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Slagwag 12-06-2011 05:17 PM

Cheap Snow Blower - Snow Joe
 
Amazon has a Snow Joe Snow Thrower 18-inch 13.5 AMP for $189. This is pretty damn cheap compared to most other budget ones I have seen. Any comments on this? Although I am all for getting some really highend stuff - I just purchased a house and trying to make my money go as far as possible to start. There is not much property to remove snow from. It's a small driveway, short sidewalk, and path to the front steps.

DrHicks 12-06-2011 05:32 PM

It might be fine, but you're going to have to invest in about $75 worth of extension cords. Light-duty cords aren't going to cut it.

joecaption 12-06-2011 06:38 PM

No mention of where you live, no web site to look at what your buying.

Wildie 12-06-2011 08:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Slagwag (Post 787664)
Amazon has a Snow Joe Snow Thrower 18-inch 13.5 AMP for $189. This is pretty damn cheap compared to most other budget ones I have seen. Any comments on this? Although I am all for getting some really highend stuff - I just purchased a house and trying to make my money go as far as possible to start. There is not much property to remove snow from. It's a small driveway, short sidewalk, and path to the front steps.

I have a Toro snow thrower that I have used since the mid 90s. Works well enough still!
I have a snow blower also. I have an attached garage with a very low pitched roof and have found that the thrower is great for clearing snow off the roof.
The thrower has its limitations if the snow is more than about 8" deep!

Slagwag 12-06-2011 09:55 PM

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Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 787719)
No mention of where you live, no web site to look at what your buying.

Ha woops. I live in Northern New Jersey. The link is: http://www.amazon.com/Snow-Joe-SJ620...3230071&sr=8-3

I don't think I would need something too powerful for my area, though good point about the extension cords. I have to see where my outlets are :)

Wildie 12-06-2011 10:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Slagwag (Post 787889)
Ha woops. I live in Northern New Jersey. The link is: http://www.amazon.com/Snow-Joe-SJ620...3230071&sr=8-3

I don't think I would need something too powerful for my area, though good point about the extension cords. I have to see where my outlets are :)

I notice that the machine draws 13.5 amps. This will require a dedicated circuit to power it.

Ironlight 12-06-2011 10:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Slagwag (Post 787664)
I just purchased a house and trying to make my money go as far as possible to start. There is not much property to remove snow from. It's a small driveway, short sidewalk, and path to the front steps.

Buy a shovel.

Seriously. Unless you physically can't do it or don't have time to shovel, go a year in the house and see if you really need a snowblower. Chances are you don't for the five times it snows there and the one decent storm you'll get per year.

DrHicks 12-06-2011 10:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Wildie (Post 787917)
I notice that the machine draws 13.5 amps. This will require a dedicated circuit to power it.

I hadn't noticed that. This "cheap" snowthrower could end up being kind of expensive.

Slagwag 12-07-2011 07:13 AM

Thanks all. Picking up a shovel instead to put my guns to work.

CoconutPete 12-07-2011 08:09 AM

Yep, spend $25 on a nice shovel and call that your workout.

Joe Dirt 12-07-2011 09:23 AM

And if you don't dig the shovel after a while (pardon the pun) find a decent used gas powered one on Craigslist. That's how I have gotten my last 2 snowblowers. Spring is a great time to look.

DrHicks 12-07-2011 12:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Slagwag (Post 788055)
Thanks all. Picking up a shovel instead to put my guns to work.

GUN RACK!

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Tom Struble 12-07-2011 07:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Ironlight (Post 787926)
Buy a shovel.

Seriously. Unless you physically can't do it or don't have time to shovel, go a year in the house and see if you really need a snowblower. Chances are you don't for the five times it snows there and the one decent storm you'll get per year.


we already had 30'' in one storm here in some parts of n.j.:yes:

skyworker 12-07-2011 07:50 PM

I agree that Amazon sale very cheap price.

mikegp 12-08-2011 07:22 AM

I have that one. Got it from overstock with free shipping. Works great and easily throws snow 15-20 feet. I even used it on heavy, icey, chunky, wet snow and it worked fine even though it's probably a bad idea. I plug it into a regular outlet with a bunch of outlets on the circuit with no problems. Didn't feel like dealing with sparkplugs, oil, maintenence, etc. Best part is that it scrapes down to the ground and doesn't leave a sheet of snow under it.


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