Buy the EGo mower now or wait till Spring?

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My B&S gas mower has been giving me grief. I spotted the EGo at HD and the reviews look great. I'm looking for an opinion here. If I get it now, I may have 6 cuts left in the season, then it gets stored in a cold garage till Spring. For those few cuts, I have removed quite a few months from the warranty and I am wondering what the maintnance or storage process might be on the battery over the winter. Any comments would be great.
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Hi John,  I've been using my EGO mower all season and have been very happy with my decision to buy it.  However, if I were you I would wait to see if EGO provides a self-propelled version, if you may ever need that.  A lot of us older folks have been asking for this upgrade and hopefully EGO will provide it in next season's model.  If you have a small, flat yard to mow you may not need it.  But if your yard is large or has slopes or hills you may want to wait to see what EGO supplies next Spring.

In either case, EGO's battery and charger systems are the best on the market anywhere that I've seen or read about.  There have been some reports of defective batteries/chargers but all batteries/chargers are bound to have a few that miss quality control and so far I've read that EGO stands behind their batteries/chargers and will readily replace defective units.

Lithium-ion batteries in general have a very good shelf life from all that I've read online.  But waiting for Spring will add several months to the 3 year warranty if you wait.

Either way you're going to happy with a mower that needs NO gas, oil, oil changes, mess and recycling, spark plugs, air filters, tuneups, priming, pulling on the cord over and over to get started and hearing protection.  You definitely will like the ease of starting, changing cutting height, swapping batteries, fold-up storage, removing and replacing the grass clipping bag, lack of exhaust fumes, its light weight and maneuverability.

Good luck with your choice!

Stan Fayfar
Rockford, IL
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Thanks for your comments,Stan.  It's now 2 weeks into the Fall. Here in NJ, I am seeing the grass still growing, but it is slower.  I borrowed my son's 'spare' mower.  It's a real beast, and twice the weight of mine.  I hope we only have maybe 3 more cuts, and I'm done.  Your grass maybe even growing slower than mine, being in the Chicago area.  (I lived in the burbs for about 12 yrs before moving back to NJ.  So I think I am going to wait till Spring, less to store in the garage, and better for the warranty issue.

Happy Cutting
John
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John,

Gut feeling is we'll see a new model this spring, also an edger (I would rather see the edger first).  But of course I'm speculating.  Either way, storing this mower over the winter will be just fine.  After your last cut, charge your battery half way and store in the house, in a closet, or anywhere that the temperature stays pretty steady and even.  60's to 70's.   Li-Ion Battery's should not be stored at an empty or full charge state (so the chemists say).

This mower and the other EGO tools have saved me a lot of time and headaches this summer.  I got really frustrated with my gas trimmer and the spark plug filing.  Endless mixing of gas and oil for other tools.  None of that this summer with the EGO stuff.  Grab a battery and off you go.

Best of luck

David

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Thanks for the storage tip David. I will wait till Spring, hopefully only a few cuts left this year.

John
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I would wait if i was in your situation. One main reason is warranty. You will start your warranty now vs in the spring. Also they may have a new version as SCDC stated
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Yep, I'll wait. Thanks. With all of the great comments, can't wait to try out the new EGO !
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You do have a good point that would be using up the warranty time over winter.   Høwever, if your gas mower is not wanting to run, you need to get a new mower now.   I love my Ego.  I really have no use for it to be self propelled as I find it very easy to push -  more so than my gas push mower.  I bought a self propelled gas mower - for a while.   I found it annoying as it either was going too fast or too slow.   Ego, is just so easy.  I am 67 and my energy for mowing runs out before an hour, but I am fine with the Ego as it is.   
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Thanks for your comments.  From what everyone is saying, it is really easy to push around.  Since my regular mower (not self propelled) died, I borrowed my son's mower.  The thing is twice as heavy and seems 3x harder to push around.  My yard in the rear has a back portion that is steep.  I'm no spring chicken either, but had not much of a problem pushing mine.  My son's is a different story. Very tough to push, absolutely needed to use this mower's front wheel drive in the back.  But since it seem like the EGO will be even lighter than my old mower, I'm really looking forward to getting it.  

John
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One missed point. The self propelled mowers are difficult to pull backwards, my Honda was a pain. I have a rocket launcher pad for a lawn, and the EGO is so light, and easy to move around.
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Read my reply to Sharon.  I'm glad you're telling me this.  I've never had a self propelled mower, thinking the exercise was good for me.  I also did notice with the borrowed one, it was very hard to pull backwards.  Even if EGO comes out with an SP version, I'll stick with the straight push.  Thanks.

John