Ego sent us one of their cordless electric 56V 21″ snow blowers earlier in the season. We then ordered a second one for added opinion.
So far, I’ve only used it on 3 occasions. I feel I need a little more time, but that’s enough experience for at least a mid-season review. End of season? Hopefully it’s the end of the season – I’m ready for warmer weather.
What I’ve found is that this is a FANTASTIC machine.
I don’t think it’s quite capable of what a good gasoline-powered snow blower can do, but I really don’t like gas engine tools if a good electric or cordless alternative exists.
This Ego cordless snow blower? Yes, I would consider it to be a good alternative to a small-sized gas-engine snow blower.
We have a rather steep driveway with multiple angles. Towards the bottom, there’s a sort of steep hump. What I’ve found is that, in a lot of places, the Ego snow blower won’t clear the snow down to the asphalt – it’ll leave a thin but compacted layer that I then need to shovel out the best I could.
The Ego excels on level ground, but can handle the driveaway reasonably well.
It’s controllable when going downhill. Going uphill? I prefer to drag it back up and let gravity work for me and not against me.
The last deep snow was a challenge, with thick wet snow that clogged up the chute a few times. But that probably would have likely happened with similarly sized gas snow blower.
I feel that this is a good single stage cordless snow blower. It was easy to setup, it’s easy to use, and the battery system is wonderful. I have a second Ego charger, and so after a long clearing session I had both batteries charging at the same time.
The runtime is quite long – said to be 45 minutes on (2) 5.0Ah batteries. There’s also a 7.5Ah kit option.
If you need longer runtime, buy more batteries and a second charger. Or take the charger from another Ego outdoor power tool kit you might have previously purchased.
I really don’t have any complaints. Well… I wish that the snow blower could store vertically like their mowers, but it can be angled and wedged somewhere for storage. And I wish it went down to the asphalt, but that seems to be a problem with how our driveway is angled.
The machine performs admirably.
I’m hoping that Ego is working on a dual stage unit – I’d buy one on the spot, even if runtime was reduced. I know that SnowJoe offers a 2-stage cordless snow blower, $799 for the 2x 5.0Ah battery kit, but I’m sold on Ego’s platform.
- 21″ clearing width
- Throws snow up to 35′
- Variable speed auger control
- Handle-mounted chute adjustment (works well)
- Adjustable chute angle (controls are on the chute itself)
- LED headlights
- 5-year limited warranty
- Powered by brushless motors
- Fold-down handle
Ego has a proven track record of not only capable outdoor power tools, but exceptional ones, and their 21″ cordless snow blower is no different.
Price: $399 for the bare tool, $599 for the 2x 5.0Ah kit, $799 for the 2x 7.5Ah kit
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Does anyone have any tips on how to quickly clean a snow blower after use?
I posted a quick photo to Instagram after the first test back in January, when we had just a few inches on the ground. That was one extreme, with the next tests involving wet and heavy snow levels slightly beyond the Ego’s optimal capacity.
The question isn’t whether this is the best snow blower on the market, period, but whether it’s the best one in the $400 to $800 range. And to that I’m thinking the answer is YES. I wouldn’t trade this for a gas engine model, even if I didn’t mind the hassles of working with gas.
This bad boy can go a full clearing session – for me anyways – without really needing a recharge. I’d like to think that Ego is capable of a 2-stage unit – if Snow Joe can do it, surely Ego can too, right? – but at what tradeoff? Runtime? Ergonomics?
I mention this because I the Ego snow blower isn’t a do-all machine, but I’m enamored with it nonetheless. The last big snowfall measured 12″ or so, and in some parts (mainly the inclined driveaway areas) that was beyond what the Ego could comfortable clear up without me struggling and the machine bogging down a little.
The next time we get heavy snowfall, I’ll try to do some clearing in stages as it comes down. Or if not, I did just buy a SnoBoss which might help me quickly skim a few inches off the top of must-clear sections. Side note: in my initial test the SnoBoss could not handle anything but fresh clean snow.
Thank you to Ego for providing the review sample unconditionally.