Self Propelled Snow Blower

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I'm sure a lot of us would like a self-propelled snow blower.   I would like to do away with my gas snowblower, but I'm a 68 year old female and I absolutely need the self-propelled for the steep little hill on my driveway.   Also, it helps to get through what the street plows leave at the end of my driveway.   Will wait for self-propelled.  Please make one soon.   Love EGO products, but why didn't you release a self-propelled snow blower to start with.
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I agree. No need to start out little anymore. Any new release better compete with the best of the best in my opinion. Sure the ego snow blower is cool and does actually kick butt. But why not make a final first release instead of this start from the beginning process. In my opinion it's just a copy of the other single stage blowers on the market.
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Except with “Peak Power” tecnology.

“Power Beyond Belief”. :-)
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1) Less design time thus Quicker to market
2) Lower cost thus larger market
3) Already using two 7.5 batteries - not sure where you are going to get SP power from without diminishing run time.
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I am sure it is coming. It's just matter of time.
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On a similar thread recently the response was there was nothing on deck. I am glad to see this thread is at least classed "under consideration."
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The mower has it? My blower last year came with two 5 amps, so there is already headroom for sp like the mower. It was a dumb decision to go for the low hanging cheap fruit. without being able to add a SP Ego, they are losing our second purchase to the other company that makes one. Not happy about it though. Like the op , I'm older, smaller, and frankly too lightweight to provide the needed force to push it both up hill and through snow. I need a tool that will let me blow the whole drive if I don't have help. It just seems Ego is so focused on trying to convince guys it has the same capabilities as their boy toys, they are completely missing the natural wide open market for their products : women who want or need to do yard work themselves, but don't understand, or hate the hassle, weight, and mess of combustion engines. We have replaced both our 48" riding mower and our plow service with ego machines and haven't looked back. I hate I now will have another, incompatible charger set taking up space.
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I think there is a need/market for self propelled but the non-self propelled paddle model fits my needs.

Years ago I had a Toro curved paddle blower. I had it for 11 years and then decided to purchase a two-stage self propelled Craftsman with electric start. I didn't like it. Can't pick it up and move it to places my Toro would go. Had to move my miter saw out of my garage/shop to store it during the winter. Actually think the single stage moved wet snow better than the two stage. Just sold the Craftsman this weekend and ready to try out my new EGO.

Mike
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Good point
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Neither light/small nor heavier/larger/self-propelled is perfect. There is a web video of someone blowing downhill to the street, then pulling the blower back to the top.  He walks very quickly downhill - likely faster than any self-propelled unit.  And the unit is light enough to pull uphill without blowing.  That's a nice tradeoff, and the overall time spent blowing may not be much different than with the large self-propelled blower that's hard to maneuver.  Plus you still have light/small for the non-driveway tasks.

Having hard snow to push into or to scrape off is the big challenge, but some changes may help overcome that.  And many snow removal sessions don't have those issues if you stay on top of it to avoid them.  Staying light/small increases ease of use and battery life.
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Oh, I wasn't being sarcastic.  Please don't take it that way.   Throwing around ideas is how to get things developed and done.    Thanks.
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Oh, Joanne, you didn't come off sarcastic at all, I probably did, grin. Yes! Turn assist would be a dream come true, but yeah, that might be asking a bit much at this price point, although I would be willing to pay the up-charge for the gain in safety. And up here in the great white north, 3 months counts as a non-winter. we've been known to have more snow blowing days than lawn mowing days, lol. Hawaii sounds divine.
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Oops, I was referring to Prairiedog, not Joanne.
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Aye, nothing is impossible, and when all else fails, build it yourself.  You'll need to know your way around brushless motors and motor controllers, electric circuits a small bit and where to buy and craft parts, but building your own snowblower can be done.

Knowing EGO as I do, I would not be one bit surprised if they come out with a self-propelled snow blower sooner or later.  SCDC's famous want for an edger didn't get satisfied for a few years, then finally they come out with one and though I never saw him be happy as a clam over that on this forum, I'll bet he was.
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Aye, nothing is impossible, and when all else fails, build it yourself.  You'll need to know your way around brushless motors and motor controllers, electric circuits a small bit and where to buy and craft parts, but building your own snowblower can be done.

Knowing EGO as I do, I would not be one bit surprised if they come out with a self-propelled snow blower sooner or later.  SCDC's famous want for an edger didn't get satisfied for a few years, then finally they come out with one and though I never saw him be happy as a clam over that on this forum, I'll bet he was.
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Joanne,
I am 75 years old, and can relate.  I purchased my Ego Snow Blower in Dec 2015 after an 8" snow storm, in consideration for my years.  Today, 17 Jan 2018, we finally got snow in the Piedmont of North Carolina, and I was able to use my snow blower for the first time.  (It turned 2 days of shoveling into 2 sessions of 45 minutes each, so I am happy, but . . . ) 

The speed lever on the snow blower is just like the one on my self-propelled 21" Ego mower, so I'm thinking the blower is self-propelled, but no.  Even though our 7" snow was light and fluffy, I had a heck of a time pushing the blower up my long driveway, especially on the first run.  I came to the Ego web site in search of a self-propelled blower, but was disappointed.  Then I saw your post.  Thanks for starting the thread.  I hope Ego releases a self-propelled snow blower before I croake.  Fingers crossed!
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Keeping my fingers crossed too!   We both had the same storm.   Got 9 inches here in Hudson Valley, New York.   I would never have been able to push a snowblower through it.  Hope EGO comes out with one soon.     Hey Ego, I'd be glad to your elderly female tester for your self-propelled snowblower when you develope it.   :-)
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I RRRRREALLY RRRREALY hope they're working on a monster brushless motor 2 to 3 battery Self Propelled 2 Stage. I've been using their single stage here in Minnesota since last year, and it mostly has it's uses, 12-15" snow isn't one. I knew that buying it. But we haven't had a bad winter here in a while.

Some spots I had to blow were up to 24". Again I know that isn't what this was built for. I got the job done repeatedly ramming it into the snow, I'm feeling it today!

I have no problem maintaining gas but don't want to. So please EGO we need a SP monster brushless 2 stage snow blower!
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yea single stage blowers just aren't made for 20" but can still be useful.  I remember as a kid using our single stage Toro (last time I used a snow blower until this year).
When I would get to the big drifts or area where the plow left its gift, I would take a shovel and knock down the pile to create a manageable height of snow.  Blow that off the driveway and repeat on the next section of deep snow.  I took some time, but was still better than shoveling in full and worked a lot better than ramming the snow blower with a 12" tall mouth into a 20" deep pile of snow.
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I did some of that too. Took forever
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Ramming into deeper snow  is exactly to way I do it. This is how I did it with my old Toro 2 cycle, single stage snow blower; that was twenty years old when I decided to replace it with the Ego. One advantage of the Toro was that if the snow depth was less than the intake (about 12") it would somewhat self propel, because the rubber paddles directly touched the ground. The ego has a plastic shovel scoop that the  paddles reside in so it has no self propel assistance at all. I have an Ariens 2 stage 20" with the electric start Tecumseh  5hp snow king engine, very reliable; this I use for the deeper amounts of 8"+  and at the base of the driveway from the snowplow . I also generally use the  Ariens to clear out around the fire hydrant out front too. The good thing about about the Ego is that my wife can use it easily, whereas the Toro had a recoil pull start, which she had difficulty sometimes starting; she could never start the Arians with the recoil start and has difficulty with the electric start because of the choke and throttle requirements. It would be nice if Ego did come out with a self propelled 2 stage, so my wife can snow blow easier. 

Ohh, we live in a suburb of St Paul MN; so much snow is a given.  
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I found that Snow Joe has a self-propelled snow blower.   I have no experience with Snow Joe.   Here's the URL so you can take a look.    https://www.snowjoe.com/products/snow-joe-ion8024-xrp-cordless-two-stage-snow-blower-24-inch-80-volt...
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Second, third, 20th! This has to be done. In mn too, and I could not manage more than 2 trips up and down our 200 ft driveway in our 10 inches of fairly compact snow here with higher drifts before I cried uncle. bad when the shovel is easier and faster. The machine was willing, but the body was too weak to push it.
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I'm in St Paul MN. Got over 14". I did my driveway about 2 cars wide 2 deep, 120ft of sidewalk, recharged batteries, did the neighbors 4 carling driveway and some more sidewalk. I am feeling tired today and looking at gas 2 stages haha.
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Erik - if EGO were to design the single stage to let the paddles make contact with the pavement like the single stage gas models this would drastically aid in pulling the machine forward. Just wondering would this make the battery life unacceptable?
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I have no idea, I would assume the resistance would put higher load on it causing more battery drain but that's just a guess. This thing is fine for snow falls under the height of the opening, as stated less then 11 or 10 inches or something like that.

It's been good for almost all snow falls in the 2 winters I've had it now until yesterday. I hope they heard us and are working on something for bigger snowfalls.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled snow blower - single stage , self-propelled.

Keeping the lighter weight and smaller size of a single-stage blower would be great if possible.  Maybe these adjustments would work. I would be fun to try.
  1. make the auger height adjustable
    Keep it high to preserve battery when self-propel not needed (lighter snow, flatter surface). Lower it near surface when self-propel needed. Maybe the auger doesn't need to exactly contact the surface to do some propelling. Keep the scraper to clean the surface.

    Gas single stage blowers with auger contacting pavement tend to vibrate a lot. With adjustability, the user can choose the best setting for the conditions.  

  2. eliminate frontal surfaces inside and outside the auger cavity that push snow
    The frontal areas inside the cavity like at the lights and below, plus the auger bearing bulges, might be pushing snow which will resist forward motion. Two-stage blowers usually have a curved cavity with no frontal surfaces, so the cavity doesn't push snow unless the snow gets to the back of the cavity.

    The drive side of the cavity has a belt and sprockets that make frontal space. Thin-as-possible dimensions on these could help? Putting this frontal space inside the cavity but after the auger has broken up the snow would help, but I'm not seeing a way to do that. Driving the auger from the middle instead of the side would eliminate this issue, maybe driving from the top of the cavity so something is not in the path of snow going into the chute. I don't know if you can drive this way as efficiently as belt-and-sprocket.

  3. The combination of these and other's ideas might might do the job: a V-shaped scraper to avoid jolts from surface joints, scraper redesign to prevent it from digging in and resisting in stiff snow conditions, and something (shoes?) to set scraper height.
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I have a 200 foot long sloped driveway that gets plenty of drifting (hard crusty snow).  We have had plenty of storms that have delivered around 20" of snow lately, and one storm of 36".  I need to buy a new two stage self propelled snow blower.  If Ego is within a year of delivering, I might be able to wait, but if not, I will need to buy another brand this fall.
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I also have  about a 200 foot driveway, paved but very steep, no way I could pull up a snow blower after I got down, I would peobably fall on my butt and break a wrist. I bought a EGO lawn mower about 1 1/2 year later they came out with a self propelled. So now I have two sitting in the shefd, the SP and older no SP. I dont want to do the same with the snow blower.
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I also posted a request for a self-propelled snow blower about a year to 2 ago. I am 75 years old now and am still hopeful we will get a SP blower before I croak. My driveway is 225 feet long at a 6% grade. It takes a lot of time and effort to get from the bottom to the road above. After that, the run down is much easier. After those 2 tracks are cleaned off, I pull the blower back up to the road using the cleaned tracks. Working on the down-slope, using gravity to good effect, I find it manageable. Unfortunately, the back, north-facing tarmac (2,482 sq.ft) in front of the 16'-wide garage door is relatively flat, so no gravity-effect to help. Cleaning the driveway is of no use without a clean tarmac, as I need it to get to the driveway.  I look forward to purchasing EGO's new self-propelled snow blower. SOON ! ! !
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EGO are you out there.   I'm still willing to be your elderly female (now almost 69) to test out that self-propelled snowblower.   Hopefully it's now being developed and not just lurking on the "Under Consideration" list.   Bring it on - we're ready!
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Yeah, I am thinking it ain't gonna happen. the call for an SP has been out for nearly two years now. Since they already have both technologies, a blower and SP, it shouldn't take this long to Frankenstein them together. All they have to do is design a blower chassis that can accomodate attaching the mower drive train to the snowblower wheels. If the fear is SP takes too much power, geeze, just sell it with extra batteries, I'd pay. Most of us have spares anyway from all our toys.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Disappointed snowblower isn’t self propelled.

I sold my self propelled 24” gas 2 stage snowblower which I had only used once. Was a fabulous piece of equipment but too heavy for me to operate. I was elated to find the EGO. Ticks all the boxes, great reviews, interchangeable battery with the chainsaw I’ve been eyeballing as well and then... I noticed it’s NOT self propelled. I’ve had multiple back surgeries and finally figured out I can’t shovel or push any more, not that I mind. Pushing a snowblower sort of defeats the purpose IMO though I well imagine it certainly makes the task easier. So, I see EGO has a SP version “under consideration”. Any insight as to when there may be a release? This season yet or should I proceed and purchase a competitors products?
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I am sorry you guys, I must be senile and dreamed that I had an Ego snow blower.  There are different types of snow to remove and wet/heavy snow is the hardest because it will stick in the chute of the snow blower.   Because of my background as a retired Los Angeles Police Detective, I am a little cynical when people make claims that don't make much sense.  I guess you guys didn't read the buyer's guide that I posted.  The Ego has a lot of torque, but a single stage snow blower does not create enough acceleration to push wet, heavy snow out through the chute.  It uses paddles and not augers.  The Ego will work in most situations, but when I read people saying it can handle heavy/wet snow, I have to say something.   But I won't say anything more about the subject and everyone can go out and buy an Ego.  Don't need to reply, I stated my opinion and by the way, you guys would make great salesmen for Ego.....lol. 
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I’ve had to spray lubricant on my chute quite a few times to try to keep it from clogging I. Heavy/wet snow. Sometimes it works ok, sometimes not.
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Thanks Bill.  Single stage would never do it here in the Northeast.   As I said in my one post, my Snapper keeps going when my neighbors have trouble.   I'm certainly not going to switch to anything that won't handle the snow now.   I'm far too old to have to shovel if it didn't work.
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Bill, I think you misinterpreted me. I never claimed that EGO does well with wet snow...I just argue that most snow blowers in general have a difficult time with wet snow. I do think the EGO can do well with heavy snow (I disagree with your guide here) and maybe we have a different definition of heavy snow (I'm a former meteorologist). The definition of heavy snow has nothing to do with wetness (or oddly weight for that matter)...but snow amount of usually 6 inches or more.  This is where I think the EGO (and most single stage snow blowers) can do well as long as the height of the snow doesn't surpass the auger housing.

In general though, I am a little disappointed in how weak the snow chute is on the EGO. While, I like the handle on the chute I think the chute could have been made a little stronger.
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Anybody reading this thread that is considering buying the Snow Joe, my experience with Snow Joe’s Self-Propelled 80V Cordless Snow Blower (iON24SB) wasn't entirely positive. While it has what we're looking for (self-propelled, two-stage) it has a lot of caveats that goes with those features. Bottom line, while I give Snow Joe a lot of credit for trying...I'm glad I now have an EGO snow blower in my garage. I wouldn't recommend the Snow Joe at this time. Hopefully not breaking any forum rules here, but I wrote about my experience with the Snow Joe on one of my blogs: https://poweredbybattery.com/2018/11/28/my-first-battery-powered-snow-blower-was-a-snow-joe-two-stag...
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Thanks for the info.   Good to know.
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Hi Bryan - it's two stage.   

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