Winter is right around the corner which means we have to start thinking about snow. In the past, I was the guy who never wanted a snow blower. For me, I loved shoveling. I felt like I was getting a little exercise and just loved the peace and quiet outside when it was snowing. A gas engine always took away the peace and quiet. About two years ago, we tested the Greenworks and Snow Joe snow blowers. While I would give up my exercise, I would still get the peace and quiet with the battery powered snow blowers. While we liked both snowblowers, they both were lacking important aspects such as power and we knocked them for minor quality issues. For the last two years, I have been using the Snow Joe and have been happy with the snow blower. Again, it lacked power and the ability to throw the snow far, but at the time it was really one of the only options on the market. I just had to make sure I planned ahead of time. If it was going to snow 6″, I just made sure I used the snow blower for every 2″ of snow. If I stayed on top of it, I was okay. However, there were plenty of times it would snow overnight or when we were out. During those times, I would end up shoveling. I would also end up shoveling the end of the driveway because the snow was piled up from the snow plows.
If you have been following us for a while, you know we are huge fans of Ego products. They hit the market hard a couple of years ago and haven't looked back. Ego has forced other companies that have been in the OPE before Ego, to play catch up with their own products. For me, there is a lot to love about Ego products, but the two most important aspects that I love about them is quality and service. Every one of their products we have tested have been quality products. They seem to be a company that doesn't release products, just to release them. They want to release products that get the job done and are also innovative. While they are aiming for those two points, they want it to be the best quality product on the market. If you don't believe me, just look at other reviews on Home Depot, you will see they have high ratings. Second on the list is customer service. I have read and seen stories of people who have nothing but great things to say about Ego's customer service. So for these two reasons, yes I am a huge fan of Ego. So when we had a chance to do an Ego Snow Blower Review, we jumped at it.
A couple months back when we had a chance to see the Ego snow blower in action, I was amazed. I knew battery technology had gotten better over the years, but after I saw what the Ego Snow Blower could do, I was excited about the winter and using this machine. Now before I dive into the Ego snow blower review and tell you about it, I want to point out that I haven't used this in snow yet, well at least at the time of this article. This article is more to let you know that Ego has a snow blower, tell you about my first impressions and what we thought. We had a chance to use it when we first saw it, but it was in a closed environment. As I use this during the winter time, I will be reporting back on toolsinaction.com and our social channels, so stay tuned.
Okay, so let's talk about this new Ego snow blower. Right out of the box, you could see this was a quality snow blower. The snow blower wasn't just a piece of plastic. Ego designed this machine to take abuse by designing it with a metal construction, the areas that get abused. Now I know what you're thinking, if this is metal isn't it heavy? Yes, it has a little weight to it, but not heavier than the snow blowers with engines. In fact, it feels much lighter than those snow blowers. This snow blower just feels solid. Ego designed this with a brushless motor which means it's efficient and will give you a long run time. The snow blower has a 21″ intake, so it makes a nice wide path. To start the machine, just press down the button and pull in the handle, it's that easy, just like their lawn mower. During storage, you can easily fold down the handle. On the left-hand side of the handle is a variable speed control and on the right-hand side is the remote chute adjustment. I don't know how to explain the chute adjustment to you. It's just something you have to try. The chute adjustment doesn't feel cheap. When you move it, there is enough resistance where it feels like it's a quality system. In order to move the height of the chute, you can press a lever on the chute and move it up or down. I love how the paddle system is designed. There is a thick metal rod with rubber paddles that pushes the snow through the chute. Get this, according to Ego, you can throw snow 35′. That's a heck of a long way and much farther than my Snow Joe which throws it between 1′ and 3′.
Okay, so how is this powered and why can Ego claim it's as powerful as a gas blower? First, is the design of the unit. You can have a great motor and great internal parts, but if you don't start off with a good battery platform, you will be left in the dust. Ego has an incredible battery technology that allows the batteries to produce power consistently. The snow blower is designed to hold two batteries. Here is the cool part of this. You can run the snow blower with either one battery or two batteries. Just make sure the batteries are 4 Ah batteries or higher. You can't use or it's not recommended to use the 2.5 Ah batteries on this unit. The unit we received came with two 5 Ah batteries. If you have the 7 Ah batteries, you can use those also. So here is how it works. If you have one battery in the machine, it will still run. The snow blower will get all its power from the single battery. However, if you use both batteries, you don't have to worry about them needing the same charge. The system is smart. So say one battery is fully charged and another is 50%. The snow blower will use the 100% battery. When this battery gets to 50% or matches the other battery's charge, it will start combining the batteries and using them together. I know what you are thinking, if it's using one battery, aren't you losing performance? The answer is no. Say you have two batteries in the unit and it's running off the higher charged battery. You get into deep snow and need that boost. Even though both batteries don't have the same charge, it will dip into the other battery for power. The cool part to all of this, you don't have to think about it or do anything with it. The snow blower will do everything for you. All you have to do is walk behind the unit and enjoy the peace and quiet of the outdoors. There is more behind the technology to this unit, but the point is the Ego performs and is a serious snow blower.
As I said we had a chance to test these out in a closed environment. Since there wasn't snow, we used wet saw dust to emulate a heavy wet snow. I know there is a difference between wet saw dust and snow, but we did run this test with other competitors. We tested it against single stage gas and battery powered snow blowers. I was amazed how far and fast this went through the saw dust compared to the gas engine. I really thought the gas engine would perform just as good as the Ego, but it was night and day.
I could sit here and talk to you until I am blue in the face, but I will not. The main thing is this snow blower is the real deal. I will be reporting back to you as the winter moves on, but I wanted to make you aware of this snow blower and what we thought of it. This is just something you will have to try for yourself and see. You can buy these at your local Home Depot and I would suggest buying one. Hey, if you don't like it or think I am wrong, you can always return it. So seriously, what do you have to lose? I am not being paid by Ego, it's just one of those products that I truly like. It's one of those products that I believe in and just get excited talking about.
Ego Snow Blower Review Specifications
- Power – 2 Ego 56V Batteries
- Hi-efficiency brushless motor
- 21-inch clearing width
- Up to 35 feet snow throwing distance
- Push-button start
- Variable-speed control
- LED headlights
- Quick-fold handle for compact storage
- Weather-resistant (ipx4)
- Robust Steel Construction
- 5 Year Warranty
Overall this is another winner from Ego. The snow blower is built like a tank, but not with all the weight you would expect. When Ego built this machine, they built it the right way. The parts that need reinforcement are built with metal to take the abuse. Ego didn't cut any corners, everything on this system seems like quality. Again, I will be reporting back to you this winter, but I am confident this snow blower will perform awesome. If you are looking for a quality snow blower, check out the Ego snow blower. Winter will be here soon and we will be doing another video of this snowblower.