EGO snow blower looks promising, but....

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I totally agree with other posters about the price gouging at Home Depot in Canada. The price has gone from $797 fo $897 to $948, while the US price has remained at $599 (approx $810 Can). I am within an hour's drive of the US border (Port Huron MI) but it is hardly worth the trip because I will have to pay over $100 in duties (returning same day). Can EGO not exert some pressure on Home Depot to offer a more reasonable price? And why is Home Depot the only store that sells it? No online purchase option? Some competition would be nice! I would like to see a few more reviews before buying the EGO--some parts of the Maritime provinces have had heavy snow in the last few days, so if there are any EGO owners in that part of Canada, please share your thoughts! And were the EGO manufacturers not able to test their product on real snow anywhere?? Their video demo uses wet sawdust!  I think using real snow, with odd-sized chunks of ice would inspire more confidence.  
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Well, as far as the pricing goes, "Make America Great Again".  :)

I'm sure reviews will pop up in numbers after next week when the country goes into a deep freeze.
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Here you go, an impressive unit!

https://youtu.be/klNVTShQyt4
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Here's their older video that includes the 80 V Greenworks for comparison:

https://youtu.be/NDgyaHhuCaM
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You're absolutely right about the price... I see it as unacceptable but they just do whatever they want.

If you look at it this way if you stay in the US for 24 hours you get $400 tax-free to bring back, and if you stay 48 hours you get $800 tax-free to bring back. Make an overnight trip out of it with your significant other and you will have $800 tax-free between the two of you to bring back and the tax savings will knock a significant chunk off of your hotel! :-)

Heck, it doesn't even have to be 24 hours. You can go over one evening and come back early the next morning if you want. They don't track the hours, just calendar days.
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Can you climb the fence with a snow blower? Sorry but seems funny seeing everything that's going on. I feel for you canuks
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Gonna see if that Peak Power technology can blast a hole right through that fence!
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Forget the fence, I will create a "tunnel" underground and start selling EGO tools to you guys.  My prices will be VERY COMPETITIVE !!!!!


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I think I figured out why things might be more expensive in Canada, especially in the winter...

https://youtu.be/K0CJMGUhr5U
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Yeah... things were a little slippery around here the last few days. Not a good time to be in Montreal I guess! Lol
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Thank you for the replies and suggestions, Blue Angel and others.  The distance to the US is not that far, but having to stay overnight or even returning after midnight isn't practical for my circumstances.  I called HD Canada but was given a vague non-answer about the price gouging--"many factors determine the price of our products."  Anyway, another question. I think I read that the EGO 56-volt batteries come with a 2-year warranty, but I wasn't able to find out how much it will cost to replace these batteries every couple of years and if we can be assured they will be readily available.  I should mention that I've never owned a snow-blower before, but am trying to get a comparison of the after-sales & maintenance costs of gas machines vs battery-powered.  My driveway is approx 60 feet long (including where it crosses the sidewalk) by 17 feet wide, so I hope that's not too big of an area for the EGO to handle snowfalls of 6" plus. 
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Ego's batteries have a three year warranty, and the tools have a five year warranty.

Time will tell how much real snow the Ego can deal with on a charge, but for now all we have to go by is the Workshop Addict video I linked to above. If that video is any indication, it should do quite well.