How does the snow blower compare to something like the Ariens 24 compact?

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I know its still early days but I have recently acquired some EGO products for the lawn and am considering the EGO snow blower. I haven't seen any demonstration of the EGO handling really deep snow that's more than a foot. I want a snow blower that can handle tough winters in Boston and I don't know anyone around here that has an electric/batter-operated snow blower. I bought a SnowJoe electric for around 100 bucks last year and it didn't cut it even for the relatively mild winter. Although I am very impressed with the power of the EGO lawn mower and the other lawn products, I am not quite convinced if the snow blower can handle deep heavy snow. My driveway is two car-lengths and 1.5 car width. 

Is EGO planning on a 2017 version that is beefier? Will it stand up to something like that the Ariens 24?

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This is the only video I could find, but I am not sure how well the EGO would do if it started with heavy snow vs going half way on an edge that is already done. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ap36BOON2_0
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Well, I'd say that's about the best comparison you're likely to get!  He's using it against a 24" Ariens in 14" of snow.  Well, I'm not sure it's quite 14" by the look of it, but that's the claim.

If you notice, he's taking about a half pass with the Ariens, so maybe 10-12", and only about a third of a pass with the Ego, so maybe 6-7".  With that in mind a large driveway would take a little longer to clear, though the Ego wasn't struggling at all so it likely could have handled a bit deeper cut.

I'd still bet the Ariens would have the advantage in the plow pile at the end of the driveway, especially if it sat for a while before getting cleared, but the Ego looks so much easier to handle that the benefits might balance out any drawbacks?  Dunno.

I too have a crappy Snojoe plug-in and find that for my small 15 x 40 driveway it's adequate, but only just.  I'm positive the Ego would blow the Snojoe right into the neighbor's yard.
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Thanks for the reply. I don't like incremental upgrades which is why I was considering the Ariens because I know it can handle the snow here comfortably. So I am not sure if the EGO would be an incremental upgrade. The primary back-breaker last winter was the city's street snow pushers that left a mountain of snow at the end of our driveway and then it rained some on top of that. I already have a bad back.

I would love to avoid gas-powered anything. Never used one and never want to. I hope EGO comes out with a snow beast this year. 
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If they follow the same upgrade path as the lawn mowers, it'll be another year at least before we see a new model of snowblower.

I hear ya... I've got a bad back too and as much as I dislike that Snojoe it sure does save a LOT of shoveling.  I'm in Ottawa, Ontario.  We don't get as much snow as Boston, but enough that you definitely get my sympathy! :-)
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That video was pretty nice. Thanks for sharing
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That video is a great comparison. However, in your quest to handle the end of driveway after a rain, I don't know if it is really fair to compare the Ego to the Aries monster. I will stipulate that I now live in Tampa and have not used any of the actual products mentioned, but at 15 I had 5 neighbors for whom I had to blow their driveways with our gas powered blower (over 30 years ago with a blower whose chute no longer would change directions)@. IMHO the self propelled aspect would be critical in the heavier snow, especially after a rain or decent melt and freeze. I don't doubt the Ego would handle fresh snow with relative ease, the challenge will be when the snow is a bit wet. This video shows it's use on more wet snow: https://youtu.be/UcgRRF7xB5U You will notice the blower is fine but he is pushing to get it through (4:05 mark).

I do miss the snow. But not the shovel.
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