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EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS, BUT PRICEY!
February 5, 2015
The Snow Joe 40v cordless snow blower has exceeded my my expectations! I purchased this item in November 2014 after waiting for this item for some time. I have used Black & Decker Battery Lawnmowers for many year with great satisfaction as they have progressed with battery technology.I have really not researched the reason why Black & Decker and other home tool companies have dragged their feet on offering new battery technology for their larger products, I think the oil companies may have something to do with it. They are using battery technology to move automobiles over hundreds of miles on one charge!!Ok, to the blower. It is very light. I like that. Did it perform, yes! I live in the Chicago area where we had pretty light snow at the end of 2014 up until the beginning of February 2015 where we got about 20 inches of snow in a very short period of time. The Snow Joe had worked pretty well in light snow say 3 to 5 inches. Small amounts of say less than an inch was not thrown very far as others have mentioned. the battery door does swing open at times, but didn't really bother me. I could not get very far in snow of 7 or 8 inches with drifts 12 inches or more without a lot of muscle and continued clogging of the chute, but it would go through! But, I did not buy it for this purpose, so I started up my gas blower to finish the job.The point is that until we got the 20 inches of snow my gas blower was not used at all. I used the Snow Joe a couple day later to clear another 3 or 4 inches of snow along with some heavy snow that had piled up at the entrance of my driveway by city snow plows. It wasn't easy, but it moved it after using a shovel to break it up, because the snow was really hard and mixed with ice.Battery life between charges is good. I have a two car driveway and house that sits on a corner lot with plenty of sidewalk. Having used battery lawnmowers helps with battery management in use, so I finished each task around my house without the battery ever being completely dispelled.I know the technology is here to double or maybe triple the operating power of this machine at a reasonable price, but when will they offer it? Look out oil companies! I gave it 5 stars, but wanted to give it 4 and 1/2, because of the price. It worked for me and did not fall apart under really tough operating conditions!
It works, but not very well made.
November 26, 2014
Today we had a few inches of wet snow on the ground, so I could finally try this snow blower for the first time. It could handled up to about three inches of wet snow without a problem. Anything more than that, it would stop. This is what I expected from a battery powered blower anyway. I hope it will perform better with dry snow. My biggest concern is the battery compartment cover. It has no locking device to keep the cover close tight. So when I move the blower back and forth the door will be opened. And snow start to fall onto the battery. There were times when I was not aware the cover was opened and continued to use it and the snow was almost filled the whole battery compartment. I was so worry that it might short the circuit. I think next time I have to use a cord or a rubber band to wrap around the cover so it won't pop open again.I don't know if this is poor workmanship or only my blower is defective. As a whole, the workmanship is kind of flimsy, the plastic parts doesn't seem very well made.Bottom line is this blower does work but for how long? I guess time will tell.Update: March 6, 2017This is the 4th season using this battery powered snow blower. It is still going strong! Battery still runs great. I noticed the price has come down quite a bit (more than 1/3). So I bought another one for spare. Also I am now have an extra battery to use. My drive way can park 6 cars and a deck about 120 square foot. I can clear them all with only one charge for 4" of snow. Any thing more that that I need the spare battery to take care. I changed my review from 3 to 5 stars due to this reliable work of this baby!
EXACTLY as advertised :))
February 16, 2014
I am a 62 year old female in pretty good shape. I wanted a snowblower that was easy to use without having to mess with gas and oil. I have used this snow blower on several occasions to clear my drive (2-car width) and front walk of 2-4 inches of snow. I have yet to have to recharge the battery before I was finished. It does a wonderful job. It's cordless, recharges quickly, lightweight, has a headlight, and is easy to use. I especially like that I can change the direction of the snow chute from the handle. In 15-20 minutes, I have a clean drive and sidewalk. I can easily lift it to hang on a hook on my garage wall. When it 6+ inches and very cold, I hire my snow removal men. This is a YouTube video that explains assembly and use. I used it, and it was a terrific aid 😊[...]
It's about time
February 1, 2014
I have owned a really great cordless lawn mower for three years, so why did it take so long for an equally great snowblower? We gave up gasoline powered equipment several years ago, but I hated my Toro Power Curve corded snowblower. Freezing temperatures and extension cords are about as compatible as oil and water.The iON18SB uses a high voltage LIon rechargeable battery which on a full charge will give you about 45 mins run time in average snow conditions. The deeper and heavier the snow is, the less run time you will get. The torque from the electric motor is every bit as strong as the Toro electric and slightly weaker than an equivalent gasoline engine.I can easily clear my driveway, front entrance walk and part of the sidewalk on my corner lot on one battery if the snow is average weight and about 2"-4" deep. Recent heavy snows of about 6-8" burn up one battery just for the driveway. In my area, a second battery is a must. I'm sure eventually someone will make a non OEM replacement, but right now the battery is expensive and hard to find outside of SnowJoe itself.I was really impressed with the ability of the motor to clear deep, heavy snow. Using the two pass technique, I've cleared 12-16" depths on my driveway and icy mounds at the end of the driveway thrown up by the snow plows. The lightweight of the mostly plastic body makes it easy to manipulate and shave off the tops of deep drifts. As such, it is definitely a machine designed for subdivision homes, not prolonged heavy duty rural use.Before purchasing, consider the total cost of the blower and a spare battery. You don't really need a second charger. Also consider the savings on fuel, oil and tune ups that you'd incur with a gasoline model. Best of all, I can clear at all times of the day or night because it is very quiet, about the same as an electric broom.
Great so far with caveats (updated) (updated again)
December 20, 2013
I own three snow throwers, all 18". When I bought my house I started with a gas powered one, which was recalled once and which has had carb problems 3 out of 5 years after that, largely I suspect due to me not finding time to "summerize" the engine and drain the fuel in time. It is currently working but is hard to start and seems to be lacking power, I suspect the carb needs cleaning again. It also leaves me smelling like gasoline and exhaust whenever I use it.
I have an electric, extension corded model, which seems slightly more powerful than the gas model, but the safety interlock switch mechanism has been touch and occasionally it won't start at all. When it does work it's awesome, sans moving the cord, which though not too bad isn't really a hassle. The problem is I'm on a corner lot, and the extension cords just don't go that far.
Thus, when I learned about the Snow Joe ION, I was excited, and since it's snowing a lot this year I ordered one.
So far, I've used it twice on 1 and then 2 inches of light fluffy snow, however I have also used it to clear plowed, somewhat icy snow at the street corner and the driveway, though not extensively. I was pleased that it handles it - you have to rock in and out, it'll slow and stop if you push in to hard, but it was making progress roughly equivalent to maybe 80% of the gas engine on the big plow leavings.
The fluffy snow was being thrown farther than the gas engine throw it, but not as far as the corded electric. It is quieter than both the other throwers.
I really like the flashlight.
It has a powered chute aiming control.
The battery comes out easily so it can be charged in the house and kept warm for maximum power
It seems to handle light snow very well
The handle and chute assembly knobs seem to have nylon lock nuts in them and thus probably won't shake loose
So far the battery seems to be holding up quite well and allows me to clear my doubly width driveway (20x30?) and about 160
feet of of sidewalk on a charge, at least in light snow.
It is really quiet.
It throws snow far enough, comparable to the gas one.
It doesn't smell like fumes!
It doesn't move along the sidewalk as smoothly as the other throwers. It seems to red a bit further down and scrape more.
The handle assembly seems just a bit more flexible/less sturdy than the others I have. Part of that may be due to having an adjustable joint to give you a choice of handlebar angles, or it may be due to the single U shaped fastener further down, instead of having a pair of fasteners. Over time I'll be watching this to see if it becomes an issue - it works okay so far, it just feels less solid than I want.
The knobs holding down the snow exit chute seem tight but it still seems to go out of adjustment - both of my others have a more firm tooth grabbing mechanism that holds the chute angle better.
Other than adjusting the sturdiness/feel issue, if it were up to me and I was planning their next release, I'd stick a second batter pack holder on the machine and let you optionally equip a second battery pack, and when running on two batteries I'd give it a mode switch for more torque/power, so you can switch to higher amp consumption but power through heavier or wetter snow and plow piles more efficiently, or set it back on normal and have longer life (not that I've needed either really so far, I just think it wouldn't cost much to do it).
Overall, though, I'm quite pleased with it so far, and I may bump up to 5 stars later after I've used it more.
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I've now used it a lot more, including on a 4-5" snow, though it wasn't a wet snow, it has been too cold:
It handled the near 5" well.
It can handle the tall 2 foot drifts on the boulevard okay, it just slows down and might need 2-3 passes.
The rubber cover that screws down over the chute direction switch shook loose. That may or may not have anything to do with the next con -
The snow chute has ceased to rotate reliably. Sometimes I am able to get it to move with the switch but mostly not lately. It will spin by hand, with some force.
I do not know if it was some ice that got in someplace or if there is a wiring fault - I finally brought it into the basement to melt/thaw out and the motor is spinning it now,
we'll see how it does outside in the subzero later.
I'm still happy with it and still rate it 4 out of 5, but I'm not bumping it up.
========== Update with a 6" heavy snowfall ==========
Twin cities got a surprise snow dump today. I'm not sure snow totals elsewhere, but it seems to me we had 6" here, and there were a few more inches on my sidewalks that had blown in earlier this week that I was waiting for todays snow to handle. The blower worked pretty well in the heavier 6" snow, and just slowed down a bit as it went, and when I hit the deeper piles where it had blown it it just slowed down more.
Now, I'm on a corner, with a double wide 35 foot driveway. This was the first time I'd drained a battery dead before I've finished blowing, but I got the sidewalk all around and 85% of the driveway, which is impressive. I did have the problem with the snow chute not working, at first, but once it had warmed a bit by running it worked fine. My current theore is that the chute rotation switch triggers a relay somewhere down in the machine, and that that really is stuck when it's really cold. Warming it up bf running it for awhile or by bringing it in the house awhile seems to make it work, thus my theory.
So, despite the chute issue, I'm going to bump it up to 5 stars because of how it handled the deep snow today.
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Good little electric snow thrower
May 20, 2017
Yes it will move 6" of light fluffy snow just fine and the batter will last about 45 minutes. If you have a 1" heavy or wet snow don't pull this out - it will clog very quickly and not be able to throw heavy snow more then 12" if it gets out of the shoot. Overall - this is a good unit for quick cleanup of light snow. My 12 year old daughter was able to use it and have fun with it. The powered directional shoot worked great, moves from one side to the other in about 10 seconds. (180 degrees +) The light is mildly helpful, I really never had it out is the dark so not sure how good it really is.Never have to pull start a stubborn gas engine, kids can use. Shuts off when the handle is let go of.
It does what it's supposed to do
February 13, 2017
I live just North of Boston. 43 year old female with medical issues. I purchased this because I can't stand gas fumes from standard snowblowers and I needed something lightweight due to medical issues. That being said, this machine works out well for me. It's not a big machine that can run through 20 inches of heavy wet snow in one shot, but it's not designed to be. But I've now been able to test this through two large and one small New England storms. If you go out every 4 inches or so and plow, you'll be fine. Quick, easy, clean. Wetter snow clogs, but use some WD40 and/or a snow removal tool and you're all set. For deeper snow, you have to make a couple of passes, running it on top of the snow first and the gradually getting down lower. I got two batteries. On heavier snow, I find I need both to clear my 4 car driveway, walkway, and sidewalk. THIS MACHINE WILL NOT CLEAR THE HEAVY WET WALL THE PLOW LEAVES AT THE END OF YOUR DRIVEWAY. It just won't. I didn't expect it to, so I don't have a huge problem with this, but if you need a machine that will blow through the end of your driveway, get a gas powered blower. It was a worthwhile purchase for me, with some limitations, but worth the tradeoff of not having to deal with gas and oil.Oh yeah, and the assembly is quick and easy. Yes, I know the machine looks flimsy and I had my doubts, but I've run gravel and ice through it with no breakage or problems.If this is the first generation of battery operated snow blowers, I'm excited to see generations 2 and 3 and what they can add for power.
I really like this little snow blower; husband hates it.
January 20, 2017
I paid full retail price for this Snow Joe iON18SB Cordless Single Stage Snow Blower over 2 years ago and while I really like it, my husband hates it. He got very angry whenever he used it and rambled on about how weak it is and that it's a toy, but it always saved him time - and his back - by not having to use a snow shovel. Me, on the other hand, I find it useful because I'm not a big person and it's small and light weight enough for me to use when my husband is at work or out of town. I can dig my way out and it gives me that confidence. I find that it throws farther when there is more snow, so I have to use a certain pattern in how I run my paths. I was born and raised in Hawaii so this was my first ever snow blower. It may not be perfect but for me, it's easy to use and does what I need it to do. Since buying this Snow Joe, we've purchase a full-on "manly" two stage gas/electric start snow blower that my husband feels more comfortable using. I still use this little blue snow blower and even used it today! Cons: the auger gets jammed sometimes but I just shake out the snow and it starts up again and the battery door doesn't stay shut.
Great for Chicago Winters!
December 14, 2016
I received this snow thrower on Thursday 12/8/16. On Saturday night, 12/10/16, we had our first significant snowfall in Chicago. I have a gas powered Toro single stage snow thrower from 1987 which my grandfather gave to me about 10 years ago. The Toro has been great, still runs like a champ- but i really hate mixing the gas and oil and winterizing it every year. But mostly- i hate how loud it is.Enter the Snow Joe iON18SB. I was HIGHLY skeptical of this machine- but i still have my old gas guzzler to fall back on if this can't do the job. Well I have to say I was pretty impressed. i went out to do snow removal around 9pm on Saturday, no problem bothering the neighbors since this thing is so quiet. I live in a Chicago style bungalow and my garage opens to an alley. So all i really need to worry about are the sidewalks and the apron in front of the garage in the alleyway. On a single charge I was able to clear my sidewalks, the garage apron and 5 of my neighbor's sidewalks, one of which is a corner lot. I had no issues chopping through the snow. At times the chute would clog but that really happens with any snow thrower if the snow is wet.On Sunday morning i woke up and got outside to clear to the snow which had fallen over night. Again, no issues. However, towards the tail end of Sunday the snow started changing to a freezing rain. When i went back out Sunday night, the snow had kind of iced over. It was pretty hard. So i thought, ah let's use the gas machine for this. Well, about 3 minutes into it, i got too close to some dead plants and they got sucked up and stuck around the auger. I really didn't feel like screwing with it so i pulled the iON18SB back out. It does struggle a bit with iced or really wet heavy snow, but i was able to finish my house and the other 5 on my block. The battery gave out just as i finishing.I ordered a spare battery and i think with it and going out to do a pass every couple hours while it's snowing, this snow thrower will be more than sufficient. I'll still hang on to the old Toro since it works and once belonged to my grand father, but i think the Snow Joe will be go to snow thrower for now. I'll update if something heinous happens to it.
WAITING FOR SOME SNOW
December 2, 2016
My Snow Joe was delivered in tact and was well packaged and undamaged. All the components were there. It was very easy to assemble from the directions. and started immediately when the lever was pulled. I charged the battery outside in case it caught fire as some of these lithium. do But it charged up OK without incident in about 2 hoursWe haven't had any snow yet but we are expecting about five inches next week so I will have a chance to put the Snow Joe into action. I don't believe it will handle heavy wet snow and we get a lot of that, but I will soon find outI don't think this is a machine you can mistreat or handle roughly. The parts, while sturdy, are plastic, not steel and probably will not take too much abuseThe light is a nice function that will make it easier to plow after dark and can act as a safety feature as well. Maybe the next model will have a cigarette lighter, vanity mirror and cup holder tooUpdate, 12/7/16 Our first snow was 7 in. of VERY heavy wet snow. I didn't think the Snow Joe could handle it but it worked reasonably well. The machine did not throw the snow farther than about five feet but it did do my whole drive, clogging the chute only once.Update 12/12/16 Another heavy wet snow, ( heart attack stuff ) about six inches of it. The Snow Joe balked a lot and the chute clogged up frequently. It only threw the snow about five feet. Despite all of that, it did my whole drive ( about 100 ft. long and 12 ft. wide) in about 40 minutes and the battery needed a recharge. It certainly is not as powerful as a gas powered blower but easier than shoveling it by hand. It definitely works much better in lighter fluffy snow. I'll still be keeping itIt needs more power. Snow Joe has a beefier, two battery model for about $800. But that's a little too steep for me
Fairly capable with stupid, avoidable flaw.
February 5, 2015
Updated review after several more weeks of snow:I'm increasing my rating from 3 to 4 stars. The battery is not as problematic as I originally thought. You really have to push on it to latch it properly; pay attention to it. Once properly seated, it stays in place better than I thought and I have also gotten used to dragging it around with a bit more care. All in all, I no longer have problems with it popping out of place and turning itself off. The battery cover is still a joke and I have to duct tape it closed with each use. The blower itself has managed to keep up with this winter and I've grown pretty happy with the purchase.Original review:This thing seems like it was designed by someone who didn't actually use it on a snowy driveway. The battery life is OK and it's not the most powerful blower...but I didn't expect a powerhouse. However, normal bumps and bounces during the course of using it repeatedly cause the battery to dislodge itself and it stops. The battery has a clip meant to hold it in place but it is inadequate. The battery cover is also either severely flawed or mine is defective. It does not latch closed in any sense. Left as is, it constantly flops open and the battery compartment is flooded with snow. I have to tape it closed; which adds extra hassle when the battery bumps loose...AGAIN. With some minor redesign of the battery and compartment, this thing would be much better. As it is, I often shove it aside in frustration and simply finish the drive with a friggin' shovel.
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Great idea, poor engineering
February 27, 2015
For light duty, you can't beat the ease of a battery. No cords to fool with. But a few engineering flaws leave me unhappy.Pros:- Powered chute is great.- No cord is great.- Light enough to carry around if you're an average guy.- It's small enough to carry through doorways (carefully). (Without having experienced the 21 inch model, the tight squeeze with this one going through doors makes me glad I have the smaller one.)Cons:- Adjustable angle handle introduces a serious amount of unstable flexibility.- Connection of handle to unit is done with J-bolts and nuts mounted in handy plastic knobs that you can hand-turn. A u-bolt with two nuts on each (instead of one) would not work with the handy plastic knobs, but any fool could have tightened them with a wrench and gotten a much more stable assembly. Can I find big u-bolts the right size for this machine? Maybe.- Battery compartment latch pops open if you bounce this around to work it through some heavier snow. A rubber band easily fixed this, but it's another bit of poor engineering that makes me wonder what will break tomorrow because of poor engineering.- Every time I want to turn it on, I have to depress a button on the side of the handle (with my heavy gloves on) and keep that button down while I squeeze the lever that starts it up. This is annoying, and instead of stopping and starting as I do with my corded Toro, I end up keeping the handle held down, leaving it running, even when I'm wrestling with it a bit. The lever has to be moved more than 5 inches to activate power, so it wouldn't be something you could easily do by accident.- There's a plug in the battery compartment that can be removed to make the machine inoperable, in case the button and lever system isn't safe enough for you. It is loosely held in place by weak magnets. Considering how the battery compartment kept popping open every time I shoved this machine into a mound of snow, I'm waiting for the day that this plug falls out on its own or otherwise fails and keeps my machine from operating at all.- It has a rubber blade. Don't expect to go through anything a plow left for you, but with enough shoving sometimes it will get a little bit done on snow that has some ice in it.
Not worth at this price point.
February 27, 2015
This is a product which had a potential to be great but it is just ok at this point.I used it for a while and here are some pros and cons.Pros:- It is lightweight.- It is very quiet.- It charges pretty fast around 2 hours.- It does not need gas and does a decent job of removing snow which is dry and fluffy.Cons:- The battery compartment does not close even if you push it really hard, there is no locking mechanism which does make it a pain to deal with after a while. You can use a rubber band or a bungee cord to solve that but at 400$ I would rather have a nice finished product.- There is a longer lasting black color battery which works for 1.5 hours, I think it should ship with that instead of the grey one which last only 40 min. Again at 400 the battery should be better.- It does not work at all in wet snow, even if it only 3 inches high. It will throw the snow only 1 ft away which is a waste of time.- For dry snow up to 7 inches it will throw up to 15 - 18 ft. which is good enough.- The battery some time smells weird while charging.- The chute on mine did not rotate more than 30 degrees which was again an issue as I had to rotate it with him hand.- The wheels are very very flimsy.All in all I think this product should be no more then 200$ or 250 at most. I do not agree with reviews which say that it does not work in even 3 inch of snow. I have used it in good 7 - 8 inches snow and it worked pretty well as long as it was dry.
Don’t get snowed under!
February 16, 2015
Don’t get snowed under! Simple physics will tell you that this Snow Joe iON18SB Ion Cordless Single Stage Brushless Snow Blower cannot compare with any gasoline powered single stage snow blower. Power output is dependent on the battery state of charge. Does a gas powered snow blower lose power as the fuel tank is depleted? This item should be sold in the Toys & Games Department for children 8 to 12 years of age. The injection molded parts are deplorable. The battery door does not even snap closed. Do you want snow in there? The battery must be charged within an appropriate temperature window and it takes a few hours. You can fuel a gas powered unit in any temperature. This machine is a joke. I don’t expect to see it on the market in the near future.
The good the bad and the ugly!
February 2, 2015
First one sent did not work it just clicked and clicked but no action. I think during shipping it was dropped on it's side and broke the drive gear. The next one sent had problems with the gear that turns the chute left and right. I kept it but should probably have sent it back, except that with all the snow I needed something bad. I love the concept but am disappointed in the design switch and the craftsmanship. I do hope they are the kind of company that see's the need to re-design it using better quality engineering and parts because the need for it is here.
... so excited to get this after reading all the great reviews. In all fairness
February 2, 2015
My husband and I were so excited to get this after reading all the great reviews. In all fairness, our first snow after getting this happend to be a blizzard. We went out first thing in the morning to get a jump on it while there was about 5-6 in and it died half way through the job. That was on a full charge and a short driveway. Luckily our neighbor bailed us out with his big gas snowblower and we kept up through the day. The battery did not re charge enough to be usable the rest of the day. The next day there was just a couple of inches and it did the full driveway with no problem. I did love how quiet this was and the chute is very easy to adjust. In short, this is good for smaller snow falls but if you get more than 6 in get your shovel out.
Problems right out of the box... read on, you may be interested in this.
November 16, 2014
10-1-15 Update: I was going through my reviews, and I noticed I failed to update a problem listed below with the battery cover. I said it would flop open when you pull the blower back too fast. Another person commented on my review and mentioned that it DOES latch down, but you have to PUSH fairly hard on the cover to get it to engage. I verified that, and it does work fine in that regard now (it 'clicks' when you get it right). With another Winter coming on, I wanted to get that update put into the body of my review.12-28-14 Update: Just wanted to let interested parties know that we had a good, healthy 5+ inches of snow the day after Christmas, and I was able to clean 95% of my pretty large driveway. The blower performed VERY well, throwing the snow 15-20 feet easily. (the more snow, the further it throws it) Where I used up all the battery power was when I was removing the "gift" from the city snow plow, which left about 15" at the bottom of the driveway. I was able to clear over half of it, when the battery finally went dead. (Yes, it recharged just fine and is ready to go again, when needed) This was a lighter, less moisture content snowfall, in case anybody is wondering... the temperature at the time of running it was about 20-25 degrees.) Oh, and the battery was inserted at the beginning with a full charge. My driveway is about 65' long and about 28' wide. I hope the new information is useful.12-9-14 Update: A couple of updates on the Snow Joe: First, the issue with the upper chute flip-flopping around when the snow comes up from the lower chute - I fixed that real easily. I went to my washer drawer where I keep about a dozen different sizes of washers, and I picked 4 that were about the diameter of a quarter, and slid them onto the screw where the knob screws down. This effectively shortens the screw and now I can tighten it properly. It was good timing because we had another 3" or so snowfall, and now the chute works without a hitch.Another problem came about (and this one was mentioned by other reviewers. The cover for the battery does NOT have a latch to KEEP it DOWN. It's so unbalanced that if you pull back on the snow blower, the cover flops open! Not good because the last thing you want is snow getting into the battery itself, as well as the electrical connections, which are facing UP, so once you pull the battery, you have a high chance of snow getting into the connections, if there is any inside the compartment. I resolved this by using some Velcro along with a dab of Gorilla Glue, cutting one female tab for the cover, and one female tab for the underside where the cover meets by the upper left hand side. Then with a 3" strip the male side of the Velcro, it's very easy to secure the cover down once you're ready to blow snow. (you could also drill a hole through the same area, and put a screw with a wing nut on it to do the same thing - but I was worried that vibration might make the wing nut vibrate off while I'm blowing snow, and on the next pass, I might run over it and create a dangerous flying piece of metal coming out of the chute - it's good to think ahead to such possibilities to avoid a possible disaster)Original Review here: This is one of the most interesting products I've reviewed. First off, the box was totally undamaged, so any problems I had were not a result of shipping. I took the blower out of the box, and one of the wheels fell off! Not good. Especially because the way the wheels are designed, they are very difficult to "open" to get access to fix the problem. This is a design flaw, followed by sloppy workmanship at the factory. The axle for the wheels is a straight shiny rod (shiny as to make it slippery as it will rub against the plastic components it is surrounded by). The rod has plain ends on it, and what is supposed to hold the wheels on is what is called a Pal Nut, some call it a Push Nut or a Cap Nut(depends on what store you're dealing with). Basically, it's one of those cap like devices you usually use a hammer to lightly tap on to the end of the bar, and it has flanged edges that grip the bar to keep it from coming off. Well, in this case, when the builder of this unit installed the Cap, they put it on crooked and it bent the flanges so that it made it worthless. This was compounded because the nut was cheaply made. I fixed the problem by measuring the diameter of the rod, and going to the hardware store and getting a replacement (which was MUCH better design than the original shipped with this product.) Anyway, I tapped that onto the bar, and viola, I have working wheels. The fix cost me 59 cents, by the way.That was problem #1. Problem #2 is when I went to use the snow blower for the first time. I was worried because one reviewer said that he tried it on 2" of snow, and it would only throw it about 6" to the side. And, when I fired it up where the snow was thinnest, I got the same result. However, when I got to where the snow was more abundant (perhaps 2 to 3"), then it throws the snow probably about 8'. Not great, but acceptable as I expected about as much. (my old wired Toro blower would throw it 20')But, the distance is NOT the problem (for me, anyway... not sure about what you want). The problem is the upper chute control, which is basically a long screw, a rubber gasket and a knob for tightening. You can see them in the picture of the blower. This is to set the angle of the top part of the chute so as to make it go further to the side. These knobs can only be tightened to a certain point. Unfortunately, the screws are TOO LONG with the result that when the blast of snow comes up the lower chute, hits the upper chute, it make the upper chute point straight up! This happens almost immediately, and there is absolutely NO WAY to tighten down this setting with the equipment provided. Right now, I am looking at three solutions: (1) try to find screws of the same exact diameter and thread setting but a quarter of inch shorter; (2) looking for more rubber washers to insert between the plastic of the lower chute and the upper chute; (3) if all else fails, DUCT TAPE IT!!! See, for the life of me, I do not understand why they even bothered to make this adjustable. Once it's in the right angle, I would bet it NEVER NEEDS TO BE MOVED AGAIN.Bottom line, they could have designed this blower better. First, they should have drilled holes in the steel axle and then used Cotter Pins to secure the wheels to the axle (probably with a steel washer between the Cotter Pin and the wheel). Or, they could have put threads on the ends of the rod and simply used a lock nut. I doubt either solution would have added more than 50 cents to the cost of making this product. Second, they needed a better design of the upper and lower chute. In my mind, they could have tested for the best angle and simply made the entire chute in one piece. There is absolutely no need for an adjustable one.Okay the good things about this product. It does work. I used it to clean off a 70'x18' driveway, and removed 2-3" of snow in about 20 minutes (only because I'm old and slow). The light works perfectly, but I will likely never use it. The turning button on near the handle bar for changing the direction of the chute works perfectly, quickly and smoothly. The battery charged with no issues (but I was a little worried about the instructions which said, "recharge in a well ventilated area with no flames"... that means there is some gases coming off of it and I don't like that I might be breathing in something unhealthy.) The battery is supposed to show it charge when you put it into the blower. I saw absolutely no lights, which I assume means it's fully charged, because when I took the battery out of the box and had not charged it yet, and I put it into the blower to see if everything was generally working, it showed that a recharge should be done soon. When you do charge the battery, a green light AND a red light came on. It's misleading in the booklet because it only talks about "one light, red while charging, green when charged". So the second green light is just to show you it is plugged in and working properly. The controls on the handle bar are reasonably well designed. That is, you have to press the safety button on the side of the unit BEFORE you pull back the activating bar to the bigger handle bar. So, every time you release the activating bar, you have to redo that sequence. There is talk in the instructions about a safety device by the battery. The idea is, you pull the device off (slides easily), THEN you put in the battery (which by the way, you do have to press HARD to get it to lock into place), then you slide the safety device back on, which supplies power to the rest of the blower. Not sure if that is really needed, but it seems to function as intended.Bottom line, I can generally recommend this product, as long as you're flexible, and don't mind doing some problem solving with some of the design flaws. And, as it does what I want it to do, I am not returning it.P.S. I did contact their customer support when I encountered the original problem. They got back to me within the 48 hours they promised on their web site, and as I expected, the indicated I could not be helped unless I registered the product. Needless to say, I wasn't about to register a product that I wasn't sure I wasn't going to have to return. So, in effect, they were not of much help... but hey, at least I got a response. That's better than way too many other vendors out there!
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Waste of money for most
January 2, 2017
Worked well enough the first few times. Moves under 3" of powder fairly effectively. The second plowing after using salt was a different story. I recommend spraying the chute with coating or WD-40. This helped a lot. Still it had a hard time.It does not seem to have enough weight to remove even slightly compacted snow. It tends to glide over it. The chute also keeps freezing and can not be turned until it thaws out (boiling water).The metal tubing used for the handles is cheap. The area around the connecting bolts sheared and was tweaked after 3-4 uses. I had to use larger bolts and washers to try and fix it. Now the handle is extremely loose. We are going try and "limp" through the restOf the season but will be upgrading next year.
While this snowblower received excellent reviews, I was not that impressed with it
May 31, 2016
I purchased this snow blower this winter in advance of a 22-inch snow storm that hit my area in January. While this snowblower received excellent reviews, I was not that impressed with it. I had read online that it is better to go out with the snow blower after every few inches rather than wait until the storm is over, so that is what I did. Or tried to do. I have a small size driveway, and thought that this snow blower would easily clear the snow. However, I found that it struggled with even a few inches of snow, and was not able to clear more than about one third of my driveway before the battery died. Having not purchased an additional battery, I had to wait 2+ hours for the battery to charge before I could go out again. When I went out again, more snow had fallen and the recharged battery life was barely sufficient to re-clear the area that I had cleared previously and maybe another foot beyond that. After snow blowing and recharging five time, and having only cleared about half of my driveway, I gave up and called a snow plow to finish the job this snowblower couldn't do. I probably should have purchased a gas-powered or plug-in model, but thought this would be much easier to maintain. If you are going to purchase this, you probably should buy at least one or two additional batteries and chargers, so you can keep plowing the snow. I recognize that my experience might have been different if there was a smaller amount of snow, but unfortunately this blower was not up to the job I had for it.
I bought this based off of all the good reviews on Amazon
December 30, 2015
I bought this based off of all the good reviews on Amazon, so i thought I would share my own review to help future buyers. This snow blower does not work very well. It is not powerful at all. Here is what i like and why i gave it at least two stars. It is light and easy to assemble, the electronic switch to rotate the thrower is nice, the LED light is great, and it looks very nice. Here are the problems: the first snow we got up in chicago was a brutal one. very heavy snow and about 8 inches. I knew this snow blower would have a tough time with such heavy stuff but i was excited to see what it could do after all the great reviews. It didn't work for even two seconds. every time i pushed it into the snow it would stop and shut off. I had to back up and get the snow out and try again. to no avail, I put it away and shoveled my whole driveway the old fashioned way. all the while my neighbors were using their gas powered snow blowers no problem. I figured i would give it a second chance as i can't remember ever having snow that heavy.Fast forward to today, we get a nice light snow. 3 inches of soft stuff. I was actually excited to go and use the machine and see what it could do. It hardly threw the snow more than three feet. i had to keep going over the snow i just blowed b/c it would pile up.Bottom line, i really wish i didn't buy this thing, it doesn't work as advertised. get yourself a gas powered version.
Worked OK, under perfect conditions, until it broke.
February 22, 2015
You may have heard that the NE United States has had a pretty rough winter. Worse than usual. Even so, I had high hopes for the Snow Joe. A lightweight battery powered affordable snow blower is a great idea. So I got the machine and an extra battery and prepared to tackle the great white north.I'm sorry to say the Snow Joe just wasn't up to the task.In fact, the machine broke after only a couple of months of use. The motor that turns the snow chute completely died and now you have to force it in one direction or another.When it was working in peak condition it was a mixed bag. When snow is light and fluffy, and under 8 inches, it works great (provided you have a small property or an extra battery charging because MAN it drains battery fast). However, if your snow is icy at all, slushy, too deep, or too packed in, the snow Joe is almost useless. It just doesn't have the power to handle anything other than cotton candy.When battery tech improves, and Snow Joe can make a better put together system with more stopping power, I will jump back on board and give it a shot. In the mean time, I just cannot recommend this machine.
Not ready for general use in a Northern climate.
January 9, 2015
Not ready for general use in a Northern climate. Battery cover is problematic as others have stated. The power just isn't there to handle a normal 6 inch snow. This thing has a max discharge distance of about 3ft at most with that amount of snow and when you visualize that a normal driveway you are getting quarter of the way to either side from the center. I am giving this product 2 stars for the novel idea and simplicity in operation - hopefully they will get there but they are not there yet. Very light use only for walkways, patios, etc. at about a couple inches depth - anything else and this will not do the job.
I wish this did as well as my neighbor's gas snow blower but unfortunately it could not handle the wet, heavy snow
November 28, 2014
This snow blower arrived on Wednesday (11/26) just as the first snow storm of the season was picking up here in MA, dumping 2" of wet, heavy snow in my driveway. After charging both batteries (I got a spare,) I took the snow joe outside to clear the driveway. The auger would only throw snow when pointed straight ahead and would not throw snow any further than 4 or so feet when pointed to a side. The snow blower struggled to clear the driveway, but with a lot of patience and going slowly over small areas I was able to get all of the snow off the driveway just as the first battery died.Our driveway is 2 car lengths long by 2 wide. I went back inside, recharged the battery that died, and then the snow plow truck came by and plowed us in at the end of the driveway. I took the snow joe back outside and attempted to clear the end of the driveway. This was an extremely frustrating experience as there was only 4-5" of snow at the end of the driveway, but the snow joe was not able to handle it all and I ended up using my shovel to finish the job. We usually get a lot of wet, heavy snow here and the snow joe is simply not powerful enough to handle it. This is really too bad as I would like to see an electric snow blower that can compete with the big gas snowblowers in a New England winter but for now, it looks like I'll be purchasing a bigger gas snowblower.
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Do not buy if you get more than 3 inches of snow ever
March 14, 2017
This blower should have quite a few caveats on it's potential uses. Anything more than a few inches of dry snow and it 100% will not work. The gears stop spinning and it shuts off. The battery does not last long at all and the battery housing comes open every five minutes. I wish there was a way to return this machine. Buy gas electric is not worth the money
Save your money buy a shovel
March 14, 2017
So I am not impressed with Snow joe. Every couple of minutes you have to turn it off to clear the chute. I would only recommend this for light powdery snow. It just doesn't cut it. Save your money
WORKED GREAT - for 2 weeks :(
March 9, 2017
Worked great for 2 weeks. Then is just stopped - battery or ??? Amazon seller directed me to SnowJoe for warranty replacement. What a pain and no machine to clear snow.
Not for anything but fluff
December 24, 2016
Was so excited to get this snowblower for the lake to clear out an ice rink for the kids. Snow this morning was hard and crunchy, blower would barely move through this snow. After one 10 ft pass, It now has quit completely. My husband was being gentle and slow, and nothing. He could have shoveled that strip faster. Unfortunately will be returning. We think soft fluffy snow might be fine but when it is anything but, as it often is in Minnesota, this unit is useless. Returning after the holidays.
"Worked" like a champ for ONE MONTH, then died!!!
December 21, 2016
UPDATE: 45 days now and the Snow Joe no longer works!! We had about 15 days with no new snowfall then 48 hours straight. Machine has power but as soon as it hits 5" of fluffy dry snow it stops. Ridiculous amount of money for a machine that really didn't even last 30 days. Bought the warranty so let's see what that does. Have snow predicted over next 7 days, swell so glad to have this wonderful garbage.So happy with purchase. Had wet slushy packed snow and this machine handled it no problem.Being from Southern California I'm not an experienced snow wrangler but no need. This Snow Joe does it for me.
February 24, 2016
arrived damaged did not perform as shown in the video battery will only last 20 min. not recommended
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7" x 1.5"
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208cc Husqvarna engine
Remote Chute Deflector/Remote Chute Rotator
24-Inch Two Stage
Lightweight design (only 32 lbs) to easily clear sidewalks, driveways and decks.
40 V 4.0 Ah EcoSharprechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to 50 minutes of whisper-quiet run time.
No pull cords, gas, oil, tune-ups, carbon emissions or tangled extension cords.
Steel auger with 2 rubber blades moves up to 495 lbs of snow per minute; cuts a path 18 in. wide by 8 in. deep without damaging surface.
180° auto-rotate directional chute throws snow up to 20 ft.