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Electric Snowblowers... Novelty or Usefull?

This may be a little controversial for my first real post but I have been reading about and seeing a lot more "proper" single-stage electric units hitting the shelves and I was wondering how effective they are. I realize the main limitations to these machines but I am interested in hearing from anyone who has actually used one. I must admit that I am intrigued by the simplicity fo these things.
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This may be a little controversial for my first real post but I have been reading about and seeing a lot more "proper" single-stage electric units hitting the shelves and I was wondering how effective they are. I realize the main limitations to these machines but I am interested in hearing from anyone who has actually used one. I must admit that I am intrigued by the simplicity fo these things.
I have never used one, but most of these units are running a 13A - 15A motor. This means you are getting about 2.0 - 2.3 HP of power as an absolute maximum.

Since power measures the rate at which work can be done, the laws of physics already have these at a serious disadvantage to a gas powered unit with 5 HP or more.

Something has to give.. They either can't move the snow as far or can't move as much..

That said I am sure they might work ok in small spaces with smaller amounts of snow.

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I've never experienced using one but my neighbor bought one last year and seemed to have a dickens of a time with the power cord. It was a true electric blower not battery operated. I was done with three residences by the time he got part of his sidewalk done. Admittedly, this was obviously his first time operating it and I felt bad for him but he soldiered on and finally got done. Just watching him though, convinced me to stay the heck awy from them. I know Toro makes an electric "Power shovel" that seems to have a decent legacy. Just not for me. Well, if I had only a small sidewalk to do and was a little older I would possibly consider getting one.
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I've never experienced using one but my neighbor bought one last year and seemed to have a dickens of a time with the power cord. It was a true electric blower not battery operated. I was done with three residences by the time he got part of his sidewalk done. Admittedly, this was obviously his first time operating it and I felt bad for him but he soldiered on and finally got done. Just watching him though, convinced me to stay the heck awy from them. I know Toro makes an electric "Power shovel" that seems to have a decent legacy. Just not for me. Well, if I had only a small sidewalk to do and was a little older I would possibly consider getting one.
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I had a Power Shovel many years ago, in my first small house, single driveway, one car long. Got it for Christmas that year, and it didn't snow until March, Off I went, secret weapon in hand. Turns out it was about 3" heavy, wet snow. Power shovel was begging for mercy in about 6 minutes, internal thermal protection tripped, I went looking for a blown fuse, found none, and by the time I got back to it, it has cooled and worked again, for about 6 minutes. Tried it one other time in dry snow, and it sort of worked, but it only shot snow forward. Long story short, I dunno where it is, if it moved with us and I don't care.
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3 Residences Joe ! Sounds like me sorta...

I do the neighbor to the right of me and I also do the neighbor to the left of me 2 houses over.
Ones older and the latter, her husband passed away suddenly one day after walking into the house from painting the fence...

The immediate neighbor to the left of me, I skip and would rather push the snowblower against the grain of snow rather than even cut a path to get to the other neighbor.
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3 Residences Joe ! Sounds like me sorta...

I do the neighbor to the right of me and I also do the neighbor to the left of me 2 houses over.
Ones older and the latter, her husband passed away suddenly one day after walking into the house from painting the fence...

The immediate neighbor to the left of me, I skip and would rather push the snowblower against the grain of snow rather than even cut a path to get to the other neighbor.
I don't charge anything either. Just do it because I'm the youngest retiree on the street and one neighbor has bad knees, one is 88, one nobody lives there and the nephew who maintains the place lives a mile or so from the house and is in his 70's. Also do anlther one across the street for a nurse who lives alone. She probably doesn't even know who does it for her.

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I have never used one, but most of these units are running a 13A - 15A motor. This means you are getting about 2.0 - 2.3 HP of power as an absolute maximum.

Since power measures the rate at which work can be done, the laws of physics already have these at a serious disadvantage to a gas powered unit with 5 HP or more.
Word!

It's nice to see someone who knows science and doesn't fall for marketing B.S. Sears can stamp "5 HP" on their shop vacs all they want (in blatant violation of truth-in-advertising laws, but apparently nobody cares about that any more), but it doesn't change the fact you can only get a little over two horsepower out of a standard electrical outlet.

Having said that, I will also say my grandfather had an electric snowblower for many years and was very happy with it.

In spite of living in eastern MA where we get a decent amount of snow, he had a very short driveway (about 20'), was patient, and being retired he was able to go out as soon as a certain amount of snow had accumulated and remove it, rather than having to wait until the end of the storm or the end of the work day. So if it was heavy wet snow he'd go out when there was 2" or so, more with lighter snow.

When he got older and I started doing his driveway, I kept an Ariens ST824 in his garage as I wasn't in a position to clear the drive every time a couple of inches fell.

I did use that electric machine more than a few times and have to say I didn't find the cord to be such a big deal. You just have to come up with a system for managing it.

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I might not do the house 2 houses over with my new 2 stager.....
She's got PT wood for her driveway expansion joints.
One of them is split, raised at least 5-6 inch out of the joint.
When I use my 621, I make it my business to avoid that area.
Sometimes I forget as it's all covered in snow....and I'm like, let me just get this clean and proceed on.

I'd hate to ding my new SB for just being helpful ;-)
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I might not do the house 2 houses over with my new 2 stager.....
She's got PT wood for her driveway expansion joints.
One of them is split, raised at least 5-6 inch out of the joint.
When I use my 621, I make it my business to avoid that area.
Sometimes I forget as it's all covered in snow....and I'm like, let me just get this clean and proceed on.

I'd hate to ding my new SB for just being helpful ;-)
I've seen a couple homes around here w/pressure treated expansion joints. Never had to deal with them though. I broke a paddle last year on my Ariens 522ss. Perfectly clean driveway with about 5" of semi light snow. Not forcing the machine, just letting it eat and wham! This was the vacant home next to us and the driveway is new condition pavement. Have no idea what happened.

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... I realize the main limitations to these machines but I am interested in hearing from anyone who has actually used one. ....
I have a SnowJoe 40V 18" ss blower. It works fine for fresh snow and reblown snow. It is on the small side, half way between snow shovel and gas ss blowers. Pricey, but quiet. You can work away without disturbing your neighbours. Very light as well. The charge on one battery has a theoretical limit of 40 minutes. Experience reveals about 30-ish minutes in fresh snow, maybe twenty-ish in hard snow.

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