Rubber Paddles on Ego Snow blower

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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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Single stage paddles typically make contact with the pavement. The EGO does not,  the paddles do not extend far enough to make contact with the pavement.    With any single stage snow blower, the paddles will not damage or mar the pavement but it does put wear and tear the rubber paddles.  those are replaceable items. 

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In my opinion,  you will need to push the snowblower (like a shovel), there will be no forward momentum or motion assist that you would have with a typical single stage blower.  This would not be an issue in light snow or dry snow without much moisture.   It could be an issue with deeper wet snow.   If you can remove the snow with a shovel then the EGO should work great!
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Also, where did you hear/read that the EGO's paddle dont make contact?  Just curious.  Thanks.
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Someone posted pictures in another thread. There is a small clearance between the ground and the paddles.

I used a SnoJoe corded blower last year that also does not have contact between the paddles and the ground. In my experience, once the blower is moving it is pulling the snow rearward as it moves along, which does provide some forward aid, but is not really propelled. I found the unit pretty easy to push through the snow, especially when it was only a few inches deep. In the thicker stuff it had to be pushed a bit, but I always felt it was MUCH easier to do than shoveling.

The Ego will likely be similar (I would think), but with much more power to help in the thicker/heavier stuff. That should make it an easier machine to operate overall. Just my speculation as I haven't used one yet.
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I took this picture at the local HD,  as you can see, the paddle never goes below the frame

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