REVIEW – I’m one of those weird people that loves winter and snow. But, like everyone else, I hate shoveling the white stuff after it falls. In my youth, I looked at it as a good cardio workout, but as I’ve gotten older, it’s just become a literal pain in my back. So when I was given the opportunity to try out the Greenworks Pro electric Snow Blower, I couldn’t pass it up.
What is it?
The Greenworks Pro 60V 20-inch Cordless Snow Blower is an electric snow thrower that runs on a 60V 4.0Ah battery instead of gas. Its single-stage blower and brushless engine are capable of clearing a 20-inch wide path through up to 10-inches of snow.
What’s in the box?
- Greenworks Pro Snow Blower
- 60V 4Ah Battery
- 60V Lithium-Ion battery charger
- Users manuals
Design and features
The Greenworks Pro looks like your prototypical snowblower minus the gas tank. That’s replaced by a battery compartment that houses the 60V lithium-ion battery that powers it. The battery compartment has a plastic lid that is held closed by two magnets, making it easy to access the battery.
At the front of the blower, the 20-inch wide opening houses the impeller blade, and below that is the scrapper.
There are also metal wear pads on the front of the unit to protect it from getting scraped up.
On the top of the unit, there’s a discharge shoot that rotates 180° for directional control. You can also adjust the chute deflector to change the discharge angle. Behind the chute, there’s a carry or lifting handle.
The snow blower’s 7-in rear wheels make it easy to maneuver over snowy surfaces.
The safety switch button is located on the left side of a padded ergonomic handle.
The bail lever is also located on the handle. And the handle folds down, making it easier to store or transport.
The snowblower comes preassembled, the only thing you have to do is attach the handles, insert the chute control rod, and attach the chute deflector. The total assembly time for me was about 15 minutes.
Battery and charger
The blower comes with a 60V 4Ah Lithium-ion battery and charger. It takes about 2 hours to fully charge the battery. And it will run up to 45 minutes on a single charge. More about that later on.
Let it snow
We haven’t had snow in Michigan since early November. So I was excited to finally have a storm come through and dump over 6-inches of snow. The storm hit mostly during the early morning hours, and by the time I got outside late morning, the snow had mixed with sleet. This made the snow really heavy, it was the consistency of wet cement. The snow was over 6-inches deep, with drifts up to 10-inches. A sure-fire test for the Greenworks Pro.
Starting the snowblower couldn’t be easier. Just push and hold the safety switch button and pull the bail lever. The unit started right up. I was immediately impressed by the power that the 60V battery provided. It’s also very lightweight (48lbs), which makes it easy to maneuver and carry if need be. It easily discharged the wet, heavy snow throwing it a good 15 plus feet. The chute control rod made it easy for me to aim the snow where I wanted it.
Check out the video below to see the Greenworks Pro snowblower in action.
The machine did stall out a few times, but I think it was due to user error, and the fact that the snow was so heavy and deep in spots. And it’s so easy to restart that it was really a non-issue and certainly not a deal-breaker. One thing I was concerned about with the snow being so wet was that it might clog the blade. But, it wasn’t a problem at all, I never once had to stop to clean out the blade housing or chute.
Do you hear that?
The Greenworks Pro is also incredibly quiet. I was able to have a conversation with a man walking by, who commented on how quiet it was. The conversation lasted about five minutes, and I never had to shut the machine off. Perfect for late-night or early morning snow clearing without disturbing the neighbors.
Battery life and power
It took me about 35 minutes to clear my walkway and driveway. A check of the battery indicator showed it still had one light left. So I would say that Greenworks estimated battery life of 45 minutes is pretty spot on. And even though the battery was running low, the power never faded. The blower seemed to have the same torque that it had when the battery was fully charged. Really impressive considering the type of heavy snow it was throwing around.
Another great thing about the battery is that it works with the entire line of Greenworks Pro 60-volt tools.
Overall I was thoroughly impressed by this machine. It was easy to use and got the difficult job of cleaning up real heavy wet snow done quickly. If I would’ve had to use my snow shovel, it would have probably taken me twice as long, and my back would’ve hurt for a week.
What I like
- One button start
- Good battery life
- Low maintenance
- The battery is interchangeable with all Greenworks Pro 60V devices
What needs to be improved
- Nothing I can think of
Battery-powered technology has become very impressive in the last few years, and that’s certainly the case with the Greenworks Pro. The future is electric my friends, and in the case of the Greenworks Pro 60V Electric Snowblower, the future is now.