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.
The clearing width, or swath, in inches.
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
Engine size Engine Size is the engine displacement measured in cubic centimeters for gasoline powered engines. Most manufacturers not longer give a horsepower rating. Engine displacement is now the only universal way to compare relative engine size. Electric motors are stated in amps.
Electric start Most models offer a plug-in startng device that saves you the hassle of pull-starting the engine, but you need to be near an outlet.
Multiple speeds For two-stage models, most come with multiple forward speeds and two reverse speeds. The ability to vary ground speed according to snow conditions gets the job done faster. Some of the least expensive two-stage models have only one forward speed.
Single hand controls Most two-stage models have individual lever controls on each side of the handlebar, one engaging the wheel traction and the other for engaging the auger/impeller. This feature allows both control levers to be held down with one hand, leaving the other hand free to adjust the chute controls.
Single hand controls
Freewheel steering For two-stage models, this feature, which usually consists of triggers under each handlebar, disengages either or both the left and right drive wheels for easy, sharp turning.
Single lever chute adjustment Only on two-stage models, a single lever or "joystick" on the control panel allows for quick changes to the horizontal discharge direction (the alternative is a hand crank) and to the vertical discharge height (the alternative is leaving the operator position and manual adjustment) all with a single lever.
Single lever chute adjustment
Headlight This eases snow throwing at night or in low-light situations.
Heated handgrips Heated handgrips are a nicety, though they don't replace a good pair of gloves.
Warranty (yrs.) Manufacturer's stated warranty in years of coverage. In most cases it applies only to consumer use and not commercial use.
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:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By A Country Lawyer
from Highland Park, IL
(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
Good First Step for Rechargeable Blowers
Clears to the Pavement
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.