5 Stars By H. Paul Richter on 2015-11-19
I am a disabled veteran and recently had cervical spine surgery (September 8th). I decided that I might need help in clearing my large deck when the snow arrived. This past Tuesday the snow arrived in southern Colorado with abandon (extreme winds) and it was piled much higher than the 12" that the Snow Joe was designed for. Well I wanted to get the deck cleared so I powered up the Snow Joe and went to work... remember I can't lift anything, since the surgery, over 8 lbs. The Snow Joe did a stellar job and I highly recommend it. I have attached a picture to show what I tackled on my deck in around 15 minutes. Consequently I highly recommend this electric snow blowing machine. BTW, this was not powder this was very heavy late fall snow.
5 Stars By Deborah Fessler on 2016-01-24
Got me through the Blizzard of January 2016. Had ...
Got me through the Blizzard of January 2016. Had to go out several times, as we got over 3 feet of snow, but this little thing is a real workhorse. So thrilled with this purchase, and would certainly buy again if this one needs replacing down the line.
5 Stars By Nogrey on 2017-01-04
Great snow thrower for the price. Really does the job for my 4 car wide driveway and sidewalks.
I've owned my Snow Joe since Nov 2015. This winter is setting records for our area. More snow than ever before in recorded history. None of my neighbors had snow throwers. Well, that is until this winter. Watching me clear my 4 car driveway in just minutes while they slave away manually shoveling theirs. So, I began doing my next door neighbors driveway as he is elderly. Then have loaned it out to two other neighbors across the street. My elderly neighbor now owns a snow joe and my neighbor across the street ordered his today.
Pros: Really throws the snow, especially fresh stuff when the temperature is cold enough to keep it frozen.
Even though it's not self propelled, you can just about push it as fast as you can walk and it will clear the path in front of you.
I like the LED lamp and very torquey motor. Doesn't bog down unless the snow is very heavy.
Cons: Theres room for improvement. 1) If you have ANY imperfections in your surface over 1/8" the snow joe will catch it and stop so fast it will just about throw you over the handlebars. 2) The LED lamp is not really bright enough to help unless it is pitch dark outside. 3) The chute throws about 95% of the snow in the direction it is pointed, but about 5% of it shoots to the right. What this means is that if you begin at the right side of your driveway, it will constantly shoot 5% of the snow over swaths you have just cleared. This can be remedied by starting on the left side of the driveway. 4) If you use ice melt on your driveway after cleaning it, the snow joe will have problems clearing the next snowfall due to the slushy snow below. It's best to just not use snow melt if you want to use the snow joe to its fullest.
Summation: Look at the photos so you can see my snow joe in action, clearing 6" of snow from my neighbors driveway. I'd buy it again, but really wish they would fix the annoying issue with the unit snagging any imperfection in the surface and add a guard to the left of the chute so it throws snow in only one direction.
4 Stars By Ethan F. on 2016-01-22
Snowpocalypse 2016 Report with SnowJoe
Snowpocalypse 2016 Report with SnowJoe: 8:50PM I just did my first driveway pass with about 8" on the ground, and it did a pretty good job. I would have liked a more aggressive scraper bar, but I think the blower's light weight is what really causes the scraper not to dig in. In the deeper plow made drift at the end of the driveway, where I was looking at very heavy 12-16" depths, the blower did an admirable job. Just be sure to go slowly and to not to bite off too much at once. In the deepest places, I took less than half the blower width at a time, and the job was done. I usually dig out a path for the dogs in the back yard for them to get outside and do their thing, and I gingerly used the SnowJoe this time, lifting the front edge slightly to not allow it to dig in and it performed flawlessly. I will update this review through the weekend, as it looks like we are going to get more than 2 feet of snow over the next 24 hours.
UPDATE, After the storm: So as I expected, the SnowJoe worked well with the rest of the snow we received. The deeper stuff was a challenge, but I kept up my technique of knocking it down with a shovel and then useing the SnowJoe to blow it away. All told this snow blower kept up to the task with 30" of snow. In 2010 by comparison, we received about 20" of snow here and it took me 8.5 hours to clean off my driveway by shovel alone. This year, with much more snow, I was able to do the same job in around 3.5. I'm still very satisfied with this machine, it is certainly adequate for the amount of snow we normally get in the mid-atlantic, and it is capable of making the large amounts much easier to deal with.
4 Stars By Kathy on 2015-12-08
... friend so we kept it and it works very good only thing I wished we had gotton cordless but ...
Bought as gift for daughter but she received a snow blower from friend so we kept it and it works very good only thing I wished we had gotton cordless but 100 foot cord works well with it and for the price it was a great deal
1 Stars By FR on 2017-11-24
Not happy with it for sure
Pretty cheaply made and does not clean well over 3 inches of snow, if its wet snow even 3-4 inches will jam all the time.
Be careful putting it together the plastic is fragile as the locking nut was too much for the square hole that seats the carriage bolt and it rounded out before the nut seated on one side of the vent.
Also the cord strain relief does not accommodate 12 gage cord well as it is just too small and cheap and at 15 amps a 12 gage cord is neede d for anything over 10 feet or the motor will die young.
4 Stars By Where Sweet Things Grow on 2015-12-24
Only worked once-but they replaced it
I hope to be able to improve this rating, but for now it has to be a single star. I used to have a snow removal system called "teenagers" but since my teenagers have turned into things like mathematicians, I am left to remove snow on my own. After the first snow came down thick and heavy this year, I was forced to face the fact that I am not as young as I think I am. I now have a slightly damaged rotator cuff >sigh< So with the urging of my wife, I decided to try a snowblower. The Snow Joe rated well everywhere I looked. So I took the risk, and ordered one. It assembled quickly just as stated in the other reviews. And it worked well....once. Just to be sure, if you are considering this model you have to have a 12 gauge 15 amp cord or you can burn out the motor, but I knew that and purchased the recommended cord for the snowblower. But after I cleared part of the driveway I released the power lever just as designed, and now it won't start. I did get the motor to turn on a couple of times since, so I am sure the motor is fine. It appears that the safety/power lever system is faulty. The snow keeps coming, my arm still hurts, and now my fragile elderly man pride hurts too. I called customer support, and they were very kind. I am working with them to replace the faulty device. So I hope to be able to finish this story in a happy way (rotator cuff and all). But for now I have to say it does not work.
A few short snow storms later (my poor arm!), a new SnowJoe arrived at my doorstep. I assembled the replacement and tried it out with the two inches of fresh snow that fell today. It worked like a champ! My sore rotator cuff and I are very grateful. I raised my rating to three stars because I am being a little cautious. The last unit worked once and never worked again. This one seems fine, but stay tuned for the next snow storm...
Several snow storms later and the Snow Joe is doing fine. We had a heavy wet snow and I was afraid it would clobber the poor electric, so I tried to shovel it myself. After the pain started in earnest, I decided to let the Snow Joe try. I was very pleasantly surprised. I recommend keeping the snow to a few inches (it takes longer to clean a foot of snow than to do two clearings of six inches each). But it is working fine. I raised my rating another star!
4 Stars By Cheryl L. Lester on 2017-01-11
Good Option Depending on job
I live in CO in the mountains. This little blower does a great job on 6 inches or so of snow. Not so good on 10+ inches. If you stay on top of the snow fall its definitely a good choice but if you get 10+ inches overnight, which often happens where I live, its a struggle. Works well on the light (powder) snow, not as well on the heavier spring snows. The size cord you need is a bit cumbersome as well. If you really want to MOVE snow there is nothing better than a gas powered blower, but this model is a great option for smaller jobs. Also - this one isn't going to be any good if the electricity is out in a heavy snow storm.
5 Stars By Jon A. on 2015-12-15
Happy Colorado Springs owner here!
I bought mine from Home Depot and it works very well! These photos are from the December 15th, 2015 snow. At first I was a little apprehensive about an electric powered blower but after cutting through about 5" of fresh snow on the driveway without bogging down or struggling in any way, I'm satisfied with my purchase. As far as long term reliability we'll have to see as this is my first season with it.
The LED headlight is extremely useful as well. The picture doesn't do the brightness justice. It's bright enough to illuminate your snow blowing pathway.
4 Stars By David W. Sego on 2017-02-17
First Electric Snow Blower
This is my first electric snow blower. I have had 2 stage heavy duty self propelled monster on tracks that worked real well. I was actually impressed with this inexpensive, simple machine. Of course the cord is a pain keeping it out of the path of the blower and the blower chute that regulates the snow height (45 degrees to 90 degrees) does not stay at 45 degrees due to the force of the show the chute is forced to 90 degrees. The knobs that adjust and tighten chute angle can not tighten enough to keep chute at desired angle. Other than that, for the price this snow blower is a deal!