Actual cutting diameter of your unit?

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I found this on web (see last paragraph), is it true? As you can see I am doing extensive research, trying justify a $500 purchase for a "green mower" when other manufactures are between $50-$100 dollars cheaper and they have been around for years (Greenworks and Kobalt; they both make a 20" mower).

In my search for a new lawn mower I am factoring in future purchases for other tools I can use the batteries with. All of the above mentioned manufacturers offer other tools of which the the battery is interchangeable with, such as pole saws, hedge trimmers, chainsaws, string trimmers, blowers/vacuums and string trimmer/edgers. Your product line is not near that complete yet.        

From: Mensjournal.com
Most battery-powered push mowers are best suited to a postage-stamp-size lawn, but packing the first-ever 56-volt lithium-ion battery, the Ego LM2001 can handle up to three-quarters of an acre of grass. The mower's 19.5-inch-wide blade spins at 3,300 rpm, cutting up to 45 minutes per charge; a full recharge takes just 30 minutes. An LED headlight means you can also use this quiet mower after dark, but the best trick of all is revealed when you're done cutting: The collapsible folding-handle design lets the mower sit up for storage, so it hugs the wall and saves you valuable garage-floor space. [$499; egopowerplus.com]

Read more: http://www.mensjournal.com/expert-advice/6-great-cordless-electric-lawn-tools-20140404/ego#ixzz2zMGL2a5d 
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It must be true the size is misrepresented by .5 of an inch, otherwise Ego would have refuted it by now!

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Sorry for the delay.  We're checking into this and will reply as soon as we've investigated a bit further.
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When researching the cordless market we noticed the industry standard was to round up to the nearest inch.  That's precisely what we did.  We are the closest in terms of percent to the whole number. Surprisingly, when looking at all other cordless brands in the market, there are some claiming to be at 19", but the blade only measures 17.5".  There is another that claims to be 20", but only measures 18.7".  Hope this helps shed some light onto the situation.  



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Not a surprise about rounding up, many small engine companies and auto automobile companies do that too. However the percentage of round up is much less, I know manufacturers are  capable of getting much closer the advertised size. I could see being maybe 1/4 short at the most; due to manufacturing processes, when you get beyond that I see it as misleading advertising. So you tell me that other companies practice this too, and in a more blatant manor. I gather you are agreeing that your unit is actually 19.5 inches, because other companies do it; does not mean you have to practice their misleading ways. You had choices, ether make it closer to the stated size, advertise it in metric, advertise it as 19.5"(or what is actually is), or follow the misleading industry standard. Obviously you chose the industry standard practice, I will give you some credit for not being as blatant as others.

Thank you for enlightening me about the facts, while rounding up 1/2 inch did't totally surprise me, a company rounding up 1.5" is down right misleading. Do you mind telling me who this manufacturer is and their model(20", but only measures 18.7")?  I am looking at 20" models to replace my 20" gas mower(not sure if its truly 20" or not, but you can bet I will measure it).

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We would rather not make comments specific to other manufacturers or brands; they can speak for themselves. We can, however, state that the EGO mower delivers the widest cutting swath of all battery powered mowers on the market.

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Just measured my old gas mower its 20" model, blade measures 19-15/16 (19.9375). 
I understand why you don't want to mention the specs of competitor, but you could of confirmed the measurements(19.5) for yours;  or tell me what it actually is. I guess I will have to go to Home Depot and measure it myself. I suspect there is a double standard for mowers, gas models = actual (you can bet I will check new ones at the store) "$green$" = rounding up by who knows what. 


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