffy snow.