Originally Posted by the slashmaster
Yeah gas snowblowers are a lot of maintenance. But why do you want to have to maintain a battery too? Why don't you just get an electric broom shovel from toro or someplace? You wrap the cord on the handle, start blowing snow from the garage and work your way out while unwrapping the cord. We have a toro power shovel plus. It's 7.5 amps and it doubles as an electric broom in the summer. I think they make a 12 amp power shovel too and if that's not enough power some guy in the ev album replaced a 5 hp motor with an ac motor and he just drags the cord. I'll tell you dealing with that cord dragging is a lot easier and cheaper than dealing with a gas motor or probably even a battery. Not too sure about lawnmowing though but maybe if it's a small lawn.
The maintenance on a 12V AGM sealed battery is pretty much non-existent. Just hook it to the 12V SLA smart charger that I already have and I am good to go. I have used one of those electric broom shovels and they just don't cut it in the area that I live. This winter it has been common to get 8 - 12 inches of snow at a time.
I saw that link on the evalbum.com site for the person that installed a 5hp AC electric motor on his snowblower. First of all it is a 220-30A hookup. I hate dealing with a cord. I don't have a 220V outlet on the exterior of my house. I also use my snow blower on some elderly neighbours driveways and they certainly don't have 220V outlets on the outside of their houses either. Which is why I was looking at going the inverter route.
I will see what I can find. This winter is winding down in my area, so this is a project for the fall of this year.