13 Mar Earthwise SN70014
Earthwise 3-Position Electric Snow Shovel
It’s nice to have a powerful gas-driven snowblower that cuts through the deepest snow with ease, but like any gas-powered machine, this isn’t helping the environment. My wife’s a big recycler, as she believes in doing her part for the environment, and she’s been bugging me to look for an environmentally friendly snow removal option. That’s why I was intrigued when I came across the Earthwise SN70014, which is an affordable electric snow shovel.
This little machine retails for under $150, which makes it one of the most affordable powered snow removal options available. I love a deal as much as the next person, but I have to admit I was a little skeptical of this one. It’s hard to believe that you can buy an effective powered snow removal tool for under $150. If this thing works as advertised it might not only save my back, but it will also keep alive my wife’s desire to help the environment. That’s what I call a win-win.
This Earthwise electric snow shovel can clear a 14-inch-wide path on your driveway and is rated to handle snowfalls of up to 8 inches. For most people that’s more than adequate, unless you live in one of the few isolated areas where snowfalls of more than a foot are not uncommon. The average snowfall in my area falls within the 8-inch range, so in theory this machine should be able to handle what the weatherman has in store for me. At this point I’m trying to keep an open mind. So far so good.
One of the main reasons that I was skeptical of this machine is that it doesn’t have a chute to direct where the snow is blown. As it turns out, the engineers at Earthwise have come up with quite a novel solution for this problem. At the top of the blade are adjustable discharge gates with three different positions that redirect the snow in the direction you want to send it. According to the manufacturer this design can throw snow up to 30 feet, which is more than adequate for most purposes. I’m a big fan of innovative solutions to problems and I like the way they’ve handled this one.
Lightweight and Maneuverable
This machine weighs in at a minuscule 15 pounds; that makes it one of the lightest snow removal products on the market. In fact, some old-fashioned, wooden-handle manual snow shovels are heavier than this machine. This lightweight design makes it easy to move, easy to store, and easy to push. It gives you a lot of versatility if you need to transport the machine for any reason. If you’ve got a relative or friend that’s away for any reason and you’re trying to take care of their house, being able to take this machine with you is a great option to have.
One Major Caveat
If there was one consistent complaint about this machine, it’s that the blade has a quite fragile design. Many purchasers have complained that it has a tendency to chip after very little use; as the blade is probably the most important part of this machine that’s quite disconcerting. It’s not unheard of for an auger or blade to chip on a snow removal machine, but this is normally after years of use. To face such obvious damage after such a short period of time simply isn’t acceptable, and this quickly changed my opinion of this machine.
Not Durable Enough
This machine seemed to have so much going for it before I found out about its major design flaw – the tendency for the blade to chip that we mentioned above. That’s not a minor issue and, in my opinion, it’s definitely a deal breaker. I love the lightweight nature of this machine and it does have a surprising amount of power for an affordable electric snow shovel machine, but I just can’t get past the fact that the blade tends to chip after such a little amount of use.