As a life-long New Englander, I’ve been around the block when it comes to snow cleanup. I went from a plow service, to shoveling out, and to hand-me-down gas-powered snowblowers in just the past few years. Finally, this year, rather than paying to maintain an old beast of a machine with a gas leak and a broken axel, I spend $300 on Black Friday on the Greenworks 80V 20″ DigiPro Snow Thrower. I own a mower and hedge trimmer by Greenworks and am impressed by their ease of use, light weight, power, and other features. Not having to gas up heavy, greasy machines is a plus as well.
The DigiPro Snow Thrower is a brand new product this season. It doesn’t skimp on power, and it can handle deep snow without clogging–surprising for a small electric, I know. It does lack endurance, though. The 80V battery pack packs a punch, but it doesn’t last too long in the deep stuff. Here are some pictures of a light snow (I could clear the whole driveway in one charge) and from a bigger storm with heavy, wet snow (I only really got the top).
Thankfully, the charger is super fast and the battery is at 100% in about 30 minutes. Ideally I’d have two batteries, but spares are expensive and really hard to find! For now, I’ll alternate shoveling with snow blowing, like I did during Blizzard Juno.
The Verdict: Think of clearing snow with the DigiPro Snow Thrower as working outside with your young child. It’ll speed things up a bit, but it will need frequent breaks and won’t be able to handle the bottom of the driveway.
Here’s a video review I found on YouTube comparing corded and cordless versions. I’d contribute one myself, but I haven’t found any volunteers to film me using it yet!