Finally got to use the snow blower on DEEP snow - what a pain! It works but requires a lot of effort - still happy!

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Looks like we got well over 2 feet of snow last night.  And with blowing the snow on top of the new snow, easily gets to 3 feet on some areas.  The blower works but you really have to shove it to get through the snow and of course, it gets clogged every 30 seconds.  Should I spray PAM in the shoot?  I do have the auger on full blast, is that good or bad?  And both 5.0 batteries went out after about 30 minutes.  Is that normal?  still happy not to have a gas blower. 
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I would think that 30 minutes of run time under those conditions is probably as to be expected.

I have heard of some people spraying the inside of their snowblowers, but I don’t recall exactly what they’ve been using. I have not sprayed mine and so far have not had an issue with clogging.

2 feet of snow! Where are you located that you were so lucky?
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The snowblower is supposed to draw both batteries down at the same time. The next time you use your snowblower, make sure both batteries are fully charged when you head out and then check the state of charge of each battery by putting it on the charger when you’re done. Allow about 20 or 30 seconds for the charge lights to stabilize. Both batteries should be at the same level when you’re done.
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will do!
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David - another Chicagoland EGO customer. I tried hard to love the snowblower like my other now countless Ego tools but had keep a gasser for this job. They sell a spray specifically for snowblowers. It has Teflon in it (maybe any teflon spray will do).

Mike
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thanks!  I used Pam and it worked great.  Driveway is perfectly clear now.  just did one more pass on the slush this morning. 
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Good to hear you got it working to your satisfaction David.  Thanks for the follow up
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hah!  Chicago - it probably wasn't 2 feet all the way down the drive but back by the garage it was high!  and then blowing the snow OVER the unplowed snow just made it deeper...
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David,
I live in upstate NY and we are going to get around 2 ft of snow Saturday night and Sunday morning.  I will be using our 26 in. Cub Cadet HD 3 stage snow blower.  When we get less than 8 inches and the snow is not wet, I will use my Ego snow blower.  I use two 7.5 ah batteries.  I have a long sloping three car garage driveway.  I am lucky that I have a choice of snow blowers for different conditions.  Good luck!
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When the snow is taller than the mouth of the blower, you are going to have a tough time.  Just like mowing 8 inch tall grass.  Just too much input for the machine to process and expel efficiently.

And 2- 3 feet would make the Ego blower look like a submarine with its periscope barely breaking the surface.

I am in the western suburbs of Chicago and had great results with the 6" or so of snow and the 8-12" the snow plow left for me at the end of the driveway. 

I have not used and spray and only have occasional and temporary sticking issue - generally when I over load the machine with wet icy stuff the city plow leaves piled up.
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make sense.  spraying the chute and auger with pam seemed to help.    if I really want to get right down to the asphalt, I do have to tip up the blower and push, but luckily it's so light it's no big deal. 
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yep - a slight tip forward cleans right down to the pavement.
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I would think two feet would be a challenge for almost any snow blower. Even with my gas two-stage, I found I needed to get out there "in the storm" and stay ahead of the game. I would think the simple fact that this is a single stage snow blower...I'm not sure I expect it to do well in any snow amount above 10 inches.
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Buy a Cub Cadet HD 3 stage blower...lol  See below video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNsI4GVbQYo
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I could shovel that with my bear hands!  Just need a couple weeks...
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That 3 stage blower is a BEAST.  The wife on the hand, didn't like the initial "start-up" fragrance of a fine machine ... :-)
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Interesting video of the 3 stage snowblower. I was enjoying him having to pull 3 times to get it started and her "it stinks" comment. Neither a concern with the EGO, but then again, looks like EGO can't handle that much snow.
A question, for those using one that leaves that 1/4" to 1/2" on the ground, how do you clean that up? Or do you just leave it? (Ok, 2 questions. LOL) Oh, I know. Get out the EGO to do the cleanup!
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I have a climate control garage and it usually only takes one pull to start the Cub Cadet up.  It also has an electric start too.  My wife stays in the house when I use the gasoline blower.  Also, The Cub Cadet doesn't leave 1/4 to 1/2 inch of snow on the ground, if you adjust the skid plate to the right position.  It goes through ice, heavy and wet snow like it was just fluffy snow.  When we get a normal snow fall, I just drop the two 7.5 ah batteries into our Ego snow blower and let it do its thing.
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If chewing through large snowfalls like that in one pass are a requirement, there’s absolutely no doubt about the need for a large powerful machine. Right now that’s an exclusively gas powered class of machine.
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I am pleasantly surprised how well the EGO does do for the end of the driveway after snowplow snow (as long as it doesn't contain ice chunks). Probably about as good as my gas two-stage. 
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Very true... large chunks of ice are the Ego’s kryptonite. Rubber paddles have their limitations!