20" mower, once the warranty is no longer valid...

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Gen 1 20" mower, August 2013 build date; bought it used on Craigslist.  So the unit is out of warranty.

This unit has been one tough cookie, after running over a rather large rock, which dislodged a magnet, it is back up and running:

20" Mower "field" repair of the MOTOR

And I just received the upgraded handle clamps, and posted the details here:

20" mower, handle locking clamp, V2 UPGRADE, REVIEW

In doing research for the handle clamp thread, I found a lot of people asking if there is a way to modify the mower to be able to run it with the handles in a less extended position; this was mainly requested by shorter folks (I'm 5'6", so I fit into that category).  There were legitimate uses like being able to mow in tight areas (my parent's have an inside wall area barely 6' wide, so have that need too).

DISCLAIMER: I'm not telling you how to modify your mower, because it will VOID the warranty.

...but, if your mower is out of warranty ( and you have to pay $20 for a handle upgrade kit ), then I kind of feel like it's okay to modify MY mower, so that I can mow at whatever handle extension suits my need.

EGO TEAM: Please have your engineering team perform a risk analysis, specifically on the need for the safety feature where by the mower is disabled when the handles are not fully extended.  The only reason (and it's kind of a stretch, pardon the pun), is that a very small child could not easily reach the controls with the handles fully extended.  I do risk analysis as part of my day job, and other than the above, I couldn't think of a scenario where all the safety features failed, and somebody got mulched... =)

I have only tested it at half extension (6" vs. 12"), and it works great.  Enjoy the pics, and remember, YOU WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY, so don't do it!

PS - I can also store it at the shorter length [see 5th pic], and just raise the handle to start mowing; that will at least save four open/close cycles on the clips, so these clamps will last forever! =)






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Posted 3 years ago

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Now I see why you cut off the clamp posts that secure the handle in the handle holes. :)
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An adjustable length handle would be an amazing feature, and one that would be unique among mowers as far as I know. Seeing how the handle is already a telescoping design it would be extremely easy to implement, as your modifications demonstrate.

I believe the Risk Analysis folks are more worried about the distance between the handle and the blade than the other safety systems. Keeping feet away from the mower deck seems to be the priority.

Awesome mod. Personally, I'd be more worried about the personal injury issue than the warranty when it comes to modifying stuff. ;-)
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Just to clarify on the warranty, your is not covered only because you didn't buy it new from an authorized retailer. The warranty is not transferable when the original owner sells it.

To my knowledge, Ego products were first available from Home Depot around January 2014. The three year warranty applies from the purchase date, not the date it was manufactured. So even the oldest units have not quite yet reached the end of their warranty period yet.

If I went and bought a unit from that same production run new from an authorized retailer today, it would still have a full 3 year warranty.
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You mean 5 year warranty, right? ;-)
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Sorry, I have a new 21" mower so I was just thinking about the chargers and batteries. THOSE have a 3 year warranty that is almost over!
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Ego Team, have you requested your engineering team evaluate the possibility of making the handle LENGTH adjustable; this would be especially helpful for shorter users (me included)?


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We have most definitely shared this. :-) 
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I'd like a way to use it with handle shortened too. Original poster did not say how it was modified, I want to know.
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Karen, as this is disabling a designed safety feature, I would highly encourage you to NOT pursue this modification.  The intent of my post was to encourage Ego pursue this as an official offered feature on a FUTURE model, not to endorse safety disabling modifications (hence the reason for omitting the procedure).

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Karen, I'm sure anyone with a screwdriver and some curiosity could figure it out, however you won't find anyone here outlining the steps. If someone was to share this procedure I'm sure Ego would remove it, for obvious reasons.