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Anyone bought one of the rechargeable snow blowers ??
The reviews on their site are very positive but curious if any of the members have one ??
I'm kind of curious as it would be great for the back deck and pathway to the dogs "bathroom" that I can't get my 2 stage to in the winter.

They are only $400 and you'd never have to clean a carburetor again and already has an LED headlight

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I wonder how long a charge lasts. If you told me 10 years ago that I would own a LiOn battery powered circular saw that I could cut framing lumber with today I would have thought it would cost a fortune. This certainly would eliminate any worries about ethanol and storage.
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When you are pricing it, you should also see what the cost of a replacement battery pack would run. If you find any reviews, see if they are just new owners. If I were looking, I would really like to find out how long it might be before the battery starts getting tired.

Battery powered tools are really convenient, but personally I often find battery powered stuff to be more expensive, weaker, and not have the same life expectancy (where battery replacement is prohibitively expensive).

Prob more opinion than fact here, but just sharing my thoughts..

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You're not going to run it on the grass very much, Frog. Ss blowers and grass don't mix. And Imbet that battery pack ain't too light either. I really think I'd stick with gas. JMHO.
By the way, neighbor 2 doors down got an electric blower as a present from his daughters. I watched as he dragged the cord behind him. It came unplugged once, when he hauled on it. It was pretty pathetic. He didn't really know how to use it. I felt kind of bad for him. It was some green machine Earthworks® or something.

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Here is the exact same machine under the "Snow Joe" label:





Most of the "good" reviews are from people who have used it once..maybe twice..in a small amount of light snow.
to see how it handles in 3 or more inches of wet snow..and for an accurate feel for the battery life, read the 1-star reviews..


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One of the members on My Lawn Mower Forum from Connecticut bought himself a Snow Joe sj620 this winter and had this to say about it over on MLF. We all know they got some snow out east this year.

"I just bought my first snow thrower. a snow joe electric. It freakin rocks. I was watching my neighbors use their humungous gas guzzlers, then I saw another with an electric one that throwing snow just as far. No gas fumes in the garage, I can carry it up onto my deck and I can carry it down into the basement for strorage in the spring, It only weighs about 25 pounds so I could even lift it into my truck if needed. Im liking it very much."

It's a corded one though.

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Like the others have mentioned, replacement batteries can be pricey. I've had three different rechargeable mowers that I bought replacement batteries for through batterysharks.com for much less than the mower's manufactures wanted for equivalent batteries. So that might be an option if and when battery replacement is called for.

I'm pretty much retired from the forum thing, but I check in every now and then.

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I'm not saying it's good or bad, but I have to roll my eyes when the manufacturers play the green card and say "no carbon emissions". What do they think pukes out of the stack of the coal fired power plant that produces the electricity to charge the batteries? just sayin'


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I'm not saying it's good or bad, but I have to roll my eyes when the manufacturers play the green card and say "no carbon emissions". What do they think pukes out of the stack of the coal fired power plant that produces the electricity to charge the batteries? just sayin'
I hear you Larry. I've wondered the same thing. As they say, "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch."

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"I was watching my neighbors use their humungous gas guzzlers, then I saw another with an electric one that throwing snow just as far."
OK, I chuckled at the "gas guzzler" comment he left! I also live in Connecticut and have a pretty big driveway. Even with all this snow, I've only used 4 gallons of gas this Winter! Not what I'd call a "guzzler". LOL!

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