Let it snow
The first flakes may still be a few weeks away, but it's about time to dust off the snow thrower and prep it for winter. But what if, instead of fiddling with a carb and mixing fuel, this task meant simply inspecting the blower and making sure the batteries are charged.
Snow Joe has just introduced the first such cordless two-stage tool powered by two lithium-ion batteries. The clean and silent operation make snow-clearing an almost pleasant experience.
The Snow Joe iON24SB-XR is self-propelled, and it's two-stage function collects the snow with an auger and then discharges it with an impeller fan. This makes it ideal for clearing snow from larger yards and driveways.
It's available with two 40-volt 5.0 Ah batteries for 40 minutes of runtime, which can carve a swath 24 inches wide by 13 inches deep, and throw up to 1,000 pounds of snow per minute. An upgraded model features two 40-volt 6.0 Ah batteries for 50 minutes of runtime on a single charge.
Since there is no gas, this unit can be stored safely indoors and is about half the way of most gas units which make it much more maneuverable.
The iON24SB-XR is available now for $799 on Amazon.