13 Mar GreenWorks 26022
GreenWorks 10 Amp Corded 16" Snow Shovel
Protecting the environment is an important consideration in our household. Like everyone else we do our part by recycling as much as possible, and we try to be conscious of turning any lights off that aren’t being used. We also try to consider the environment when we’re making major purchases that we know can have a negative effect. Anything that’s gas-powered is not what you’d call environmentally friendly, and that applies to most of the most popular snow throwers.
On the other hand, the main argument against environmentally friendly electric snow throwers like the GreenWorks 26022 is that they just don’t offer enough power to be of much use. It’s true, that they generally can’t handle snowfalls in excess of 1 foot, but if you’re smart and don’t wait for the snowfall to finish, they can be effective. The key is to tackle that snowy driveway every time you have 3 or 4 inches of accumulation. If you look at it like that, its limit of snowfalls under 6 inches is not that big of an issue, and the fact that you can have this machine for well under $200 is another big selling point.
Green Can Work
This electric snow shovel by GreenWorks is surprisingly capable. It can clear a 16-inch-wide path at a depth of up to 6 inches without much trouble. If you stick to the idea I mentioned above of heading out to clear the driveway after every 3 or 4 inches of accumulation, this machine is more than capable of doing the job. In fact, it can clear up to 600 pounds of snow per minute – that’s not too shabby. It also has a big advantage over manual snow shovels as it’s capable of blowing the snow up to 25 feet out of your way. You don’t have to worry about those annoying little trails being left behind.
One of my biggest pet peeves about electric equipment is that the cord has a tendency to pull out of the machine’s plug while you’re in the middle of using it. My weed trimmer is famous for this! This machine actually has a built in cord lock system which prevents this from happening. It might seem like a minor thing, but for me it’s an important thing and I think it is for many others as well. The other great benefit of knowing that your cord will stay attached is that you don’t have to worry about tripping over it if it comes loose. Having to deal with a cord while you shovel the driveway is always going to be a bit of a pain, but if you know where the cord’s going to be at all times, it’s a lot more manageable.
Storage and Convenience
I’m the first one to admit that my garage is full of junk. Well, it’s full of stuff anyway – I certainly don’t consider it junk! What’s not up for dispute is that all that stuff places storage space at a bit of a premium. So I was relieved to find out that this machine weighs in at only 26 pounds, making it easy to lift; the handle is also foldable, so you can get it into an even tighter spot. You can easily hang it on a hook in the garage, or store it on a higher shelf out of the way.
This machine is not perfect, by any means. A number of customers complained that their blades tended to chip during use, and that the bolts sometimes come loose while using the machine. It’s fairly simple to screw the bolts back in, but if your blade chips, you’re obviously going to have to send it in for service. While that may not be what you want to do, it’s nice to know that this manufacturer stands by its product, according to the general consensus among people that have purchased it.
This model comes with a four-year warranty, which is double the standard in the snowblower industry. Most customers have very few complaints about the level of customer service provided by this manufacturer when they do make a warranty call. Obviously it would be better if the machine never had any problems, but that that’s not realistic for any type of mechanical device.
I’m Ready to Do My Part
While I do have some reservations about this GreenWorks 10 amp snow shovel, it has enough positives for me to give it serious consideration. I love the idea of buying an environmentally friendly product like this and it seems that if it’s used under the right conditions it can do a great job. What really sold me, though, was the excellent customer service. After looking into a lot of different snow removal options, I found that customer service is not always a priority for most manufacturers. This company gets it.