Electric Snow Shovel - 12" - Green and Black is rated
Rated 5 out of
Makes Shoveling a Breeze
I love all of our Greenworks tools so far. I actually prefer this shovel to the thrower. Our driveway takes 1-2 hours to clear normally, this cut the time down to about 20 minutes. I recommend it all the time. It works great on wet snow, not the best on slush or ice, but you can't really expect it to.
Date published: 2018-10-15
Rated 3 out of
Good performance, low quality
This snow thrower does a fine job of clearing even the heaviest of snow.
However, the handle attached to the main body snapped off during the first use. I was using the handle for leverage against a large snow pile and it cracked off the housing in my hand.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of
Money well spent!
If are older and tired of shoveling snow, this is a good investment. Just used it on 6 inches of wet snow and it worked great! Do not force it into the snow just take your time and let it do the work.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 2 out of
Effective little tool to start neighborhood feuds!
I purchased Greenworks’ 8 Amp 12-Inch Corded Snow Shovel earlier this week and have so far used it twice. I own a house that sits on a fairly small lot in an older suburban neighborhood with only a small driveway, porch, walk and sidewalk to clear. Here's what I've found so far:
It absolutely chews right through the snow. The front end containing the engine is weighted enough to easily cause the shovel blade to sink right down to the pavement vs. riding on top of any compacted snow (with a little work at times). At the same time, it's not so heavy that maneuvering it is difficult or exhausting over a reasonably small area for someone who’s at least decently fit.
It's also small enough to fit on steps, clearing them of snow quickly and quite easily. It definitely has enough power to shoot snow the advertised distance ahead of itself and is a big time saver vs. the use of a traditional shovel (more on this later).
Lastly, the price is right. If you're in the market for some powered assistance in the winter and don't want to make a big investment like you can with most other snow removal devices, it won't break the bank.
Since it is corded, there is of course the nuisance of needing to demonstrate good cord management skills. While my experience has shown that corded tools tend to be more powerful than cordless, I also own several cordless electric yard tools that (while the battery lasts) have demonstrated a great amount of power. After having experienced both the corded and cordless side of things, I would have absolutely preferred to have paid a bit more for the cordless model (unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be sold in my area).
Another issue is that there are no wheels of any kind helping you to more easily move the shovel around. On one hand, were there wheels they may impede the ability to get the shovel blade as flush with the pavement as you can with the current design, so perhaps this is good. On the other hand, it seems as though putting some kind of small wheels on the device while still allowing the shovel blade to sit flush would be only a small engineering problem to overcome.
Last but not least, the lock-out safety button that must be depressed in order to engage the main trigger button and run the shovel can become rather irritating. I put this in the mediocre category and not the bad as I am a big fan of safety. That said, in the use of this shovel on certain parts of my property I find myself releasing the trigger while repositioning the shovel every few seconds. The lock-out button seems ergonomically placed but having to depress it every few seconds to restart the shovel when working in these areas becomes incredibly tedious and somewhat uncomfortable. I could easily see this becoming a dramatically larger issue were I to have a larger area to remove snow from.
One issue that could certainly be improved is the construction of the shovel blade. As designed, the blade is currently solid plastic. After just one use it was already showing wear given that the design requires it to scrape along the pavement during use. We'll just have to see how long it actually lasts. Good thing it comes with a four-year warranty.
The biggest problem by far, however, is where the neighbors come in: Going back to the shovel's ability to be a time saver, this is really only the case if you don't have anyone living close enough to you to have any concerns where the snow ends up. (If this is the case for you, great! However, if this IS the case, you probably also don't live on a small enough lot for such a tiny powered snow removal tool to be of any real use to you. You'd probably be better off with something larger, with wheels, maybe even powered drive, where you can just use a regular shovel to finish off the small nooks and crannies the larger machine can't reach.) There is no way to direct the snow with this shovel other than to have it flung straight out the front. This might be fine if you could control the trajectory, but you can't. With the current design, a large stream is ejected straight forward at a pretty high arc. Further, the snow gets thrown out as a fine powder that expands as it's thrown. Because of this, especially if there is any wind whatsoever, you'll find yourself recovering areas you just cleared. Overall, the result of both of these problems is that all the snow you just removed from your own driveway, sidewalk, etc. is now either covering some of what you already worked to clear, ends up in your neighbor's driveway, sidewalk, etc. or out in the middle of the street impeding vehicles going past. Either way, you are often spending time with a regular shovel cleaning up after yourself and at the same time no longer your neighborhood's favorite person. Again, these seem like issues that would only be small engineering problems to fix. It seems likely the chute directing the snow outward could easily be made adjustable so the height at which the snow is thrown could be controlled. I may not want it thrown 20 feet in all instances. Instead, being able to adjust it down to just a few feet when desired would be invaluable. I also feel there's a good chance that with an extension of the top chute by just a few inches, some limited ability to attach a small directional thrower could be possible. The bottom line here is that if you purchase this device, or one similar to it, be sure to have a meticulously mapped out plan of attack for clearing the snow in order to have absolutely any hope of containment.
Overall, I would warn people away from purchasing this product, or ones like it. Were it not for the wear already quite apparent on the blade after two uses, I would try to return this shovel. Much better to put the money for this unit toward a more expensive, small model snow thrower.
Date published: 2019-01-27