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Woz    26

Never owned a snowblower usually shovel or hillbilly it and wait til it melts. Had shoulder surgery 3 months ago so cant shovel. Was checkin the Greenworks at lowes. Anyone know how these are for chicago winters? Watched some videos on them they seem good. I know theres a new ego out but leary on new model things esp with this being its first winter out. Or just get the gas model? Thanks guys

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DR99    2,089

I had the Greenworks it worked but it is a cheap built and feeling unit. I have a big gas 2 stage for the big stuff and now the Ego for most of the other snow. 2 stage units can be a bear to wrestle with you might want to look at a nice single stage gas. Depending on your needs the Ego might not be a bad choice either.

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DR99    2,089

Forgot about the Snow Joe they have a 80v 2 stage coming out this winter. Like Jimbo said Eric was happy with his Snow Joe.

 

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Woz    26

Thanks. Yea still leaning twards a smaller gasser. Its hard to predict the winters here an what gets thrown at us. 

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DR99    2,089

I'm in Se Michigan so we can get hammered most of our snowfalls are in the 4 to 6 inch range most of the time with a few 8" to 10" storms. A small single stage can handle bigger storms you will just have to go out in the middle of a storm to keep up with it. The big 2 stages are great for the monster snows but are slow for the smaller stuff.

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DR99    2,089

Just remember don't let the gas get stale it will make starting the snow blower tough when you need to use it.  You might want to splurge on True fuel unless you know your going to use a bunch of gas at once.

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Jrhky36    23

I also live in  SE Michigan, though I live in a snow belt. Last year I bought a Cub Cadet 3 stage snowblower. That thing made short work of the crappie that the plow leaves at the end of the street. Might want to take a look at that, though they are pricey.

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DR99    2,089

Yea, the end of driveway crap is a real sob to deal with. Good thing southern macomb county doesn't get the snow belt like you do

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Jrhky36    23

I'm in northern Oakland County. in the i69 snow corridor. when Dave say 6" for Detroit and 9"for flint Imy looking for 9"

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DR99    2,089

Yep that is the snow corridor the next one is M-59 but not as crazy as Northern Oakland you guys get storms that end up being dustings for us sometimes.

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Eric - TIA    1,006

The Snow Joe isn't bad.  Much lighter than the EGO.  I live in the Chicago area also.  I just got the Ego, so not sure how it performs in all the snow, but will find out tonight.  Snow Joe wasn't good for a very heavy snow or the end of the driveway.  It was good for what I did.  I used the EGO in the last snow, but only for part of the driveaway since my neighbor did the rest before I got home.  The EGO is night and day compared to the snow joe.  My dad uses the Greenworks and he likes it, but the handle is cheap.  My wifes dad is using the Snow Joe.  He just makes sure it doesn't get really deep.  He will have to go out and run the Snow Joe a little more often.

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Kato    1,536

I use an 18" electric Toro PowerCurve, great little thrower. Works on wet snow, and cuts through the crap the snow plows dump on the end of the driveway really nice. It got me through the snow we had back in 2011...

 

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But...unfortunately it's electric, which means dragging the extension cord out. It's not bad, I don't mind it too much, but it can be a pain in the neck sometimes. I'm silently hoping the thrower croaks so I can beg the wife for a cordless one.

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DaveJr.    745

Well this past January, the east coast got hammered, 34" by me. Our big 2 stage ariens made very short work of our corner house, 60' double wide driveway and smaller single car driveway, plus 3 other houses. I couldn't even imagine using anything other then gas, but its all about preference. It only takes one big snowfall to make a purchase like that worth it.

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Woz    26
3 hours ago, Eric - TIA said:

The Snow Joe isn't bad.  Much lighter than the EGO.  I live in the Chicago area also.  I just got the Ego, so not sure how it performs in all the snow, but will find out tonight.  Snow Joe wasn't good for a very heavy snow or the end of the driveway.  It was good for what I did.  I used the EGO in the last snow, but only for part of the driveaway since my neighbor did the rest before I got home.  The EGO is night and day compared to the snow joe.  My dad uses the Greenworks and he likes it, but the handle is cheap.  My wifes dad is using the Snow Joe.  He just makes sure it doesn't get really deep.  He will have to go out and run the Snow Joe a little more often.

The ego worked awesome in the last snow. I was very impressed. The greenworks seemed a little cheap to me. The ego feels like a gas model and more rigid. The shoot lever is awesome also. Youll love the ego. 

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DR99    2,089

Nothing so far and it might be awhile Snow removal is a smaller market than say a lawn mower. You never know what product managers are thinking though. It does make sense as Dewalt probably has a bigger built in market than B&D regarding 18/20v tools.

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Jronman    824

Is DeWALT going to GIE+ EXPO this year? I seen EGO is going and I think Makita (might show off a rumored ope specific battery platform)

I'd like to see an EGO pole hedge trimmer attachment for the power head system. A dual stage EGO snowblower would be cool.

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DR99    2,089

I swear they demoed a hedge attachment at GIE last year Ego I',m talking about.

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rrich1    1,710

Im still waiting to use the ego snow blower i won earlier this year from tia. lol 

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Jronman    824
1 hour ago, rrich1 said:

Im still waiting to use the ego snow blower i won earlier this year from tia. lol 

My dad got one within the past few years and we haven't really needed to use it haha.

The past 4-5 years have been lacking in much snow for Nebraska. Lately we have gotten small amounts of snow that turns into ice.

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