EGO mower on Zoysia Grass.

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We live in Texas and just "xeriscaped" the bulk of our front and rear yards and ended up with two areas of Zoysia Grass. The grass in our back yard is now over a year old, doing well and quite thick, the grass in the front is fresh laid Zoysia sod. Back area is about 1200 sq ft and the front about 800 sq ft.

It appears there would be no issue with battery life regarding the area but I am more concerned about the thickness of the Zoysia and the ability of the Ego to give it a good cut. Zoysia is happiest around 2 inches thick and I'll need to cut it weekly.  

Has anyone any experience using the mower on thick Zoysia grass?

Many thanks in advance.


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Hi Phil, I live in Dallas and have a combination of grasses the thickest of which is St. Augustine. I was concerned that the mower would not be able to handle it but after the fist pass with the Ego my concerns were unfounded. I have about the same amount of yard you do and it takes me abut 45 minutes to cut it mulching. it only takes slightly longer with the catch bag. the mower has plenty of power but you have to keep the blade sharp for best performance. I use one of those garden tool sharpeners so I don't need to remove the blade. So far I have been very pleased with the mower however, i do keep the battery in the house and out of the charger after it is fully charged. I  had a Toro for years until it died and the Ego does almost as good a job but with a lot less noise and pollution. my only advise is if you expect the Ego to do what a gas mower will do you will be disappointed. it will do 90% of what a gas mower will do but you have to make some concessions and adjustments.The upside for me is no gas, oil or hearing protection and no $100 +annual maintenance costs. By the way, the hardest thing about the Ego is getting it out of the box.
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Thanks Hap. I will still have my 36 year old Honda SX as back up, which I use for our "back 40" which is grassy and rocky but it sounds like the EGO should work on our yard. Many thanks.


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And the most important thing of all.  Sharpen your blade weekly if you can.  5 minutes max.  The blade will dull rather quickly and you will notice a huge difference in battery life and cutting performance.  A sharp blade is your best friend!
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Thanks SCDC, Can anyone recommend a blade sharpener?
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I use a tool (several on the market) used to sharpen garden tools. it's small has good protection for my fingers and it works great plus it does not require removal of the blade. just stand the Ego up and take about 5 minutes a blade edge to sharpen. I also plan to try my Dramel tool if the blade gets really dull. 
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I use a 4 inch angle grinder with a 220 grit flapper wheel. Gets it razor sharp in less than a minute. The blade is so light that balancing isnt as noticable.i do balance the blade every week. I also mow 1.75 acres with this mower so i have to sharpen often.
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I have Emerald Zoysia and it is very thick in spots. So thick that I can't cut below setting 3 or the mower will stall. A sharp blade is important, but there is a limit to how short you can mow Zoysia with this mower.

I sharpen my blades with a file in a bench vice. Just use leather gloves unless you like bleeding.
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I had my entire yard sodded with Zoysia. Indeed the grass is thick but looks awesome here in East Tennessee. I have the 20 inch EGO mower. I have an irrigation system and found that I must mow about every 5-6 days during the summer months. I have found that I have to leave the mower on the highest setting to get the well-manicured look that I desire. The blade does dull quickly. I sharpen mine monthly. I would love to replace my mower tires for a slightly larger tire so that I could cut my lawn just a little higher. EGO does not offer larger tires. I do get lines of "pushover" with each pass. I am waiting for the high-lift blade to be offered in the 20 inch for a reasonable price. All-in-all, I am very pleased with my Zoysia and my EGO mower.
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That Zoysia is interesting stuff.  My parents had it and it was a bear to mow as a kid. I can understand needing to sharpen the blade often.

Not sure why the HL blade is not available for the 20" in the US.  That seems like an easy product to ship anf get any safety approvals needed.

Glad to hear the mower is working well for you.
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Hi Todd,

If you bag, then the high lift blade will do a fantastic job!  Only use it if you bag, for best results.  EGO also stated this.
I had very bad results trying to mulch using the high lift blade on my Centipede grass.  I'm talking very large areas of clumped grass I had to mow over a few times.  This was on the 21" mower. 
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I have a 20" gen 1, and chopped a 21" HL blade to fit.  Also have small patches of Zoysia and it struggles to cut it well.  You really need a reel mower (not rotary) to cut Zoysia correctly.