EGO Snowblower - convenient but only throws snow 5ft - what gives

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Mainly, December in Iowa is just cold and not much snow until Jan & Feb, but we did get a bit of snow shortly before Christmas and I had this snowblower ready to go.

Here are the grades I give it ---- Cost: B      Ease of Use: A      Controls: A      Storage: A      Doing What it Says It Will Do:  C-      

Now - before all of these 5-star-reviewers pile on, let it be known that I think this is a great device in theory. I have the EGO mower and have always owned cord or batter-operated mowers. I love no oil & gas in my garage. The mower is really great [provided the grass is not wet and not long] so I thought I would give the snowblower a try. It is too expensive, period. So I gave it a 'B' for cost. Does it work? Yes. Inasmuch as it does throw snow as it goes along and does not belch blue smoke in your face like many gas-powered ones. But this snowblower not only does not throw snow the 'up to 35ft' as claimed on the box, it barely throws it 5 feet. That might work for some, but it does not cut the mustard with me. In practice, what this means is that you have to make many, many more passes -- you have to hit the same snow ~3x to get it across the driveway and into your yard. Maybe I have the one lemon in the bunch or I missed something in the manual, but it does not throw snow far at all - which really defeats a big part of a snowblower.

I am handy and no novice. Love to know if I am doing something wrong, but really - the setup is a no-brainer. Would I buy it again? Might not, might give another brand a try. But with interchangeable batteries for my mower, I sure which this threw the snow further.
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  • sad because I like this idea in theory.....

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We need to look deeper into your issue. 5', something is wrong.
Did you turn the auger speed up all the way?
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https://youtu.be/u6SrOelsgCA

Does yours perform like this one?

Watch my video. Compare and write back please.
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The less snow you try to move, like 2-3 inches, the faster you need to walk it. Even with the auger speed at max how slow or fast you walk it depends on the amount of snow on the ground. Of course not to walk it too fast where you could over load it.
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Watched your youtube vid - looks like mine except for the distance the snow is being thrown.
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Yes auger on max
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Can you take a video of it and post it to youtube. This will help us with diagnosing your problem.
As Chung said below. You can't blow a dusting of snow with any snowblower as it requires some volume of snow to throw.
How much snow were you throwing?
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If there is not much snow it won't be able to throw far
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Yeah it's just the nature of snowblowers, they're not always useful under every type of snow conditions. It sucks but if there's only a few inches on the ground with little weight or mass to it you just won't get much for distance and you're better off grabbing the shovel instead. Kind of like snowballs -- you won't get that satisfying thud to your brother's stupid face if you're working with light powdery stuff. 

Shovelling a lighter snowfall into bigger piles or ridges is one workaround for these limitations. 

But wait until you get a good dumping on the ground. I think you'll find that when you actually need it to make your life easier and save your back the Ego will perform as you expect it should. 
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What he said! :-)

When there's little snow I push it into a pile along the edge of the driveway using a shovel and then the snowblower moves it easily.

I have a crappy plug-in SnoJoe but it works on the same principle.
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Love the part about your brothers stupid face lol

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