Many would love getting rid of their gas powered snow blower but hate the idea of a corded unit. GreenWorks worked that out with the GreenWorks Pro 80V snow thrower, a unit they claim to successfully replace gas equipment. While the model is the battery powered version of the corded electric model 2601302, can it really be that powerful?
GreenWorks Pro 80V main technical features
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As the name suggests, behind this snow blower lies an 80 volts Li-Ion battery system. The 2.0 Ah battery is engineered with the Panasonic cells, the same technology that Tesla uses with its power sources.
In a nutshell, GreenWorks Pro 80V is powered by only one battery that can last up to 45 – 60 minutes. Work the machine harder and it could last even less, but the charging time is somewhere around 30 minutes.
During that time, the brushless motor will gulp snow, throwing it to 15–20 feet, through an 180-degree rotating chute. The result: 850 lbs of snow torn apart every minute!
The design of GreenWorks Pro 80V snow blower
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Once unpacked, you’ll be looking at an easy to assemble 37 x 21.6 x 31 inches unit weighing 33 pounds. The plastic case won’t make you feel very confident, but it’s really just to make the snow blower lightweight.
Afterward, the maintenance-free and quiet brushless motor technology will make your life easier. GreenWorks Pro 80V proves easy to push through snow, clearing paths of 20-inch width and 10-inch depth.
The dual led lights and the quiet functioning with minimal vibrations will let you use it day and night. It shouldn’t take more than one start to appreciate how easy it is to work with it.
If you’re planning to tackle piles of snow higher than 10 inches, you will just have to plan multiple passes. Just make sure you’re using the crank lever to control the chute and keep it clear of snow.
What customers have to say about GreenWorks Pro 80V
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GreenWorks Pro 80V promises a gas and cord-free experience that would rival any other snow blower. For what actually appears to be a snow thrower, that’s a bold statement that customers are still willing to test.
But results don’t always match with the manufacturer’s promises. Some users are pleased, others are quite unhappy, and the reasons vary.
While some people complain how poor it handles wet snow, others counteract. They claim that even a single-stage gas-powered unit will bog down under less than 10 inches of wet, heavy snow.
So one conclusion would be that this model is suitable for those who live in areas with light snowfalls. Alternatively, one could use it to complement a more powerful, two-stage machine, working with it when the weather allows it.
On the plus side, those who see a great machine in the GreenWorks Pro 80V also note that:
- It is surprisingly powerful for a snow thrower operating on batteries;
- It is very light and whispers quietly when you take it out in the snow;
- And the batteries charge very quickly, with the charger having a built-in fan that prevents overheating;
- Apparently, while it stumbles in wet snow of 4 inches, it works flawlessly in 6-7 inches of regular snow.
On the downside, those who continue to believe that battery power is weak, argue that:
- It doesn’t inspire much sturdiness since even the impeller is made of plastic;
- It will never replace a 2-stage unit, anything more than 2 moderate snowfalls per winter making it a bad choice;
- It also leaves a thin trace of up to 1-inch of snow on the ground;
- The only situations when it actually works flawlessly are when the snow is dry and fluffy;
- And without any self-propelling mechanism, it doesn’t matter how light it is, you’ll still have to push hard on it;
- Also, especially since the battery can drain in less than an hour, an extra battery pack would have been welcomed.
But the thing is that none of the above is unexpected. Most units that work without fuel are often labeled as ineffective with heavy snow. And for a battery powered snow thrower, this arguable lack of effectiveness is even more natural. So let’s take a closer look at how GreenWorks Pro 80V is perceived in terms of pros and cons.
Pros & cons of using this snow blower
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The main technical and design features above listed easily suggest both the goods and the bads of the GreenWorks Pro 80V snow blower.
- Lightweight and easy to maneuver;
- Eco-friendly, with zero fumes and carbon emissions;
- Quiet and easy to use early in the morning or late at night;
- Minimal vibrations, allowing you to clear the snow without exhausting yourself;
- It starts with the push of a button;
- It doesn’t require pulling any cords;
- Its battery charges fast;
- You have no oil or gas to deal with;
- You get to save money since you’re not fueling it.
- It currently supports only one 80 volts 2 Ah Li-Ion battery;
- It doesn’t come with an extra battery to spare you from waiting until it recharges;
- It is not self-propelled, so it requires some pushing;
- The impeller is made of polyethylene plastic, which can easily deteriorate in contact with thick ice;
- It can get jammed often, especially in wet snow;
- If batteries require replacement, it can prove a bit costly;
- And the clearing height is not adjustable in any way.
Warranty & support terms for GreenWorks Pro 80V
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For the GreenWorks Pro 80V unit, the manufacturer provides a 4-year warranty. Their policy covers defects in materials, workmanship, and parts. Consequently, they’re willing to replace or repair parts, provided that the unit was used according to their indications.
The battery and the charger, on the other hand, are only covered by a 2-year warranty.
Just like with many other models, certain parts of the snow thrower are not covered by warranty. The impeller, the drive belt or the scraper, for instance, are considered wearable items, therefore do not fall under any kind of warranty.
Even the controversial issue of the plastic case is firmly set by GreenWorks. If the housing was damaged by a small chunk of ice, it might benefit from warranty. Nevertheless, if it was a stone, gravel, or a large chunk of ice that caused the damage, warranty is void. And that looks like a tough thing to argue or prove.
Final considerations of GreenWorks Pro 80V
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GreenWorks Pro 80V is an electric snow blower a bit overly promoted, but users make it very clear. For a battery powered machine, as long as winters are moderate and the snow rather airy, it brings tremendous help. If you know that winters aren’t very light in your area, do not expect this to be what it can never be. You still can, however, to make it your little helper between blizzards. GreenWorks Pro 80V works wonders as long as you respect its physical limitations.