rust on the bottom of metal housing...

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After using my snowblower a couple of times, I noticed rusting on the bottom of the housing... and rusty spots on garage floor.  I contacted Ego and they are sending me a brand new replacement stating that this is due to defect in power-coating the metal housing.
I noticed that someone posted something similar about a year ago:
https://community.egopowerplus.com/ego/topics/snowblower-maintenance-after-2-seasons-need-recommenda...
https://imgur.com/WwDHcbE

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?
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I think any time you put a piece of steel in a wet salty environment, rust is the inevitable result if the coating on the metal is damaged.

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!
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No rusting on mine because I throughly clean, dry and spray moving parts plus chute with spray silicone before storing in my garage that doesn't get below 45°.
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I brush the snow off my snow blower with a whisk broom, including tilting it back to clear the snow out from around the paddles, then store the snow blower on a big plastic tray that's designed to go under a pet kennel. I picked the tray up at Mill's Fleet Farm for about $20. The tray keeps whatever melt water there is contained, and it evaporates quickly. I haven't had any problems with rust.

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...
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A great idea and thanks for sharing Ken.  Right now, I use my 575 CFM to blow off the snow once done, and park it inside my garage on the concrete floor.  Nothing fancy but I guess I should consider the big plastic tray ... :-)
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Ha, we just had our snowiest January on record!
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Funny, just looked it up, our record January was 97cm (38”) of snow. Doesn’t seem like much of a record... ? It did seem like I had to clear the driveway a lot, but there weren’t many large snowfalls. Mainly 3-6” accumulations I think.
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It's called Old Age Blue ... :-)

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Its called the news reporting every flake of snow as on coming Armageddon.  Makes you feel like things have never been worse. 
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AGREED!!!  It seems every time I look at my weather app there's a bright red banner reporting a "Special Weather Statement".  CAUTION: SNOW EXPECTED TOMORROW.

Translation: It's January in Ottawa, in case you forgot.  Just more clickbait to sell advertising.  Freaking nonsense!
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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:

https://community.egopowerplus.com/ego/topics/scraper-adjustment-on-snow-blower

https://community.egopowerplus.com/ego/topics/so-many-design-problems

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? 

















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This is my first season with the ego snow blower, but we've been getting snow about twice a week for the past month and a half.

I turned my blower over Sunday to inspect it after having to clear layers of dry snow, wet snow, slush and chunks of ice. My driveway and sidewalks are concrete, not asphalt, and the driveway is rough and has plenty of cracks (poured in the 1950s).

The scraper bar has a few minor dings and that's it. It should last me another year or two easily. And there are no scratches in the powder coating on the steel, much less rust.
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Being in Winston-Salem, NC, we get maybe 1 snow per season and usually not over 4-6", but had an unprecedented 10-15" earlier this year. It handled without any issues with no noticable wear anywhere. I cleaned, dried and sprayed moving parts with silicone before storing in my warm garage. No rust period.
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I will suggest that perhaps your driveway has an unusually rough finish? Is it a smooth or textured finish? If textured, any wear surface on any snow blower will likely not last long, even metal skids.

Replacing the scraper might be just a fact of life on your driveway. You’ll definitely want to keep an eye on it and replace it before the metal housing starts contacting the concrete, or this scenario will repeat. :-)
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The scraped up metal worries me, too, even where the metal has curved away from where it would be rubbing the ground. I haven't seen anything like that on mine.
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Elsina4, I go throug atleast 1 scraper bar a season on asphault and concrete. I left a 1 star review with Ego on it and they said to call them.

I talked to someone at EGO, They said they have complaints about scraper bar wear and are looking at changing it or possibly using a different material. I put a new scraper bar on this winter. 12 uses in and it needs to be replaced pretty soon.