Concern about the 21" self-propelled mower

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I received my 21" sp mower today.  Have yet to open the box but from what I've seen from a couple reviews is that the mower has the ability to turn the wheels even after the battery is depleted. 

This means that the blade does not have access to the full capacity of whatever battery that's inside the mower.  This is going to cut down on actual run time even if I don't choose to use the self-propelled option in my opinion.

I'm going to be using 4.0ah batteries with the unit and am wondering if it's even worth it to go that route.  With the 1st gen mower, I use maybe 1.5 charges of the 4.0ah battery to complete my yard( I own 2 4ah batteries). 

My question is if it's even worth it to keep the mower if I'm going to be using 4ah batteries and don't want charge them like 2 times each to finish the same yard I used 1.5 for on the previous version of the mower.

It's not like I couldn't just open it and cut with it and return it.  I'm just wondering.  Also, the weather right now doesn't lend itself to cutting grass.  But hey, I have 90 days.


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I would try it out before writing it off.  Yes, the self propel will use energy and reduce your cutting times versus not using it, but the impact on actual performance has yet to be seen.  I suspect that's the reason Ego sells the self propelled mower as a kit with the largest battery...  just a guess.  ;-)
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Yeah, I know.  I was only willing to go so far with the original sitting in the garage.  If I was sans a mower, I would have automatically gone all-out like I did with the first mower.


Ya never know.  I might come across one of those Zoro coupons for the 7.5ah battery that may bring it down to a couple hundred bucks........lol.

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Oh well, change of plans...

The wife always tells me to get what I want the first time around or i'll end up just taking things back or rebuying them again and again.  As usual, she's right.

I returned the mower to Home Depot yesterday and ordered the $599 version with the 7.5ah battery. 

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Sweet! My wife hardly EVER tells me to spend more money on tools! :-)
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To be honest, she wasn't terribly happy about it because when she saw it on the doorstep, the first thing she asked was....Don't you already have one of those?

Then of course I had to explain how it was bigger and better than the other one I already have that's still working fine.

After that uneasy explanation, I then had to explain how I was going to return it for another.  Not pretty....lol.

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I think the pain was worth the gain!
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For a power consumer like the self-propelled mower, you should go with the 7.5 battery. The 4.0 would be good for a blower or weed eater
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I am finishing up a review of the mower.  I have some interesting observations, but if you have a thick lawn, or a larger lawn.  Go with the 7.5ah battery.  
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I totally agree :)
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I couldn't quite finish my whole lawn with the 20" mower on a single charge of the 4.0Ah, but I have at least 25% left on the 7.5Ah with the 21" mower. Based on my experience I don't think the 21" SP mower uses significantly more power than the 20".

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