What size batteries do I need for a snowblower?

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I have a 45ft x 18ft driveway, and I live in southern Ontario where the snowfalls aren't that big -- typically, falls are 5-10cm when they happen. Will a snowblower with 5 Ah batteries be adequate, or would it be better to get one with 7.5 Ah batteries?
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Ai live in the Montreal area which has a lot more snow. In fact, this year will be a record snow fall. I have the 5 Ah batteries, a larger driveway and have no issues with 5Ah batteries.
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Merci beaucoup! Yes, you do get a lot more snow than we do. You've just saved me a couple of hundred bucks -- much appreciated :)
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Agree with Paul that 5ah batteries should get the job done for you.  Run time will vary based on the amount and moisture in the snow.
 I did my driveway and 2 neighbors the other day when there was 3" of snow and the 5ah batteries just finished the job.   Then a couple days later with about 7 inches of heavier snow I was able to complete my drive only.  The plow piles at the end of the drive take a lot of juice and they multiply exponentially with the amount of snow fall, so with 7" the piles were deep and wide. 
So, based on your average 5-10cm snow falls you should be in good shape. For the occasional big storm you may need a recharge to finish the job. 
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Thanks. How does your driveway compare in size with mine (45x18 feet)?
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Generous 3 cars wide and tight 3 cars long.
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That's definitely bigger.
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I’m in Ottawa and can do my 14x40 driveway twice on a charge with small to medium snowfalls on the 5Ah batteries. A big dump might not happen twice on a charge, but so far we haven’t had any large snowfalls this year.
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Conclusion: the 5Ah batteries sound more than adequate. Thanks all.