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#4627868 - 01/08/18 08:39 AM Electric Li-Ion Snow Blower?
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
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Loc: Great Lakes
I am not in need of a snow blower, but I came across this on another forum and was intrigued by it. Does any one here own one? If so, how do you like it?

Apparently, some Home Depot stores had these Ego 56-volt Snow Blowers on sale for $319, including 2 5Ah batteries. Reading the reviews, they are good for about 30 minutes of run time. I suppose that's enough if you have a small driveway. Otherwise, you would need spare batteries, and they can be fairly expensive.

I know some people are happy with their Ego electric lawn mowers. These Ego snow blowers use the same batteries, so if you already own one of their mowers, you could share batteries, I guess.

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#4627869 - 01/08/18 08:42 AM Re: Electric Li-Ion Snow Blower? [Re: Quattro Pete]
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Registered: 03/09/16
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I'd be curious to hear about these as well. I just saw a sign at a hardware store for them the other day. In the past I had a neighbor with some form of electric snowblower, and it never worked for anything more than a dusting. But with motors and batteries the way they are now they may actually be a viable option.
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#4627874 - 01/08/18 08:47 AM Re: Electric Li-Ion Snow Blower? [Re: Quattro Pete]
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Registered: 03/04/17
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Id wonder how they would perform in the heavy concrete like snow we get here on the west side of the Cascades. Quattro, do you get similar snow in the Great Lakes region?
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#4627936 - 01/08/18 09:40 AM Re: Electric Li-Ion Snow Blower? [Re: Quattro Pete]
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Registered: 05/18/12
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Personally I prefer all my electric devices to be corded. Only exceptions being my phone, remote controls, and my watch.

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#4627993 - 01/08/18 10:12 AM Re: Electric Li-Ion Snow Blower? [Re: Quattro Pete]
ARCOgraphite Offline


Registered: 05/17/09
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Good to get the fairy out of the house to do some light snow cleanup.

I just bought a HD commercial gasoline unit and I wish I didn't.
You can feel that extra 100lbs. I does chew through the frozen stuff at the end of the droveway
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#4628010 - 01/08/18 10:28 AM Re: Electric Li-Ion Snow Blower? [Re: Quattro Pete]
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Registered: 01/10/10
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Loc: Rochester, NY
Just some back of the napkin math... 2 * 56V * 5Ah = 560 W-hr = roughly 0.75 hp-hr.

I have no idea what average power you'd need to clear a driveway, but if you estimate it's one-quarter of the typical 4-hp rating on a single-stage blower, then the two batteries together would last 45 minutes without mechanical or electrical inefficiency taken into account. And if the review say 30 minutes each then I guess that's not far off.

I'll consider it when they make a 24" 2-stage blower with similar run-time!
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#4628083 - 01/08/18 11:45 AM Re: Electric Li-Ion Snow Blower? [Re: Quattro Pete]
dwendt44 Offline


Registered: 05/17/06
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Loc: Central Wisconsin
The cold degrades battery power, even the lithium ones.
If stored out in a cold garage, run time would be less.


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#4628161 - 01/08/18 01:05 PM Re: Electric Li-Ion Snow Blower? [Re: Quattro Pete]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20244
Loc: Upstate NY
Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
I am not in need of a snow blower, but I came across this on another forum and was intrigued by it. Does any one here own one? If so, how do you like it?

Apparently, some Home Depot stores had these Ego 56-volt Snow Blowers on sale for $319, including 2 5Ah batteries. Reading the reviews, they are good for about 30 minutes of run time. I suppose that's enough if you have a small driveway. Otherwise, you would need spare batteries, and they can be fairly expensive.

I know some people are happy with their Ego electric lawn mowers. These Ego snow blowers use the same batteries, so if you already own one of their mowers, you could share batteries, I guess.



My brother bought one and said only OK in light fluffy snow. He wishes he had not bought it.
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#4628261 - 01/08/18 02:42 PM Re: Electric Li-Ion Snow Blower? [Re: Quattro Pete]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 41435
Loc: New Jersey
No thanks. Cold is harsh on batteries. Fast charge on a cold battery is another Nono.

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#4628315 - 01/08/18 03:19 PM Re: Electric Li-Ion Snow Blower? [Re: Quattro Pete]
jeepman3071 Offline


Registered: 04/15/10
Posts: 4064
Loc: Storrs, Connecticut
I have some customers that own them. They are good for about 30 minutes of run time on a full charge, but that also depends on how much load there is. If the snow is heavy, and there is more of it, the run time will be less.

The corded models definitely have more power and aren't dependent on battery life. Many of those who bought them use them for decks and small sidewalks, which they are usually fine for. The corded machines such as the Toro PowerShovel still seem to be superior power-wise for these applications though.
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#4628396 - 01/08/18 04:43 PM Re: Electric Li-Ion Snow Blower? [Re: Quattro Pete]
555 Offline


Registered: 06/08/09
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Loc: New England
Purchased the EGO with the two 7.5Ah batteries.
Didn't have much faith in it before I used it. Much better than I could have imagined.
My driveway can probably fit 6 to 7 cars and it will clear it at least 3 times on one charge.
Batteries and charger inside when not in use.
Still getting used to the low noise level.
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#4628710 - 01/08/18 08:43 PM Re: Electric Li-Ion Snow Blower? [Re: Quattro Pete]
chefwong Offline


Registered: 07/17/03
Posts: 857
Loc: New York
555. Was that on the recent powdery stuff or WET stuff

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#4628851 - 01/09/18 01:29 AM Re: Electric Li-Ion Snow Blower? [Re: Quattro Pete]
555 Offline


Registered: 06/08/09
Posts: 354
Loc: New England
Mostly powder but a significant amount of wet stuff.
It feels powerful enough for wet heavy snow but I'd have to assume it will exhaust the batteries much sooner.
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#4629071 - 01/09/18 10:04 AM Re: Electric Li-Ion Snow Blower? [Re: dwendt44]
jonnied1 Offline


Registered: 10/16/16
Posts: 109
Loc: WV
Originally Posted By: dwendt44
The cold degrades battery power, even the lithium ones.
If stored out in a cold garage, run time would be less.


My 2

Can't charge them when they're cold either. I have a Snapper 60 volt leaf blower and trimmer.
If the batteries and charger are cold. The chargers will fault out and not charge.
I have to take them into the house and warm them up before they will charge.

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#4629112 - 01/09/18 10:39 AM Re: Electric Li-Ion Snow Blower? [Re: Quattro Pete]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
Posts: 35565
Loc: Great Lakes
Yup, owner's manual states:
Quote:
Optimal charging temperatures are between 32F (0C) and 104F (0C - 40C).
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