Finally got to use the Ego snow blower

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I had put off buying Ego’s snow blower for a couple of years because I wanted to get at least some use out of the corded Snow Joe I bought before Ego released their model. I almost bought the bare tool last year, but HD spiked the price up to almost what the kit cost, so I held off on principle.

I finally picked up the blower this December, then Iowa proceeded to have a freakishly mild winter. Until yesterday.

Yesterday afternoon I went out to clear 4 inches of heavy, wet snow, using the Ego blower for the first time. 4 inches is at the low end of what people have reported being able to effectively clear with the Ego blower, but I had no problem whatsoever.

I did get the bare tool, so I was using the 5 Ah and 4 Ah batteries I already own. I cleared my two-car driveway, the sidewalk across my property and all the way past my nextdoor neighbor’s property, and part of my neighbor’s driveway, and I finished with the batteries still holding a little more than 50% of their capacity.

I would have done more of my neighbor’s driveway, but honestly, I couldn’t take the noise and exhaust fumes from his two-stage gas blower any longer! I would smell it all the way from my own driveway.

The Ego cleared the heavy, wet snow like a champ. It was throwing it easily 25 feet. In fact I had to redirect the chute at one point because I was in danger of hitting my other neighbor, who was brushing snow off his SUV.

A couple of times the snow started getting pushed up into a pile in front of the blower, but I think that was because I had inadvertently slowed to a crawl as I was accidentally scraping the grass along my sidewalk. I backed off, straightened out and went back at a normal pace and the pile blasted through the blower as it should. I chalk it up to my inexperience with the tool.

I’ll see how the plastic scraper bar holds up. I do have a lot of cracks in my driveway, and the sidewalk joints, obviously, for it to catch on. I figured out how to navigate those pretty quickly, though, and it didn’t seem to be a problem. I do like that the scraper gets right down to the pavement. That’s something that can’t be said for my neighbor’s two-stage blower, which left a thin layer of snow.
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Sweet! Glad to see you finally had the chance to use it!

Your experience mirrors mine: with lower walking speeds and heavier snow I find I need to slow the auger down a bit to keep the snow moving through the chute. Almost like the “bites” of snow need to be at least a certain size to fly up through the chute properly.
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Congrats Ken!  I know you have been waiting for quite some time to put your new blower to the test ... :-)
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How did your EGO compare with the corded Snow Joe?
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I have the same problem with those dang cracks.  You can't see them until you've gone over them.  Yet I don't want to lift the scrapper bar because it gets right down to the pavement.  We need a 'crack detector'!  
We had 5 inches of snow here in Nebraska--and it was as wet as it gets with 32 degree air temp.  I thought Oh Oh..sticky chute time with short throws.  The throws were more like 5 feet and it did stick a little.  But still got the job done.  I've got two 7.5 AH batteries.  Heck, I did my corner lot..the neighbors corner lot, my drive way and down the two neighbors sidewalks.  I used about 75% of the packs.
Now, a self propelled WOULD be nice since I sometimes really needed to lean into it.  BUT, a self propelled would probably not work very well unless it was very heavy with really big tires.  I know some rely on pulling the snow in to eat away and pull the blower into the snow.  But then you're probably talking two stage and I need this compact and light design.
One storage suggestion for Ego, when I fold the handle down, it does not allow locking into position.  Or am I doing something wrong?  That way you could lift by the handle with the wheels at the rear and wheel it to the staging area.  Seems that this would be an easy thing to do in design.
But a successful snow clearing weekend!

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Night and day.

Specifically I have the Snow Joe Ultra SJ625E 21-Inch 15-Amp Electric Snow Thrower. The Snow Joe did OK, but it's a small blower without a lot of throwing power. The chute clogged pretty easily, even with powdery snow, and you couldn't turn the chute too far to the side or it wouldn't throw well at all.

I still preferred it to dealing with gas, and it was usable since, despite being in the frozen tundra of central Iowa, we generally don't get a lot of big snowfalls here. I wouldn't want to use it on anything deeper than about 8 inches. And of course dragging around a 100-foot heavy-gauge extension cord was annoying.

The Ego just powered through the wet snow without clogging once, and it was heaving it a good 25 feet. The Ego is also quieter, and can handle deeper snow, should the need arise.

I was really impressed with the battery life. I know it was only 4 inches (I actually measured it), but it was wet. I was expecting at least some clogging, but nope.

I'm looking forward to seeing how the Ego handles a deeper snowfall, but the way this winter is going I don't know that I'll be able to this year.