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Greenworks 20-Inch 12 Amp Corded Snow Thrower 26032
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- The Greenworks 12 amp electric snow thrower clears a 20-inch path
- Cord lock conveniently holds extension cord securely in place
- This electric snow thrower is capable of clearing a depth of 10 inches
- Saves money while protecting the environment
- 6-inch wheels; 20-foot discharge distance
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The Greenworks 20-Inch 12 Amp Electric Snow Thrower is an easy-to-use alternative to gas-powered snow throwers. Using a 12 amp motor, it clears a 20-inch path in snow up to 10 inches deep, and discharges snow up to 20 feet away. You can discharge snow in any direction with the 180-degree directional chute. An adjustable handle, 6-inch radial wheels, and a cord lock make this tool easy to use. This electric snow thrower does not put out carbon emissions.
Electric snow thrower clears a 20-inch path in snow up to 10 inches deep. View larger.
Using a 12 amp motor, the thrower clears a 20-inch path in snow up to 10 inches deep. It throws snow up to 20 feet away. A 180-degree directional chute allows you to direct the snow discharge wherever you'd like. The 6-inch radial wheels help you move easily through the snow.
Electric Thrower is Safe and Easy to Use
This snow thrower weighs 37 pounds. Because it's electric, there'll be no more wearing out your arm on a pull cord. Simply flip the switch and it turns on instantly.
Adjustable, Ergonomic Design
The snow thrower's adjustable rubber grip handle bar allows users to set its height at one of three positions to provide comfort, effectiveness, and safety. A cord lock holds the extension cord securely in place, so that you don't have to worry about the cord getting in the way.
Environmentally Sound Tool
This electric snow thrower will save you money even as it helps preserve the environment. It does not release carbon emissions, making for an machine.
This Greenworks snow thrower is covered by a four-year warranty for normal home use.
What's in the Box
Snow thrower, discharge directional control, chute deflector, owner's manual, some assembly required.
Greenworks 26032 20-Inch 12 Amp Electric Snow Thrower
The dependable design of this Greenworks 20-inch 12 amp electric snow thrower will not let you down. With a clearing path of 20 inches and an 18-inch impeller, the snow thrower provides all the power you need to get the job done quickly and more efficiently. The thrower's adjustable chute and 6-inch rear wheels provide easier mobility for better control while the rubber molded steel auger breaks through hard snow and discharges up to 25 feet away.
- Directional discharge crank provides efficient throw control and throw distance offering a 180 degree turning radius
- Large 6 inch wheel design for ease of use
- Rubber molded steel blade ensures the best clearing ability and durability
Features and Benefits
- Using a 12 amp motor, this Greenworks snow thrower discharges as far as 20 feet away and clears up to 850 pounds of snow per minute--a perfect alternative to bulky gas models
- Clearing width of 20 inches ensures job is done quickly and efficiently
- Clearing depth of 10 inches makes clearing harsh snow storms easy to do, getting right down to the sidewalk
Safe and Easy to Use
- Weighing just 35 pounds, this snow thrower is lightweight compared to its gas counterparts and features a simple one-touch start button, safety cord lock, and 6-inch wheels for easier mobility and handling control
Adjustable Ergonomic Design
- The snow thrower's adjustable rubber grip handle allows users to set its height at one of three positions for increased comfort, effectiveness, and safety with a maximum height of 38 inches
- Zero carbon footprint in the yard unlike its gas-powered competitors for the environmentally conscious
- Greenworks stands by their products with a four-year warranty on all equipment
What's in the Box?
- Snow thrower, chute, owner's manual (minimal assembly required)
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|Motor||9 Amp||10 Amp||12 Amp|
|Weight||14.5 lbs||25.6 lbs||35 lbs|
|Capacity/Minute||Up to 300 lbs||Up to 600 lbs||Up to 850 lbs|
|RPM/Blade Speed||Up to 2600 RPM/Blade Speed||Up to 2600 RPM/Blade Speed||Up to 1800 RPM/Blade Speed|
|Discharge Distance||Up to 20'||Up to 25'||Up to 25'|
|Chute Control/Turning Radius||NA||Handle Rotation/60 degrees||Handle Rotation/180 degrees|
|Intake Range/Intake Height||4"||6"||10"|
|Blade Material||Plastic (Polyethylene)||Plastic (Polyethylene)||Steel with rubber mold|
|Number of Stages||Single||Single||Single|
|Forward Speeds/Reverse Speeds||No||No||No|
|Warranty||4 Years||4 Years||4 Years|
|Recommended Use||Small Yards, Driveways and Walkways||Small- to Medium-Size Yards, Driveways and Walkways||Small- to Medium-Size Yards, Driveways and Walkways|
|Additional Innovative Features and Benefits||Cord lock feature prevents any accidental disconnection; ergonomic handle for easy maneuvering around narrow driveways and walkways||Large 6-inch rear wheel design for ease of use; directional control crank provides efficient throw control and better throw distance||Large 6-inch rear wheel design for ease of use; directional control crank provides efficient throw control and better throw distance|
Powered by innovation, Greenworks Tools focuses on premium power, high performance, quality easy-to-use design, and sustainable lawn-care tools. You will find their line of products offer longer battery run-time, longer battery life, and higher performance--changing the standards of lawn tools. Committed to zero carbon footprint in the yard, their battery- and electric-powered Greenworks Tools are the reliable and performance-enhanced alternatives to gas-powered lawn-care products. Greenworks design their tools to have the quality you depend on, the ease of use it is meant to have, and the range of premium power to meet your expectations without the hassle of spilling gas, extension cords, or emitting hazardous gas into the ozone.
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I received the snowblower before I received my extension cord, so I'll begin with the assembly. The box arrived in good shape, and the blower was easy to unpack from its box. There are two handle pieces and the chute deflector packed on top of the snowblower itself. Everything was in good condition, but when I was unpacking it I discovered a washer and a nut in the bottom of the box. This went to the O-ring for the chute deflector handle. I also found a machine screw in the box, and was unable to locate where it had been removed from. So make sure to CHECK YOUR BOX FOR LOOSE NUTS AND BOLTS!
The handle was easy to assemble, and based on other people's worries about vibrations causing things to come loose, I applied some lok-tite onto the threads for the chute deflector handle and the bottom handle assembly. Everything fit together perfectly, and the reviews about the handle being covered in plastic before assembly was not the case with the blower I received. I could unwrap everything before assembling. You may want to apply lock-tite to some of the nuts and bolts, otherwise you may lose them with the vibrations of the machine in operation. Greenworks is great about providing replacements, but better safe than sorry.
The extension cord arrived, and though we don't have any really fresh snow, it did snow 2 days ago. Good time to test it out on wet mucky snow and see how it works. There was still a bank of snow at the bottom of our driveway, and the snowblower handled it well! Since it was solid and wet, it took some effort to push it into the bank, but it chewed through it with little other problems. Even though the snow was wet, it tossed it a very good distance (about 15 feet). Though if you're not feeding it enough snow (under 3 inches) it just sort of bubbles up and lands on top of the blower itself.
I had no issues operating the handle switch, though it does feel a little bit flimsy. There is a conveniently located loop on the back of the switch so that you can make a slack knot to ensure that your extension cord does not get pulled out of the plug on accident. It sounds more like a vacuum cleaner than a snow blower, a high whine, and it squeaks VERY LOUDLY when it stops. That's most likely due to the belt, so don't be alarmed if yours makes that noise as well. After 3 years of operation, this has pretty much stopped.
A very important thing is that it is light and easy to maneuver. Our driveway is at a 10-15 degree incline, so this will work wonders when we're clearing with it, as it won't take us running down the hill after it. All in all, so far it has performed well and I am confident that if we get a blizzard before winter is over, I'll now be able to handle it without breaking my back.
UPDATE 1/25/12: Winter finally arrived in Michigan - we've had several snows leaving anywhere from 4 to 8 inches and even up to 11-12 inches in drifts on our driveway. This snow-blower has handled them all. I would HIGHLY SUGGEST to avoid the ice lockup of the chute that you spray WD-40 in there and move it back and forth before you start blowing - every time. This will prevent the ice from building up in there until you are done.
The only complaint I have about this machine is how it handles smaller amounts of snow. If you try to blow anything under about 3" it will just bubble out the top onto the snow blower and maybe a few feet away. Makes a mess until you get into deeper piles. However it still throws a good 2-3 feet at that point. When you get into deeper drifts, this thing really flings the snow! I've discovered you can counteract the small snow performance by moving faster through the snow so it has more to throw. Overall I am very happy with my purchase and hope that it continues to operate well through the years!
UPDATE 1/22/13: Snowblower is still working fine. I may need to replace the blade on the bottom after this season - it doesn't seem like it's getting down to the pavement as well as it used to. Otherwise, it still throws and clears the snow just great!
UPDATE 2/20/13: At some point during this season I failed to check the bolts on the thrower chute and they rattled loose and I lost them, so one side of the chute no longer is attached properly. As you can imagine this makes snowblowing kind of difficult. However, I called the company and they have sent replacement bolts to me free of charge! Awesome service from Greenworks and I can still use my snowblower!
UPDATE 4/19/13: I wanted to remark again how awesome their customer service has been. I needed to replace the blade (which is plastic, and had worn down from continued use) so I simply called them up, gave them a model number and one was sent to me. It cost $20. It was easy to replace - pop off the old one pop on the new one. Other than that, it still works like a charm. Looking forward to many seasons with this blower.
UPDATE 2/3/14: So I was very sad that this machine may have finally bitten the dust. We've had a hell of winter so far here in Michigan - 10 - 12" of snow in waves and this machine handled it all like a champ, even when the drifts were 3 times higher than the machine itself. That is, until I hit a block of ice hidden in the snowbank. The machine locked up, and once restarted now has an alarming wiggle and no longer throws the snow like it should. I have diagnosed it to the point that the impeller blade is bent and I was dreading the replacement cost. I just called Greenworks and the part is 37 DOLLARS. Only 37 dollars!! That's insanely cheap! I don't have to buy a new snowblower! Again, their customer service and warranty is REMARKABLE!!
5/9/14: Replacing the impellor blade was much harder than I initially thought; in fact it's almost impossible to the point that I was minutes from taking it to a shop or throwing this away. First, the instructions in the manual omit the fact that there's a bolt on both sides of the impellor. Second, the bolt requires an 8 sided socket, which I couldn't find locally. In the end I had to take my dremel tool to it to make it a size I could manage. Even then it was covered in red lok-tite and took a breaker bar to eventually get moving. Yeesh!! At least now I know that the belt and pulleys are in good shape because I had to tear down the whole drive mechanism to get this part replaced. I am happy, however, that I fixed it and it's ready for another season.
The two Toro 1800s are the old Toro 1800 18-Inch 12 Amp Electric Curve Snow Thrower #38025 and the new Toro 38381 18-Inch 15 Amp Electric 1800 Power Curve Snow Thrower. The main advantage of the Toros over the Greenworks is that they are lighter--25 lbs for the new Toro 1800 vs. 37 lbs for the Greenworks. For smaller, weaker people the Toro could be easier to handle. Or, for things like clearing steps or decks, you can easily lift the Toro to do that. You can lift the Greenworks too, but I think I'd opt to just use a shovel before I'd bother with lifting the Greenworks.
Since I got the Greenworks, we've only gotten a light snow , but to test the GreenWorks side-by-side with the (old) Toro, I pushed all the snow in the top 1/3 of my driveway into a pile as high as their front openings (both about a foot), and tried powering through with each. Both went through easily. The Greenworks threw most of the snow about 19 feet; the Toro about 14.5 feet.
Since that hadn't been a challenge for either, I then used the Greenworks to collect lots of snow into one area, and then shoveled that into a deeper pile. At that point, the snow was getting extremely dense, from going through the snowblower once or twice and being piled up. That pile was harder to get through with either machine. The motors were both powerful enough that the rotors didn't get bogged down. However, pushing the machines into the dense pile is hard work--unlike big gas machines, these aren't self propelled. And jamming the GreenWorks into the dense pile was harder. Not to the point where there was any question that it was up to the job--just that I had to back out and roll in again more times, and each of those was more work with a heavier machine. At the time, I assumed that it was harder to push the Greenworks in mainly because it's wider. But upon looking at the Toro website, I see that they explain that their funny "powercurve" blade shape is intended to help pull the machine into the snow. I think that works to help make it easier to get through really dense snow.
All in all, I expect that clearing a large driveway with a heavy snow would be about as much work with either. With the Greenworks, you can make fewer passes since it does a little wider swath each time, but you are handling a heavier piece of equipment so it's more work. So I consider them equal on performance. But that's with the old Toro--the new one is rated to draw 15 A instead of 12 A, so presumably it's a little more powerful, although the current rating doesn't prove anything.
So next consider features and quality. Comparing them side-by-side, I thought the Greenworks had better build quality and features..but then I looked at the new Toro and some of the improvements in the Greenworks are also in the new Toro! For example:
-Wheels: Greenworks has the biggest wheels, but the new Toro has wheels almost as big, vs. the dinky ones on the old Toro.
-Both have a handle that is easy to take off or fold for summer storage, unlike the old Toro.
And the new Toro has some other nice improvments like better chute adjustment mechanisms.
But the Greenworks has some nice advantages too:
-Better quality safety switch system on the GreenWorks. It's both easier to hold on, and harder to accidentally activate. It's actually quite possible to accidentally activate the Toro if you carry it by the handle that has the switch. The Toro has a plastic key that is a good way to prevent kids from playing with it, but that only helps if you bother to take the key out, and are you really going to do that?
-Metal blade (with rubber bumpers) on the Greenworks vs. all plastic on the Toro.
-Adjustable handle height--slightly taller than the Toro at the tallest setting and has two steps lower available.
-Circuit breaker built in--probably makes it less likely to burn out the motor.
-Sturdier handle with more steel and less plastic, compared to the Toro.
The Greenworks also has a better anchor point for the cord to prevent it pulling out of the plug, compared to the old Toro, but I can't really tell how that's set up on the new one. In any case, it's nice on the Greenworks.
Both of them require minor assembly. I can't remember much about assembling the Toro, but I was very impressed by the way the GreenWorks was packaged, with the parts you need for each thing attached right where you need them, and most of them requiring no tools. I'm used to getting a bag of parts with a confusing diagram, making asembly a puzzle. None of that here--very clear how it goes together and very quick.
Durability might be an issue to consider. I know that the Toro held up well, though not indefinitely. After 7 winters it needed the switch replaced--inexpensive but a pain to take apart. The Greenworks is somewhat unproven...but the fact that it comes with a steel blade and a 4 year warranty means it might be considerably better than the Toro.
Comparing them side-by-side makes them both seem impressive: the Toro for packing so much power in a small, light unit (and the new one might be even more powerful), but the GreenWorks is impressive for being more solidly built, having lots of details done nicely and being an amazing bargain at 2/3 the price with double the warranty.
I uploaded some pictures of them side-by-side--you can see them below the main picture on the product page.
Update: After a few years, none of my assessment above has changed, but I find myself choosing the Toro most of the time, just because it's lighter. The decision probably comes down to the tradeoff between weight and cost--the Greenworks is a real bargain if you don't mind the weight.
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