Is it just my slow blower that sucks if the snow is a little wet?

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Is it just my slow blower that sucks if the snow is a little wet? Seems to be find in power snow. In the northeast (CT) we tend to sometimes get snow and ice, this snow blower then becomes useless.
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Yes, performance of EGO snow blower is somewhat diminished in wet snow, but the job still gets done.  It may take a bit longer.
Also, in my case, I am wondering if the circuit board is not working properly by taking advantage of 2 batteries in the bay.  It is supposed to, but on my machine the power does not seem to be that strong.
The power output appears to be similar with one battery or with two batteries working. 
I wish EGO had a service center nearby that could check this sort problem. 
In this respect, I would say that there really is no SERVICE in "customer service".  
How about it EGO???
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Hi Wil, yes, in wet slushy snow snowblowers don’t work nearly as well as they do with firm or powder snow. That’s normal. Even with a snowblower you still need a shovel sometimes.

A trick I use if there’s not much snow is to push it all to the side with a shovel and then use the snowblower on the pile. That way the snowblower is still doing the heavy work.
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Sort of defeats the purpose of buying a snow machine that fails to do the work one expects it to do - especially based on the advertising and the over $1,000.00  price tag in some locations (such as Canada).
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As long as there’s enough depth of snow to keep some momentum through the machine, I’ve never had an issue with the Ego snowblower not being able to function. The only time I have an issue is if there’s not ENOUGH snow, hence my “push it to the side” technique above.

I used it a few days ago to clear the sloppy wet mess from the end of my driveway. It was pretty much slush, but I had no issue moving it even with a low paddle speed to keep from blowing it all over the sidewalk. In these conditions the chute can plug if you don’t keep enough material flowing through the machine, but it’s rare in my experience.

I’m in Ottawa, not too far from where you are Bill.
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Blue Angel,

I have a large three car garage (880 sq. ft, climate control) and a long driveway that goes down hill.  I am 72 years old (in good condition) and find it a lot easier with a self propelled gas 3 stage blower.  We get the snow effect from a Lake Ontario and usually lead the state in inches of snow every winter.  I have used the Ego snow blower for two winters and its too much work and I can still bench press 200 lbs.  We just get too much heavy/wet snow.  For a single stage snow blower, Ego snow blowers are very good and they keep up with their gasoline single stage blower competitors.
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I agree Bill! In your situation with a very large sloped driveway and deep heavy snowfall, a SP two stage blower is the way to go! I was just trying to point out that the Ego snowblower will work well under most conditions, but with that much snow to move a SP snowblower is a must.

For smaller more typical sized driveways I find the Ego works very well. It’s not a big two stage machine, for sure, but I always recommend it as a “very good small snowblower”.

My neighbor across the street was asking about it last year. He’s a smaller guy, roughly 70 yrs old I’d guess, and I told him he could try mine before deciding whether to buy one or not. In my opinion, where it lacks in ultimate clearing power for the plow pile at the end of the driveway, it makes up for with light weight and manoverability for the rest of the job. As long as you’re blowing snow 8-10” deep or less, that is. It’ll do more, but you have to pick away at it and it takes much longer.

He has a 24” two stage gas snowblower and struggles with turning it and pulling it backwards sometimes.
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When I bought the Cub Cadet I made sure it had reverse and power steering.  I guess I am just getting old...lol.
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Well, I NEVER had any issues with my gas powered blowers dealing with New England weather.  Oh well, thanks


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Curious, were they single or two stage blowers?
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I've had both.
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Didn't want to hear this because I live in NC where we get slush and ice with rare powdery snow. Although last Winter had a good fluffy snow; could've used this blower then. I'm tentatively planning on buying one this year, but having reservations now.
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You’ve got 90 days to return it at HD if you’re not satisfied with its performance.
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You've been warned.  I purchased it after reading glowing reviews, I wish someone had provided this information to me.  Again, great for powdered fluffy snow, but good luck if you have wet snow / slush.
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New EGO snow blower owner here. My two-stage gas snow blower never did well wet snow...throwing distance was greatly diminished...so I won't judge this EGO single stage with wet snow harshly. I'm more concerned about how well the EGO will do with wind-packed deep snow and the fact it's now self-propelled. Wil, how is your EGO with "regular snow"? If the performance is poor there too...maybe you need a replacement.
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Per other’s comments, I think you meant “not” self propelled. Darn auto correct! ;-)

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Bryan, are you sure the current EGO Snow Blower is now self propelled? News to me; will be ordering one soon.
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I meant not self propelled. Sorry for the typo!
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Bryan, Did you mean "not self-propelled" instead of what you wrote - "now self-propelled".
I could find nothing in EGO's official product description:
https://egopowerplus.com/snow-blower/

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I meant not self propelled. Sorry for the typo! Wouldn't that have made a great Christmas?
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My Ego throws the slush at the end of the driveway like there is no tomorrow.  Never had a single or two stage do better.
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Me too!
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Same here. Doesn’t throw it far if it’s real wet, but it works in wet snow.
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FYI, ~12" of the most heavy wet snow/slush I have ever seen in my life last night.  If I could push it through (hard at times with shoes slipping and my arms just getting worn out) the Ego could throw it.  There were areas it was throwing straight water slush 15 feet.
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Is my Ego defective if it just pushes the snow and doesn't really thrown it? I bought it last winter and only used it once so it's past the 90 day satisfaction warranty. Can I still take it back?
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I have been using for last two years an Ego Snow Blower with two 7.5ah batteries.  It works fine in powder snow, but not in wet snow.  I live in upstate New York, where we get a lot of wet snow.  This year I bought a Cub Cadet gasoline 26 inch 3 stage snow blower.  Last week we had 12 inches of very wet snow in a period of 8 hours.  I went through that snow with no problems.  No snow got stuck in the chute.  It works a lot better than a two stage snow blower in wet snow.  My friend has an Arien 28 inch gasoline 2 stage snow blower and advised me that he had to clean in chute multiple times.  I have an Ego twin battery self'-propelled lawn mower which does a great job on my grass.  I have many Ego products and they work very well.  Even gasoline 2 stage snow blowers have a tough time in wet snow, so it is understandable why the Ego single staged battery snow blower would not do well in those conditions.
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I'm in WNY and got slammed a couple weeks ago. What I'd say "normal" snow on the driveway was cleared great by the Ego. Nasty wet junk from the plow took a bit of elbow grease, but the Ego was able to clear that too. I've had reasonable luck getting it to throw very wet slush as well. No complaints here.

There seems to be a certain "wetness" of snow where mine tends to plug up however, so perhaps that's where the OP is encountering issues. Super wet is fine, slightly wet is also fine, but somewhere in the middle is bad.
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I feel like there’s a combination of snow “wetness” and auger speed that tends to work under varying conditions. I haven’t had enough time to fully test my theory (I have a small driveway), but I find slower auger speeds seem to work better with some wet snow types.

It may have something to do with the speed at which the snow is being fed into the blower, since maintaining momentum in the snow stream seems to be what makes for successful throwing. Kinda like heavier wetter snow results in us pushing the blower slower, and the resulting “bites” being smaller, and less likely to clear the chute?

Just a theory for now. But I have noticed that wet sloppy snow at low auger speed clears as good or better than when using higher auger speeds.
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I have sprayed silicone waterproofing spray on the auger and chute areas and have no sticking issues.
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Thanks for the tip.
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Blue Angel, that sounds logical; will try that method this weekend when we're getting our first snow forecaster between 3-12 ".
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We're in the midst of the heaviest snowfall in 90 years. This was a timely purchase thanks to many great reviews on this forum. Also some great suggestions on using spray silicone to prevent clogging. This storm is about 1/3 through and currently have between 10-15". Went out on its maiden run; what a beast. Had no problems and blew snow all the way across the street, even had no problems on driven-over snow. Some spots were fluffy and some were wet heavy snow; no problems and never clogged. My blower shipped with 2 5.0 Ah batteries that lasted an hour, then switched to a 5.0 and 7.5 Ah set I already had for other tools to complete the job in another hour. If I was shoveling, it would be at least an 8 hour back-breaking job that would need 2 days of recovery; not even a bit tired. Let's say, I'm thoroughly satisfied and highly reccomend this snow blower, as all EGO tools.
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Congrats on your new EGO snow blower and thanks for sharing - glad to see that it can handle both type of snow in your area.  My first use was in "heavy & wet" snow and it did great for me, so I look forward to testing it out on the next "dry & fluffy" snow - whenever that is ... :-)
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William, winter sucks way less when you own a snowblower! Thanks for your review!
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Someone will always complain about a tools perfomance based on it's price tag (usually people who don't have much experience with tools or manual labor in general =D) A $1000 dollar snow blower will not necessarily do more work than a cheaper model if the cheaper model is overall larger or designed to handle a different kind of work. You can get a big 30 inch 2 stage nowadays for around 1000 bucks, but with ego you are paying not only for the convenience of a gassless oilless machine, but also batteries that are not cheap by any comparison. Overall aside from replacing the scraper bar....mine has been great for the past two years... And Yes... I actually own a 30" ariens monster snow blower for those nightmare snow storms... But more often than less i find myself popping in the batteries and clearing the walk ways with my ego 90% of the time as long as it's less than 10 inches of snow. You cant expect a 16oz hammer to sledge hammers job properly... And vice versa.
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Someone will always complain about a tools perfomance based on it's price tag (usually people who don't have much experience with tools or manual labor in general =D) A $1000 dollar snow blower will not necessarily do more work than a cheaper model if the cheaper model is overall larger or designed to handle a different kind of work. You can get a big 30 inch 2 stage nowadays for around 1000 bucks, but with ego you are paying not only for the convenience of a gassless oilless machine, but also batteries that are not cheap by any comparison. Overall aside from replacing the scraper bar....mine has been great for the past two years... And Yes... I actually own a 30" ariens monster snow blower for those nightmare snow storms... But more often than less i find myself popping in the batteries and clearing the walk ways with my ego 90% of the time as long as it's less than 10 inches of snow. You cant expect a 16oz hammer to sledge hammers job properly... And vice versa.
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Luis,

I agree with you.  I have an Ego snow blower and a heavy duty 26" Cub Cadet 3 stage blower.  Since we live in upstate New York, we get a lot of snow from the lake effect of Lake Ontario.  When we get a lot of heavy snow or wet snow, I use the Cub Cadet.  If we get less than 6 inches of snow and it's not wet , I use the Ego snow blower.  We have a large three car, climate control garage (approx. 865 sq. ft.), so I have a lot of room to store both blowers.  We have a long wide driveway that goes downhill.  Since I am 72 yrs. old, I like the features of the Cadet Cadet that is self-propelled and has reverse and power steering (locks one wheel).  With the Ego, I just have to install two 7.5ah batteries and out I go.  The two best products I have from Ego are the dual battery lawn mower and snow blower.  The both have a lot of power and torque for cordless tools.