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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Unfortunately Ego is not really paying attention. When I bought into this platform this year (Spring/Summer 2015) with the mower and trimmer I was very disappointed that they didn't have a snowblower (just ordered blower and maybe chain saw soon). Because of that I wanted to buy into the Greenworks 80v line of equipment. But their mower wasn't available at the time so I went with the Ego as cutting grass was the pressing need. When a customer looks at a company for battery operated equipment they are looking for a complete lineup of products to suit all their needs. Besides quality and reliability, it's about the battery and being able to use that "engine" in the other equipment. Ego just doesn't fulfill that need. It's too bad because what they do make is nice. So now I have to go out and buy a Greenworks or Snow blow Joe job because Ego can't give a time frame for coming out with a snow blower or even if it's in development or not. If I knew it was coming out in a month or even next winter I would hold off buying a competitor's offering and shovel snow for another year. 
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I have to agree, John. If Ego was to tell us a snow blower was in testing and intended for availability in Fall 2016, I'm sure a lot of people would hold off their purchases until it was available.

As you said, until that happens the only option is to try a snow blower from a competing platform... not something I want to do, but I'm getting more and more tempted as winter draws near.
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Agreed. I'm about to pull the trigger on a new model of corded snow blower just released by Snow Joe. We usually get out first snow here around Thanksgiving, which is fast approaching, but I don't want to pay the premium for another company's battery-powered blower.
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As a recent EGO mower purchaser, snowblower purchaser in the next couple month, and marketing professor, I find it difficult to understand why EGO would generate a platform where product enthusiast can communicate with one another and the company and then not address their questions. A great idea is being poorly executed at this point which is unfortunate. EGO, please let this posting group of avid followers know your plans or shut down the blog because it is just creating frustration (probably on both sides).
Only trying to help because I like your products.
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Good to know I'm not crazy Chris. I was wondering the same. Seems like the company is achieving the exact opposite of quickly engaging an inspired community focused on its products.
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Okay, I know that there is a lot that goes into designing one of these things and then getting it under production, and it is sometimes difficult to forsee obstacles, and granted I am posting this reply three days after Marcus did, but I would like to see sort of what's ahead with the snow blower. Is EGO working on one now... basically what is EGO up to? I have subscribed to EGO's newsletter, and I'm just curious about what EGO is doing right now and what the plans are for the snowblower or just general stuff. Does EGO have plans for a snowblower, does it plan on making plans for a snowblower after it finishes what it is working on now, I'm just a bit curious about what is going on because I just do not really know. 
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I am guessing that there is no snow blower in development because the batteries are not engineered for operating in these conditions.

The first problem is that snow only exists in frozen form when the temperature is below the recommended operating range:


Now the battery is designed to warm itself up to an acceptable operating temperature, but now you have a warm battery being used around snow, which will melt when it contacts the warm battery. The batteries are water resistant, but almost certainly will fail prematurely if constantly being frozen, having to heat itself, and then being used in wet conditions.

If Ego makes a snow blower, I expect it will have to come with a special extreme duty battery and not work with any of the current batteries.
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they are in a sealed compartment, i think they would be fine for short periods of time (while they are being used).  they can state that they should be charged/stored from 32-104.
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There are other cordless Lithium battery powered snowblowers on the market that work beautifully.
The amp draw from the machine causes the battery to warm as it discharges.  There is more than enough internal heat created to stay well above nomimal operating temps. I know, as I own both the Ryobi and the Snow Joe to give a complete knowledge of how each works.
The battery compartment of each is sealed against snow. This also helps it stay warm.

The only caveat is that you will want to bring the packs inside to store and charge them. The blower can stay in the garage.
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Yeah, you for sure wouldn't want to store them in an unheated garage. Luckily, my garage is a tuck-under and is heated. I would start with a warm battery, which would then stay warm from use.
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Absolutely. Batteries stored indoors would work fine in even really cold weather since they would never have to deal with soaking to the outside temperature. Once in use they will stay warm through discharging.

Even in my unheated garage which goes down to about freezing (shares two walls with the house and a third with the neighbor's garage), just charging the pack before use would warm it enough to get it up to temp. I would think this is the case even for a battery that was stored below freezing, for those who charge immediately before use anyway.
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I broke down and bought a competitor model.  It will be here Thursday.
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Troy I'll do the same over the next few weeks. My goal is to purchase the cheapest model I can to get me through the winter and maybe the next. There are a few corded options that will be sufficient. I definitely dont want to spend $400+ on a competitor cordless model when there is still a chance Ego can announce a new snow blower in the coming years.
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The Greenworks 80 volt is $300 right now. I'm thinking about it. Any reasons I should wait? Ego? Something official, like a statement that one WILL be released in the next few years?
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I bought the Greenworks 80 volt snow blower and am very happy with it. I ran off the side of the driveway and the impeller hit the concrete. It shaved a little off the edge but it was fine. Bought an impeller for $15 just to make it like new. Replaced the scraper cause it wore a little bit when I blew some ice and snow .
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I bought it. not gonna wait any longer...
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I don't think this community is monitored by Ego anymore. I'm sure someone would be responded to the group by now. I think the last official response occurred a year ago.
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Hi Marcus, we are here and reading.  If we had an update, we would give you one.  We're sorry for the lack of communication on our side.  Since we don't have anything to say about a snow blower, we haven't been posting.
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The issue is not whether a snowblower is profitable or not, it's an important part of range of products (at least for people where snow falls, which is significant portion of this country and pretty much all of Canada). When you buy battery operated equipment you buy into a platform as the battery/charger is a significant part of the expense. If the Greenworks mower was available when I needed a mower I would have bought into that platform as they did have a snowblower available while Ego did not. Instead I went with Ego hoping that they would at least announce development plans by winter. That hasn't happened and with Jennifer's comment they have essentially said they have no plans to develop one in the near future. By not having a snowblower they don't just loose a snowblower customer as a conventional gas powered equipment manufacturer would, they loose a mower/trimmer/blower/chainsaw/etc customer! 
I think I'll have to go out and buy me a Greenworks snowblower and deal with two battery platforms. Lowes is having a sale...
"For want of a nail the Kingdom was lost."
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I would buy one, sounds like a great idea, I would keep the batteries inside.
Also a power assist bike for parts of the US that don't get snow much, it would make both happy.  The battery system is great, maybe even the best, you should capitalize on it.
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"Hi Marcus, we are here and reading.  If we had an update, we would give you one.  We're sorry for the lack of communication on our side.  Since we don't have anything to say about a snow blower, we haven't been posting."

Is there anything I can do to help out with things?  I'm more of a leaf blower fan, but still, I do like engineering, and I do it just for the joy of it.
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No but thanks for asking. I did some shopping yesterday and found some snow blowers with favorable pricing. Home Depot has the Ryobi cordless for $200 (last years model) that should work out well for a while.
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Official Response
As loyal and active members of the EGO community, we wanted you to hear this from us first.  As you can imagine, snow blowers require a tremendous amount of power to move and throw heavy, thick snow.  
 
Several years back we set our sights on snowblowers, while benchmarking the best in class gas powered snowblowers.  We have been working to match their power and performance ever since.  We also took a look at the pain points in this category and how to solve them for our customers.  It's our typical clean sheet of paper engineering.  Simply put, we are not going to follow the cordless competition, as during testing last winter, they simply didn't stack up in terms of power, performance or convenience.  
 
We are pleased to announce that there WILL BE an EGO Power+ Snow Blower next season (2016).  We appreciate your patience waiting just a bit longer so that when it comes to market, it lives up to our promise to you... POWER BEYOND BELIEF.  

Here's our teaser trailer: https://youtu.be/VmYmYQDlhTg

Here's a sneak peek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJPvrJQrLwM
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Darn snow blower people won.  I'll go cry in the corner and dream about an edger.  :-)
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Thanks for the announcement! I assume that means the 2016-2017 winter?
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Paul, that's correct.
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YEAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! Thats all I needed to hear. Actually, it didn't even have to be that clear. A short maybe would've worked but I'm crazy excited to see what you deliver. Thanks for news Ego Power + team.
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Excellent, great news! Thanks Jennifer. We are all looking forward to it. Please keep us updated on the status when you can. 
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Wow!!! I can't wait to see it. I can only imagine what kind of beast is going to show its face. It will be some angry lookin' speed racer that starts spinning its jaw and gets itself moving so fast it wins drag races by using its jaws as dragsters would their giant tires! :D
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I can only add to this thread by saying : THANK YOU!!!!  Looking forward to it. Will thus sell my 80V snowblower to get this one towards the end of winter. Would rather have only one battery system since I own many other EGO products. My 80V battery has been sitting all summer long doing nothing. Same with EGO 56V batteries during winter.
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Simon I'm with you. Now that I know a snowblower will be out soon I can move forward with purchasing the hedge trimmer and snow blower. Having one battery system makes life so much easier.
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Now that Ego is going to be playing in the cold weather space, I fully expect to be able to replace my Milkwaukee M12 battery-powered jacket with one from Ego...



Preferably one that includes this design, but actually lights up...



And yes, a heated jacket is absolutely a necessity here in Georgia. Sometimes it gets down into the 30s or even the 20s here!
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Awesome great news, just wanted to add to the joy. I know it's going to be great and done right. I stared at the greenworks one and couldn't do it, the quality just want there for me, I didn't feel like I could trust the plastic. I'll gladly wait for what ego does because I know it will be done right.
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Article published in Canada about the upcoming snowblower: OFFICIEL: EGO confirme son intention de produire une souffleuse à neige électrique pour 2016 [French]
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Thanks for sharing this link Simon!
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Is blower going to be 2 stage,if not they should make 2 models. One for under 4 inches and one for over 4.
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We don't have the specific details for the snow blower yet.  When we get closer to the availability, we'll release more details.
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Jennifer, any idea if the plan is to release the snow blower in early 2016 (January, February) in time for thick of winter or late 2016 for the 2017 winter?  
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Hi Vincent, unfortunately, no, this snow blower will be released in late 2016.
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Not really so unfortunate, EGO's will be so well engineered, it's one of those things that it will be worth the wait.

Can I convert it to an edger?  :-)

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I would say *at the earliest.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Snowblower.

I noticed that Ryobi now has a rechargeable snowblower that runs on their 40v batteries. I would love to get rid of my corded snowblower that I use just for small areas. Any plans for EGO to make a snowblower that would run on the 56v battery like the mower? This would be fantastic!!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Snow Blower.

I am a huge fan of your products and very excited to hear about the snow blower.  Just curious about any additional details regarding power, timing, price, etc.?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!.

Am already starting my Christmas list for next year with rumors of an EGO snow blower. I have three seasons already covered with the mower, trimmer, and blower. Love 'em. Next purchase is the 7.5 Ah "King of Batteries" to pop into that anticipated snow blower. C'mon EGO!
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Is there any updates on whether this snowblower will use the same batteries/chargers as other Ego products?  I know that cold whether charging is probably an issue... I just want to make sure it doesn't mean a change to the battery itself.  I'd love to use the same 7.5Ah battery and charger from my lawnmower.  Still on track for late 2016?
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If that target price is accurate, count me in for definitely buying the blower as a bare tool. The price savings should be significant for those of us who already have a few batteries!
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They said $599, but this far in advance I'd be surprised if that number is accurate... here's hoping it comes with two 5Ah batteries for $599, or two 7.5Ah batteries for $699! :-)
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Lol. The 7.5 ah kit would have to be like 799 or ego would go out of business. Lol
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Maybe, but if the cost of my toys keeps going up, I'll be out of business! :-)
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@SAM REITINGER: Since those batteries have a summer chemistry, it is better to keep them indoors, to charge them indoors, and only bring them out when you plan to use them in the snowblower. You will then have them charge at 100%, and as they are being used, they will generate heat which will keep them nice and functional. Don't keep them outside during winter, and charging outside. That goes for any of your power tool batteries during winter time.
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I am not in the market for a snow blower but even at $600, they would be over $100 above the best of the competition.
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Jennifer, any idea when the snow blower will hit the stores?
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I feel like I just discovered that unicorns were real, but they don't actually poop ice cream and happiness.  Thanks a lot @Jennifer VandeWater  :P
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It would be nice to have a pre-sale that was an actual "sale" as in discounted price. HD is having s snow blower lower price sale now.
BTW: unicorns do fart rainbows though. 
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John, john, john.

I beg to differ.  I had to watch My Little Pony with both of my daughters as they grew up.  I didn't see one rainbow fart.

As far as a sale, yeah, it would be great.

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Dude, really? They edit a lot of things out of the footage in post. Nobody wants to see the truth; that unicorns are just filthy animals with bad habits, just like the rest of us. :-)
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Haha, Love it!
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@Blue, yes, you can mix and match the batteries when paired in the snow blower.  We suggest using at least 4.0Ah or higher but you can have a 5.0 & 7.5Ah battery in there at the same time.
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Will performance improve when using two 7.5Ah batteries over using two smaller and/or mismatched batteries?

I'm just asking out of curiosity—I don't expect I'll need a snow blower in Georgia unless we have some SERIOUS climate change!
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Maybe a Sand Blower.  That's all that is left of our lawns after this summer.
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Are the blades on the snow blower metal or plastic?
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Metal with rubber paddles, it looks like.  It's completely serviceable.  
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Everyone seems fixated on voltage, but it's only half the equation (V*A=W). What about amperage and how does the Ego 56v compare the the other guy's 80v? A car has a 12v battery yet can crank a heavy engine, because the amperage is very high. In something like pushing heavy snow I'm guessing amperage (akin to torque) is more important than voltage (horsepower). Running batteries in parallel ups the amperage while keeping the voltage the same. Is that why it's done? If so then I doubt unequal batteries will do the trick (I was thinking the same as I have a 4AH and 2AH). Or are they doing it just to extend running time (but if that's true why have two batteries in the first place as you could just switch it out like the lawn mower). AmpHour is a capacity rating like Kwh but doesn't tell us anything about the instantaneous power usage which is watts (V*A=W) PS: let me know if my thinking is wrong, I'm not an electrical engineer but I know a little bit about electricity.
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Kudos DJ! You know what? There aren't many people who are willing to spend $600 on a battery mower either, but we ARE out there. :-)

I predict your cordless snow blowing will be an epic experience!
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DC, a dual battery mower would be crazy good! 15Ah worth of Arc Lithium goodness would put to rest any reasonable concerns over machine efficiency! ;-)
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The 7.5Ah is great for mowing, and makes a big difference in the cutting power.  I imagine the same will be true of the snow blower on heavy wet snow.  Of course two 4 or 5 Ah batteries distributes the power draw over more cells, so should perform better.  
@David: you're suggesting that two 4 or 5 Ah batteries will perform better than two 7.5 Ah batteries because of the draw from cell distribution?
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A dual-battery mower is literally the only thing that would make me retire my SP-21" and buy new again.  Other than that, my SP-21" will be my last EGO mower purchase.  

Prove me wrong, EGO!  ;)
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No, two 4Ah batteries should perform better than a single 7.5Ah battery (4 cell banks > 3).
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Here is our latest product video for the snow blower.   https://youtu.be/bPKcCEKUYnQ

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