Great Choice For: Paved Driveways With Light Fluffy Snow

Last Updated On October 9, 2019
Overall Score: 8.0 out of 10
8.0/10

What We Like:

  • Load-sensing technology ensures optimum performance and maximum battery run time.
  • The onboard storage compartment for an extra battery gives the operator the freedom to clear snow on larger properties or to use the LED lights for clearing snow after dark.
  • A five-year warranty compared to the industry standard of two years.
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If you’re looking for a snow blower that’s designed to maximize its battery power, then the RYOBI RY40850 cordless snow blower is a great pick. The load-sensing technology automatically adjusts according to the snow depth and height to provide consistent power.

The 40 Volt, 5 Ah lithium-ion battery, has an average run time of 40 minutes which should be enough to clear 6-8 inches of light, fluffy snow. The 20-inch clearing width is not too wide to clear a path on sidewalks. It may take longer than a bigger machine when clearing 10 inches from larger driveways, but it’s designed to throw fluffy snow 25 feet. Wet snow may clog the chute and throw at a shorter distance. If you live in an area with lots of heavy and wet snow, a two-stage or three-stage snow blower may be a better option.

If your traffic area takes longer than 40 minutes to clear, the snow blower has an onboard storage compartment for an extra battery. Recharging takes about 3 hours. Having that extra battery may alleviate the frustration of waiting for the battery to recharge.  With the load-sensing technology, however, most of the time you’ll clear the snow before the battery has run down.

LED lights help with clearing snow early morning or after dark. It might be handy to have a second battery available if you prefer clearing the snow at night. The snow blower is quiet enough that you can operate it whenever it suits you. The low noise level is one of the most significant benefits of cordless snow blowers. There’s no maintenance required, refueling, or searching for the outdoors extension cord. Push the button to start the snow blower, and you’re ready to go.

Another benefit is that the RYOBI 40 Volt battery tools are interchangeable. The plastic material the auger and chute are made from is designed to withstand extreme temperatures.  It’s not metal, but most snow throwers at this price point are made of plastic. RYOBI stands behind its products with its five-year warranty compared to the industry standard of two years.

Areas To Watch Out For:

  • Recharging the battery takes three hours.
  • Some people have reported issues with batteries not being as powerful as they should be.

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