Just because it’s snowing doesn’t mean you need to break out your full-size snowblower, especially for those early and late-season lighter snowfalls. For those times when you just need to clear walkways or give the driveway a quick once-over, the Masterforce 20V cordless snow shovel might be just what the doctor ordered.
Editor’s Note: We’re still waiting on our first snow accumulation… since 1977. But just because we live in Florida doesn’t mean we’re completely snow-ignorant. We’ve got plenty of experience in Pennsylvania and Connecticut on our crew, so enjoy this walkthrough and don’t hate us too much for shooting photos on a bright 80° F day.
Masterforce 20V Cordless Snow Shovel Performance
Masterforce’s brushed motor turns the snow shovel’s 4.6-inch auger up to 2800 RPM. Its intake covers 12 inches of width and can handle snow depths up to 4 inches and throw it as far as 20 feet depending on the conditions. A rear scraper helps get packed snow near the bottom moving, though it’s not going to clear layers of ice.
This model uses a brushed motor and while it’s not as efficient or strong as a brushless motor, it keeps the price down (more on that shortly).
Masterforce 20V Cordless Snow Shovel Design Notes
Rather than going with a string trimmer head the way most attachment system snow shovels do, Masterforce has a rear-handle design. That makes it a bit easier when you need to apply some force behind it to get packed snow moving.
Just in front of that is a secondary handle that rotates 360° around the shaft and pivots forward or back. Combined with a telescoping shaft that’s adjustable for a total length of 46 to 54 inches, nearly everyone can find a comfortable working fit.
The shaft has a split design and there’s an electrical connection at the attachment point rather than using a wire to run from the battery down to the motor. It also allows you to completely separate the two pieces instead of leaving them connected at a joint and gives it a smaller storage footprint if you want to break it down between uses.
If you don’t want to break it down, the base allows the shovel to stand up on its own on hard surfaces.
Without a battery, the tool weighs 7.4 pounds. Adding a 4.0Ah battery brings the total working weight up to 9.0 pounds.
- Compatible with all Masterforce 20V FlexForce and Boost batteries
Masterforce 20V Cordless Snow Shovel Price
You can find this electric snow shovel at Menards for $179.99 as a kit. It includes the snow shovel, a 4.0Ah battery, a charger, and a storage bag. There’s no kit option available. One thing is different about this tool, though—it’s only in-store and not available online as we’re writing this.
When you look at premium options, such as EGO’s Multi-Head system with a snow shovel attachment ($399.99 for the kit, $189.99 for the attachment), Masterforce’s price tag is very attractive for value-minded shoppers.
The Bottom Line
Masterforce’s cordless snow shovel is a good choice to supplement your full-size snowblower for light snowfalls or to clear smaller areas such as walkways after heavier snowfall. While it doesn’t have the performance of premium brushless models, it doesn’t have a high price tag either. Grab it if you’re looking for a high-value cordless snow shovel.
- Model: Masterforce 4832
- Power Source: Masterforce 20V FlexPower battery (or Boost battery)
- No-Load Speed: 2800 RPM
- Clearing Width: 12 inches
- Max Clearing Depth: 4 inches
- Max Throw Distance: 20 feet
- Bare Weight: 7.4 pounds
- Working Weight: 9.0 pounds
Comparing this to the EGO is unfair, this is 20v the EGO is a56v system and uses a more powerful brushless motor. Is the Masterforce brushless?
Looks great..a bit pricy for me but thinking about going half with a friend.