Strongly concerned about EGO's new snowblower wear on first use... [POST YOUR PICS!!]

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So, I took my new snowblower out yesterday during an all-day Michigan snowstorm that resulted in 7-8" total of heavy wet snow.  Did two passes at 2 smaller suburban houses, including driveways, as well as about 175-200 feet of city walk at several neighbor's.  That's it.  No hard ice, no rocks, just plain old concrete sidewalks and driveways (and some street at the foot of the driveway).

My scraper blade is chewed up/chipped pretty badly, but more concerning is the metal sides of the blower - they're all scraped up and gouged!  I can see this rusting/wearing pretty quickly.

I hope EGO gets the scrape blades up on HD.com pretty soon, as I doubt this will last the season let alone the next few months.  I'm also really concerned about the metal being gouged and scraped so badly on the sides.

@EGO: thoughts?

@Everyone else: post your pics of your scrape blades and metal side housing in the front in this thread.  Let's compare!  Please include estimated "mileage" on your new EGO snowblowers... 

Mine:



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Hi DJ, sorry to hear about your scraper bar. However, have no fear. We have replacement scraper bars with our customer service team right now (while they are being added to homedepot.com). Please give us a call at 1-855-346-5656 so we can get that replacement ordered for you.
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Here's the thread where Jennifer addressed the serial number registration, look for her comments from 9/8/16.

https://community.egopowerplus.com/ego/topics/where-is-the-serial-number-on-the-snow-blower

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@DJDDay Can you point me to the right Rust-Oleum product to put on the side of the metal housing?  I dont really know this product and see different kinds on homedepot's website.  Does this product cover in black or is it transparent?

A direct link to the product would be great!

Thanks.
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@DJDDay Can you point me to the right Rust-Oleum product to put on the side of the metal housing?  I dont really know this product and see different kinds on homedepot's website.  Does this product cover in black or is it transparent?

A direct link to the product would be great!

Thanks.
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@Mcklain - to be clear, I'm entertaining the idea of treating the gouged steel edges with Rustoleum, but I haven't decided yet.  I don't want to muck up the aesthetics of the sides with overspray, so if I do it - I'll probably mask the area around it and paint it with a brush as opposed to spray.  But this could prove horribly laborious if I need to treat it after every freak'n use - LOL!

I would just use a black gloss Rustoleum formulated specifically to stop rust to match the already high-gloss enamel paint that's on there.  If would need to be lightly wire brushed before painting, though (especially, as others have pointed out, they already have rust on the metal):

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Rust-Oleum-Stops-Rust-32-oz-Black-Gloss-Protective-Enamel-Paint-7779504/1...

That said, you could use the automotive version that bonds to existing rust to stop it.  Might be quicker/easier:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Rust-Oleum-Automotive-10-25-oz-Rust-Reformer-Spray-Paint-248658/202623091
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Maybe something of the Rhinoliner variety would be a good preventative.

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