Not every snowblower needs to be able to handle life at the North Pole. If you are looking for a snow blower to easily throw normal 4-8 inch snowfalls, the Earthwise SN74018 is a solid choice. It’s really made to make your snow removal duties painless at all turns.
The Earthwise 74018 is powered by a 40 volt lithium-ion battery. Battery power means no more standing around in the cold trying to figure out pull cords. Instead, a simple press of the start button gets you up and running. You do need to make sure to have a charged battery on hand, but that’s essentially the only detail you need to remember. It’s as close to automatic as snow blowing can be!
Moving up 500 pounds of snow per minute means you’ll be able to finish your drive and walkways quickly. It won’t move those amounts in heavy, wet snow, but all snowblowers work slower in those conditions. Luckily, most snowfalls aren’t that rough!
Going battery-powered doesn’t mean you are stuck without features. Two LED lights are included to light your way when blowing snow in the dark pre-dawn or night hours. It’s really helpful when working a bit away from the house where it might not be as lit. The snow chute turns easily and rotates 180 degrees. This is great to help you aim the snow just where you want it to pile up. Nothing is worse then blowing snow right back on to your driveway because the chute won’t turn as you’d hoped!
There is some assembly required. Some people found this difficult – but then again, don’t some people ALWAYS find assembly difficult. Most reviewers had no issues putting the pieces together – no tools are required. Do remember that there’s no power reaching the wheels on this battery-powered snow blower. That’s the case with most all battery-powered units, but if you have your heart set on the wheels doing work for you, you need to look elsewhere.
Earthwise backs this blower with a two-year warranty. I’d recommend you look at buying another battery as a backup. Nothing is worse than getting snowed in because you ran out of battery juice in an unexpected storm. If you switch between the two, you’ll likely extend the life of each battery a bit as well.