Automatic speed?

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Automatic speed. We have had a young lawn boy mowing our lawns with the ego self propelled mower. He's generally only known one speed to mow at -- full speed. When we've done it on occasion we slowed it down to 75% or even sometimes 50% to get what we think has been a better job -- especially when the grass has been long. We have asked him to slow down and he did for a few weeks but then went back up to full speed. He gets paid a fixed price weekly for mowing the lawn.

We have thought of firing him but he's family :)

For the future, would it be possible for the mower to have an additional "Automatic" speed option whereby the mower senses what the best speed is for the conditions in order to get the best-looking cut?

Then we could tell him to only use that setting.
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In need of a governor for the SP, interesting. 
A little super glue should take care of that :)
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I was thinking the same thing!! But hot glue.
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:) Until it's the end of summer and the grass is brown, dry and very thin. In that case full speed is fine.
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I have a LM2100SP out of warranty. The Variable speed is stuck on high. I have replaced the variable restorer, wire harness, and the control PCB. the LM2100SP still has no variable speed control, stuck on high. I have been working on this project for months. I have worked with customer service and they are OK, but I stil have the problem
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Hi Polo:
I found your description and your effort above quite interesting. I have been looking high and low ( Google and Youtube) to find someone who has addressed this problem. I have a 2102SP, which I think is stuck on high speed. I posted a week ago about it on the Board,
https://tinyurl.com/y4j2bxlg
and was hoping that the engineers and techies of the Community will respond to my query. But so far no luck. Anyways, I have a few questions:
1) Did you resolve the issue?
2) In your statement above you have mentioned “variable restorer”. What is that? Do you mean variable resistor? If yes, is that a linear joystick type of resistor? What value?
3) Have you developed a theory of how the speed is controlled?
4) Any chance you were lucky to obtain the repair manual?
Would greatly appreciate a response from you. Thanks in advance.
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I have the same problem, it is stuck on high speed.  Which makes it pretty useless, it is too fast for a good cut.  Did you ever get any more information?  Thanks!
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You could always change to a variable pay rate based on the time spent mowing.  That should accomplish your goals.
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Unless he then goes as slow as possible :)
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Get a new person to cut your lawn.  Maybe, Ego can make lawn mowers with adaptive cruise control for people who don't want to follow directions or just don't care.
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My impression of Ego mowers is that you're lucky if they work satisfactorily for a season or so.  Asking Ego to provide something beyond that may be pushing your luck.
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Keith, you seem to like to drop in to other people's threads to complain about perceived problems with Ego products and complain about Chinese manufacturing, but you've never posted an experience of your own, or even indicated whether you own any Ego tools.

Do you even own any Ego tools, and if so, what has your experience been?
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I don't actually "drop in" on threads unless they deal with products I own or am interested in.  The promise of longer battery life per charge drew me to investigate the Ego mowers, hoping to abandon small gas engines and earplugs after 50-some years with them.  But, as I've written, your mowers seem a bit more complex than necessary and lacking a speedy repair system.  So rather than suggesting more complexity, I'd opt for faster repair and/or more simplicity.  I laud Ego for making what your forums indicate is in the main a line of reliable battery-powered lawn gear but also suggesting that the engineers have been allowed to do a little more engineering than necessary on the mowers.  I currently have few lawn tools of any sort, but do need a mower quite often.
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I don't actually "drop in" on threads unless they deal with products I own or am interested in.  The promise of longer battery life per charge drew me to investigate the Ego mowers, hoping to abandon small gas engines and earplugs after 50-some years with them.  But, as I've written, your mowers seem a bit more complex than necessary and lacking a speedy repair system.  So rather than suggesting more complexity, I'd opt for faster repair and/or more simplicity.  I laud Ego for making what your forums indicate is in the main a line of reliable battery-powered lawn gear but also suggesting that the engineers have been allowed to do a little more engineering than necessary on the mowers.  I currently have few lawn tools of any sort, but do need a mower quite often.
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We've appreciated having the EGO self-propelled mower for the last 3 years. It's been working pretty well. We've even used the lights on ocassion when it was getting dark. The only thing I would say is we purchased a spare battery at the outset. Because our lawn takes around 1.25 hours to mow, the battery has been running out at about 40 minutes. We then have simply placed it on the charger and used the spare battery. Been doing that for all that time. Another small thing was that it didn't cut quite as low ("number 1 barber") as the petrol mower, even though it has been on setting 1. In saying all that I think it's been great -- especially meaning no petrol has been needed to be purchased which can take time and car petrol in itself to get to the gas station.
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I think it's important when recommending a product you base it on your own experience or the recommendation from a reliable reviewers. Given that EGO warranties their batteries for three years and their mowers for five years...I'd say EGO, as well as EGO's customers, expect their mowers to last just as long as any competitor's mowers. I've just completed my first year with the mower and I'm very happy with both the mower and the battery. Do I wish the mower would cut a little better? Yes, but I've made that same wish for every gas mower I've ever owned. I already can't wait until next Spring to start cutting again with my EGO mower again.
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Curious if this function already exists to some extent,  That is when the mower kicks into high speed due to a heavy load, I wonder if the SP decreases speed at the same time.
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I think it does take some time to get used to the torque of an electric mower over gas. From my own experience, gas engines tend to push back, resist, and the engine slows down if you go too fast...reminding you to slow down. But with the electric mower's "instant torque" there is almost no resistance so it does lull you into believing the mower can do anything and you can go faster than you should. When the grass is thick, the mower will speed up the blade (and use more power too) but evidently it's not enough for the speed your mower is traveling. 

I'm not so sure what more EGO can do here. What you could consider is one of EGO's mowers with a brushless motors as they should be a little more responsive to the load (or lack of load) put on them. Here in the USA, that would be the 20" Steel Deck mowers and the Dual Battery mower: 

https://egopowerplus.com/20-inch-mower-with-steel-deck/
https://egopowerplus.com/20-inch-self-propelled-mower-with-steel-deck/
https://egopowerplus.com/mower-21-inch-self-propelled-dual-battery/
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So...make him slow down...

I go thru this every time I get my 13 year old to mow. I MAKE him mow on the slowest self propelled speed - period.

It's not something I expect the manufacturer to fix.....
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Pay him according to how good the lawn looks after he mows. When he goes too fast, leaving the lawn looking awful, pay him less.  If he doesn't get the message, kick him to the curb.
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Keith you still have not stated a personal experience, just that you are looking into it. There have been plenty of suggestions to solve long repairs if needed that might not even be EGOs problem but with HD, but that doesn’t even matter because HD and EGO you can get a mower and return it for 90 days which is plenty of time for repairs. I love all the other features EGO has that’s some of the reasons that makes EGO better in my eyes. It stinks when trying to mow after work and gets dark to quick to finish. I would say lights are very much appreciated in those situations, but you never have to use the lights if you don’t want to so why does that even matter.