EGO 21-inch 56-Volt Snow Blower

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EGO POWER+ 21 in. 56-Volt Snow Blower SNT2100 Review

EGO POWER+ 21 inch 56-Volt Snow Blower

4.5/5
Manufacturer: Ego POWER+
Model number: SNT2100
Price: 700.00
Power source: 56 volt
Weight: 53lbs
Christmas morning 2017 dropped 7 inches of powder snow to the Boston area. I had to clear the snow anyway, so I figured this was as good a time as ever to check out the EGO 21-inch 56-Volt Snow Blower.

EGO has always impressed me as an outdoor power equipment [OPE] platform. I own an EGO lawnmower, string trimmer chainsaw and blower.

The EGO line offers most of the tools you need to maintain an entire yard.  I look at the EGO tools as a well-engineered platform that solves problems for me outdoors. I’ve also found many other construction related uses for the EGO blower.

The EGO platform, is a compete OPE platform that completely eliminates the hassle of gas, oil, fumes, noise, and a pull cord.

EGO 56 Volt Platform

EGO has a complete line of cordless outdoor power tools. They are:

  •  56V Cordless Lawnmower
  •  56V Leaf Blower
  •  56V String Trimmer
  •  56V Hedge Trimmer
  •  56V Chain Saw
  •  56 V Snow Blower

Plastic Parts But Durable

The EGO snow intake and inner body is constructed of 8-gauge powder coated metal. The scraper is plastic, and the rubber on the auger paddles are both designed to be easily replaced as they wear. The Ego snow blower weighs 53 lbs. without the batteries.


Brushless Motor

The EGO 21-inch 56-Volt Snow Blower has a dual process starting procedure for safety. There is a conveniently located push button safety and bail switch lever that both have to be activated in order for the snow blower to stay powered on. When the bail switch is released and electric brake stops the auger within 3 seconds.

The EGO 21-inch 56-Volt Snow Blower has a super quiet, 2000 watt, brushless motor. The motor engages the snow auger via a belt and pulley system. The entire process is governed and protected by a computer against overloads and voltage draws. There are no shear pins in the auger, it’s all electronically controlled.
Batteries

The Ego snow blower has a capacity for two batteries, but will operate on one battery. When connected to two batteries, the computer will draw from the stronger battery charge until that battery charge matches the other battery’s charge. At that point, the computer will start combining the batteries and using them together.

Power Indicator Lights

The EGO 21-inch 56-Volt Snow Blower is equipped with a power indicator to indicate the charge level of the battery pack(s) and the working status of the snow blower. The power indicator will illuminate when the auger is rotating or when the LED headlights are turned on.

  • The green light indicates that the battery pack(s) is over 15% of its charge capacity.
  • The red light indicates that the battery pack’s charge is low.
  • The blinking red light indicates that the battery pack is nearly depleted and needs to be charged immediately.
  • Shining orange means the snow blower or battery pack is overheated
  • Flashing orange means the snow blower is overloaded.

Overload Protection

We noticed that you can push the unit too hard and it will bog down or shut down.

The EGO 21-inch 56-Volt Snow Blower has built-in overload-sensing elements. When the snow blower is overloaded, the motor will decrease the speed automatically and you will hear the volume of the motor decrease. This is an indicator that you should slow down your pace or narrow the clearing width in this case, after which the motor speed will resume its normal setting automatically.

If this remedy does not solve the overload situation, the sensor will shut off the motor automatically and the power indicator will blink orange.

A shut down will necessitate you to remove the battery pack(s) from the snow blower. Check to see if there is snow or ice stuck in the auger and deck.

EGO 21″ Snow Blower Features

  •  2,000 watt brushless motor
  •  21-inch clearing width
  •  Up to 35 feet snow throwing distance
  •  Push-button start
  •  Variable-speed control
  •  LED headlights
  •  Quick-fold handle for compact storage
  •  Weather-resistant (ipx4)
  •  Folding handle for storage

Performance

The Ego Snow blower has a 21” wide auger opening and we used it in both a 6-inch as well as 8-inch wet snow testing environment. We were amazed at how well it worked.

We cleared a driveway of 20’ x 50’ as well as two 3’x30’ walkways before the batteries needed charging.

This snow blower is perfect for the 6″-8″ snow fall range. Anything more than that we recommend doing two or more passes. It will handle deeper snow but you’ll have to slow down your pace or narrow the clearing width.

The EGO snow chute rotation is easily adjusted left and right, via a throttle lever, and provides 180 degrees of coverage. The lever is conveniently located on the Ego’s handle. The chute deflector angle of throw is adjusted manually by a hand lever on the chute. The snow chute throws the snow a good distance, EGO claims 35 feet of snow throwing distance. We didn’t measure.

A variable-speed controls the auger, which impacts how far the snow is thrown. The unit is NOT self-propelled so you need to push it into the snow.

We found that pushing the snow blower uphill can cause the operator to slip and possible fall. The EGO is best used on level ground. If you find yourself slope, we recommend using a switchback [side to side] snow removal approach.

Cost

The EGO 21-inch 56-Volt Snow Blower kit includes two (2) 5.0Ah batteries and the Rapid Charger. EGO POWER+ Snow Blower for approximately  $700.00. 

EGO POWER+ 21 inch 56-Volt Snow Blower
700.00

Storable

The Ego has a quick-fold handle for compact storage. There are two quick-release levers on both sides of the handle. Once the quick-release levers are open the opposite, attached knobs can be loosened to either fold the handle for storage, or tightened to extend, and use the snow blower.

Cold Weather Operation

The snow blower may not properly start if its battery temperature is -4°F (-20°C) or less. If unit doesn’t start, Ego recommends that you remove the battery from the snow blower and allow it to warm indoors for 10 minutes or longer. Reinstall the battery and try again.

Improvement

The EGO 21-inch 56-Volt Snow Blower has small 7-inch, lawnmower type wheels, which would get into ruts from time to time. I’d like to see EGO add wider wheels to the unit.

Overall Impression

We’ve been fans of the EGO system for some time and this snow blower did not disappoint. You have to agree that that NOT having to deal with a pull cord, gas, oil and fumes is nice – right?

We found the EGO 21-inch 56-Volt Snow Blower quiet, powerful and dependable. This tool works extremely well at removing and throwing the snow and it has the power to be your stand alone snow blower.

 

Ego 21-Inch 56-Volt Snow Blower Video Review

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11 Comments

  1. Jennifer Rapovich

    Loved the review of this EGO snowblower. I just purchased one and have never used a snowblower before. Would be nice to see a video on how to set the snowblower up. I realize to guys it is easy but I am a female so it would be appreciated. Thanks.

  2. Snow Blow Joe

    Good review. I have had an ego in the past and really like it.

  3. Joey

    Hi Rob,

    Thanks for your review it very detailed and clear and I am interested to invest in a battery-operated snow blower, however, I have one question that I like for your comment, can you tell me the length of time that the battery is able to perform, as I notice many companies are shy to disclosing the detail, same as Ego nothing on their manual mention the battery capacity, so if you can kindly let me know so I can make a better decision for my purchase. Thank you for your time.

    1. It was a year or two since I tested this – general use 3-6″ snow seems to last me 30 minutes of non-stop snow clearing. I have 2 batteries

  4. A real life saver. Our driveway is down to pavement after storms for the first time in 20 years. Battery life not the best feature, but we have been dealing with wet and heavy snow and we do have a long private drive, a real challenge.

    1. Pierre Martel

      Hi, I have an Ego 21 inch snow-blower that is brand-new since november.
      Now, using it on our last snowfall, it hit some pretty heavy snow probably with some ice in it. It simply completely stopped and is “dead” since. Even the front lights don’t get on (with fully charged batteries of course).
      I am wondering if anyone knows about the presence of a hidden circuit-breaker that would need to be reset in order to put the machine back to “life”.
      I would be very disappointed to learn that electrical or electronic components simply got burned by a seemingly minor event (no smell of smoke, no previous overload signal in the batteries warning lights; I checked the driving belt, it’s OK).
      Thanks for your kind attention,
      Pierre

      1. Rick Partin

        I just bought the EGO SNT2100. The same thing happened. The LED lights will not even turn on. The batteries are fully charged. The augur turns freely. Is there a reset button?

  5. Mario

    My SNT2100 just died this am too. Wont fire up at all. Over load light did come on twice. I waited a few minutes then turned it back on. Now its completely dead. It seems the model has no fuse or reset. On with Ego now tryng to find out if I can order a circuit board replacement.

  6. Silva

    My SNT2102 died this week after a single use. Very unreliable. Will return and never buy another EGO

    1. Todd Fratzel

      Sounds like a lemon…i’ve had an EGO blower and lawn mower for 5+ yrs…def awesome equipment in my experience.

  7. Pierre Martel

    Hi every Ego snowblower users!

    Just to tell that for the second time my warranty was honoured without any problem by Ego and I received once more a brand new blower from them. So I feel that Ego is a very serious and respectful company and I feel sure they are working hard on that problem of brittleness of the machine that at least a few of us have been confronted with.
    We had here a few snowstorms since the five weeks I have my new machine and it works perfectly well up to now (but still crossing my fingers and being very vigilant not to overcharge it without relying on the warning lights).
    I am a strong believer in the revolution of the transition to greener energies (here in Quebec all our electric power is totally green) and I accept the weaknesses of quite new clean electric technologies knowing that they are going to improve … petrol engines were also very “brittle” at their beginnings many decades ago …

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