Blowing electric snow

For years I’ve had a big, heavy, gas powered, 2-stage snowblower. It’s a beast of a machine, and I really don’t like it that much. Every year when I go to start it the first time it takes forever. I do all the stuff I’m supposed to at the end of the season, like use up the gas or put Stabil into the tank, etc,. But it just doesn’t make a difference. I have to spend 10-15 minutes every winter with the electric starter getting it to fire the first time (and yes, the spark plug seemed fine too).

It’s also overkill for how I usually snow blow. VERY rarely do I wait until a storm is completely over before I head out to clear the driveway. Often we might need to get the cars out mid-snow, or I just feel like being outside while it’s snowing. Usually, in a snow event, I’m out there 2-3 times before it’s done. I can could on one hand the number of times I’ve had to snow blow a MASSIVE amount of snow. Normally, it’s 6-7 inches or less at a time.

I’m tired of smelling like gas, and I’m tired of dealing with a big giant device, so I decided to go electric. When I first mentioned going to an electric snow blower to friends, they were shocked that devices like that even existed. However, battery tech has come such a long way in the past 5 years, you can get tremendous torque and longevity out of electric outdoor equipment now. That just left a decision on what brand.

Although you can get some two-stage blowers that are fully electric, I opted to back down to a 1-stage. I wanted something that wasn’t so huge and heavy (plus didn’t cost $1300). After pinging some folks on social media for opinions, I opt’d for the EGO SNT2102 single stage snow blower. The price was in my budget, and they have a long history of really good battery tech. In particular, this model is powered by two 56V, 5.0 Ah batteries. Way more than I should ever need for my driveway.

This isn’t really a review yet, because I haven’t had a chance to really put it through it’s paces, but from the short test that I did, I was super pleased, and impressed. Especially with how light the blower was. I could toss it around without any issue. It also comes with some LED headlights for night time work, and a variable speed control on the auger. The batteries are huge and heavy, but they didn’t contribute to overall weight that much.

For now though I’m waiting on a good snow to try it with. Unfortunately, the weather is looking pretty dismal for snow in the near future. It’s only November though, and I’m sure I’ll have a good change to put it through its paces and post a decent review before too long. I’m really excited to give this a try, and I’m hopeful it’s exactly what I’m looking for.

Mechanical brain failure

Sometimes it’s fun to share an embarrassing story because it might just save others from the same plight. That’s what today’s blog entry is all about. If you find this information useful, then feel free to thank me (beer is nice). Otherwise, if you already knew this, then feel free to chuckle quietly at yourself as to my ineptitude.

I’ve had a snowblower for a few years, and it works moderately well. However, I’ve always lamented the fact that I never get the type of traction that I want, because only one wheel seems to be powered. I figured this was simply because I bought a slightly less expensive model, and it didn’t have all the bells and whistles of bigger versions.

Today I was at the hardware store and walked past the snowblower aisle. I glanced at the models to see if any of them had multi-wheel drive trains. Funny thing, none of them mentioned anything about it. I came home and did some Google’ing only to discover that my model does in fact drive both wheels. I simply had to move a locking pin into position on the non-powered wheel, and voila, everything works as I wanted it to.

Therefore, let this be a lesson to you to read the instruction manual a bit more completely when you’re putting together your snowblower to make sure you have the drive train set up the right way!