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[Costco] Costco: Snow Joe® Ultra electric snow thrower for $199.00

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[Costco] Costco: Snow Joe® Ultra electric snow thrower for $199.00

browsing Costco.ca and found this one, seems pretty good for light snow. Shipping included in the price.

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The Snow Joe® Ultra electric snow thrower delivers the power of a gas machine with the convenience of an electric unit. Driven by a 13.5-amp motor, this snow thrower can move 362.9 kg (800 lb.) of snow per minute. Its durable 4-blade rotor is constructed with steel and clears a full 45.7 cm (18 in.) and 25.4 cm (10 in.) deep with each pass. The Snow Joe® Ultra features an adjustable discharge chute that rotates a complete 180° to provide full control over the snow-discharge direction.



Features:

13.5-amp motor moving up to 362.9 kg (800 lb.) of snow per minute
4-steel blade rotors throwing snow up to 6.1 m (20 ft.)
45.7 cm (18 in.) wide and 25.4 cm (10 in.) deep clearing path
180° adjustable chute
Chute-deflector controlling height of snow stream
Halogen headlight
Scraper clearing to the pavement
Pivot wheels for easy maneuverability
Convenient compact shape
Instant start
Maintenance free
ETL approved
Specifications:

Dimensions (L x W x H):
114.3 cm x 48.3 cm x 96.5 cm
(45 in. x 19 in. x 38 in.)
Weight: 15 kg (33 lb.)
Warranty:

2 years
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Does anybody have experience with Electric Snow Blowers? I'd love to know if its practical or not?
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1234holycow1234 wrote:
Nov 1st, 2010 6:49 pm
Does anybody have experience with Electric Snow Blowers? I'd love to know if its practical or not?
Worked fine for me......until it picked up an ice chunk and shattered its own plastic. Returned to Walmart. Honestly, the extension cord was a pain in the ass as well.

Now using a small 21" Toro gas snowblower which costs $700+. WAY WAY WAY better :)
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1234holycow1234 wrote:
Nov 1st, 2010 6:49 pm
Does anybody have experience with Electric Snow Blowers? I'd love to know if its practical or not?

Be aware that this is a snow thrower, not a snow blower. I'm not saying this is a poor product, it's just something to keep in mind. I must admit, I'm interested in this too, if only to keep a path to my backyard clear, so I'd appreciate opinions too.
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This is interesting...the specs make it look pretty good. I would guess this thing works 100x better than that little Toro thing for $140 from HD....
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This guy from Costco seems a bit different than the one in your amazon link.

This one is SJ621:
http://www.snowjoe.com/products.asp?pro ... arent_id2=
# 20W halogen light
# 13.5 amp motor moves up to 650 lbs of snow per minute
# Cuts up to 18” wide and 10” deep in one pass

Amazon one is SJ622U1:
http://www.snowjoe.com/products.asp?pro ... arent_id2=
# 13 amp motor moves up to 800 lbs of snow per minute
# Cuts up to 19” wide and 11” deep in one pass

650lbs v.s. 800lbs? 18" v.s. 19", 10" v.s. 11". Seems it's a small brother with Light.
MikeyMadness wrote:
Nov 1st, 2010 7:18 pm
Here are reviews from Amazon.com.
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MikeyMadness wrote:
Nov 1st, 2010 7:18 pm
Here are reviews from Amazon.com.

My god the reviews are all over the place.. some people love it (5 stars) and the others absolutely hate it (1 star)
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Snow thrower = snow blower.
Just semantics and branding.

Also, 13amp@120v = 2HP gas equivalent (more though, since it's electric and there isn't the loss involved with power ratings as there are with gas engines not running at peak RPM).
Unless you are moving extremely wet and thick snow, that should be more than enough..
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I had the cheaper version from Walmart but had to return it. I was strong enough for less than a foot thick of snow, if if the snow is wet or left overnight, then it's no good. I agree with IntrepidRT, I bought a Honda instead and haven't looked back. It might be good enough for those with a small driveway or small area.
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IntrepidRT wrote:
Nov 1st, 2010 6:59 pm
Worked fine for me......until it picked up an ice chunk and shattered its own plastic. Returned to Walmart. Honestly, the extension cord was a pain in the ass as well.

Now using a small 21" Toro gas snowblower which costs $700+. WAY WAY WAY better :)
Agreed its a POS the plastic shatters easily with ice or hard objects.
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bought a red gas mtd one from costco for $500 or so, as well as the snow joe for $200. wanted to test both. the mtd one wasn't all that great, didn't think it was worth the $... so it just sat there.

as everyone knows we got NO SNOW last year so i returned the gas one, and a friend wanted to buy the snow joe off me so i sold it to him for what i paid... then CT cleared all their snowblowers out near the end of the season and i picked up an electric one that looks a lot like the snow joe but in green for $69.

heck for $69 if it works it works, if it doesn't then i'll just use it as much as i can 'til it breaks!!! :)
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I have the Toro 1800. For my 2.5 car driveway, it usually works very well. It can eat through 8 inches of dry snow with no problem. Last spring, I had 3 inches of very wet snow, and I didn't even try to use the snow thrower because it was just too heavy. All this to say that you need to understand that it ain't a powerful snowblower. However, for fluffy snow it works great....and it's light...and takes very little space to store...and costs very little. But you might end up shovelling a couple times per year.

You get what you pay for. I'm pretty happy with my Toro.
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have it for three years and it works pretty well.
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