diminished battery power

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I purchased a SP mower, string trimmer, blower, hedge trimmer, and batteries for each in the summer of 2016.  All worked perfectly then and in 2017.  This summer, I get about half the cut time with the mower and greatly diminished time from the other two batteries, particularly with the blower.  Is this normal?  It is certainly quite frustrating!
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3rd year in? Should not be normal to see much in the way of reduced run times already. You might try sharpening the mower blade. A dull blade can contribute to reduced run times on the mower. Also be sure the underside of the mower is clean.
Which batteries are you using in the other tools? What sort of run times did you see vs what you are seeing now?
The good news, so to speak, is the batteries are still within their 3 year warranty period.
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Thanks.  The blade is sharp and the mower is clean.  I use these 56V batteries:  mower 7.5AH, others are 2.5AH and 2.0AH.  I am guessing about half the time on the 2.5AH battery and less on the 2.0AH.
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Yes, everything is registered!
I've had the blower and string trimmer for 1.5 years and have had 6 different batteries. They started out working ok but would then either not keep a charge or wouldn't charge at all. It has been very frustrating. I love the equipment just not the batteries. I'm currently trying to get in touch with Ego about the last 2 batteries.
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Remember that early in the season is when grass is growing its fastest and thickest, which will use more power to cut.

Michael, check out the product manuals to see if your run times on other tools are comparable to the recommendations:

https://egopowerplus.com/products
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I always get lower runtimes when mowing in the spring because the lawn is so thick, and I usually can't wait for the grass to dry out completely, so it's wet to boot. Everything usually returns to normal by June.
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Thanks.  The mower battery has the same charged use time in 2017 as in 2016.  I never cut the grass when it is wet and cut it every week to ensure a regular height level.  It started having problems this summer.  The first time I used it the grass was dry and not at all too high.  Same with the second time.  We shall see if there are any improvements this weekend.  Also, the other batteries have a shorter use time than last year too, particularly with the blower, so I suspect a problem with those as well.
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You say the blade is sharp. But how sharp? Does it cut your hand if your not careful? That's how sharp it should be
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Since the blade is new and the neighbor who Installed it wore leather gloves while doing so, I assume it is sharp!  But then again, he always has gloves on when working outside.  The blades of grass look to be cleanly sliced not torn if that makes sense.
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The new blade is dull in my opinion. Like if it doesnt cut you easily its too dull.
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Well, if it cuts the grass cleanly that indicates to me it is sharp without the need to demonstrate its ability to thinly slice ham for a sandwich, provide a close shave, or perform surgery!
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Well I don't know what to tell you. I would call customer service then. You might have a bad cell. But I'm pretty sure the battery knows if this is true or not.
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If all the batteries developed the same problem at the same time, I would be looking at the charger. Do you use the same charger for all the batteries? If so, maybe the sensor that shuts the charger off when the batteries are at full charge is shutting it off and reporting full charge when they are actually not fully charged.
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Each of the three batteries has its own charger.  The two smaller batteries are on standard chargers and the larger is on a CH5500 rapid charger.