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Snow Joe Ultra SJ623E Snow Thrower Review
This fall I bought a Snow Joe Snow Thrower. My father-in-law had given us a snow thrower of another brand several years ago and a couple of years ago a part broke on it that I was too lazy to replace. I had planned on getting that sorted out in advance of this winter, but then I saw this Snow Joe Ultra SJ623E 18-Inch 15-Amp Electric Snow Thrower on sale on Amazon and decided to get a new one instead.
Cold and Snowy Place
I live in Ottawa, Canada and it is frequently the coldest national capital in the world. Of course, the colder it is, the less likely we will have big snowfalls. Those cold days only hold the snow at bay for so long. We generally get several good dumps of snow per year. Two years ago we set a new record for a single day snowfall at 51 cms. That is just over 20″ for those of you on the imperial scale. This of course happened the first year that our old snow thrower died. I don’t have a big driveway, but it took me more than five hours to shovel all the snow that day. More typically we see snow falls of 10 – 20 cms, which is still a lot of snow to shovel.
What About the Ice?
The Snow Joe Snow Thrower does a great job with the fluffy snow and the heavy wet snow. The real test came last week with a mix of snow and rain followed by freezing rain and a flash freeze. I had decided that I was going to have to shovel that frozen mess by hand because I thought the snow/ice would be too hard for the snow thrower to handle.
I decided to give it a try and take thin slices at a time. Mostly I wasn’t looking forward to breaking up and shovelling the crap at the end of our driveway thrown up by the plows. I figured I had nothing to lose by trying it out. I would know pretty quickly if it wasn’t going to work.
As it turns out the snow thrower did an excellent job clearing the mess of heavy, rain soaked and frozen solid snow. It even handled the frozen slush from the road plows. I was impressed… and grateful.
While this machine exceeds my expectations. I do have one complaint about it. The show chute opens up too soon making it difficult to actually control the snow being thrown. I am going to modify it to give me greater directional control so that the snow goes where I want it to go instead of spraying out. The snow generally goes in the direction I am aiming in, but it also sprays out to the side which means more clean up work and re-blowing the snow I have already cleared.
Other than this one issue, I would definitely recommend the Snow Joe Ultra SJ623E 18-Inch 15-Amp Electric Snow Thrower if you are looking for an easier way to clear your driveway in the winter.
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