Snow Blower - How much snow can you blow?

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After reading/ watching lots of reviews, I'm not sure if I have a defective blower and/or batteries. People posting vids finishing similar or larger driveways with 4-6inches of similar snow were able to finish and throw their snow a lot further.

We had about 8in of wet heavy snow and I was able to finish about 3/4 of our driveway - 2 cars wide, 2 cars long. At the end of the driveway, it was fairly slushy. Got about 20mins before the batteries needed to be recharged. They were both fully charged.

The unit's brand new (just got it on Sunday, 2 days ago) and it's the first time I'm using it. Date code is Aug 2016 on the batteries and the blower.

Another thing is - while going slow - it wouldn't shoot out much further than 4-5ft for the most part. I tried blowing through 1/2 to <1/2 the width of the blower per pass with slightly better results - anywhere from 10-20ft.

Anyone else experiencing similar performance? Wanted to check in and see if it was the load I was putting on it or something else.

Here are some pics of what I was able to finish with the (2) 5A batteries.

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Jimmy-Mine lasts a bit longer, maybe 30 min on 2 5amp. I had about the same today in terms of snow and was able to get a larger driveway than yours done. That being said, the performance is crazy variable depending on the snow type. Some days it eats through the stuff, others not and you get the 5 foot throws. I imagine your machine is fine, just had to work hard. For me, like with the mower, I have figured out many of the quirks. Once that is done, the performance gets much better. My property is hilly and I have discovered, for example, this machine loves downhill to the point of me sometimes not doing the reverse sweep. I just drag it back up and then it totally clears a full swath. 
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Thanks Keenan, I had to go out 4 times to finish up the driveway, sidewalk, walkways to the house and patio. Helped out some neighbors, too. This stuff was dense. I agree, the performance is marginal compared to what you're getting, so I won't worry. Got the mower kit, too, so the battery from that kit gave me a little more time. Looking forward to using the mower soon. I like the reverse-pull up the hill tip ;)
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We're located in SE Pennsylvania, and just had that Noreaster come through a few days ago. Dropped about 5.5" of heavy, wet snow. There's a definite learning curve. My first time I was trying to plow through and killed the batteries really quick. The second time I tried a new technique and it not only threw snow further, cleaned better, but saved my batteries. At this point I have two 5.0AH batteries, not sure if I need to spend the $400 on a 7.5AH. Here's my technique:

1. Make an initial path, skimming the snow repeatedly until you have one clear path.
2. Work outwork from the edge of that path, only filling half the impeller with snow. It *will* kick some snow into the clean areas but keeps the RPMs more consistent.
3. The more you try to change the course of the snow out the chute, the shorter the machine will throw it. It was best if I almost had the chute at it's most vertical position, not fully going left or right.

Good luck. It really is a great product.

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Sounds like a good plan, Jimmy!

If you're looking to get another 5Ah battery be sure to check out the kit options that include it; the backpack blower, the 16" chainsaw, 575 cfm handheld blower, and maybe the new powerhead multi-tool. The battery is expensive on its own, so if one of those tools is on your wish list it might make sense to treat yourself! ;-)
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Forgot... there's even a 5Ah kit version of the string trimmer as well.
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Multi-tool, eh? :)

I don't see it on the US site but found it on the European site. I'll have to keep my eye out for the US announcement.

Thanks!
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Jimmy, the multi-tools will not be available until April.  Jennifer will make the formal announcement to this forum, when it is officially ready for purchase.  I look forward to putting this new tools to the test ... :-)
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Nice, thanks for the insight. Same here ;)