EGO Snow Blower?

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LOVE the combination of convenience and power in these products. I'd sure love to see a snow blower added to the line. Any plans to add a snow blower to your awesome lineup?
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Mike, we shared your suggestion with our product development team. Great Idea!  

You know, we have a lot of customers who use the leave blower to blow off their driveway & vehicles in the morning so they don't smell like gas before going to work.  It delivers 480CFM so it will move snow.
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I have a mower and a blower they are both great.  I would definitely buy a snowblower if you come out with one.
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I'd by a snow blower if you guys make one
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I would like to see a snow blower, too.  I have only seen one battery powered snow blower.

The power it would take would be high.  Would it be possible to make one with two battery packs to deliver 2x the power?

Also you tube has a video showing how to make a snow blower not clog.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMAgb3QNEE8  It would be great to have this built into the blower.

 
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A battery driven snow blower could run into issues with run time due to the abnormal conditions the battery's would be exposed to.
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One exists already, so there most be a way to overcome the cold weather.

I understand the battery don't perform well in cold weather.  So maybe a heater?   Maybe two battery packs?

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Electric snowmobiles exist, so the battery packs can be adapted:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcIwrdeP21s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDREqLcNTDA
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Hello,

I need to buy a snow blower for this winter.
I am looking into the Toro but if EGO has snow blower coming out for this winter, I would rather wait and get EGO.

Any update?

Thanks,
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Will Ego be developing a rechargeable snowblower?.


I'm very impressed with the lawn mower and other tools, but will Ego be developing or coming out with a snowblower?  I realize snow can get quite heavy and would require more power & torque to move - perhaps it could use a twin-battery system, so it would be 112 volts or something.  There are some battery snowblowers on the market already, but they're small and only 40 volts.
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It’s great that you like our products so much that you want more. We do hear you! We are gradually adding to our product line: the latest is the truly impressive EGO chain saw. We can’t say for certain what our next products will be but we can tell you that they will be in line with our rigorous standards for power and performance.
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What a great idea!!!

+1 for a rechargeable snowblower... The one at Canadian Tire is 40V.

Here is what someone did as a home-project with lithium batteries:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fH7FajIlVc
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Just saw the vid that's a sweet build! Not sure if you know but aerins made the snow thro amp 24 a few years back it was a 2 stage as well using sla battiers. Already discountuned (they claimed lots of problems using sla)
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North of the boarder sale will be their!
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Please, I would like so much to see you guy's have this product. I am a fan of EGO products. I have the lawmower and soon I will buy the chainsaw and the hedge trimmer.

The snow blower is such a good idea :-)
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I own the EGO lawn mower. Looking forward for a snow blower by EGO. Any chance, whether it will be coming into market for this winter. It is worth the wait. Else I have to look for some other brand :(
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NN, I guess since they mentioned a month ago that they like this idea of a powerful EGO SnowBlower, and that they don't know what new products will be worked on, that it is pretty much impossible for them to design, test and manufacture a product for this winter.

So yes, look for another brand.

If they are very quick on the trigger, they might have a snowblower in 1-2 years from now. It takes time to engineer, test, create a manufacturing line, produce, market, and ship to consumers. It's not a basement/garage operation here. Plus, they'll probably do market research before going thru those motions to see if this product would sell well.
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A company always has an idea of what products they will make/carry in the future when the company is created. It's part of the business plan. I'm sure it's all ready in the works. From the beginning . No one gone in the business blind as a bat and hopes for the best.
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I can't believe ego let greenworks beat them to the punch line on this one.
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I've seen a 40-Volts cordless from Snow Joe at Amazon... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hDZDdswXfQ&list=FLromPik7OOZ2Zhu3_XDcHdg&index=1
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Went and had a look at the snow joe and green works snow blowers yesterday.... Wow are they junk.. Super flimsy cheap plastic, handles were wobbly..... The green works was the worst out of the 2, solid plastic auger and a button that felt like it would break the first time I used it.....if I had to buy one I would go with the snow joe still something better comes on the market.

I couldn't see either of them lasting more than 2 years.
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Thanks for checking that Matt. Would you say that the Toro 1800 electric snowblower is flimsy also with its plastic? Because it may look cheap, but it's a tough one, many owners have used it for over 5 years+ without any hassle.

So your comment might be a little harsh.

Still, great to see companies coming out with cordless versions. Just like I waited for a very powerful cordless mower (which the EGO was #1), I will also wait for a cordless snowblower that will be powerful enough for wet snow - until then, my Toro 1800 will do the trick (although I would have liked it a bit bigger and powerful).
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Just because something is made of plastic dose t make it useless. I was talking in regards to the amount of plastic or thickness used to build there product I'm sorry you assumed I meant all plastic is un useful but it is not what I meant. And yes toro really did amazing job with there corded snow blowers and you can see first hand they built with quality in mind.(even though it has a plastic non replaceable auger) it would be ideal to have replaceable paddles. Made out rubber.Myself though I personally prefer cordless products I hope this has cleared up your missunderstanding..
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A wider lawn mower also maybe 31" or allow two of them to connect for a 40", they are light enough.  It would cut time in half and really help for people with large yards.
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Just found out ryobi now makes a 40volt snowblower, again plastic auger. Looks like snow joe is the only one that did it right with the rubber paddles.
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I'm going to build my own 56 vdc snow blower, I really need a small powerful blower, and i don't want to have to buy 2 different brand batteries. We need more tools EGO. Like how many crappy Ryobi has. While Ryobi is cheaply made, they do have something for every job. Where can a guy pick up a high powered 56 vdc motor? I have looked online with no luck.
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I know of 3 cordless snow blowers. Ryobi, chraftsman, and snow Joe.

 

Ego is going too do better. Why do smaller blowers handle less depth? Just because my drive way is small that doesn't mean the snow is any less deep. So yeah cordless may have less power, so go narrow and go deep.

Can't imagine what 2 batteries would do? 116v would be like a corded unit. 

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Just read this on consumer reports. I paragraphed this part.

GreenWorks Pro
We caution that more volts, amps, or cubic centimeters doesn't mean more power in outdoor gear. Still, we’re eager to see how much oomph an 80V, lithium-ion line from Greenworks offers when it ships in December; prices noted may change. Greenworks calls it GreenWorks Pro a commercial line, and it includes:

The 20-inch GreenWorks DigiPro snow blower, $450, which claims up to 45 minutes of run time, 20-foot discharge, a chute that rotates 180 degrees, and a folding handle for storage

Here the link if anyone wants to read it all.
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/ne...
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Well I looked at GreenWorks Pro and the 80v looks attractive.  EGO has met its match.  In voltage anyway.  The problem is voltage is only 1 aspect of a tool.  It's design and how well it actually works is really what matters.  Specs can only go so far.

Specs should really give the horse power of the motor to provide a real comparison.  That is one spec that would help in comparing cordless tools.


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EGO does state the lawn mower has a 600 w motor, which is just over 3/4 horse power.
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The Greenworks Pro 80V snow blower is a total waste of money and it is designed poorly. A cheap Toro is much better. See my real life experience below.
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Well I had to get a snow blower. Got the 80v cordless greenwork. Used it once and it did a good job. Battery power is about the same. 2.5 amp-hours x 80 volt = 200 wh.
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They are poorly designed. Run into tough snow or pieces of ice and motor burns out. See my real life experience with the Greenworks Pro 80V snow blower below.
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Please come out with a snowblower. I've used an electric toro for years, but hate dragging a power cord. Was looking into gas models when I thought if ego had one; their mower works well for the lawn, a snowblower with the same battery pack I could use interchanably in the winter & summer.
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I really wish people would actually use an item for a while before they claim it's junk like someone did above. 
EGO stuff is also made from plastic. And their equipment is top notch.

 I live in WI and have had that little blue Snowjoe machine for a year now and can verify it's sturdy operation. No broken parts, no wobbly handles. I was really surprised at how well it worked, and I own a monster sized two-stage Ariens as well for big snows.

The Snowjoe snowblower works, and it works really hard. The reviews prove it does. It gets amazing reviews on every website because it's a quality machine.  It runs for 30 minutes clearing three inches of snow.  Anything under 6 inches and it does a great job on it, it will move 8 inches, but you'll have a 15 minute run time. Wet snow, no, it clogs easy as does any small size single stage blower, you need a two stage blower for heavy wet snow.

I also recently acquired the Ryobi 40v blower. It's an OK machine and when it works it does move snow very well, in fact it tosses it a bit farther than the Snowjoe. The big issue is that it has horrendous reliability. I've had two fail after their first usage on the same type snow that the Snowjoe devours and spits out. The Ryobi doesn't break any parts, it just stops running for no reason and never runs again and has to be warrantied. Numerous users are having the same problem. I think it has to do with their so called 'load sensing' software. The motor controller feels tension on the rotor and shuts down permanently. A major design flaw. If they would just let the motor run and not put any goofy software 'load sensing' gimics into the motor controller that cause it to stop running all the time it would be my go to machine. The Snowjoe has no such gimics and it runs and runs.

The Ryobi also doesn't have any spare parts available to users. If the rotor cracks or the wear bar wears out, you're done until you mail the 50lb beast in for expensive maintenance. That's absurd.

I'd LOVE to see an EGO 56v blower. I bet it would work great. Just follow the Snowjoe design with rubber paddles and a wear bar the user can replace themselves and add the 56V power system. It would be a great machine.

I like all my EGO stuff and a new snowblower from them would be the icing on the cake.
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I think that ego has an opertunity to improve on snow blower designs. If i was the designer on the snow blower, i would definately make it a 2 stage. The auger would be on a separate motor than the ejection Impeller. This way feed can be controllled and the ejection impelller can run at a constant speed. A snow blower like this could and should be self propelled and all 3 systems of drive, auger feed and ejection can be perfectly synchronized. Its a smart snow blower. This is how the mower self propel system should work. Keeping it at 56v is important, but also allow for parallel batteries. Let it run on 1 or more batteries. If you do this, I'm going to buy one and put a remote control on it. Please do this. Dont follow the herd. Just because something is designed and has been the same for years, doesn't mean its designed correctly.
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Agree with Jacob on the 2-stage.  Seems like a better way to go, especially with the power available from the 56V 4Ah battery.  Not so sure about dual drives and self propelled, though... let's keep the cost down!  Ryobi sells their cordless blower with two batteries for $400.  An Ego blower needs to hit about $550 max with a battery, hopefully $400 tool only.

Also, it needs to stand up in a space the same size as the lawnmower.  If this could be accomplished it would open up the market for SO many people like me who want and can afford a snow blower, but just don't have room for a traditional unit.  Until I got the Ego mower I had to store my mower under the deck in the back yard, now I can keep it against the wall in my tiny 10x20 single car garage.

Ego, I sure hope you are using this winter (2014-2015) to finish the testing on your snow blower design.  I so desperately want/need a snow blower that if one is not available by next fall I may be forced to buy a SnoJoe, which I do NOT want to do.  Shoveling in Canada sucks!
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I think "paul shafer" is a troll. I have the Greenworks 80V snowblower, using it in Eastern Canada (big snowfalls, and ice this winter), and it's been working amazing! The only thing stopping it is my lack of strength to push it through piles of snow (I'm 6'3" and a big guy) so a blower with traction would be best. Had none of the problems he's experienced - remember that this snowblower came out this winter, so he doesn't have much experience with it. Might have gotten a bad unit possibly, it's a possibility. But all this useless bashing is uncalled for.

Had a Toro 1800 before, and I'm much happier with the Greenworks 80V.
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Thanks for the comment, Simon. Always good to hear a counterpoint.
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The Greenworks Pro 80V snowblower is not quality designed like my EGo mower. It is very disappointing to shell out $425 for a snowblower to have it run for 10 minutes, bog down and fry its motor. The manual has lousy pictures and does not tell you what screwdriver to use to open it up. When I contacted their customer service, they said send it back for repair within 90 days (spring time). Meanwhile I have to shovel or pay someone $60 to clear driveway. I will NEVER buy another Greenworks product and will wait for EGo to bring one to market even with workmanship of my EGo mower even if it costs me $800.
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It's always concerning when product bashing begins.  I think this thread needs to be about EGO and the desire for EGO to produce the products we would like. 

There is nothing wrong, however, pointing out things you do not like about another brand.  This is helpful to the design and engineering of the end product. 

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Jennifer, when will the EGO Snowblower be available at Home Depot Canada? Not on their website, and we can't reserve in advance...

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