Offer a 7.5 Ah battery with hand held blowers

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I'm on the fence with my 580 blower and 5 Ah battery combo. After reading all I could about run time on Full Turbo mode I am disappointed in it's run time. I'm using it in Canada strictly for fresh snow, getting after it the next day before it becomes hard. I'm getting 15-18 min. This is my second blower kit as the first one cratered on me, giving shocks and lost power on regular speed (3 weeks in) I live in the country and had to venture 90 min again to pick up the second one.  I hoped the new one would last longer but no. It would be a great idea to offer a 7.5 Ah with a blower.  I could use another 10 min of blow time. In Canada the 7.5 Ah costs the same as the 580 + 5.0 Ah kit.  It would be nice to have a choice up front.
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18 minutes is exactly what Ego says the blower will run on Boost mode, so I am confused why you are disappointed.
A hand held blower is heavy with a 5.0 battery - I doubt one will ever be offered with a 7.5 battery due to the weight.  That is a custom configuration you would have to create yourself.

Have you tried using the blower with pulses of boost mode rather than constant.  This often gets the job done a greatly extends the run time.

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Keep reading use of these blowers for snow. Isn't that a no-no with battery blowers??
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Ego says do not use while it is snowing (as this greatly increases the risk of snow thru the intake and thus a short) but ok to use on snow when there is not snow in the air.
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Great rule of thumb. It’s easy to blow when there is no snow in the air- until you pull the trigger
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I have been using my Ego snow blowers for the last 3 years to blow snow off my front porch and never had a short.  Obviously, I don't blow toward the wind or when it is still snowing heavily outside.  My porch is covered, so I am not taking much of a chance of having a short. I would not use it in an open space because then I would be pushing my luck. By the way, it works great. 
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I think with some foreword thinking ego could come up with a great product for snow. It all depends on their willingness to listen to and understand consumer needs and issues.
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Thinking it would only require some type of advanced filter housing to cover the intake.
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Hi Sheldon, From Canada as well - been using my 530 cfm with a 2.5 amp battery. I have a lot of concrete on my property and found that with the use of mid settings and engage turbo when required - I have not ran out of power. This January - I have used the blower 6 times and each time with the same results. If you are wanting to go with the 7.5 amp, I would think it will get pretty heavy as you go. For back up - I did purchase another 2.0 amp but I have not had to use it at all. As far as getting shocks - appears that snow is getting into the air intake. We are pushing the blowers as its advertised as a leaf blower and not really meant for snow. 
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Shocks are a result of not being grounded to the leaf blower handle. One typically wears gloves when blowing snow and the static buildup has nowhere to go. There is a grounding strip in the handle of the leaf blowers to dissipate that static but with gloves on it can't dissipate and so the operator gets a static shock.
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