Durability of Mower Body

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Ego Model: 21", self propelled
Age: 15 months

Issue: Body of mower is not as durable as I would like. Apparently I have pushed the mower up against my fence so often that the plastic body is worn and has now failed. I’m concerned now with contaminants getting into the body. The worn mower body is shown in this video https://youtu.be/jD2taSxJr2A

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No problems to date. Everything works as expected. Overall I'm very, very pleased with the product.
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Posted 3 months ago

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With that hole it will probably affect whatever lift the blade and underside provide since it provides an air leak now. Perhaps some duct tape, or other way to patch that leak? Do you have a string trimmer to use along the fence to save the mower from any more wear? 
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I just ordered the string trimmer, and it is scheduled to arrive this Friday.
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You really have to be applying some pressure or have a long fence line to get that kind of gouging in the mower body.  Mine scraps against the concrete curb in a certain area of my yard.  I was worried about the same type of problem so I check it periodically.  If it ever gets to be anything more than a surface level abrasion, I will start avoiding scraping against the curb when I mow.

Agree with Mike that you should patch the damaged area and would add that you should mow without contacting the fence in the future.
Enjoy your new trimmer - which model did you purchase ?
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I'm going to have to call user error on this one. These decks are pretty tough. I've been using mine for more than three years and it has no more than a few scratches, and I do have a lot of chain link fence to mow along. I can't imagine what it would take to wear the side down to that degree.

You would never run a steel deck mower against a fence like that because it would scratch the paint as well as damage the fence. These mowers are no different.
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You know, I never thought that I was all that rough on my equipment. I definitely need to be more careful.

I bought the trimmer/edger combo with the power head. I also ordered the pole saw. Looks like I’m going all-in on the Ego tools.
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The power head tools are amazing. The first time I used the edger it practically pulled me down the sidewalk as it cut through the overgrown turf. (You start it with the blade in the air, then lower it down into the groove.)

I don't use the pole saw all that often, but when I do it's a life saver.
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You might try to repair the tear with GOOP.  You can also buy body side molding, the rubber/plastic type that has a self stick backing., to keep the mower itself off the fence and other obstacles.