I would say this is a great snow thrower. Especially when you factor in the price of it compared to the larger ones that are nearly the price of a used car. I wanted to go with an electric unit for two reasons. 1. save the planet and 2. I don't like messing with the gas motors. Overall, a great purchase. Would have rated it higher but it doesn't handle the wet-ish snow as well as I would like it.
Thank goodness I finally made this purchase this year. With the snow issues at hand, my husband thanked me many times for getting this for him for Christmas. After checking several snow blower I decided on this one mainly because of the ratings, but the price was a hit. It was finally within a price range for an average family.
We bought this last winter living in Buffalo where we get pounded. Our previous winter was HELL and we shoveled several times a day all winter long. We got feet and feet of snow. In November of 2014 we got so much snow in some areas peole's roofs were caving in, people died. It was crazy. I had enough but we didn't have a lot of money and the reviews on this were decent. It can easily be handled by someone who isn't strong to get the job done. I have yet to use it or any snowblower for that matter but my husband wasn't impressed. He said it was much better than shoveling but if you have several inches or fee, this paddle style isn't going to cut it. This is more for a dusting or a couple inches of that non heavy wet snow. The battery also does NOT last nearly as long as they claim it will. We also have a different branded lawnmower and weed whacked that also have rechargeable lithium ion batteries and they don't last as long as they claim either so I'm not sure why the companies lie about it. My biggest complaint about this thing is the manufacturer's way of packaging it. You can see there is a foam handle wrap on the machine. We got it and I immediately noticed it was dented very bad and had a tiny tear in it. I complained and Overstock replaced it and the replacement was even worse, it was torn right through to the metal and flappy. I paid closer attention this time and when I unboxed it I noticed they have it sitting directly on a piece of plastic edge so the whole time it's being shipped all over the country and other boxes placed on top it's rubbing and tearing it. They need to put a piece of cardboard or styrofoam or something in between to prevent this. I am contacting the company about it to see what they can do because Overstock isn't going to keep allowing returns based on this since it isn't their fault, it's the company itself and a poor packaging job.
I've only had a chance to use the unit once. We had some fluffy snow recently, about 4-6 inches worth. I have a small driveway, can fit about 4 cars on it. I waited until the city was down plowing the main street so the end of the driveway had 8-10 inches of heavier snow piled up. NOT REALLY A CON I put the batteries in the blower and fired it up in the house to make sure everything looked good. I left the unit on and it depleated the batteries. It seems sitting there doing nothing it still consumes power, I believe the blue lights around the base of the unit are to blame (didn't notice them originally). The tires easily mark up linoleum flooring when brand new. I bring the blower in/out at the end/start of the season, so the wife will be yelling at me =) CONS The two batteries in the supplied charger take 4-5 hours to charge at least. I burned through the batteries in about 40-50 minutes. Another pair of batteries would be $280 or more, which puts this snow blower in the price range of a 30" gas powered blower. My expectation is that I have a rather small driveway and this thing would be overkill and cover my driveway on one set of batteries. Technically I achieved that, but just barely and only because I had a car parked in the driveway which kept me from having to clear ~1/4 of my driveway. The chute adjustment switch is recessed into the handle and covered by a membrane. I found it hard to depress easily with thin gloves on and even without gloves. The chute takes a couple seconds before it moves and even then a little slow. A manual chute adjustment would've been better than this implementation. It jammed/stalled quite a few times. Prior to this I had a 15amp corded, single stage blower and I didn't push this thing any harder than I would've that one. I expected I would've been able to push through the snow a lot faster with this two stage blower, but didn't find that to be the case. More the issue is I found pushing down on the levers with gloves to be a bit tiresome for the hands (I have large hands and the handles are a bit small for my taste). Everytime it jams, you have to let go of the auger handle, depress the slightly flimsy button and push the lever again. The button is on the cheap side, definitely doesn't match the quality of the rest of the unit. PROS Rather quiet unit and as I get home later or do my blowing later in the evening, neighbors hate me a lot less. The lights are plenty bright, no complaints. The unit isn't massive as I expected it to be, it is rather compact for the power and output it delivers on. Build quality of the important parts seems top notch. I won't say it's the heaviest duty unit I've seen, but everything from the wheels forward seems built to last, at the very least you're getting your money's worth there. The handle setup is decently robust, though not as heavy duty as the rest. I'll do my best to update the review as I use the unit more.
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