Most of us that experience snowfall during the winter dread the moment when the city snow plow throws snow from the street back onto our driveways, creating a hard-packed, icy barrier that can take hours to remove if you don't act quickly. Because many public works plows are truly just dump trucks outfitted with an over-sized plow, they do not have the ability to articulate the blade in order to avoid passing snow over your hard work. If you’ve never considered a solution, Joe has a few tips to avoid being plowed in.

Clear The Way

The below graphic shows the proper way to clear snow out of your driveway to avoid getting plowed in, graphic Joe suggests you clear an area to the left of your driveway (10-12 feet long) to allow the snow on the blade of the plow a place to empty before it gets to your driveway. This is arduous, but the payout greatly outweighs having to shovel or plow the same area twice, and reduces the amount of labor it will take to re-clear.

Get Equipped

Every homeowner should be armed with basic snow tools. But with basic tools comes basic results. Snow Joe's lineup of essential snow tools were designed with you in mind, and have innovative characteristics that make winter chores less daunting. Here's a few of our favorites:

Snow Joe Edge 2-In-1 24-Inch Poly Blade Snow Pusher and Ice Chopper

sjeg24_separateThis ultimate winter tool quickly converts from a shovel to an ice chopper by simply sliding out the ice chopper head from the shovel base, no tools required at all. Instead of having a uniformly curved blade that pushes snow directly in front, the Edge has a blade that is curved more sharply at either end, thereby moving the snow off to the sides and allowing the pusher to make long, straight, continuous passes. Ergonomic and lightweight, this model includes a steel wear strip for extended scoop life.  

Snow Joe Shovelution Back-Saving Snow Shovel with Spring Assist Handle

sj-shvl01-3Save your back and reduce the pain of manual shoveling using the powerful muscles of your upper body to do the lifting and throwing! The Shovelution's second handle transfers lifting leverage to the lower hand to reduce back strain by up to 30%. Plus, Snow Joe's spring-loaded, ergonomic shovel grip captures the expended energy from the act of throwing the snow, to quickly return and reset the shovel, ready for the next load. The comfortable, over-sized handle makes use easy even while wearing bulking winter gloves.  

Snow Joe Ultra 18-Inch 15-Amp Electric Snow Thrower with Light

sj623e_unit-flippedDelivering the performance of a gas machine with the convenience of electric power, the Ultra SJ623E has the largest motor, most steel construction and a 4 blade auger- making it our most durable model. Boasting a 15-amp motor, this snow-throwing dynamo can move up to 720 pounds of snow per minute! Its durable, 4-blade rotor, constructed of heavy-grade steel, cuts a full 18-inch wide by 10-inch deep swath of snow with each pass. The scraper blade at the base of the unit efficiently scrapes the snow clear to the ground without damaging your deck or pavement. This fully-loaded unit also features an on-board 20 W halogen headlight so you can clear paths day or night. And, don't forget the 14 gauge cord to prevent burnout.    

Snow Joe Ultra 21-Inch 15-Amp Electric Snow Thrower

sj625e Responding to the need for an easy-to-use machine that could tackle heavier snowfall on mid-sized driveways and walkways, Snow Joe developed the Ultra SJ625E. Driven by a powerful 15-amp motor, the Snow Joe Ultra moves up to 800 lbs of snow per minute. Its durable steel auger with 2 rubber blades cuts a path 21 inches wide by 12 inches deep with each pass. An adjustable discharge chute rotates a complete 180º to provide full control over the direction and height of the snow stream. Pus, the scraper blade at the base of the unit efficiently scrapes the snow clear to the ground without damaging your deck or pavement. And, don't forget the 14 gauge cord to prevent burnout.  

Snow Joe iON 40V Single Stage Brushless Cordless + Electric Hybrid Snow Blower

ion18sb-hyb_unit_2The iON18SB-HYB is the best of both worlds. Powered by EcoSharp® technology, Snow Joe’s innovative, interchangeable rechargeable lithium-ion battery system, the iON includes a 40 V battery to deliver 45 minutes of whisper-quiet runtime. And only iON lets you switch from a single 40 V to corded electric for limitless snow-shredding power. This state-of-the-art cordless dynamo is also engineered with a powerful 13.5-amp brushless motor, and starts instantly with a simple push of a button. Equipped with a heavy-duty 2-blade rubber auger, the iON plows through up to 500 pounds of snow per minute, clearing a path 18-inches wide by 8-inches deep with each pass. Plus, the scraper bar at the base of the unit lets you clear right to the ground without damaging your deck or pavement. Featuring a 180° adjustable chute to direct the snow stream up to 20 feet away. And for nighttime snow removal, the iON comes equipped with an integrated 3 W LED headlight for increased nighttime visibility.  

Snow Joe iON 80V Max 5.0 Ah Cordless Self-Propelled (Two-Stage) 3-Speed + Reverse Digital Drive Snow Blower w/ Dual Port Charger

ion24sb-xr-1The hero of our lineup, the iON24SB-XR is a  state-of-the-art cordless two-stage snow blower that is engineered with a powerful 2500 W brushless motor for clearing snow from sidewalks, large driveways and walkways. Powered by EcoSharp® technology, Snow Joe’s innovative, interchangeable rechargeable lithium-ion battery system, the iON24SB-XR includes two 40 V 5.0 Ah batteries to deliver up to 45 minutes of whisper-quiet runtime. The iON24SB-XR starts instantly with a simple push of a button, and an integrated push-button display puts the power of the iON 2-stage at your fingertips for unparalleled snow-shredding performance. Equipped with a heavy-duty serrated steel auger and powerful impeller, the iON 2-stage plows through up to 1000 pounds of snow per minute, clearing a path 24-inches wide by 13-inches deep with each pass. Plus, the scraper bar at the base of the unit lets you clear right to the ground without damaging your deck or pavement. Featuring a 180° adjustable chute, the iON 2-stage lets you direct the snow stream, up to 32 feet away! And for nighttime snow removal, the iON two stage comes equipped with two integrated 0.3 W LED headlights that switch on to increase nighttime visibility.

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