Rated 4.3 out of 5Â by 8
Rated 4 out of 5Â by hpiguy Practical and Efficient Snow Removal for Small Areas
The 324E Electric Snow Blower, also known as a Power Shovel is what the doctor ordered for moving up to 6 inches of snow off steps, decks, patios and walkways quickly and without a lot of effort.
Since our deck has a high railing, tossing heavy shovelfuls of snow over the side again and again after a snowstorm gets pretty tiring. Also, cleaning around the steps and house is too tight of a fit for the regular snowblower. This power shovel by SnowJoe is exactly what we needed for those areas. It can move up to 300 pounds of snow per minute. Throwing it up and over most obstacles and out of the way.
It's lightweight, powerful and so very easy to use. There is a safety switch on the big pistol grip handle and a large power switch that can be easily grabbed with a gloved hand. Plenty of room for the thickest of mittens and the second handle combined with the ergonomic design of the power pole make it a pleasure to use. No more strained backs, no more tossing snow up and over. This would be quite a welcome gift for seniors or those with back problems.
We had a few snowfalls here and tried it out on the deck. It manages to remove the ice and snow almost right to the bare wood. There is a little bit left, but it's not enough to worry about. (See video) It threw the snow over the railing and about ten feet into the yard. Perfect. It felt plenty powerful and never bogged or slowed down. It instantly hits top speed when you pull the trigger and continues to throw the snow where you want.
SnowJoe says if you have more than 6 inches of snow to use the power shovel to remove layers six inches at a time.
The powerhead has a good sized LED light, and it does shine nice and brightly, but since it's being used on porches and decks, I'm not sure where it would come into great use for most people. It's a nice feature though and would be helpful if your porch has no lights.
Couple this power shovel with up to a 50 foot extension cord and it can reach just about anything near your home. The handle has a built in extension cord holder, no worries of pulling the cord apart while using.
This isn't designed to be something you clean an entire driveway or city sidewalk with. I suppose you could if you really wanted to, but it would take forever. It works perfectly for it's intended purpose of decks, patios, steps and such.
It has a two year warranty (you must ship it back to claim the warranty), and it's nice to see that the paddle style rotor is replaceable by the owner should you hit something and break it or simply wear it out. You can contact SnowJoe for the replacement part if you ever need it.
Maintenance, if you can even call it that, is quick and painless. Just clean the snow off of it and that's it. No oiling, no greasing anything. Just clean it up and put it away until you need it next.
It's so much fun to use, you might not even have to tell the kids to go clean up the snow! Then again, once you use it, you may want to have all the fun yourself!
November 30, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Susan Still feels like I hand shoveled
The good thing about this electric shovel over a shovel that you manage all on your own is that it does move the snow away a lot further from the area you're clearing. I've only used it on light, powdery snow and it worked well. I haven't tried it on wet snow yet.
If the area you are clearing is uneven, you're going to find yourself lifting this electric snow shovel over every little bump....and it gets really heavy after doing this a lot. So instead of lifting heavy shovels full of snow, I was lifting a heavy electric snow shovel!
What it needs are wheels on the back side. That way, the wheels give a fulcrum allowing the shovel to move easily over the area you just cleared with the front part of this machine. Then when you're done, you can wheel it back into the garage.
Another down side is that there's no directing the snow. It goes straight ahead. When I use a regular shovel, I always move the snow to the side of the path I'm walking. With this electric shovel, I have to travel back and forth across the path. Or shoot the snow towards the house on my first pass to get to the door. Then work my way away from the house and shovel the area again as I throw snow on the path I cleared to get to the door.
I only used the electric shovel in daylight, so I don't know if the LED light is any value. I do know that the light did get covered with snow as I used the shovel.
All-in-all, if this machine had wheels so that I could easily glide it over uneven surfaces, I would probably recommend it even though the snow only shoots straight ahead. Or if I had asphalt or even concrete pathways, this machine might do well. But I have pavers and wooden decks and stepping stones separated by grass....and using this electric shovel is just as much work as using a regular shovel.
December 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Lorena Powerful Electric Shovel for Small Areas
Powerful Electric Shovel for Small Areas
I used this today to clear the walkway and part of the sidewalk and it worked great. It was super easy to set up (5 minutes). This shovel is very powerful, I was impressed because I never used an electric snow shovel before but I had seen my neighbor use his and he seemed to be struggling most of the times. This one is not for large areas, so if you are planning to do your driveway you will be disappointed. The snow blows straight up and forward, so depending on which way the wind blows, you will have all the snow blowing into your face. I had to calculate the wind direction because the first time all the snow blew on my face and all over my jacket. This is not one of those blowers you can switch the direction of where the snow blows, it always blows forward, this is the only feature I wish was adjustableâ¦for example to blow to the side instead of forward because this blows snow back to the areas you already cleared. I still like using this because itâs powerful and instead of hurting my back shoveling heavy snow, I clear it with this and then finish off with a regular shovel to remove the excess light snow this left. This has been very efficient for clearing the snow off the apron of my drivewayâ¦you know the part that is difficult to shovel because the street snow plow truck throws back into your driveway. Overall, I enjoyed using this electric shovel. The cord is a bit annoying, but I got used to moving it out of the way. Once you used this a few times, you will get the hang of it.
December 9, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Brian Fantastic plastic electric snow shovel...
While this is called an electric snow shovel, it's still much like a single stage snow blower with its 2-blade paddle auger...it just simply throws it forward without a directional chute so do not aim toward others, cars, windows...you get it...a stone could do a bit of damage. We have not had snow quite yet here in the mid-Atlantic, but I feel this thing will do its job well since we rarely get big snowfall...it's rated for up to 6" of snow and should throw it 20 feet or so with its 10 amp motor much like a circular saw...that's a powerful motor but might not be ideal for heavy, wet snow. It appears to be well built, with the objective to keep it lightweight and has a specified 11" wide clearing path and not 12" as stated in HD's description. It has a small footprint as well for those of you with minimal space for storage. It is mostly made of high impact plastic and appears to be constructed with the thought that replacement parts can be purchased should something fail being that it is plastic. With that said, I did look on the manufacturer website and found that absolutely NO parts were available for this model while they were for others...not sure why but we'll see if the paddle holds up. If I had any advice regarding consideration of one for a driveway, I would likely spend a small amount more and purchase a larger model that has replacement parts readily available. The downfall is that you have a walk behind version with less convenience for snow removal on your elevated porch or deck surfaces. None the less, I'd say this one is worth a shot to clear my porch and deck and paths to the driveway this winter...it'll be nice to have my back and no smell of gasoline when I come in from the cold this year...the wife will surely be happy about that as well.
December 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Snow234 Great little snow thrower
Joe 12 in thrower worked beautifully on my deck with 10 inches of wet slushy snow. Cleared it down to the indoor outdoor rug and did not harm it. This cut thru the snow with no problem after I got an I ail pass through once that was down took me 20 mins tops to clear 13 x 15 deck. Bought one for my dad too and he loves it no more shoveling for him he's 72. The works fine for storage in the garage.
February 13, 2014