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Question Snow Joe - Good for Decks?

Does anyone have thoughts on a cheap "deck-only" electric snow blower?

I'm buying a new Ariens this year for our driveway. But, our deck is another issue.

I'm 62 years of age, and in good shape - thankfully. However, my days of heavy shoveling are coming to a close.

I've never owned a single-stage unit. I'm contemplating the purchase of a cheap, $150 Snow Joe, with an electric motor (corded) from Home Depot.

I've decided I'd rather not have one more engine to maintain, and the deck is small enough that I think I can cope with a cord.

Snow Joe MAX SJM988 18 in. 13.5-Amp Electric Snow Blower with Light-SJM988 - The Home Depot

I realize these machines aren't powerful. But, I'm just looking for something to clear the deck, without damaging the surface (or my back).

Does anyone have any thoughts/advice on this purchase?

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I suppose for light use they would probably do the job but personally I would look for a used Toro electric. This is just my personal preference. I know Toro.

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I suppose for light use they would probably do the job but personally I would look for a used Toro electric. This is just my personal preference. I know Toro.
Generally, I'd go for Toro too. They're higher in price for less power. But - they're Toro, which usually means higher quality, in ways most people never measure.

Also checked Craigslist for used electric Toros, but found very little in my area.

$200 is probably my limit for this purchase (my new Ariens will be $1800).
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Don't forget about the depth of snow on your deck. I sometimes get 12"-18" drifts. Small electrics might choke at 6". My old Toro single stage with a 2 cycle engine is light enough for my 68 year old body. Still it's takes awhile sometimes.
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Don't forget about the depth of snow on your deck. I sometimes get 12"-18" drifts. Small electrics might choke at 6". My old Toro single stage with a 2 cycle engine is light enough for my 68 year old body. Still it's takes awhile sometimes.
Valid point, stromr. We probably get snow similar to yours (here in MA). I've resigned myself to the fact that this little tool won't handle big snowfalls. I'll probably have to clear the deck several times during a big storm.

A small engine machine is probably preferable. But, they're still bigger, heavier and about 3 times the price of a corded electric. Also, really don't want yet another small engine to service (have 8 already).

Finally, my wife has capped my "snowblower allocation" at $2K this year (women can be cruel)

After my Ariens acquisition, that only leaves $200 for the "toy" snowblower.
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I'll second what others have said: Toro makes some very nice small machines.

I got an older version of this: https://www.toro.com/en/homeowner/sn...er-curve-38381 for about $100 on Craigslist last year, used it to clear our deck and sometimes the front walk and stairs, and have been very happy with it.

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"Finally, my wife has capped my "snowblower allocation" at $2K this year (women can be cruel)"

Ah yes! "She who must be obeyed" Seriously I too have seen a couple of Toro electrics around here for less than $200. They're quite popular and seem to have found a niche market with consumers who have decks. You can't go wrong with Toro!
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Knowing that the Snow Joe is a Chinese blower I'd just be worried about support and parts. Can't say I know of any problems just apprehensive of the brand. In their defense on Amazon the 18" 13.5amp model does have a very good rating from a lot of buyers Rating: 4.2 - ‎624 reviews
But being marketed through Walmart doesn't help in my opinion. Seems they sell a bunch of them and then you need to figure out how to get service should the need arise.

I'd go for a used Toro and now's a great time to get one cheap.

Make sure the windows are up before the snow plow goes by !!

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I am not sure how large your deck is, but some people get tracked blowers so they can drive them up steps.

Please direct all snow blower questions to the forums and not to me with PMs.
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Here's a Toro electric powercurve 1200 for $30 that was posted overnight. Is located in Gardner, down Rte. 2. Might be an option.....

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