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I have the snow blower I bought last year. Works well except it can be hard to push. The plastic base seems to scrape the ground very closely making it hard to push, I think. Is there and adjustment?
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I do not think there is any adjustment for the scaper bar other than it will wear down with use.  It is intended to clean down to the surface as the paddles do not contact the ground. 

After my first use last night I would have to say the scaper bar works very well along with the rest of the snow blower.
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Perhaps hold the handle at the vertical points. It should direct the pushing force more forward than down on the front.

Are you pretty tall? Just curious cuz it will be more noticeable to taller folks
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I would just like to mention that the paddles are actually suppose to touch the ground. They provide a little bit of forward pull to help the unit along. The bar will wear down and the paddles will eventually touch. You could speed up the process by just pushing or pulling the unit along concrete to wear it down.
This is how my two toro single stage blowers work . I presume egos would work the same.....waiting for a sale to pick up my ego version.
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Thanks for the hints. I did buy a 7” angle grinder today that I needed for a diamond concrete cutting/leveling wheel I bought. Guess I could give it a try at least on the worst spots even though it’s not the right season to be doing this. I should mention again my concrete is not that old but I had them apply what’s called a “California” finish which I’m finding out doesn’t bode well to snow blowing.
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So this style of driveway?
I could see that posing and issue. If it is just the ridges on the outside of edger marks you may want to consider using a metal scraper first. It may be all you need and prevent any accidents with the grinder. my father is a carpenter and we use this style to scrape down the edges. It knocks the high bits of concrete down but probably won’t take a ton off.
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mike -  that's it. My old Toro didn't have trouble with it then I bought a 2-stage self propelled and it would "hiccup" on the ridges but move right through them. 

It's up to 7F right now but think I will try my concrete grinder/leveler on a section of my sidewalk to see if it solves the issue.




UPDATE: With my new Harbor Freight 7" grinder and this wheel it only took about 30 minutes to grind the lips down on about 30 ft. of sidewalk. I pushed the snow blower over it and no catches! Need more snow to give it a workout. (driveway is next but waiting for double digit temps)
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Sweet. Glad that worked out.
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I should mention I paid about $35 for that diamond wheel. I bought it for the sidewalk edges and to level a few spots in my garage. It works great! The HF 7" grinder was about $35. Did my sidewalks and 3 car wide x 3 car long drive in less than an hour.
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I have the same problem with my EGO and the Greenwork snow blower.  Both has the same design with the scrape bar.  I had to push it slowly or vertically to avoid damaging the scrape bar.  It is plastic so it has a lot of wear and tear just from scraping the concrete.  I've only used my EGO blower 6 times after owning it for a year.   I'm afraid I will need a new one soon and I wonder if EGO will send me a replacement part for FREE.  My neigbor's Toro gas single stage machine has no problem at all.  Perahps it's the way its design.  I love electric blower and EGO is great.  That was my only complaint.  I'm also getting abnormal noise coming from the roto blade.  Something I didn't hear from using it last year.  It sounded like it's about to fall apart or something.  Perhaps this machine will last me another 2 years at most. 
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Perhaps it will last 2 years most? Thats a bold statement.

There are 2 bearings on the auger. Does it sound like the noise is coming from there? Otherwise there is an idler on the left side in the belt drive box. Check the parts out.
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The tool is covered by a 5 year warranty, so anything besides the paddles and scraper (wear items) is covered.
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Barry, you are suppose to damage the scapper bar. Its a wear part that requires replacement. The purpose is to get the surface free of snow. I do agree that the EGO scrapper bar wears out too quickly.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Rubber Paddles on Ego Snow blower.

Newbie here.
I heard traction on single stage snowblowers like the Ego is done with the Rubber Paddles comming in contact with the pavement thus providing a small traction.

First question, is that true for the Ego and secondly if it is true and that the rubber paddle touches pavement at a high speed can the friction cause wear or scratches on my beautifull pavement in the long run?

Thanks.
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Mcklain, as far as I can tell the EGO paddles do not touch the pavement. Toro touches the pavement and pulls the snow blower forward.

I think people complain that the EGO is hard to push because some other brands use the paddles for partial propulsion.  Also, the handle is too short for tall people.

I don't think the EGO is too hard to push. Just noticably harder than other brands I have used.
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This is my second year using the snow blower. My paddles don't touch pavement even with a worn scraper bar and the rubber paddles do not help propel it forward at all in my opinion, the only way I cam see the paddles helping is clearing the snow so you can push the machine forward, but they're definitely not pulling this blower forward.
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My scraper bar cracked after using it 3 times.  It must have hit a raised brick on my walk.  Now, I must wait 2 weeks for the new part to be in.  Very frustrating considering I absolutely loved this thing.  Before it broke. 

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