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Snow Joe Ultra SJ623E 18-Inch 15-Amp Electric Snow Thrower with Light
$139.99
https://www.amazon.com/Snow-Joe-SJ623E-18-Inch-Electric/dp/B008FV5R2C

  • Ideal for clearing snow off mid-to-large sized driveways and walkways
  • No gas, oil or tune-ups make it effortless to start and maintain
  • Powerful 15-amp motor moves up to 720 lbs of snow per minute
  • 180° adjustable directional chute throws snow up to 25 ft
  • ETL approved; Full 2-year warranty

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I may have to break down and get one of these at this price.

Just remember that you need heavy duty extension cords that are going to run $1 per foot. Something like this
https://www.amazon.com/Flexzilla-727-103100FZL5F-100-Feet-Outdoo...
or at least this:
https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-Cable-Hi-Visibility-Low-Temperatu...

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minicxz said:   Just remember that you need heavy duty extension cords that are going to run $1 per foot
You forgot the "IF".
You'd be justified in utilizing an expensive 10/3 extension cord if you need 100ft. Using a $30 50 foot 12/3 is sufficient @15amps as it's less than 2% voltage drop. Using a 100' 12/3 cord is less than 4% voltage drop and would still work decent enough as long as your branch/feeder circuit drop is less than 1% (staying under the NEC 5% rule). But I'd probably recommend the 10/3 at that point so as to keep the motor's performance up.

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Two pack of 50 footers 12/3 at Costco for $35.

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minicxz said:   Just remember that you need heavy duty extension cords that are going to run $1 per foot
You forgot the "IF".
You'd be justified in utilizing an expensive 10/3 extension cord if you need 100ft. Using a $30 50 foot 12/3 is sufficient @15amps as it's less than 2% voltage drop. Using a 100' 12/3 cord is less than 4% voltage drop and would still work decent enough as long as your branch/feeder circuit drop is less than 1% (staying under the NEC 5% rule). But I'd probably recommend the 10/3 at that point so as to keep the motor's performance up.

 
Sorry, I just couldn't imagine anybody getting away with just 50 feet of cord to do any sort of average sized driveway/sidewalk.
Just as you suggest, I personally wouldn't be comfortable going 100ft unless I used a 10/3  (and a low temp cord like in my links so it remains flexible and not a PITA when you are outside in the cold).
 

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I think using the right electrical cord is absolutely a must, but also can't see the reasoning of recommending 10/3, as it is overkill. It is far less common that 12/3 (so way more $$), and nobody has 10/3 going to any 15/20amp outlet in their house; and if you do, you have something strange going on. So if you don't have 10/3 going to the outlet where you are plugging in, what is the real benefit of putting a bigger guage for the extension cord?

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Hey ach1199, can you send me the sku or description for the extension cables at Costco? I am a Costco member, but cant find them on their site.

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I have this exact model. Bought it last winter. Worked well for the one storm (20+ inches) I used it for. Bought it for $130 on Black Friday.

The 12/3 100 foot extension cable I bought for it was $70 at home depot. Didn't buy that on BF.

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Home Depot is selling this at same price, So is Target.

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arafi said:   Hey ach1199, can you send me the sku or description for the extension cables at Costco? I am a Costco member, but cant find them on their site.
  Item 1041444, it is not on the website and it wasn't in the store this past weekend also...it's a seasonal item I think.  you can call your store and give them item number to see if they have it...they can look up other stores also.

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MeIsCheap said:   So if you don't have 10/3 going to the outlet where you are plugging in, what is the real benefit of putting a bigger guage for the extension cord?
 

Bigger cord, among other things, means less voltage drop: If you have standard 14/3 Romex going from the junction box to the outlet, sure you'll have some voltage drop. But that doesn't mean continuing the circuit with a 10/3 extension cord won't help. Indeed, it just means less voltage drop as the electricity travels through the 10 gauge cable. So if your 14/3 Romex branch circuit loses 4 volts @ 15amps, you'd want to preserve as much voltage as possible by utilizing a higher gauge extension cable for the rest of the circuit to the snow thrower's motor.

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