kuma99 wrote:electricity + wet = yikes.
This bad-boy pulls 15 amps. That means you ned a real outlet. 3-prong and preferably gfci.
Longer cord ups the amperage requirement
50 foot needs 12 ga cord.
100 feet needs 10 ga cord.
150 feet needs gas blower.
longer the cord, more it draws. Same with wetter snow- it will pull a higher amperage.
I don't know what experts recommend for wire gauge, but I have had one of these for a decade, and run it with 300 feet of mixed 12 and 14 gauge cords plugged into a GFCI. You don't need a 3-prong cord/outlet unless the equipment has a ground prong. As this is double-insulated, it probably does not require it. I currently (heh) use a 300 foot cord made from 2, 100 foot, 12 gauge cords, and a single 100 foot 14 gauge cord on the end closest to the equipment. The joints are soldered, heat-shrinked, and wrapped with waterproof tape. The lighter cord on the equipment end makes it lighter to pull along with me. I've been using this setup for over 15 years, for snow and for my lawn, and have had zero problems.
Here in New England I just dealt with a 27" snowfall last weekend using a decade old version of this blower. I cleared 9" off Friday night, and cleared drifts over the height of the top of the chute on Saturday once the snow stopped. It takes patience, but it gets the job done. It is MUCH easier then hand shoveling. This is easily worth $135 delivered for me. Replacement parts for the wear surfaces (skids, blade, and impeller) cost ~$40 every 4-5 years, so getting a new chassis and motor along with it is a no-brainer.