Snow Joe SJ623E snow blower

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$179.99 - $389.99
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Summary: This electric-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 electric snow blowers
About - Snow Joe SJ623E

The Snow Joe SJ623E is part of the snow blower test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, snow blower models like the SJ623E are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Width (in.):
The snow blower's clearing width, or swath, in inches.

Removal speed:
How quickly models could remove snow without laboring; We push single-stage machines as quickly as possible before the machine labors.

Plow pile removal:
How quickly 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 SJ623E
info Engine size 15amp
info Electric start Yes
info Multiple speeds No
info Single hand controls No
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 SJ623E
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snow joe parts to Canada
Can't Handle Wet Snow
Best Uses
Under things that arent to great I would say the shipping of parts to Canada is rediculess and high. If I knew it would be that high would not have bought this Make.Canada donot buy this product or you will pay high shipping for parts.
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Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
Absolute Garbage
Needs Extension Cord
Poor Throw Distance
Throw Nozzle Slippage
Weak Motor
Best Uses
This is my first snow-blower. I got it because the snow-removal guys at our condo association regularly miss our driveway. We just had a good snow-fall of about 8-10.<br />I picked this up at Home Depot as part of a Black Friday sale for about $150. First thing I noticed when I got home was that the unit requires an extension cord, as it does not come with a cord of its own. So I had to drive back to the store and and buy an extension cord (which cost an addition $30 bucks) before I could even use the unit.<br /><br />I then tried to plow my drive-way (which is very small-to-average in size) and the entire process both was frustrating and pathetic. It took me almost an hour to finish, and I was drenched in sweat and covered in in snow by the time I was done. It would have honestly been faster to shovel by hand.<br /><br />The main issues with the unit are these:<br /> 1. The thrower chute does not tighten correctly. It has a round bolt heads (which are almost impossible to grip with pliers), so the chute angle will not hold position, and repeatedly slips upward, causing snow to shoot straight up into the air (and onto the operator).<br /> 2. The throw distance was pathetic. I got more snow on top of the unit than I did to either side. I think it was averaging about 2-3 feet, with occasional bursts of maybe 5-7 feet. I had to repeatedly go over the same areas to try and get the snow that the unit 'spit up' on itself from its initial pass...<br /> 3. Unit was loud for an electric. I honestly think a gas engine would have been quieter.<br /> 4. Took a lot of physical effort to push through the snow. The scooper blade did a very poor job of actually getting down into the snow, requiring multiple passes over the same 'lane', with strong 'pushing' effort to try and get the unit to pick up more snow.<br /><br />I unfortunately don't have any experience with other snow-blowers for comparison, but I would hazard that this one is at the bottom of the pile. Will not be buying this brand of product ever again.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Better than rated, ie. it gets the job done
Low Maintenance
No Fuel
No Smell
Preparationputting Away
Sometimes Gets Unplugged
Best Uses
Luckily I bought this after reading positive reviews on the world's top ecommerce site. Also watched some youtube videos to confirm the choice. I think Consumer Reports' criteria might be off a little, to give points to over-powered, expensive machines that get the job done, but have their own flaws (heavy, expensive, require maintenance, etc).<br /><br />This little, light device handles the dry snow typical of my hometown in Manitoba, Canada. I think I've used it on 2 to 10 inches of snow with no problems. It has a chute you can point in different directions to throw the snow. Typically the snow is thrown high and the wind will blow it away. If it doesn't quite go far enough, a second pass will toss it the rest of the way.<br /><br />Cord management is a bit of a challenge, and you will find a longer cord handy. I have a 50 foot driveway and 100 feet of cord. Pretty much an ideal length, as I can toss the cord to the side of the driveway to keep it out of the way. Don't want to run it over! I have a 12 gauge cord, about $50 like another reviewer said. A thick cord like this ensures the unit gets enough current. Winding the cord out and respooling it afterwards takes a fair amount of time, but it's nice to have a unit that doesn't require gasoline and oil, which emit fumes that make your clothing stink.<br /><br />You do need to be able to push the unit through the snow, as the wheels are small and not powered. Advantage high-powered snow blower. Still, the Snow Joe has handled everything mother nature has thrown at it so far (one winter).
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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