A sad day for my 21" Self Propelled lawn mower!

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After many hours of research online with the Home Depot website, I decided to move forward with a new EGO 21" Self Propelled lawn mower (more about this in the 3rd paragraph).  Prior to this purchase, I made my first transition over to EGO when I bought the EGO 15" trimmer with a 2.0 Ah battery.  I had this trimmer for over 3 months with great success.  I absolutely love this trimmer and have told everyone about this awesome machine !!!!!!

With the success of this trimmer, I also converted my "dead" gas leaf blower and bought the EGO 110 MPH 530 CFM leaf blower.  Similarly to the 15" trimmer, I have nothing but great praises for this equipment as well.  It does the job that it was designed to do - so 2 for 2 so far with EGO !!!!  And since I had great success thus far, I made the final decision to convert all my lawn equipment over to EGO - for the many benefits of a battery operated machine vs. gas.

Now back to the lawn mower, I bought my EGO 21" Self Propelled in early July of this year and have been using it on a weekly basis, sometimes twice a week, depending on how fast my grass is growing.  I absolutely love the fact that you simply press the "green" button and the lawn mower starts every time !!!!  The self propelled works well and the light weight of the lawn mower makes cutting grass FUN !!!!  I also love the fact that I don't have to deal with gas, oil, air filter, and yearly maintenance.

I wanted to use the lawn mower for a good 30 to 45 days, before writing my reviews.  This way, I can spend enough time evaluating the PROs and CONs of this machine.  That said; I am having the same issue with the "mulch" cutting capability of this lawn mower, as some other reviewers.  The one time I decided to "bag" my clippings, the lawn mower did a good job - so no issues there.  However, I like to "mulch" cut my grass, but this lawn mower always leave behind a trail of "clippings" on the left side of the lawn mower.

I have tried some of the recommendations of other reviewers without success.  The only way that I can get rid of the "clippings" is to make a 2 pass on every cut, which end up increasing the amount of time I am spending on cutting my grass.  And since EGO does not recommend using any other blades with this machine, I am left with a limited option.  As much as I wanted to be "gas" free with all my lawn equipment, I have no choice but to "return" my lawn mower to HD and go back to a gas lawn mower - which I did today : (

Please understand that I am not here to "bash" EGO, as I believe in their products.  Hence, I still own the 15" trimmer and the 530 CFM leaf blower with great success !!!!!  I also plan to buy their new snow blower this fall, after I get rid of my old gas snow blower.  The lawn mower, however, is not doing what I expect it to do with the "mulch" cutting capability.  Until EGO can fix this issue, I will go back to a "gas" lawn mower for now.
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David - I also agree with your comments that the EGO 21" Self Propel does not mulch as well as my previous 2 gas powered mowers.  It leaves it on top in much longer trimmers.  However, after a week, they still seem to disappear into the yard, so it's good enough for me.  The PROS outweigh the poor mulching for me.  I hope they improve this on the next version or maybe release a new blade?  I already ordered the snowblower as well.
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David, thanks for your honest review. There are lots of people who have no issues with the 21" mower, tons in fact, but if it isn't working for you that's all that really matters.

Agreed that the 15" trimmer and 530 cfm blower are home runs, and I am SUPER excited about the snow blower! :-)
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How long is the grass and what height are you cutting when it leaves a row of clippings?  I've seen this reported all over the forums, and I have yet to see it on my own mower.  Perhaps my lawn is too thin and spotty to cause it.  Most of the time it seems I'm just mowing the darn nut grass that I can't get rid of.

This mower definitely has terrible vacuum, which for me is only a problem on the grass/pavement edge, where long grass will lay down and not be cut since the power won't suck it up.  It's frustrating, but I've decided the mower is worth keeping just so I don't have to buy gas again.  

It's just such a shame Ego hasn't fixed this problem yet.  From my perspective, they have created a "nearly" perfect mower.  It's superbly built, easy to use, maintenance free (i hope), and starts with the push of a button.  It's the greatest mower ever made that doesn't mow very well! 
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Hey Tim, I normally keep my grass around 3" to 3.5" tall (see pictures below).  I find that this height provides plenty of protection for my lawn, especially in the summer time.  If my grass is growing faster than normal, due to fertilization and/or rain, then I will cut twice a week.  This way, it will be less stress on the grass.





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Beautiful property!
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Nice yard. ;)
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Thank You!  My wife hates it when I am doing yard work, as I love spending time cutting, edging, and cleaning.  The longer, the more relaxing for me.  The pictures above still shows clippings from edging, which I will clean using my EGO 530 CFM after a lunch break : )
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Funny how she really likes a well kept property but hates the time/work someone else has to put into it! Mine's not much different. :-)
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I have found that dried grass caked on the interior deck reduces vacuum. You can scrape it, hose it off, or lower the deck and run over dried leaves to clean off the schmutz. Always work with a clean deck!
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Wow, sorry you took it back.  I bag my clippings though to use as mulch in flower beds of veggie garden.  I have no problem with my push EGO mower.  I love it for the reasons you stated - no gas, no oil, and no heavy weight to push.  I would never go back to a gas mower.
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I will never go back either. I love my push EGO. 2nd cutting season for it. I notice that I might see a light clipping trail when I mulch and hit some thick spots, but I really don't mind rolling over a second shot, as I think it just makes the clippings that much smaller, I think it helps, I sharpen my blade every 2 hours of cutting time.
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For reference, the EGO gives the finest mulched clippings I have ever seen. I had a Snapper mower with the Ninja blade, and it did not do as well as the EGO.
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Hey Joe, thanks for the recommendation.  I actually use WD40 under the deck, as recommended by another reviewer on this forum.  I would do this a day prior to every cut, so this would not happen - and yet, the "infamous" trail of clippings on the left side of the lawn mower follows me around the yard - very frustrating!  Maybe my yard is too thick since I baby this thing : )
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I haven't noticed that either...but my grass is not nearly as lush.
I cringe at the thought of ever going back to gas. I'll buy goats first...56v goats.
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I have been working on a "mulching" kit prototype and have found part of this issue is the distance between the blade and the deck. I initially used tape to test and had good results. I am now working with some heavy cardboard as a working template.
I have the left side of the mulching kit done and tested last weekend...worked well. I am now designing the right side part of the kit and will try on my next cutting session this weekend. I will take some pics after I am done. :)
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Sweet!
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Any pics yet?
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I love to see your pictures when you are done : )
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Me too.
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New to the forum.  I have owned electric trimmers and blowers in the past, but never an electric mower.  Because I kept burning up trimmers, I went to gas powered years ago and never looked back.  I have never owned an electric mower, but seriously considering the EGO when I purchase my next.  But for now I still own a gas powered mower, and on occasion I get the trails when mulching as well. 

Over the years I have come to realize that the trails occur more once my grass (Bermuda) is in full bloom during the height of the rain and warm seasons in June/July.  What I notice is once I max out my height, I start taking off too much grass resulting in the trails.  That is when I begin cutting twice a week or deal with the trails.   I also notice the trails in a particular area of my yard that retains water, causing the Bermuda to be more dense. 

I would be interested to see if David has a similar problems with his gas powered mower this coming season.  I am not a fan of electric equipment as you can see, but in fairness to the EGO I think this has more to do with type of grass, max height adjustment and whether grass is denser in certain areas, in my opinion.  

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I have bermuda too and trails are becoming a problem for me now that it's becoming thick like carpet. It sounds like you were having the same issue, but with a gas mower?

I wonder if part of the problem is the density of healthy and mature bermuda. Is there nowhere for the clippings to fall through to?
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I think the density of Bermuda is exactly the cause.  I decided to forego the EGO equipment and bought a Honda HRX217VKA instead.  I maxed out my height adjustment a couple of weeks ago, so if I do not cut every 3-4 days then I get the same trails when mulching.
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It looks like 4" is the max height of that mower, so that's what you are cutting at? How well does the bermuda look and grow at the height? Right now I am set at 2" (position 2) of the EGO.

I guess I am glad to know it may be the fault of my grass type rather than the EGO as I do not want to give it up. I was using a reel mower previously so I have no prior experience with a gas mower on this grass type. I suppose I could try borrowing a neighbor's gas mower to see how it goes.
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Yes 4" in the max.  One word to describe the results, "velvety".  The reason I considered a Honda was because I would notice how my neighbor's yard down the street would look after cutting.  I tried to match that look using my Troy-Bilt by lowering the height.  I was cutting too close, so I thought my neighbors were cutting too low as well until I walked across their lawn.  I realized it was cut as high as mine at max, but had a far superior finish. 

It's the twin blade that does the trick.

 

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I'm mowing new sod at a height of 4" and I'm bagging the lawn clippings as I was told to do this the 1st year. I fully intend to mulch next season and beyond. I've never had any type of "trails" left behind after mowing on my lawn and I mowed my neighbor's lawn and mulched it and didn't experience any such issue on their lawn, either. The cut edges on the grass blades are nice and clean, no jagged edges, so the blade is doing a very effective job on the grass. Since this is thick, healthy sod, the grass tends to be damp when I mow and that doesn't cause any issues. I don't even have to run the blower to clean up the area after mowing, so that's pretty impressive, too.   I do not have the self-propelled model so I tend to push the mower slower, so maybe that helps a bit?
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I had no issues cutting thick 6" fescue down to the highest level of the 21" SP, but trying to cut my bermuda to 2" twice a week leads to a huge clumping issue. I've even tried cutting really slowly and it didn't matter. I've even sharpened the blade to very sharp and it doesn't really make a difference.

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