14 Mar Worx WG650
Worx WG650 13-Amp Electric Snow Thrower
Not everyone can afford top-quality gas-powered snowblowers with all the bells and whistles. Like many of you I’m not overly enthused about spending more than $500 on a snow removal machine, but fortunately there are other options. Increasingly over the last two years there’s been a rise in the number of different electric snow removal options out there. One such entry in this category is the Worx WG650, which cuts a surprisingly large path through your snow-covered driveway.
This machine is normally priced around $200, making it one of the most affordable options you’ll find on the market. At this price point don’t expect to find a machine that will cut through six-foot snow drifts, but this model will do a credible job in most cases. If you live in a climate where the snow falls often and heavy all through the winter, this may not be the best solution for you.
What It Can Do
It might be better to tell you what this machine is not designed to do in order to help you make your decision easier. It’s not equipped with a self-propelled engine, as this type of functionality is normally found only on the more expensive gas-powered models. It doesn’t have headlights either, so if that’s a deal breaker for you then you should walk away from this one now. What it is capable of doing is clearing an 18-inch-wide path of snow that’s as much as 9 inches deep. It can also throw your snow up to 30 feet on either side of the driveway, which for most people is more than enough clearance.
One of the problems you’ll face with most top-quality snowblowers is that they are very much on the heavy side. You can expect an average gas-powered model to weigh well over 200 pounds. Something that large is not easy to move and not the most convenient piece of equipment to store. It also makes it very difficult to take around to your friend’s or family member’s house to help them with their driveway, unless you happen to own a pickup truck and have a friend around to help you lift it up into the truck. This model by Worx is extremely portable, as it weighs well under 30 pounds. Its lightweight nature makes it easy to lift up and store on a hook in your garage, or you can easily throw it in your trunk to take over to your parent’s house to clear their driveway.
A Great Chute
This electric snow thrower also has a very user-friendly chute. It can be adjusted up to 180 degrees, giving you the capability to quickly switch it from the left side to the right side when you turn the machine the other way. This does have to be done manually, but it’s a relatively simple process as the chute controls are mounted on the handlebars. That makes it just about as easy to handle as the automatic options you’ll find on many more-expensive models of snow removal equipment.
A good indicator of what kind of quality you can expect from a mechanical device is what type of warranty is provided by the manufacturer. This Worx WG650 model does have a two-year limited warranty, which suggests that the manufacturer is fairly confident in the quality of their product. In most cases, if something is to go wrong with a product it will happen in the first couple of years, so I would’ve been more impressed if they’d extended this warranty to three years. It’s okay, but it’s not spectacular.
Too Many Issues
As positive as some of the features we’ve mentioned above are, there are far too many complaints that have been levelled at this machine for me to be comfortable recommending it. First off, it is electric so you will have to pull a cord behind you – that’s not a major issue as this is something you’d expect with an electric model and most people who buy one have made peace with that fact.
The other issue with this product is somewhat more serious. The diameter of the wheels on this machine are only about 6 inches and they have virtually no tread to speak of, which means they don’t always handle the machine very well. Many customers also mention that the bolts on this model tend to come loose after a few uses, which can be a bit of a pain even if not a deal breaker. What’s more concerning are the numerous complaints about the machine simply not working after about the third or fourth use. Yes, as we’ve mentioned above, it does have a two-year warranty, but many customers have expressed dissatisfaction with the level of customer support provided as well.
Not the Best Choice
If your main concern is simply to save a buck, then this basic model of snow thrower may satisfy your requirements. But if your bigger concern is buying a machine that can actually clear snow and has some lasting power, then there are better options than this machine. I think for now I’m going to keep looking.