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    Quote Originally Posted by rage2 View Post
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    Slowly haha. The first clear right after a big storm, it would take 2 batteries and 3 or 4 recharge cycles to get it all done. Yea, it's not great for that much snow at once. Only had that happen once last year so it wasn't bad. Mostly 1-2 inches of snow, that clears out easily.

    Gas powered ones are awesome for it if you have that much snow drifts regularly. The company I hired to do this in previous winters used a gas blower and cleared the biggest storm in 15 minutes. I just didn't want the hassle of maintaining a gas powered blower.
    fuck that, my electric snow blower is light weight and throws the snow across the street. I can clear our standard driveway in 4-5 minutes from a 20cm dump.
    Light enough that I can use a single hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asian_defender View Post
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    What is this flattened tip you speak of? Couldn't find anything on google
    https://www.stihl.com/STIHL-power-to...at-nozzle.aspx

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    Thank you both of you
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    How often do you have to adjust your valves on the Stihl? Some of the reviews say you should get a annual valve adjustment on those. Seems like that's the only brand that has that problem

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    I bought a electric corded Snow Joe one 3 years ago. Still haven't opened the box to set it up as haven't had any HUGE dumps that required it and lazy. Will finally unbox one day LOL hope no broken parts inside cause then fubar I am
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    Quote Originally Posted by rage2 View Post
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    Corner lot. Have this guy:

    https://www.lowes.ca/product/cordles...ol-only-832475

    Comes with 2 batteries, which is enough to clear my house + driveway. For lighter snow, I can do the neighbour's too on both sides. It's powerful enough to even lift the "snow footprints" of people that walked by.

    Works awesome, can't believe I waited so long to get one. Fun too! Only downside is battery life is a bit weak, and needs 15-30 mins to warm up before it'll take a charge when its used under -15C but that's not too often.

    It's on clearance right now, pretty sweet deal.
    Approx run time before your battery dies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nzwasp View Post
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    What kind of maintenance would their be, I would think it would be similar to owning a gas powered lawn mower or weed whacker.
    Only battery maintenance/best practices to prolong its life:
    - Never drain it below 25%
    - Never store it below 0c
    - Never store it with 100% charge


    I have 5 40v batts with various amperage to run my mower/weed wacker/snow blower/leaf blower. I rotate with use and only keep them out in garage before it gets too cold. They come back in during winter.

    The nice thing about electric is there is nothing to worry about. Either it starts or it's dead. But if I start collecting/buying them today, I will definitely starts with 80V systems. 40V is a tad on the weak side about 10% of the time (grass too long or snow too high).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xtrema View Post
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    Only battery maintenance/best practices to prolong its life:
    - Never drain it below 25%
    - Never store it below 0c
    - Never store it with 100% charge


    I have 5 40v batts with various amperage to run my mower/weed wacker/snow blower/leaf blower. I rotate with use and only keep them out in garage before it gets too cold. They come back in during winter.

    The nice thing about electric is there is nothing to worry about. Either it starts or it's dead. But if I start collecting/buying them today, I will definitely starts with 80V systems. 40V is a tad on the weak side about 10% of the time (grass too long or snow too high).
    Never store at 100% charge? Shit, i've been storing my batteries at 100% since i got my cordless tools in the spring. My workflow is to always charge them after i'm done mowing my lawn

    Are you saying i should only charge them like halfway then store them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asian_defender View Post
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    Thank you both of you
    @benyl
    How often do you have to adjust your valves on the Stihl? Some of the reviews say you should get a annual valve adjustment on those. Seems like that's the only brand that has that problem
    Never done it. Runs like the day I bought it. Now you have me worried. haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabad66 View Post
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    Never store at 100% charge? Shit, i've been storing my batteries at 100% since i got my cordless tools in the spring. My workflow is to always charge them after i'm done mowing my lawn

    Are you saying i should only charge them like halfway then store them?
    https://www.groovypost.com/howto/sto...aptop-battery/

    It will always degrade, it just degrade slower.

    I usually keep it around 75% so when I need to use it I have some juice left. I put my 2nd/3rd battery into charger while I work the 1st battery down to 25%.

    Li-Ion are stressed at 100%. That's why most EV/Tesla owners only charged to 80-90% for daily usage.
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    I bought a used gas-powered snowblower a few years back. I found the electric ones I used before to be weak and were not doing much, and the cord was annoying. I totally don't need it, but, I also like to help out my neighbors, so I fill the tank at the first snowfall and don't fill it again till the next winter. I think it has something like 6hp and is 29" wide, self-propelled and pretty powerful. It chucks snow so far...

    The only gripe I have with it is if I try to use it in snow that is super wet, almost slush like, it can clog the chute up a bit and makes it a bit difficult to clear out.
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    buy a used one. Lots of options. I picked up a snoteck (ariens brand). Awesome machine.

    Only had it for a winter but easy to maintain.

    Worth it.

    (cul-de sac corner lot). I do pretty much the entire cul-de-sac sidewalk so it helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grampafunk View Post
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    buy a used one. Lots of options. I picked up a snoteck (ariens brand). Awesome machine.

    Only had it for a winter but easy to maintain.

    Worth it.

    (cul-de sac corner lot). I do pretty much the entire cul-de-sac sidewalk so it helps.
    That's the way to do it. Become a neighborhood hero and do more houses, especially after a big snowfall.
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    I'm glad this is such a safe space full of support and encouragement.

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    It's actually pretty 'fun'. And a good way to spend some time outdoors when the weather sucks.

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