I noticed that someone posted something similar about a year ago:
Do you think this rusting can be prevented by having the snowblower rest on some kind of mat that wicks moisture from it after being used?
Rust along the leading edge of the snowblower will not affect its performance, it will be more just a cosmetic concern. I am quite surprised Ego is replacing it!
This is the tray I use: https://www.amazon.com/Replacement-Pan-Long-MidWest-Crate/dp/B005OD0AOY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1...
So I received a replacement snowblower from Ego and compared
original and new one.
I first thought that the reason of rusting of metal housing is not really what I was told by Ego, i.e. problem with power-coating on my unit, but an actual design flaw in the "original" scraper bar. You can see that the scraper bar on the new unit lifts the bottom part of the blower to be about 1/2" off the floor. However, it now seems to me that the design flaw is actually in the durability of the scraper bar as it worn out after a 3 uses (my driveway is only about 1200 sq ft). Scraper bar worn out to the point that the bottom part of the metal housing was now even with the surface being cleaned and scraped the hell out of it... I do have a brand new concrete driveway (poured last summer) and was noticing markings on it... evidently from the metal housing scraping it.
This means that if I keep the Ego unit, I will have to replace the scraper bar 2-3 times a season, unless i do not care about scraping the concrete. That really does not make sense...
See attached pictures
After doing more searching here, I realized that many people were complaining of the scraper bars getting worn out a few times a snow season. Some were suggesting poly skid shoes with post dating 2+ years back. I thought EGO employees are monitoring these forums and, this being it only and “flagship” snow blower, they would improve on things...
Here are the links I found:
If I decide to return original snow blower to Home Depot and
send back the replacement one to EGO, I am kind of SOL as it has been 93 days
(HD mentioned that I can return the unit within 90 days of purchasing).
What do you guys think?