GURABoy wrote:I've seen a lot of snow blowers over the years, but always gas-powered. Anyone have any experience with electric? Decent price, but I have to say I'm skeptical, like I am of electric chainsaws...
I've had one for a while; note the part in the specs where it says ideal for 2-6" of snow. More ideal on the 2" end. And more ideal with fluffy snow, not heavy wet snow. As you expect it just doesn't have the muscle for serious work; consider it more of an electric snowshovel, maybe; like Toro markets it's smaller brothers as basically electric brooms. I eventually bit the bullet and bought a gas version.
On the other hand, it does have a few advantages; paradoxically, it's lack of robustness makes it better for mammoth blizzards like the recent one, because you can hoist it up and shave the top off and work down slowly, whereas a serious blower is fated to be on the bottom of that 5 foot drift, and won't fare too well. Of course, the other advantages are obvious; no gas engine maintenance issues, no gasoline to be procured, if it stalls no problems starting it again, in the offseason you can just hang it from a hook on the garage wall. I'd recommend it for light snowfalls, for limited areas like a deck or porch that you wouldn't/couldn't do with a monster machine, and for folks who aren't sufficiently strong enough themselves to wield a big monster.
(I've also got an electric chainsaw, and it's quite good at its job up to maybe 4" diameter.)