Ariens AMP Battery – Two-Stage Snow Blower

I wanted to treat the Ariens Amp (24″) Electric Two-stage Snow Blower separately, because it may be the pioneer of future models by other manufacturers. This is the only battery-powered snow blower on the market today, and it is designed to compete with gas model two-stage snow blowers.

Negative comments about battery-powered snow blowers are active on the forums, but, for the most part, these are not owners. However, one thing to remember is that Ariens has been building battery-powered riding lawn mowers for quite some time, so if anyone can build a workable battery-powered snow blower—it would likely be Ariens.

There have been no changes for the model year 2013, so let’s take a look at the specifications for this new Ariens electric product:

Ariens AMP (24″) Electric Two-stage Snow Blower

Motor -  48 volt Brushless DC motor
Battery Pack – Rechargeable -  30 amp-hour – Run time up to 1 hr. per charge
Clearing Swath -  24 inches
Intake Height -  20 inches of snow
Chute -  205° Steel “Quick-Turn” with remote controls
Throwing Distance -  40 feet (ideal conditions)
Drive System -  Disc-O-Matic = 6 forward/2 reverse speeds
Steering -  Handle-mounted Triggers
Tire Size -  13″ x 4″ Directional Snow Tread
Weight -  240 lbs
Other -  Interlocking controls and battery level indicator
Warranty -  3-year–consumer only
MSRP -  $1,699.99

Here is a short video showing the Ariens AMP 24 Battery Snow Blower operating alongside a similar size Ariens gas model.

There are very few reviews published so far, but some people seem to like this unit, because it eliminates all the mess, smells, starting problems and maintenance of similar gas models. The only complaint seems to be the short run time per battery charge–as low as 20 minutes per charge. The recharge time can take as long as 6-7 hours (2-3 hours with optional quick charger).

One issue that seems to be of concern to a few people is how long the batteries themselves are going to last. The manufacturer claims the batteries are good for 200 recharges. This would mean if you used the machine 20 times per year, the batteries would last for 10 years. And, if you only used the machine 10 times per year, the batteries would last for 20 years. I guess only time will tell.

It is also noted however, that batteries need to be on their charger whenever the machine is not in use, so they will be trickle-charged and not run down from disuse. The battery charger is built-in, or you can purchase a “Quick-Charge” kit separately. Just remember that “quick-charges” are hard on batteries and should be done sparingly.

Summary

Battery-powered equipment is only going to become more popular as time goes on, especially as new battery materials are developed. We had better hope that battery efficiency improves as gasoline prices and availability deteriorate.

If you are looking to spend around $1,500 for a two-stage snow blower, and are tired of the mess of changing oil, storing gasoline, and refilling your snow blower in the wind and cold (or dark of night), then the Ariens AMP (24″) Electric Snow Blower may be just the ticket for you.

There is little doubt that it can do a good job of clearing snow…they just need to alleviate the concerns over the batteries—both the length of run time per charge, and the overall life of the battery.

Note: This is not a paid review. The above information is offered as a public service only. We do not have any affiliation with Ariens. We are an affiliate with certain distributors and if you purchase a unit through them, we will receive a commission.

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10/6/12

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