If you can predict the future 10 years down the road, let me know what stocks you are buying. I look at Ego as a start up company with a good product. Hopefully they are profitable. At the prices they are charging, they had better be. I expect that they'll be acquired by one of the big boys in a few years. This will increase their prospects of 10 years survival.
My desired timeline is more like 5 years with the mower I purchased and I hope that the initial battery makes it that far. If the battery doesn't make 5 years and if there is no cost effective way to replace or refurbish it, then I'm out of Ego. If Ego is successful, I'd expect them to establish a method to refurbish the batteries in the future. At least that is my hope. Right now, the cost of a replacement battery is excessive IMO and I doubt that I'd shell out that kind of $$ for a replacement. That cost needs to come down for Ego to be long term viable.
But right now they cannot even get a high lift blade which is being sold in Europe, into the USA supply chain.
Just my 2cents worth.
- Power of Gas Without the Fume, or at least close to it
- Warranty on Battery (3 Years) and Power Tools (5 Years)
- Convenience of Immediate Startup without the hassle
- Ease of Maintenance vs. gas power equipment
Like most people, I took a "leap of faith" in buying EGO. But when I saw that Honda Europe invested in EGO technology and "re-branded" under their famous RED color, I feel as if Honda have done their due diligence, before putting their name and reputation behind this technology.
A quote from Honda Europe announcement back in January 2016:
"Manufactured by Chervon, Honda’s new cordless handheld leaf blower and lawn trimmer have been subject to further enhancements by Honda engineers, adapting technologies to ensure compliance with European regulation. The range will be branded in the familiar Honda red, common to all of Honda’s handheld Lawn & Garden products."
Link to Honda Europe website:
Now, this does not guarantees that EGO will last forever, but nothing lasts forever. At least for now, I have been extremely HAPPY with my tools and they definitely serve their purposes well. I am not a "professional" lawn care person - just a normal guy who cares about proper maintenance of my lawn, and having the tools to the job well. Good luck with your final decision ... :-)
So while I really like the power and many other aspects of the modern L-ion batteries, one thing that has continually ticked me off is the manufacturers constant increasing in size or evolution of their batteries. I experienced this with my entire set of 10 cordless power tools... I cannot get new batteries for them anymore. Takes away that possibility of having tools that last for generations like my grandfathers did. Now, I'm not has upset about them making them better or stronger, bit I am concerned with them no longer making the batteries for my tools, 3-5 years from now. Then I'll have a bunch of yard tools that I can't get batteries for. This is not a problem with gas powered tools. Plus if I have to buy 2-3 new batteries every say 5 years... That's $300-600 every 5 years, depending on which batteries you need. That's way more than it costs me to upkeep my gas mower... Unless you have information otherwise. Bottom line, I WANT to buy these for their inconvenience, but I'm worried about the pains I'll experience down the road with regard to batteries and the fact that this is a brand new company.... I.e. Will this product even be on the market 3-5 years from now... Who knows. I know Black and Decker will be... I know Lowes house brand Kobalt will be... I know Craftsmen will be...