I have to apologize to my friends at Snow Joe! You see, we just had about 7 inches of snow here in NH. This was the first time I have had to test out the Snow Joe iON lithium battery powered snow blower. I am apologizing because as I was carrying this snow blower up to my desk I was not very optimistic that it would work! As a matter of fact, I had my shovel in my other hand thinking I was going to need it quickly.
I snapped in the 40 volt lithium-iON battery, rotated the power chute and fired her up! I was actually shocked when the Snow Joe iON started cutting through the snow! I probably shouldn’t have been shocked, because I have seen the power of Snow Joe before. If you recall, I have reviewed this brand last season (http://www.gottahavegadget.com/snowjoe/). This light weight snow blower was easy to carry up to my deck, and the battery had no problem outlasting 7 inches of snow on my 24×16 foot deck.
Now a few technical specifications. The Snow Joe iOn weighs only 32 pounds. It features a 180 degree auto-rotating chute and the steel auger helps throw the snow approximately 20 feet. The specs say it will clear a path 18-inches wide up to 8 inches deep. As you can see, I had no problem moving 7 inches of snow. As with any snow blower, I only utilize half of the opening to ensure I get a good clean path and don’t need to go back to clean up any additional snow. There is even a headlight for any late night snow blowing you maybe be called upon to do.
With 2 more feet of snow coming to New Hampshire this week, the Snow Joe iON isn’t going to be your primary snow blower. However, with a big deck, an area around my hot tub, and a few other select locations, I know I will get plenty of use out of this Gotta Have Gadget!
With a variety of tools to help you power through the snow, check out my friends at Snow Joe on-line at http://www.snowjoe.com/