Single stage blowers drag their paddles on the ground to propel themselves forward. The EGO's paddles do not touch the ground and are smaller to conserve battery and provide better throwing, which they evidently felt was necessary due to its limited power.
Thanks for this. I don't fully understand. Are you saying that the EGO with rubber paddles does or does not move itself forward by contact with the ground? It sounds like you're saying that the METAL AUGER is my main problem---that a metal auger cannot touch the pavement. That would make sense. I really wasn't aware of this issue when I bought the machine.To be clear, your Toro 721 was self propelled in the manner I explained. The more you lift up/push forward on the handlebar, driving the auger into the ground, the more it propels itself. That is why it had rubber paddles, metal ones would cause damage. It should have also cleared right down to the pavement for the same reason, unless there was icy hardpack, the scaper was not adjusted correctly, or the paddles were worn down. The EGO does not have any self propel and that is by design to conserve power. If you want a self propelled electric single stage, your options are limited. The downsides to the self propel models are less battery life and the rubber paddles are a consumable part which require periodic replacement.
They did, though. Same as EGO with metal augers. Only the new models this year have gone back to self propel rubber augers. I would expect EGO to follow suit soon as it is a common complaint.