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Snow Joe iON18SB snow blower

 
Price range:
$379.00 - $499.99
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Summary: This battery-powered Snow Joe has an 18-inch clearing width and comes with electric start. It also has a headlight.
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Type: Single-stage battery snow blowers
About - Snow Joe iON18SB

The Snow Joe iON18SB is part of the snow blower test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, snow blower models like the iON18SB are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Width (in.):
The clearing width, or swath, in inches.

Removal speed:
Removal speed is how quickly models could remove snow without laboring; single-stage machines were pushed as quickly as possible before the machine labored.

Plow pile removal:
How fast the snow thrower can remove a simulated pile of snow left by a municipal plow at the end of a driveway.
Features & Specs - Snow Joe iON18SB
info Engine size 40 volt
info Electric start Yes
info Multiple speeds No
info Single hand controls Yes
info Freewheel steering No
info Single lever chute adjustment No
info Headlight Yes
info Heated handgrips No
info Warranty (yrs.) 2
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User Reviews - Snow Joe iON18SB
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5.0
Surprisingly capable
4/22/2015
Pros
Convenient
Lightweight
Low-maintenance
Maneuverable
Throws Far
Cons
Can't Handle Wet Snow
Feels A Bit Flimsy
Poor Choice For Deep Snow
Best Uses
Driveway
Sidewalks
Comment:
While the limitations of battery charge (I get considerably better than the 1/2 hour CR claims) and maximum snow depth would make it a poor choice for many, I have had excellent luck with this snow blower and consider it one of my best purchases. Its main limitations, snow depth and wet-snow handling are generally limitations of most single-stage snow blowers although the deck on this is only about 8 inches high so that's a bit lower than most. Another common single-stage limitation is poor-throwing of small amounts of snow (two to eight inches it throws fine but below that it has problems -- the solution is to use the blower to add layers to the fallen snow until the total is deep enough to throw well). My driveway is two cars wide and long enough for two cars deep. I have maybe 50 feet of sidewalk to clear in addition. Only once did I have to recharge the battery in order to finish . . . when we had 11 or 12 inches of snow, which is more than the Snow Joe was designed to handle. The motor is fairly low torque -- probably a compromise to conserve battery charge -- and the torque drops as the charge diminishes so I do hard jobs first, such as removing the packed snow-plow contribution at the end of the driveway. The electric chute control and LED headlight are nice touches which I really like. Though it feels kind of flimsy, I have used it frequently through two winters now and haven't had a single problem. I also have a Toro electric and it is generally a somewhat better machine but it requires a cord. The convenience of an electric snowblower over gas is massive but the convenience of battery power over corded is just as massive. If your needs are modest enough that this would work for you, it is well worth the money. In fact, even if you had a gas snowblower for heavy snow, if you had the room and the money, I would suggest buying one of these for the lighter snowfalls.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Father of modern snow blowing
1/21/2014
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Lightweight
Maneuverable
Cons
Can't Handle Wet Snow
Best Uses
Driveway
Fresh Snow
Comment:
So despite the CR review, I decided to buy the Snow Joe cordless. Best investment this year. It's is a excellent snow-blower for mid-size jobs, but it can be used for larger jobs after multiple battery recharges. It however does not scrap ice. I have a huge driveway. It threw the snow at least 20 feet. Very cool directional chute - It's automatic and easy to change the direction where the snow goes. A+, very happy owner.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Good First Step for Rechargeable Blowers
1/4/2014
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Lightweight
Maneuverable
Throws Far
Cons
Best Uses
Driveway
SIDEWALK
Yard
Comment:
This is not the Tesla of snowblowers but it is better than the CR 23 score. I live about 20 miles north of Chicago and a block from the lake. We get some snow here. I live on a corner lot, so have a lot of sidewalk. Not much driveway though. I also use the Sno Joe to clear paths in the backyard for the dogs to go outside and do their thing. I've owned the iON since November and used it quite a few times. Only once could I not do all this on one charge, that was the first time through on about eight inches.<br />The Sno Joe tosses the snow a reasonable distance, although creates quite a cloud with lighter snow. It gets to the sidewalk pretty easily, it does not chip up ice. It is light weight and I can easily lift it over a frozen-shut four foot fence gate. It is as quiet as a vacuum.<br />It takes a couple of passes to clear the plow pile at the foot of the driveway. I'd like a bigger battery, or a less expensive back up. It takes about three hours to recharge a discharged battery. I use a bungee cord to keep the battery compartment shut. Most of the body appears to be made of plastic. Can't guess as to reliability but if I get three seasons out of it that should take us to the next generation and an even better product.<br />If you have a large driveway or you like to help the neighbors this might not be the snow blower for you. I bought the Sno Joe because I wanted another battery operated yard tool. I own the B&D battery powered lawn mower, leaf blower, and trimmer. I don't want a can of gas in the garage, I want quiet, and I want no exhaust. The Sno Joe delivers on those and clears the snow.<br />I paid full price for this product.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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