Father’s Day mower fell flat due to streaks in cut

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Brand new mower and first cut was disappointing. Mowed on setting four which was matched to the height of my old gas craftsman. The mower ran a full 50 min but left a steaming cut with uncut grass.

I was disappointed since all reviews ranked this mower the best battery mower. I have a weed eater and attachments on the way , I’m debating on taking it back and getting the kobalt 80v or going back to gas
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Stick with it. It is a great mower. The forum here is full of tips to tweak the performance. First, did it mow at all? are you sure you had the blades spinning. You have to push the button while the bail wire is lifted. If it is spinning, sharpen the blade. For some reason some come with a less than honed blade. Also, try passing slower and over lap your cuts a bit. Always mow across the yard not in circles. Don't match the height to your old mower, match it to your grass. If the grass is very long or lush go up a notch or two the first couple of mows then reduce until it is knocked down to the height you want. I'm sure others will have more suggestions. It is a Wonderful Father's Day gift!
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Get a high lift blade and repeat your mowing.  See if that fixes your complaint.  It did mine.
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I read that on here today after the fact. I’m not sure that will solve the problem . It seems underpowered I’m curious if the 80v kobalt would cut cleaner . Plus should a new mower need a new blade ? Shouldn’t they put the high lift blade on the mower in the first place?
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They don't fill the tank when u buy a vehicle, and filling up can cost over $60 where I live.  :)   For $22, why not live dangerously, David, and JUST TRY IT??  Runtime goes down a BIT, which is why I assume they sell the mower w/o it, so they can advertise a longer run time.   $22 is such a small amount to fix such a problem, don't u think?  Amazon sells them.
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Actually yes I bought a new truck in April and they filled it up.  However this isn't an apples to apples comparison.  (charging the battery is more equivalent to filling the gas tank )  but I digress. 

My issue is if they advertise this is like gas and it mulches why shouldn't I expect a brand new mower to cut and mulch similar to my VERY old gas mower? 
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It does work well for most people and their lawns, that is why it is so highly ranked.
Some grass types, lawn conditions, and user practices and expectations require some changes in techniques or slight equipment modifications to get the results that most others get with the standard equipment.
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you might not need a new blade, just try sharpening it. Takes about five minutes to get it off and on, just watch your parts and alignments. I have both blades on two mowers and I think both cut fine.
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I agree with all of the above. The easiest thing to do is sharpen the blade and see if that helps, especially if you live in the South have a lawn that has a tougher variety of grass, like St. Augustine or Bermuda. The protective coating Ego puts on its blades seems to blunt the sharpness a bit right out of the box.

It would have taken you less time to sharpen your blade than it did to write all the posts complaining that you had to sharpen the blade.
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This ^^^^^^^
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You all are right. Best mower ever.  


I honestly just wanted to know if this was common. (I see that is was) and if that was indicative of battery power tools or just this one.  I thought maybe the brushless EGO mower or the KObalt / Greenworks might have more power.   I thought maybe someone on here had experience with something else

I just need to buy a vice and file and bench and sharpen my new blade every week. GOT IT.  

I'll keep my experience and opinions to myself from now on. 

This page is worse than facebook. 
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So basically you're sticking with the griping. Got it. Our mistake thinking you were asking for help.
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David, you have been given excellent advice and you know that this could be a problem, or not. Now, you can try sharpening the blade and mowing, which really would take less time than all your griping and trolling of other threads, or you can return the mower. You really need to get off the pot and make a decision. Continuing to complain does nothing more than make you look like a complainer and not really looking for help.

My experience about the blade. It seemed sharp enough out of the box, until I sharpened it. Better cut after that. Definitely made a difference. These blades are on the soft side. Part of that is due to their light weight due to their thinness. Trying to harden a thinner, lighter blade can result in fracturing during the manufacturing process so EGO doesn't harden them as much as your old Craftsman blade, for example. A heavier, thicker blade would be a great improvement, but it would affect EGO's stated run times. Maybe EGO marketing will reconsider those claims and change the blade. Who knows. 

But, please get over it. You have been given great advice by many here. Do something other than complain. It's not helpful in any way, as you are discovering. 
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Mine mows perfectly right out of the box; on my 2nd season. I use SP at lowest speed. Bag now, but will switch soon to mulch.