A Decent Electric Snow Thrower
I have to admit that when I first received the Snow Joe 322P electric snow thrower, I was totally excited. To put it frankly, I was basically as giddy as a school boy. I had visions of this wonderful little electric snow thrower making my snow shoveling chores a thing of the past, not to mention something that would actually be fun to do. I was only wondering if it would actually live up to my expectations. Luckily, since I live in the Rocky Mountain area, I didn't have to wait long. Here are my thoughts (and experiences) that I had while using the Snow Joe model 322P.
(If you are interested in seeing more Snow Joe products, take a look at their website, http://www.snowjoe.com.)
- Ease of use. When I first received the model 322P electric snow thrower, I couldn't wait for the next really heavy snow fall so I could put it through its paces. Luckily I didn't need to wait long, since about a week after I received it, it began to snow one night and didn't stop till the following night after work. What I wasn't expecting, though, was the need to actually assemble the tool. While this was a relatively easy task to do, the fact that I was doing it out in my cold garage with ever numbing fingers didn't really help matters much. However, once I got it assembled, the Snow Joe model 322P electric snow thrower was extremely intuitive and easy to use.
- Maintenance. From what I can tell, this snow thrower is one that is pretty easy to maintain. I say this because, all I found myself really needing to do is making sure that I had brushed off all the excess snow once I was finished. Since this is an electric snow thrower, as opposed to a gas snow blower, I don't need to worry about getting the fuel mixture right. As an added bonus, I don't even need to worry about keeping any fuel on hand. Really all I needed to do was plug it in and keep an eye out for the cord.
- Pros. I was extremely impressed with the power and strength that this little electric snow thrower displayed. The packaging boasted that it could throw up to 300 pounds of snow, and it certainly held up to that! The Snow Joe 322P was able to easily go through a build up of four inches of freshly fallen, wet snow. In addition, it was also able to go through some of the bigger drifts that I had made from earlier shoveling that was about six or seven inches deep.
- Cons. Unfortunately there is a down side to just about every piece of equipment out there, and the Snow Joe model 322P electric snow thrower is no different. There were really only three things that I found I didn't like with this snow thrower. The first was that the intake mouth for the thrower was actually pretty small and was therefore unable to get a wide area of snow quickly. The second was that it didn't come preassembled; I particularly did not enjoy trying to put it together in the middle of the cold. Finally, the snow was thrown in only one direction, forward. This meant that I often found myself going over the snow that I threw all over again.
- Overall experience. Finally, my overall experience with the Snow Joe model 322P electric snow thrower was definitely a good one. While it may not be the equivalent of some of the larger snow blowers on the market, it is a great piece of equipment to have if you can't afford one of the larger gas-powered models. In addition, the versatility and ease-of-use that it displayed was definitely a pleasant surprise. I would definitely recommend this as a great intermediate tool to have in your snow-removal arsenal.
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