self propelled snowblower option...

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I read a few posts here requesting Ego to release a self propelled snowblower.  Hopefully the requests were considered. 
Has anyone heard if this may be happening any time soon?
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Posted 6 months ago

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I love the Ego snowblower, and it has not let me down yet in two winters.  That said, record snowfall in MN this Feb has left me wishing for a more powerful self-propelled option.  I would blow out the whole neighborhood if I could.  I currently run two 7.5ah batteries, which is decent for normal snow, but there are times when I'd love to have about twice the power and battery, and not have to push.  I would be willing to pay for a more extreme version of this that could actually do better than a 2-stage gas blower.  Snow Joe has one, but their battery size is limited, so I can't image it's much more effective than the Ego.  I would love to see Ego take on self-propelled and really do it right.  Please build me the Tesla 'ludicrous' of snowblowers :).  I will pay for it.
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Bryan, I'd be good either way. Originally had two stage in mind, but I actually enjoy the single stage more than I thought I would, so I think that would be ok. It does bog like crazy going through previously plowed snow (as would a gas 1-stage). I would expect it to be much heavier because it would need some traction weight. Not necessarily a ton though, with proper pneumatic tires. My back of napkin battery requirements say I would need about eight 7.5ah batteries, so there's some weight! Seriously I think it could get by with 4 batteries, or maybe an upsized AH version. Is that possible in current slots?

I think big commercial battery electric everything will be the next wave. I have a friend who plows with a Polaris Ranger EV. A battery snowblower attachment on that would be amazing. Would require big power though.
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I had the Snow Joe two-stage for a season. Although it was self-propelled...it was slow and still required a lot manual heavy pushing at the end of the driveway. Although the EGO has the limitations of a single-stage and isn't self-propelled...I like the fact that it's actually quicker to push than the Snow Joe. I think a EGO two-stage self-propelled could be done with 4 batteries...but EGO would need to find a way for the self-propelled to be speedy unlike the slow Snow Joe.

 
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Thanks for the comment on Snow Joe. I was wondering about that too. I agree that a slow self-propel is no fun. I just came in from blowing out the buried fire hydrant in front of my house, and I stand by my previous thoughts that we need self propelled! I'm fairly strong, but just didn't have the leverage I needed to push uphill into the pile.

Maybe instead of using more weight as a ballast, a snow-cat or tank-track style propulsion system would be good. I do love that I can carry this up onto the deck and blow that off too. Never would even think of that with the gasser.

Also the squeaky plastic wheels are one of the more annoying things about this. Anyone found a fix to that? I'll try some WD40 tomorrow.
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I havent found anything long term, but the constant squeeling is really getting ild.
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I put some axle/bearing grease on mine last winter and haven't heard a peep out of them since.