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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There are at least two active reps that post here several times per week. They may have just given up commenting on this topic after repeatedly posting that they will announce any new or upcoming products as soon as they are officially able to do so.
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Good to know. Unfortunately that makes me feel worse about the prospects of a snowblower. Thanks for the info.
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Nobody has mentioned the possibility that a snow blower would not be profitable. Battery power is becoming a commodity. They really have competition now and a profit is not as easy to make.
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True, but I would argue that anyone who already has Ego equipment is very likely to buy an Ego snowblower vs. a product from a competing brand. That is, if Ego makes a snowblower. :-)
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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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Yes, it will use the same batteries as all other Ego products. Actually, it can use TWO batteries at the same time for added power!

Here's the announcement thread from a couple weeks ago:

https://community.egopowerplus.com/eg...
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I read online. The target price is 599.99 which includes two 5 AH batteries.
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Which is crazy because the 5 ah batteries are 250 each.
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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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A little birdie told me that we'll be having a pre-sale in August.  Join the mailing list on egopowerplus.com to be the first to know. :)  They will hit very select stores around October but it'll be a mostly online product as many Home Depot's won't have them physically in store.
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Getting excited about this new snow blower!


I hope one of my local stores has it since HD Canada usually charges shipping even if you want to pick it up in store.

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@Jennifer VandeWater -  I'll sign up for the pre-sale if you offer the blower sold sans batteries/charger.  I have no need for 2 more batteries or any more chargers!  Otherwise, I'll be sitting the blower out for initial release.  :(
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Very much looking forward to the pre-sale. Hope the Home Depot Eastern Canada stores will have them, not just Utah and Florida stores!  :)  Put them where the big snow is!!
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What about if the charger was out of the box. Because personally i would like to get the battery but i already have 3 Chargers and i only use the rapid one. So if you want the charger you pick it up with your purchase and if not you leave it in the store
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@Maxime Pinard - EGO (nor Home Depot) has never sold any EGO products in that manner.  It either comes without the batteries/charger or with them.  I feel your pain, though!  ;)
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@DJDDay, the pre-sale will be for the snow blower kit with batteries and charger included. The bare tool will be available at a later time this year.
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dammit that rules me out too. is the "pre-sale" going to be a discounted price or just the same price but you can purchase it sooner? thanks
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It's the same price.  You'll just be able to purchase it and secure it sooner than anyone else.
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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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looks interesting to say the least. bare tool on Amazon @ $565.
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Did anyone see/hear anything about this dual stage cordless form sno jo? 
https://www.snowjoe.com/product/snow-joe-ion-80-volt-5-ah-cordless-two-stage-3-speed-reverse-digital-drive-snow-blower-ion24sb-xr
Um... holy crap!  Looks like EGO has been beat to the market by an even more powerful snow blower.   A 1200 watt motor, and dual-stage... pushes up to 13" of snow - just...  WOW.  

Damn EGO, time to step up your game....  :(
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Well, they haven't been beat to the market. The Snow Joe isn't available until October.

That said, it's impressive, but I'd want to see reviews first. I have a plug-in Snow Joe and I'm not impressed at all with the build quality. It gets the job done, but I suspect Ego's build quality will be better.

But obviously I've already bought into Ego's ecosystem, so I'll be sticking with Ego since I already have batteries and chargers. 
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What I meant about being beat to market was, Snow Joe is releasing a 2-stage 24" that handles snow up to 13" deep at roughly the same time as EGO's single-stage that clearly will handle less.

That said, I agree that Snow Joe's build-quality has a definite leg down on EGO.  That and, judging from the Snow Joe product video I saw on Amazon, it appears the main auger turns pretty slow, leaving the throwing to the smaller chute stage.

I deal with a gas-powered counterpart in a similar size class at work, and I can attest that the the main auger turns a helluva lot faster on mine than that Snow Joe!
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We'll have to wait and see if they go head to head.

The two stage system could be an advantage, but Ego definitely has the advantage in battery department with the equivalent of 112V 5Ah (2x 56V) to the SJ 80V 5Ah (2x 40V), and also with price since the SJ kit with batteries will likely sell for more.

Then again, the SJ has driven wheels but the Ego has a variable speed auger. Time will tell, but regardless I'm not keen on buying into another battery platform.
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I'm pretty impressed with how well made EGO products are, for having very little metal in the body. 
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I second that.
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The two stage system could be an advantage, but Ego definitely has the advantage in battery department with the equivalent of 112V 5Ah (2x 56V) to the SJ 80V 5Ah (2x 40V), and also with price since the SJ kit with batteries will likely sell for more.
Wrong. The 56V is not series, it's parallel so it does not equate 112V compared to the Snow Joe which is series 40V (=80V)
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The sm unit looks like a real beast, but I don't want yet another battery set....I hope ego gets it right from the get go with the snow blower....
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Correct, but I was referring to how much energy is available in the batteries to do work:

Sno = 40V x 5Ah x 2 = 400Wh
Ego = 56V x 5Ah x 2 = 560Wh

If you consider the Ego can be used with the 7.5Ah batteries:

Ego = 56V x 7.5Ah x 2 = 840Wh

When looking at the battery pack energy content voltage doesn't matter.  If you compare by voltage and amp-hour it looks like this:

Sno = 80V @ 5Ah
Ego = 56V @ 10Ah
or
Ego = 56V @ 15Ah

Then if you consider how much better the Ego battery platform is, well, there's no comparison.  :-)

That's just talking batteries though... let's see how the tools themselves perform.
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Not like it matters too much about the voltage. Higher voltage mainly means smaller wires and smaller size motors needed. So.... running 2 batteries in series seems like a bad idea. It means you need both batteries working. Its dead when the first battery is dead. Ego did it smart here it seems. Just my opinion.
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From a user involvement perspective I agree, the parallel system in the Ego makes sense.

Makita uses a similar setup to the SJ in their 36V tools where two 18V batteries run in series. The main drawback is the weaker battery determines the run time and power output of the tool. Not so much a big deal if all you own is one tool and it always uses both batteries since both will get pretty much the same usage, but these batteries are all about the platform. Having other tools to use the batteries in is a big deal, and most tools don't need the power of both batteries to run.

The Ego can use either one or two batteries, and since they're run in parallel the tool should be able to use both right down to their cutoff even if they don't start with the same charge level. Heck, I'm thinking you might even be able to use two batteries of different sizes since its using everything in parallel... I'll have to confirm if that's the case when the manual is available, but if so that will be HUGE!

Agreed, the practical difference between a 56V and 80V system is largely academic. Any efficiency gained by the small voltage increase will be small.
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As far as I'm concerned, space is a primary issue. The 2 stage SJ looks very powerful, but also extremely bulky. I need a blower that can be stowed away during summertime in the attic of my shed.

I haven't seen if the EGO snowblower will fold up nicely like the lawnmower does, anyone know?
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Agreed! One of the main attractions to the Ego mower, for me anyway, is the compact storage. It's the only way I can have the lawn mower in my tiny 10 x 20 garage and still park a car in there as well.

The Ego snow blower handle folds down over the unit sort of like the mower handle does, but it doesn't stand on end like the mower does. I'm not sure if the shute is detachable or not.

Either way it's looking to be a much more compact unit than the SnoJoe, which is pretty much a standard looking two stage blower with batteries in place of a gas engine.
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Jennifer VandeWater, Community Manager

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The EGO snow blower does fold up, Simon.  Here's a pic.

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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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David Cline

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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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William Mosby

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Are the blades on the snow blower metal or plastic?
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DJDDay

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Metal with rubber paddles, it looks like.  It's completely serviceable.  
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John Pf

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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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DJDDay

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It's been discussed elsewhere, but yeah - amps count for sure.  In fact, I can easily tell a difference in EGO battery amps when using my 2nd gen blower.  Going from my 2.5 amp battery to the 7.5 amp battery, there is a noticeable (audible) difference in how more powerful the motor spins with the 7.5 amp battery compared to the 2.5 amp.  I haven't owned the 5 amp batteries in a while though, so I'm not sure if the difference is that noticeable between the 5 amp and 7.5 amp. 
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Power is power and that's what's important, but power is the product of voltage and amperage. To use your analogies, amperage is like torque, voltage is like speed, and power is the product of the two.

No different than the endless gas vs diesel debates. At the end of the day all that really matters is power. A 400 hp diesel is just as powerful as a 400 hp gas, no more, no less, either can do the same work in the same time. If you get into the details like torque curve shape etc there can be differences, but at their peak they are doing the same work.

As far as the batteries are concerned, if the two are actually used in parallel then a 7.5Ah in parallel with a 2.5Ah should work about the same as two 5Ah batteries.
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Rob Matthews

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So I called the Sno Joe people and they offer two versions of this model, a 6-Amp x 40V and 5-Amp x 40 V. According to them the performance is similar as it's controlled by a computer on board. The only difference is the run time. 


I love my EGO mower and now am seriously torn between what snow blower to get. 

We truly need something to get through the end of the driveway where the snow plows bury us on our block. I'm not sold a single stage unit can break through that.

ERGGGGGGGGGG. 
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David Cline

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It seems unlikely to me that a 2.5Ah battery matched with a 7.5Ah battery would perform the same as two 5.0Ah batteries. Wouldn't that require something balancing the load between the batteries? That is probably something we would have seen mentioned in the product description.
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DJDDay

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We truly need something to get through the end of the driveway where the snow plows bury us on our block. I'm not sold a single stage unit can break through that.

@Rob: well, on EGO's official product page it's claiming that theirs can cut through up 10" of snow.  Since you're already into EGO's ecosystem, I'd suggest buying EGO's and at least trying it out.  If it performs adequate, you're good to go.  If it doesn't, return it (since you get 90 days with Home Depot) and pick up the Snow Joe.  Judging from how slow the SJ's auger turns though, I'd be surprised if it cuts any better into driveway packs!
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Rob Matthews

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Would be easy if I could just pick up both :-) Sleeping on it and will let you know. Regardless I got the go pro ready for this winter!
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The 7.5Ah has three strings of 14 cells and the 2.5Ah has one string of 14 cells. Wire them in parallel and you have four strings of 14 cells. (14S4P)

The 5Ah has two strings of 14 cells. Wire two of them in parallel and you have four strings of 14 cells. (14S4P)

2.5Ah x 2 = two strings (14S2P)
5Ah + 2.5Ah = three strings (14S3P)
5Ah + 7.5Ah = five strings (14S5P)
7.5Ah x 2 = six strings (14S6P)

Jennifer can correct me if I'm wrong, but this is the way I see it working and if I'm right it's brilliant as both batteries would drain equally and at the same rate. They would be tied together and act as a single larger battery.
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David Cline

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If it's really that simple, why would Ego recommend using only 4.0Ah or larger batteries?

Wasn't there a bunch of discussion here recently about how the BMS balances the cells in a battery? I didn't follow all the details, but would this work across multiple batteries as seamlessly as you describe? And what protects a partially depleted (or lower capacity—like the 4.0Ah) battery from being over discharged when mated with a fully charged or higher capacity battery?
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As you said, from the manual:

"NOTE: For best performance, we recommend for use with 2 x 4.0Ah batteries and higher Ah arc lithium 56V batteries."

My interpretation of that line is based on this line later in the manual:

"BATTERY HIGH-TEMPERATURE PROTECTION
To prevent battery high temperature protection, don’t try to use only one battery to power the snow blower when the snowfall is over 3 inch depth or snowfall in very wet/ icy condition."

Putting that line in the manual will give Ego some backup when someone calls them claiming the snow blower isn't working properly, only to find out they're using it with a single 2Ah battery from their string trimmer. ;-)

This snow blower is going to require a lot of power when plowing through snow, so much power that it will likely overheat a single battery if you're pushing it hard. Since smaller and/or fewer batteries are less able to supply the required power, the machine will go into overload much easier and may even overheat the batteries (my interpretation).

Reading between the lines, since the cells are good for 20A of current draw and Ego is recommending a minimum of four strings of cells (two in each 4/5Ah battery), that could mean the tool draws up to 80A of current! That's not really likely, just my speculation. Even at half of that draw we're looking at over 2000W. :-)

As far as cell balancing goes, I'm under the impression that happens during the charging cycle and not during discharge.

If two batteries at different charge levels were connected in parallel one would try to charge the other, so there's probably some sort of isolation circuit that would allow one battery to draw down before using power from the second. Once again, just guessing.

If two battery packs are fully charged and connected in parallel, the tool would just see one large battery. How they implement this is beyond me, but that's not saying much... I only took basic electronics in highschool so I only know enough to be dangerous. :-)
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David Cline

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If it's drawing anywhere close to 2,000 watts, there is going to be some serious demand for 7.5Ah batteries and rapid chargers this winter!
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In my humble opinion, EGO should get the 7.5Ah battery price to a reasonable price point, because I love this battery for everything.
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DJDDay

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In my humble opinion, EGO should get the 7.5Ah battery price to a reasonable price point, because I love this battery for everything.
I bought 2, just for this very reason - in anticipation of the snow blower coming out with dual battery ports.  The only regret I have is spending $758 USD + tax for something that was clearly overpriced. **

** I do realize that I'm the exception to the rule.  There are few people who would dump that sort of cash on two 7.5 amp batteries. 
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David Cline

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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. 

I hope there's a dual battery mower in the works--or better yet, a T-shaped adapter that docks into existing mowers to hold one battery on top and one down in the well. 
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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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DJDDay

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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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DJDDay

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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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David Cline

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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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Jennifer VandeWater, Community Manager

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Here is our latest product video for the snow blower.   https://youtu.be/bPKcCEKUYnQ

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