Snow Blower 21" - The design of the bottom scraper is horrible, it snags
on every tiny crack, every bit of packed snow, plus the corners have horrible
"guides" that catch on grass along the driveway edge. This
makes using this machine extremely frustrating, I was ready to send it right
back where it came from. My cheap plastic bottom scraper was pretty much
destroyed after only 1 day's use. EVERY snowblower I have ever owned has
adjustable skid plates on the front bottom corners, allowing the user to adjust
the bottom clearance. I took one look at the design of this machine, and
realized I could easily and cheaply remedy this issue, I built my own
adjustable skid plates. I took some 3/8" thick plastic pieces I had
lying around, cut to size, drilled slotted holes to make adjustable, used
existing screw holes on one side with longer screws, and drilled holes through
frame on other side and mounted with stainless screws. I adjusted the
plastic pieces so that the lower scraper didn't get caught on cracks, yet was
still very close to the asphalt, and the OEM edge guides didn't catch on
everything. Now that I have fixed it, it works like a charm, glides
easily over cracks and any roughness in the surface I am clearing of
snow. Still gets plenty close enough to the asphalt, without jamming on
every tiny obstacle. The design of the machine is obviously to get very
close to your driveway surface to remove ALL the snow, but it works TOO GOOD.
The design of the scraper bar actually makes it suck down towards the driveway,
assuring it will get stuck on everything. Since my scraper was already
damaged after the 1st use, I figured I had nothing to lose by modifying it, so
I took the sharp edge designed to suck it down, and rounded the edge off with a
Dremel tool. Voila, another problem solved, it doesn't suck down any
more. I have to imagine that if you used this machine as designed on a
pristine driveway with no cracks, no packed snow, no obstructions whatsoever,
it would work great. But that's not the real world snowblowers are used
Next, the wheels are thin and flimsy, pure junk. I'm sure they won't last one season.
I also find the adjustable deflector at the top of the discharge chute to be flimsy and poorly designed. It just feels cheap, is clumsy to operate, and the notches that hold it in place jam up with frozen snow/ice, making it even more frustrating - again, just a poor design.
Finally, the battery lid won't stay open unless you hold it open, meaning you have to insert a heavy battery with one hand while you hold the lid open with your other hand. Incredulously, this would have been prevented if the lid was designed to open even just 1/8" more to allow gravity to hold it open. Did the engineers actually ever USE this thing? If so, they would have certainly changed this design.
There are SO many good things about this machine, it's a shame these big negatives exist.