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Snow Joe iON18SB Ion Cordless Single Stage Brushless Snow Blower with Rechargeable Ecosharp 40-volt Lithium-Ion Battery
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- Clearing Surface Type : Paved
- Lightweight design (only 32 lbs) to easily clear sidewalks, driveways and decks.
- 40 V 4.0 Ah EcoSharp rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to 50 minutes of whisper-quiet run time.
- No pull cords, gas, oil, tune-ups, carbon emissions or tangled extension cords.
- Steel auger with 2 rubber blades moves up to 495 lbs of snow per minute; cuts a path 18 in. wide by 8 in. deep without damaging surface.
- 180° auto-rotate directional chute throws snow up to 20 ft.
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Cut the Cord:
Ideal for clearing snow from sidewalks, driveways and decks, the Snow Joe iON is the newest addition to the Snow Joe lineup and one of the first single stage snow blower to provide easy and convenient cord-free operation. The iON weighs only 32 lbs so you can easily carry it onto your snow-filled deck to clear out fast. For nighttime snow removal, the iON has an integrated LED headlight that quickly switches on to increase visibility.
Power and Performance:
Powered by EcoSharp technology, Snow Joe’s interchangeable 40 V 4.0 Ah rechargeable lithium-ion battery system, the iON delivers up to 50 minutes of whisper-quiet runtime with zero carbon emissions for cleaner air. No pull-cords, gas, oil, tune-ups or tangled extension cords to cause unnecessary frustration! This cordless dynamo is also engineered with a powerful 500 W brushless motor for increased battery efficiency, optimal motor performance and extended motor life to keep your iON blowing strong season after season.
Easy to Use:
The iON starts instantly with a simple push of a button and its adjustable handle maximizes user comfort during use. Equipped with a heavy-duty steel auger and two rubber blades, the iON moves up to 500 pounds of snow per minute, clearing a path 18 inches wide by 8 inches deep with each pass. Plus, the scraper bar at the base of the unit lets you clear right to the ground without damaging your deck or pavement. Featuring a 180° auto-rotate chute that rotates instantly with the push of a switch, the iON directs the snow stream up to 20 feet away.
Choose from included 40 V 4.0 Ah EcoSharp rechargeable lithium-ion battery or corded 13.5-amp electric power.
Key Features :
180° Auto-Rotate Directional Chute
180° auto-rotate directional chute throws snow up to 20 feet; 3 W LED headlight provides increased visibility for nighttime snow removal.
40 V 4.0 Ah EcoSharp Battery
40 V 4.0 Ah EcoSharp battery rechargeable lithium-ion provides up to 52 minutes of whisper-quiet run time.
Steel Auger With 2 Rubber Blades
Steel auger with 2 rubber blades moves up to 500 pounds of snow per minute; cuts a path 18 inch wide by 8 inch deep without damaging surface.
Frequently Purchased Accessories
Snow Joe + Sun Joe iBAT40XR iON EcoSharp Pro 40 V 5.0 Ah Lithium-Ion Battery.
Snow Joe + Sun Joe iCHRG40-DPC Dual Port iON 40 V EcoSharp Lithium-Ion Charger.
Snow Joe SJCOT Universal Snow Thrower Clean Out Tool.
|Clearing Width (in)||13||15||18||21||24|
|Battery Capacity (aH)||4.0||2.5||4.0||5.0||5.0|
|Plowing Capacity (lbs/min)||300||441||495||600||1000|
|Warranty||Full 2 Year Warranty||Full 2 Year Warranty||Full 2 Year Warranty||Full 2 Year Warranty||Full 2 Year Warranty|
Cut the cord. Ideal for clearing snow from sidewalks, driveways and decks, the Snow Joe® iON is the newest addition to the Snow Joe® lineup and the first single stage snow blower to provide easy and convenient CORD-FREE operation. Powered by EcoSharp®technology, Snow Joe’s® patent-pending rechargeable 40-volt lithium-ion battery system, the iON delivers up to 50 minutes of whisper-quiet run time with zero carbon emissions for cleaner air. No pull-cords, gas, oil, tune-ups or tangled extension cords to cause unnecessary frustration! The iON starts instantly with a simple push of a button and its adjustable handle maximizes user comfort during use. Equipped with a heavy-duty, steel auger with 2 rubber blades, the iON moves up to 495 pounds of snow per minute, clearing a path 18-inches wide by 8-inches deep with each pass. Plus, the rubber scraper bar at the base of the unit lets you clear right to the ground without damaging your deck or pavement. Featuring a 180° auto-rotate chute that rotates instantly with the push of a switch, the iON lets you throw snow up to 20 feet in the direction you want it to go. Compared to heavier gas and electric-powered units, the iON weighs only 32 lbs so you can easily hoist it onto your snow-filled deck to clear out fast. For nighttime snow removal, the iON has an integrated LED headlight that quickly switches on to increase visibility. GET EQUIPPED® this winter with the Snow Joe® iON – the easy, convenient and cordless solution to get snow out of your way on your snow day.
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I own three snow throwers, all 18". When I bought my house I started with a gas powered one, which was recalled once and which has had carb problems 3 out of 5 years after that, largely I suspect due to me not finding time to "summerize" the engine and drain the fuel in time. It is currently working but is hard to start and seems to be lacking power, I suspect the carb needs cleaning again. It also leaves me smelling like gasoline and exhaust whenever I use it.
I have an electric, extension corded model, which seems slightly more powerful than the gas model, but the safety interlock switch mechanism has been touchy and occasionally it won't start at all. When it does work it's awesome, sans moving the cord, which though not too bad isn't really a hassle. The problem is I'm on a corner lot, and the extension cords just don't go that far.
Thus, when I learned about the Snow Joe ION, I was excited, and since it's snowing a lot this year I ordered one.
So far, I've used it twice on 1 and then 2 inches of light fluffy snow, however I have also used it to clear plowed, somewhat icy snow at the street corner and the driveway, though not extensively. I was pleased that it handles it - you have to rock in and out, it'll slow and stop if you push in too hard, but it was making progress roughly equivalent to maybe 80% of the gas engine on the big plow leavings.
The fluffy snow was being thrown farther than the gas engine throw it, but not as far as the corded electric. It is quieter than both the other throwers.
I really like the flashlight.
It has a powered chute aiming control.
The battery comes out easily so it can be charged in the house and kept warm for maximum power
It seems to handle light snow very well
The handle and chute assembly knobs seem to have nylon lock nuts in them and thus probably won't shake loose
So far the battery seems to be holding up quite well and allows me to clear my double width driveway (20x30?) and about 160
feet of of sidewalk on a charge, at least in light snow.
It is really quiet.
It throws snow far enough, comparable to the gas one.
It doesn't smell like fumes!
It doesn't move along the sidewalk as smoothly as the other throwers. It seems to ride a bit further down and scrape more.
The handle assembly seems just a bit more flexible/less sturdy than the others I have. Part of that may be due to having an adjustable joint to give you a choice of handlebar angles, or it may be due to the single U shaped fastener further down, instead of having a pair of fasteners. Over time I'll be watching this to see if it becomes an issue - it works okay so far, it just feels less solid than I want.
The knobs holding down the snow exit chute seem tight but it still seems to go out of adjustment - both of my others have a more firm tooth grabbing mechanism that holds the chute angle better.
Other than adjusting the sturdiness/feel issue, if it were up to me and I was planning their next release, I'd stick a second battery pack holder on the machine and let you optionally equip a second battery pack, and when running on two batteries I'd give it a mode switch for more torque/power, so you can switch to higher amp consumption but power through heavier or wetter snow and plow piles more efficiently, or set it back on normal and have longer life (not that I've needed either really so far, I just think it wouldn't cost much to do it).
Overall, though, I'm quite pleased with it so far, and I may bump up to 5 stars later after I've used it more.
======= Updates: =======
I've now used it a lot more, including on a 4-5" snow, though it wasn't a wet snow, it has been too cold:
It handled the near 5" well.
It can handle the tall 2 foot drifts on the boulevard okay, it just slows down and might need 2-3 passes.
The rubber cover that screws down over the chute direction switch shook loose. That may or may not have anything to do with the next con -
The snow chute has ceased to rotate reliably. Sometimes I am able to get it to move with the switch but mostly not lately. It will spin by hand, with some force.
I do not know if it was some ice that got in someplace or if there is a wiring fault - I finally brought it into the basement to melt/thaw out and the motor is spinning it now,
we'll see how it does outside in the subzero later.
I'm still happy with it and still rate it 4 out of 5, but I'm not bumping it up.
========== Update with a 6" heavy snowfall ==========
Twin cities got a surprise snow dump today. I'm not sure snow totals elsewhere, but it seems to me we had 6" here, and there were a few more inches on my sidewalks that had blown in earlier this week that I was waiting for today's snow to handle. The blower worked pretty well in the heavier 6" snow, and just slowed down a bit as it went, and when I hit the deeper piles where it had blown it it just slowed down more.
Now, I'm on a corner, with a double wide 35 foot driveway. This was the first time I'd drained a battery dead before I've finished blowing, but I got the sidewalk all around and 85% of the driveway, which is impressive. I did have the problem with the snow chute not working, at first, but once it had warmed a bit by running it worked fine. My current theory is that the chute rotation switch triggers a relay somewhere down in the machine, and that that really is stuck when it's really cold. Warming it up bf running it for awhile or by bringing it in the house awhile seems to make it work, thus my theory.
So, despite the chute issue, I'm going to bump it up to 5 stars because of how it handled the deep snow today.
It assembled with no trouble. Night one of Snowmageddon ...
It assembled with no trouble. Night one of Snowmageddon 2016 NJ and I did mine and 3 neighbors. It didn't flinch. We will see tomorrow how it does when I get up but so far it's made this disabled guys life so much easier.
Update: next morning 15 plus inches. No this was not designed for this deep of snow but with 2 passes it did a great job. Did everything I needed ( walkway, driveway and car) and still had one bar left on the battery.
GF used it to clear out some of the deck. Was easy and light enough for her. I just saw someone leave a 1 star review, I don't know how this works so well.
Last pic is the deepest I hit with it over 2 ft of drift. The picture shows it got thru it.
Update 1/24/16 This saved us so much headache and backache. Did the final pass today after another few inches last night came down. Worked like a champ.
Update 2/1/16 So another advantage over gas is this is light enough we decided to store it in the basement. Can't do that with a gas one.
What you need to realize first is that you're buying two different snowblowers here inside one case. Let's start with the 'original' battery type.
It's the iON18SB. No different, except a fair bit heavier because you're carrying around all the AC bits with you. That's actually good, the original was perhaps too light on the snow. Don't have one of those? Well... The big consumer magazine says not to buy it, it's awful. Several reviews (including the first one for the hybrid version) agree. I don't. It's limited! Very! But it's still a useful tool. Dry, fluffy snow? 3-4" no real problem. Wet stuff, it starts to slow down and bog, and stall. The harder the going, the more you're going to eat the battery faster and faster, and the stalls will get worse, until it's done - in a recent heavy snowfall I completely used a battery in 20 minutes, not quite enough to do the job of a shortish double driveway and a looooong corner-lot sidewalk here in Michigan - and the charge time is long enough to let plenty more build up between goes. Almost but not quite good enough for my needs. I didn't really have clogging problems but such is Single Stage Life anyway, so if you do, I wouldn't be shocked. The headlight (my area's usually lit well enough never to need it) and powered chute rotation are very nice touches.
But then, we plug it in. AC MODE:
Whole different ballgame. Much faster (there's a decent review video on the 'tubes showing all this, though that guy spent about zero time on the negatives of the unit so, grain of salt), much louder (probably using a motor-generator to make the current for the drive motor? Not sure, we may tear down due to curiosity later) and sounds like the hairdryer of the title. Ate 4" of moderate-weight stuff this morning with zero issue, and plenty of throw. So then I put it to work in an area I didn't complete from the last snow. It went straight up to the top of the housing with little complaint, just kept working. Ice and compressed stuff was less successful. There's a significant flaw in operation, though: There's a warning not to have the battery in while using AC mode. If you do that, then there will be no accessory (light, chute-rotation) power while you have the main motor powered down. Not a huge deal (and I don't know how serious they are about the warning), but something to consider. Cord management is a pain, but that's any AC snowblower, and the usual admonitions about getting a 12 gauge, extreme-weather extension cord apply.
I like the packaging of these units. They come pretty much done, you just need to slap the chute on and bolt on the handle, 15 minutes and you're ready. Minus charging time of course. I've had some problems where after a heavy battery session I can't charge it without letting the battery sit outside to cool, but hey, it's a snowblower, you should have plenty of cold available when you're using it.
So, do you get it? If you're just on the fence about gas or electric and have heavy work to do... maybe you get a gas one. But if you're like me and have a good usecase for it - like me, where I can do my driveway and half the sidewalk on AC, then finish up pretty easily on a battery, this might be the ticket for gas and oil free snow clearing. Plan to keep ahead of heavy snows, too, but if you want to clear 12-18" at a time, you need to be going gas two-stage anyway. Not sure about the long-term yet of course... If the AC motor (or motor-generator) is brush-type, they sure don't mention it, and that could be a future concern. Not nearly the heaviest-duty thing in the world. One thing though - it is of MUCH, MUCH greater utility than the battery-only version and if I were deciding between the two, I would totally get this one. Well worth the extra cash.