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Snow Blowers

asopasop Member Posts: 8,889 ✭✭✭✭

I'm thinking about buying a "battery operated" one! Any comments would be appreciated.

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  • dcon12dcon12 Member Posts: 31,926 ✭✭✭✭

    You're welcome. Don

  • navc130navc130 Member Posts: 1,186 ✭✭✭

    My next door neighbor bought a battery operated snowblower and is very satisfied with it. It seems to throw snow and ice at least as good, if not betterr than a gas one. We live on a regular city lot with a two car driveway and regular sidewalk.

  • Rocky RaabRocky Raab Member Posts: 14,053 ✭✭✭✭

    As with all other things, there are a myriad of YouTube vids on this. Giving both good and bad opinions, of course.

    Battery blowers seem to work fine if you have powder or at least light snow. Not so much with heavy wet stuff. And not at all on that concrete stuff the snowplow leaves at the end of your driveway.

    I may be a bit crazy - but I didn't drive myself.
  • Texas1911DETexas1911DE Member Posts: 629 ✭✭✭✭

    ...I saw a snow blower in person, once...

  • KenK/84BravoKenK/84Bravo Member Posts: 12,055 ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2023

    ...I used a snow blower in person, once.

  • Rocky RaabRocky Raab Member Posts: 14,053 ✭✭✭✭

    I have used one more than once - a day. In a big storm, thrice. I call mine "The Beast": 5HP 28" Husqvarna. Headlight, heated handles, reverse gear, five-speed forward.

    I may be a bit crazy - but I didn't drive myself.
  • JimmyJackJimmyJack Member Posts: 5,373 ✭✭✭✭

    I have an Ariens 8 HP, a 10 HP Husqvarna, and a five foot 3 point for the back of my tractor. Id like to try an EGO but nervous because of all the heavy wet snow we get. The Husky will blow anything, but it is hard for an old man to handle. It would be nice to not have to deal with the gas engines. The trade off is short battery life. My daughter bought a cub cadett? and it seems to work very well. After 30 years I just put a new carb on the Ariens it works great on the sidewalks.

  • Bubba Jr.Bubba Jr. Member Posts: 8,155 ✭✭✭✭

    When we lived in town I bought a snow blower for about $900. My wife about had a conniption until I told her that snow blower is going to be a lot less expensive than my first heart attack.

    Since we moved out here in the country I have never used it after I bought my tractors with a front end loader and a back blade.

    Joe

  • dunbarboyzdunbarboyz Member Posts: 2,075 ✭✭✭✭

    I just upgraded to a 13 HP three stage Cub Cadet no battery machine will do what this does.

  • ruger41ruger41 Member Posts: 14,645 ✭✭✭

    About 8 years ago we moved to a house with a really long driveway and sidewalks so needed to buy a snowblower. Bought a Craftsman from Sears. It’s been just ok. Had to have the carburetor replaced twice even though I used fuel stabilizer and started it at least once a month even in the summer(they use cheap Chinese carbs that are not worth rebuilding . I won’t be doing that again and may buy an electric. Sometimes we do get wet, heavy snow so not sure how well an electric will do for that.

  • bullshotbullshot Member Posts: 14,236 ✭✭✭✭

    What's a snow blower? 😉

    "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you"
  • mac10mac10 Member Posts: 2,521 ✭✭✭✭

    Me 13 hp simplicity blows powder 40ft

  • truthfultruthful Member Posts: 1,956 ✭✭✭✭

    Whatever you get, make sure it is a two stage blower.

  • Ditch-RunnerDitch-Runner Member Posts: 24,359 ✭✭✭✭

    2nd year we lived here about 30 some odd years ago after shoveling our butts off the 1st winter here

    Wife said no more shoveling we ate getting a snow blower the drive way drifs bad due to the location 4 feet was not uncommon .were buying a snow thrower

    Don't have to tell me twice lol

    We Bought a craftsman two stage I have replaced some cables and springs and the belts once but it just keeps on going i can't say nothing bad about it .

    i am just getting ready to give it a once over for the season

    The following year we bought a 9n Ford and found a blade and tire chains best all around item we ever have bought

    Also our neighbors would swing by on their backhoes and clean it out for us now and then .

    If you get a battery version let us know

  • NeoBlackdogNeoBlackdog Member Posts: 16,464 ✭✭✭✭

    This is a snow blower! Might be a bit much for some applications, but we'd be stuck (literally!) without it in the winter.

    This one even comes with an operator, as long as I make sure the machine's warmed up and there's fuel in the tank.

  • buddybbuddyb Member Posts: 5,222 ✭✭✭✭

    Bless all the poor souls that need a snow blower.

  • KenK/84BravoKenK/84Bravo Member Posts: 12,055 ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2023

    We get pretty Severe Winters up here in the Mountains. (Lot's of Ski Resorts, all around us.)

  • JimmyJackJimmyJack Member Posts: 5,373 ✭✭✭✭

    Enough blowhards here, dont need a snowblower!

  • Bubba Jr.Bubba Jr. Member Posts: 8,155 ✭✭✭✭
  • Mr. PerfectMr. Perfect Member, Moderator Posts: 66,154 ******

    My in-laws have one. They like it for small jobs, like clearing off their deck. They have also used it for their driveway (leading from suburban street to 3 car garage). They are retired and have all day to plow and shovel so it works for them.

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    And fiery auto crashes
    Some will die in hot pursuit
    While sifting through my ashes
    Some will fall in love with life
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    That is pouring like an avalanche
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  • NeoBlackdogNeoBlackdog Member Posts: 16,464 ✭✭✭✭

    B3030. We'd be lost here without it.

    As for snow-blowers, We have a fairly large deck that we like to keep shoveled off and we've been looking at the Ego electrics with the rubber augers. It'll be interesting to see what the consensus is here.

  • pulsarncpulsarnc Member Posts: 6,179 ✭✭✭✭

    Not enough snow here to have one . Thank God ! When we do have a random event the tractor with a scraper blade takes care of it..

    cry Havoc and let slip  the dogs of war..... 
  • Rocky RaabRocky Raab Member Posts: 14,053 ✭✭✭✭

    I'm going to make a "wag" and say the limit for electric snow blowers is about a two-car garage and 50-ft driveway. Smaller than that (assuming you don't get "concrete snow") and you can probably get away with an electric. That area and larger, go with gas. You still might have to tackle the snow plow truck pile with a shovel either way at least to loosen it up enough to get the blower to work without bogging down.

    I may be a bit crazy - but I didn't drive myself.
  • GTRiemGTRiem Member Posts: 307 ✭✭✭

    I was in a tool outlet in Birch Run, MI over weekend and Ryobi seemed to be the hot item. Folks were lined up buying electric snow blowers and snow shovels.

    I wish a neighbor would buy one so I can see how it actually performs before I make an investment.

    I have a big gas walk behind I hope I don't need often. It just hasn't been snowing as much last few years.

    Probably just jinxed myself!

    For small jobs it's nice to not mess with gas.

    Sold this tractor/blower 2 years ago when we got out of cattle & hay. Cleared a lot of snow at the farm and around the lake

    and neighbors over the years. Heat and radio were nice.


  • austin20austin20 Member Posts: 34,683 ✭✭✭✭

    About 15 years ago me and four neighbors all threw in like $150 bucks each and we bought a toro snowblower. In the years since we purchased it I believe we have had maybe 12-15 snowfalls that warranted using it. But when it does snow enough we get out there and clear our driveways plus another 10-12 neighbors driveways and we end up having some fun doing it.

  • armilitearmilite Member Posts: 35,478 ✭✭✭

    yep got a 5 hp crapsman its okay for most snow just doesn't move it when its heavy wet stuff. Thought about buying another one but I don't understand the whole CC'S compared to actual HP. Mines about 10 years old but was contemplating getting a new one.

  • JimmyJackJimmyJack Member Posts: 5,373 ✭✭✭✭

    If you divide the ccs by 15 you will approximate the HP.

  • BrookwoodBrookwood Member, Moderator Posts: 13,174 ******

    I was considering buying a battery powered electric blower just for my deck. After watching various videos of the models in action I felt that they couldn't push the snow high enough to clear the decks wooden railings.

    Just like @NeoBlackdog , My Kubota BX with its 55" two stage front mounted snow blower takes good care of my very long, very steep, driveway these past 8 years going on 9! I am very envious of that warm CAB though!! I'm out in the open COLD doing the job but I dress up like Ralphie's little brother!

  • Don McManusDon McManus Member Posts: 23,427 ✭✭✭✭

    Agree with this. Bought a Ryobi 2-stage Eva use it uses the same batteries as the lawn mower. 24”? Wide, does well in snow up to 6” if fairy dry. About 30 minutes with 2 6 amp hour batteries, enough for a 100’ driveway. Need to change out batteries to clear the courtyard.

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    Brad Steele
  • SW0320SW0320 Member Posts: 2,372 ✭✭✭✭

    I just wish I had the cab. I have the same setup without the cab and when the wind is blowing I feel it.

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