Ego Accessories Sold Outside US

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Can Ego bring some of these to the US or am I going to have to move to Europe?




Notable (very frequently requested) items include:
• High lift 20" and 21" blades for all lawn mower models
• Shoulder straps and harness for all handheld tools
• Nozzle for 530 CFM blower
• Backpack battery for handheld tools

Someone from Ego, please feel free to respond and let us know the date each of these will be available in the US. Thanks!
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Good research David! I would definitely be interested in those accessories. Especially the high lift blade to improve the mulching performance. Please,please,please!
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David, david, david, You should have read the label

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Yep... I predict this will end up being one of the more popular threads here. :-)
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More popular than the thread complaining about lack of self propel on the 20" model??

Of course since this is a question thread the whole discussion will be hidden whenever the question is answered...
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Well, I mean, popular within reason of course! The 20" SP request thread was like the longest thread in history I think.
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This is going to be fun.
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I just realized the specs on that juice pack say it's over TWENTY-THREE amp hours (23.2Ah)—is that right?? So slightly more than three 7.5Ah batteries? Sheesh!
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Based on the size of the pack I'd say right on the money!

They spec it at 1300Wh, which is 1.3kWh (that's "k" as in "KILOWATTS").

Hmmm... 1.3kWh sounds familiar.  Anyone hears of a car made by Toyota called a Prius?  Here are the Prius battery specs:

http://www.toyotapriusbattery.com/

The current Prius battery: 201.6V x 6.5Ah = 1310Wh

That means this Ego backpack has effectively the same capacity as the big NiMH battery running around powering the 2010-2015 Prius... that's a pretty impressive statistic!

The 2016 Prius uses a much smaller and lighter 0.75kWh (750wH) LiIon battery, much smaller actually than this Ego pack, and actually less than two 7.5Ah Ego packs.  Considering you can actually drive the Prius at low speeds on electricity alone, that gives you just a little idea how much power these Ego packs are packing!
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It's very frustrating to learn that Ego already makes so many products and accessories that are so sought after but they won't sell them in the U.S.

Makes me wish Amazon.com had a Danish website.
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Can anyone load the UK version of Ego's website (www.egopowerplus.co.uk)? I get redirected to the US site and can't figure out how to change my location.

If you could load the UK site then you could find authorized dealers and see if any of them deliver to the US.
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I logged in through a UK proxy and all the listed dealerships are local garden-type stores. No online retailers to be found.

Ego's UK product page does have some of the tools from the PDF you posted, including the mowers with the steel decks. But it didn't have the high-lift blades listed.
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Let's hope it's a new product soon to be released globally, and they just did a better job keeping it under wraps here than in other markets.
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Wow! I see about 8 things I would order and some that would finally make me purchase some more EGO devices.
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Yep, I'm in for at least a high lift 21" blade, blower nozzle, and strap the first day we can order them here in the US!

Actually, I may go ahead and get the strap from Zoro now—it's just too bad they don't have the others!
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We should group up and become importers.
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Good luck navigating the gronaverktyg.se site... it's like being trapped in an IKEA!
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That is the funniest comment I've read, because I know what you mean!
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Nice find!


So Ego admits their mowers have lift issues. Just not to us here. I knew I was not imaging that my grass was being pushed over.

I am just waiting for a response from Ego on this find. I guess people in the US have grass that doesn't need to be properly lifted for a better cut.

This is like finding out about the Matrix. I say we don't purchase another Ego item until we get access to some of that stuff. I'm not even joking.
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It's all about that blade!
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That's what I really want. It's like a kick in the head knowing now that it has been out there and none of the community managers would say anything even though we brought up the subject more than once.
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Rob, consider the flack they would get. We deal with marketing and support here. I'm sure they like their jobs.
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Yeah I know but this is the kind of thing that causes a loss in customer confidence. That's never good for a company.

It's one thing not to develop ideas we throw out in here, it's quite another to have the item made and not sell it here when there is a need for it. There is no good reason that I can think of why the high lift blade isn't sold in the US. It's a mower blade for crying out loud. They love selling us the standard one with no problem.
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Or... maybe they are yet to be released. I want all of these items.
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Maybe not but I think we should have this explained so that we are well informed consumers, yes?
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Ego has taken an approach more like Apple's than Microsoft's... lots of secrecy and hype leading up to a huge announcement rather than open beta testing and a public product development pipeline. If these tools and accessories haven't been released yet, it isn't surprising that we hadn't heard about them sooner.

That seems very possible since there are two versions of this 2016 product line brochure, the other one not mentioning anything new.
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It makes for a better product having the possible end user involved in my opinion.
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Before we get TOO excited, we need to know the intended purpose of the blade... Is it intended for mulching, or is it intended solely for improved bagging/discharging?


If it's not a mulching design it will be useless to me, and many others I'd think. In any case, I t still might be a nice-to-have for fall leaf pickup or similar.

Need more info...
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I would assume high lift is for bagging or side discharging. However it would be nice to have in certain situations like returning from a vacation to grass that has grown from 1.5" to over 4", or picking up leaves in the fall. I'll be honest, I have never done anything but suck leaves up with the lawnmower, and the Ego isn't so great for that.

High lift would also help a lot for those using a 4" cutting height on really long cool weather grass, who have complained about uncut blades.
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I fit into the last category.
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I wonder if the blade rpm is higher in Europe? Is there any way to make an adjustment to the rpm? I am sure this would void the warranty as well; but ultimately better mulching performance is what we are after. 
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That could be complicated. You might could trick the mower into thinking it needs to rev up, but if the mower senses too much load during spin-up then it shuts off to protect the motor. Or at least the original did. That's where a "boost" button could come into play, only activated after starting the blade normally.

Of course any talk of this is purely hypothetical and academic in nature, since such a modification would be very complex, probably dangerous, and would void a perfectly good 5 year warranty.
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Official Response
Hi everyone, we are currently exploring the possibility of bringing these European-only accessories into North America.  As members of the community, we will make sure you are the first to know here if we do bring anything over.  We appreciate the conversation and concern and please know that it is not going unnoticed. 
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That's great to hear :-)))
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Any explanation as to why a blade would be released there and not here? I understand different lines of equipment but not blades. They are something that would help with the mowers we own here.
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Agreed.  Per my soapbox speech below, I'm a little confused as to why the blades weren't at least offered as an option.  And the shoulder strap and blower nozzle has been something that has been requested here for years!
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Warning: soapbox speech commencing in 3... 2... 1...

I can understand why Europe is being used as a "test market" for some of these accessories - namely the backpack battery.  The US still - pathetically - lags behind Europe as far as going green is concerned.   It's far more popular in Europe, and if I was a European landscaping contractor who needed to power my team all day while offering lawn service without the use of fossil fuels, I'd absolutely have to have that backpack battery to power my guys using string trimmers, blowers, and chainsaws for an 8-9 hour shift.

Simply put: the US is embarrassingly behind for this demand.  It's not EGO's fault; blame the political landscape.  When you have people running for the most powerful position in the country, yet they don't acknowledge climate change is real, let alone man-made.. well, let's just say as a company trying to sell these products, you might have a "few concerns"!  

/end soapbox speech
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I personally like fossil fuels and don't see much of a problem with them.  That being said, electric is fine too.  What makes electricity to charge those tools?  Fossil fuels, for the most part.
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I'll avoid turning this into a fossil fuel vs. renewable energy debate and pointing out the many "issues" with fossil fuels, as it's likely to go nowhere.  ;)  But to address your second statement, that's my point: in the US, the majority of energy is fossil fuel based and the American public (and by extension, political landscape) couldn't care less about going renewable and dumping fossil fuel.

This is simply not the case in Europe, thus, the point of my post (see Denmark, Austria, Finland, Latvia, etc).  

That said, for the record - all of my power comes from renewable sources.  ;)
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I wish Solar was more affordable and efficient.  For the average income home owner it's a futile venture.

That being said, can't wait to see some new blades!

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You Aussies get a metric *hit ton of sunshine, too!  

Indeed, hoping for the new blades to appear soon.
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If I lived in Australia, I would pay to have my lawn taken care of.  They have some crazy spiders and bugs in the land down under.  I have an insatiable fear of spiders. 
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We know everyone is frustrated that Europe has something that North America does not.  We promise to report back in if/when we get any of their accessories here.  That's all we're going to comment on for now.  We're closing this topic and will reopen it when we have more to offer in terms of confirmation on tools.  Thank you for all of your feedback so far.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled WHY can't we get the same cool tools that Europe has?? Are we living in a 3rd wo....

I just viewed the Ego catalog for Europe which has enhanced products compared to those in the US.  I'd sure like to have the edge trimmer that they have available.  Perhaps the high lift blade for my 21SP, too.  What is the rationale for selling lower featured Ego products in the US?  Is this going to change in the near future?
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Official Response
We’re listening! I’m happy to let the community know that the EGO “High Lift Blade” (official name to be determined) will be available on TheHomeDepot.com on or around Jan 1, 2017. I won’t bore the community with the intricacies of listing and stocking a new item, but please know that this is the absolute earliest we can make it available. Thanks for your enthusiasm, interest and detailed reports. Our community continues to amaze us!

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