I have the battery version of this. Much nicer than shovelling though there is still some of that. Bogs down when it gets deep, so most efficient if I do it at 3 inches, many passes rather than waiting until it's done in a heavy storm. It will chuck small bits of ice noisily, so if I scrape & chop an ice layer, then go over it to throw I'm ok..
Battery good for about 20 minutes of continuous use, but charges back to full in about the same time, so forces a break. Though if it's 3" or less I can do most of driveway in one pass..
Finally decided that it was too much of a pain to be shoveling all the time.
I was wondering why this hadn't happened sooner. Do you enjoy shoveling? Do you do it for the exercise? I knew it couldn't be a conscientious objection to outdoor power equipment since you once got a gas lawnmower from me :-)
It's mostly a matter of storage space versus performance. I wasn't convinced that a single-stage machine would work for Nancy's driveway, since it's kind of in a reentrant, and even the first shovelful is uphill, but my coworker said he had good results with this one. There's not enough room in her shed for a gas snowblower unless we got rid of almost everything else, and we'd have to build a ramp to get it in and out. This one is light enough to lift, she has a conveniently located electrical outlet, and her driveway is short enough that a cord will reach to the street. The plan will definitely be to do it in multiple passes in the future. What I was doing last night was 6-8" of pretty ugly stuff, and I was probably abusing the motor and bearings of this thing. The other issue was price: I found a deal on this that made it worth the risk even if it turned out to be not that useful.
No problems with motors for me, I'm no chitownclark. My own snowblower is a gas one (inherited from my parents) as was my previous one, and I have a gas lawnmower that used to be Nancy's. The lawnmower I got from Phil served me well until I got the current one, at which point I gave Phil's to the mailman at work, who had a sideline doing small engine repair, and I figured he could give it a tuneup and sell it.