What is the best alternative to Snow Joe iON18SB-CT?
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As the power cord of this snow blower is only about 4' long, it is clear that you will need to buy an additional extension cable to be able to work with this machine. The manufacturer recommends either 100 or 150 feet cables, with the minimum wire gauge of 14 or 12 correspondingly. That will cost you another $75-$100. Keep in mind, that the thin, undersized cords starve the tool of voltage while the overly long cables cause excessive resistance and voltage drop. Therefore, an inappropriate power cable can damage the motor of this snow blower. See More
Compared to the electric snow blowers, this machine requires much more maintenance. You need to constantly monitor the level of motor oil, occasionally change the spark plugs, and check the air-filters. On top of this, storing the unit outside the now season requires the operator to fully remove the gasoline from the system. See More
As this snow blower has a freeze resistant rewind starter, it is guaranteed to start in temperatures as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, you can use the electric start feature if the temperature dips even lower. Just plug a 110 - 120 VAC power cord to the machine, and it will start with a press of a button. See More
Even though the stated runtime of this unit is 65 minutes (according to the manual), do not expect the battery to last more than 20 minutes, under the full load. The only way to increase the runtime of this unit is to purchase an additional battery (it will cost you another $100). See More
This snow blower has enough battery capacity for cleaning 8" snow from small 2 - 4 car driveways and sidewalks. A single charge gives you around 20 minutes of runtime (under maximum load) which is enough for moving up to 6 tons of snow. For example, a standard four car driveway (40' x 20') can accumulate around 4.3 tons of settled snow (its average density is around 300 kg/m3), if the depth of the snow is around 8". See More
As the machine runs a quiet electric motor, it is perfect for working late in the evening or early in the morning. It produces substantially less noise than the regular gasoline powered snow blowers, which are rated around 80 - 90 dB (equivalent of a diesel truck 1 m away). See More
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