Updated: Mar 21, 2022
Let me add this to my battery-powered yard tool arsenal!
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I have written about my switch from gas-powered to battery-powered lawn equipment. It seemed like time to make the change, and I settled upon Greenwork’s line of equipment.
I must say, I got a ton of use out of every piece of equipment I bought. Along the way, I added additional batteries for “peace of mind.” I have a fear of running out of power. With that, you need to make sure you have spare chargers. I believe I have six batteries in total at the time of this writing and three chargers. It is also essential to state that these are 40V batteries, so I have to keep them consistent as they are interchangeable amongst all devices.
The natural progression was to add snow removal to my battery-powered arsenal. I am uncertain how I happened upon the Greenworks Shovel, but it was discounted, and I snatched it up. Yes, Greenworks has a snow thrower available, but I wanted to walk before running. (I also am not ready to get rid of my beast of a snow thrower but give me time.)
It has a 12″ cleaning path, shares the same 40V battery all of my other equipment uses and has loads of power. I didn’t know what to expect when using it, but the concept was simple enough. Take this relatively long device and push it like a shovel, ensuring the power is engaged. It immediately eats into the snow and propels it 10 feet in the air in front of you.
Shovel In Action (media by JC)
You have to plan your attack when shoveling your driveway. The snow will get emitted at a fair distance, and if it is windy, you need to account for the blowback. We received 3 to 4 inches of snow this past week, and the unit made short order of the snow.
This unit is pretty heavy. While you do not have to account for snow lifting as this will blow or propel it directly in front of you, you must account for the unit’s weight. This means you have to lift, push, or drag the unit and maneuver accordingly. This can prove to be a workout on its own.
I love the power this unit has. I also love that I will be using all of the batteries throughout the winter. It is best to use these batteries rather than letting them freeze in the garage.
As with any shovel, watch out for driveway/sidewalk cracks.
There is no directing left or right of the snow, so plan you need to plan as you would with a shovel. (See helpful illustration below)