The Snow Joe iON8024 XRP Cordless Electric Snow Blower
With The Power Of A Gas Machine
Usually cordless electric snow throwers / blowers are wimps and wusses – compared to gas powered equipment. But, the Snow Joe iON8024 XRP – using a 2,500 watt brushless motor – driven by an 80 volt power push – combining two 40 volt rechargeable lithium-ion batteries – will deliver an inordinate amount of force. Watch it drive 13 inch deep snow off driveways, sidewalks, porches, or pretty much anywhere you need to remove snow – clearing up to a 2 foot wide swath with each pass.
It’s almost unbelievable that this 2-stage snow clearing piece of equipment will move over 27 tons of snow in only an hour! That’s 1,000 pounds per minute!
Heck, I could probably use it to remove snow from my roof – if the roof was fairly flat to keep me from falling off. I know I could hoist it up there. After all, it only weighs 100 pounds.
Both batteries – together – will last about an hour on a single charge – running the snow blower at full power. This snow chomper will not slow down as the batteries get low. It will run at top speed. Then, when the batteries are depleted, the unit will just stop dead in its tracks.
If clearing the snow takes more than an hour, it would be a smart move to keep an extra 1 or 2 charged batteries on hand. The IBAT40XRP battery is compatible and interchangeable with all Snow Joe and Sun Joe iON products. With the extra batteries, the dual battery charger supplied with the snow blower can be doing its job charging the next set of batteries while snow clearing can carry on. It takes a couple of hours for the batteries to charge completely.
An onboard, illuminated push button display control 3 forward speeds, 1 reverse speed – and a transport (xport) option to get you back to the garage when the job is done. There is also an on-off switch for the front LED headlights and a battery level indicator for each of the 2 batteries.
Being a 2-stage machine, the iON8024 XRP collects the snow with augers – feeding it into the impeller which throws the snow 32 feet up and out of the discharge chute.
When not clearing snow, this machine would be a heavy contender to win any snow fight it encountered – think about that! You could even blow the snow into a couple of huge, connecting piles and make a nice sled run for the kiddies. Just jokin’ a little – to lighten the mood…
The only snow removal system better than this would be a 3-stage machine which adds an accelerator to the configuration. If more oomph is needed, check out the 3-stage snow throwers / blowers over at Snow Thrower Reviews. There’s also some great background info on the reviews page.
Surprisingly bright LED lights pierce through the early morning or evening darkness for a clear examination of the white stuff that needs to be removed.
Don’t forget about the handy thumb switch – used to rotate the discharge chute up to 180 degrees.
Then, there are those large, knobby tires – engineered for maximum traction in slippery environments.
A full 2 year warranty shows that Snow Joe stands behind their product and is confident that it will continue to operate in extreme weather conditions for at least this long – and, most likely, a lot longer than that!
A Few Tips
- Go Slow – Let the snow blower do all the work. Keeping the Snow Joe in low speed gives the augers time to chew the heck out of tough, compacted snow and improves overall performance. It also lowers the risk of clogs in the impeller and discharge chute.
- Overlap Drifts – When mowing a lawn, it is best to overlap by about 25% grass that is already cut. The same holds true for snow blowing. Overlapping a snow drift keeps the equipment from trying to “bite off more than it can chew” – further helping to prevent clogging. Remember when Mama told us that our “eyes are bigger than our stomach?” That analogy can be carried over to many things – including a way to prevent overstuffing and unnecessary exertion for the snow blower, too.
- Remove Snow In A Timely Manner – Get out there and start getting the snow out of the way BEFORE it has a chance to turn into ice. That goes a long way to using – and not abusing – the snow blower.
- Keep Ice Melt On Hand – It is best to pre-treat driveways and sidewalks prior to a big snow storm. It aids prevention of ice forming. But, if there isn’t time, then at least throw some down after the snow is cleared. Icy areas can cause accidents to happen at the most inopportune times – and, we don’t want anyone to be injured by slipping and falling. Besides, many folks file lawsuits these days – and Ice Melt is a very inexpensive way to help avoid this pitfall.
Listen To Snow Joe iON8024 XRP Owners
“This is what you need to beat back old man winter! Powerful, portable, light, and no hassles of needing gas and oil.”
“I was surprised about how easy it was to assemble. It only took 5 minutes! Just remember to adjust the skid shoes for either pavement or gravel.”
“At last. 2-stage power in an electric snow blower. I love it!”
“Performs well with wet compact snow. It took a couple passes to remove the pile left by the snow plows but, this snow blower was up to the task.”
“I’ve used the iON8024 XRP in a variety of conditions and not once did it plug up. I’m very pleased with this product!”
“After watching my neighbor struggle with his 2-stage gas snow blower, I pulled out my Snow Joe and it worked circles around him. Because, I was out there for more than an hour, I ran out of battery life. So, I think I’ll buy a couple of spare batteries for next time.”
“It just stopped snowing after 2 straight days and left 10 inches for me to clean up. The city snow plow piled up a dense snow bank across my driveway, too. Out I went with my iON8024. It cleared all the snow, including the snow bank left by the city in a little under an hour. This was about 5:30 in the morning. It was still dark and most everyone was still asleep. But, this machine is so quiet that no one heard it. It didn’t even wake my kids who were asleep inside the house.”
“We get snow a foot high all the time and this quiet little monster goes through it like a hot knife through butter! Great machine!”
“The new design of this Snow Joe is a big improvement over the previous model. It now has an adjustable control panel, an “overdrive” fourth gear for transporting, LED headlights that are ten times brighter, safety levers moved to the top of the handle, and a totally open snow chute without that irritating little wire thingy that caused snow to get stuck in the chute.”
“Without hesitation, I would buy this snow blower again. It has a lot more power than I expected it to have.”
“I woke up this morning to 18 inches of snow outside. A sneaky storm blew through overnight while I was sleeping. My Snow Joe blew right through it!” The problem is that there was so much snow, it took longer than expected. I was only about half finished when my batteries died. I will have a couple of extra batteries for next time so I can finish the job all at once.”
“I have found the Snow Joe iON8024 XRP 2-stage snow blower to be a capable and easy to use machine. I really like its quietness and the convenience of the battery power. No more smelling engine exhaust fumes. Now, I can smell the crisp, clean winter air. I recommend this snow blower to friends, family, and anyone else looking to buy an efficient 2-stage snow blower.”
“Miles ahead of the competition. I highly recommend this product!”
A finer cordless electric snow blower cannot be found that can equal or surpass the Snow Joe iON8024 XRP 2-Stage Snow Blower. And, if you hate gas powered engines, then this is the ticket, for sure!
Take some time and look over the tips and other great snow thrower / blower possibilities in the Snow Thrower Reviews. You’ll be glad you did!
I welcome comments or emails from both seasoned snow thrower / blower owners – as well as those of you who are finally ready to toss your snow shovel into the back of the garage where it can never be found again!