This battery powered 21” snow blower is a decent solution for those who need to clean up to 8” of snow from small 2 - 4 car driveways, sidewalks, porches, and back decks. The machine is light and compact and it will take the same amount of storage space as a regular vacuum cleaner. Runtime is the only noticeable limitation of this snow blower.
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Pro It's easy to assemble
It will take you around 10 minutes to assemble this machine, the process requires absolutely no tools. Once the four knobs are screwed in, the machine is up and ready to be used.
Pro It's easy to store
Once the snow season is over, you will just need a 24” x 23.8” x 23” space to store the machine. This snow blower will take approximately the same amount of space a regular vacuum cleaner does.
Pro It doesn't scratch wooden surfaces
As the blades and the scraper are made from rubber, the machine is also suitable for cleaning wooden porches and back decks without damaging them.
Pro It's perfect for small jobs
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".
Pro A battery and a charger are included
Contrasting with many battery powered tools that are sold without the batteries, the Snow Joe iON21SB-PRO kit includes both a battery and a charger, eliminating the need of buying them separately.
Pro No cables and fumes
One of the most noticeable advantages of a battery-powered machine is the fact that the operator does not have to deal with the hazardous and toxic fumes that are produced by gasoline engines or with any power cables.
Pro It will not disturb your neighbors
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).
Con It has limited working time
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).
Con It's bad for compacted or icy snow
The rubber blades of this machine will not make their way through icy or compacted snow. It is best to use this unit while snow is still ‘fresh’ and powdery.
Con You need to be gentle with this unit
Almost the entire body of the Snow Joe iON21SB-PRO is made of plastic. The user must take into the account that plastic tends to become fragile when exposed to low temperatures.