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

  • 1
  • Problem
  • Updated 4 months ago
  • In Progress
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
Photo of David Myers

David Myers

  • 208 Points 100 badge 2x thumb
  • frustrated

Posted 4 months ago

  • 1
Photo of Prairiedog

Prairiedog

  • 9,344 Points 5k badge 2x thumb
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!
(Edited)
Photo of Dave .

Dave .

  • 21,636 Points 20k badge 2x thumb
Get a high lift blade and repeat your mowing.  See if that fixes your complaint.  It did mine.
Photo of David Myers

David Myers

  • 208 Points 100 badge 2x thumb
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?
Photo of Dave .

Dave .

  • 21,636 Points 20k badge 2x thumb
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.
(Edited)
Photo of David Myers

David Myers

  • 208 Points 100 badge 2x thumb
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? 
Photo of szwoopp

szwoopp, Champion

  • 101,666 Points 100k badge 2x thumb
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.
Photo of Prairiedog

Prairiedog

  • 9,344 Points 5k badge 2x thumb
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.
Photo of David Myers

David Myers

  • 208 Points 100 badge 2x thumb
I guess, I could but I literally took this right out of the box for the first cutting. I would expect the blades to come sharp right?

I am just disappointed because I researched a lot of  battery mowers and this one had the best ratings.  I expected the cut to be cleaner which makes me concerned about the power 
Photo of Prairiedog

Prairiedog

  • 9,344 Points 5k badge 2x thumb
All I can say is there is a reason you found Ego the highest rated. There are thousands of Ego users happily cutting beautiful neat lawns. Until you try all the tweaks suggested we can't be sure if yours is really not performing well, or if it is just a case of getting used to the new mower. The Ego has more torque than gas, so unless you have a dud, power should not be an issue. Again, slowing down is more important if the grass is super thick or tall. It is a shame sometimes the blade isn't sharp out of the box, but it is an easy thing to try and all blades need sharpening at some point, so that's not a sign of a poor machine. And yes, the highlift blade might be a worthwhile upgrade for your grass, not everyone needs one.
(Edited)
Photo of David Myers

David Myers

  • 208 Points 100 badge 2x thumb
I get it, I can buy a new blade or sharpen the brand new one or walk slower.  All of these are things I shouldn't have to do in my opinion with a new mower.  Especially since I didn't have to with the old gas mower and this one claims it has the power of gas. 

The grass wasn't that high and I cut it on setting 4.  

It is frustrating because I also ordered the power head and several attachments and the power inverter. I wont be able to use those until I decided if this thing works   
Photo of szwoopp

szwoopp, Champion

  • 101,896 Points 100k badge 2x thumb
If you do not want to try and suggestions or change any of your techniques to optimize the new mower you purchased, then you should keep trying new mowers until you find one that matches you.

New mower new methods may be required with the Ego and your lawn.
If you are not looking to change anything, then you may need to try another mower.  There is no 100% success / match rate for any tools or technology.
Photo of Prairiedog

Prairiedog

  • 9,344 Points 5k badge 2x thumb
I guess we've helped as much as we can. You sound like you just want to gripe, not solve. Just because you don't like it and aren't willing to make the effort to learn how to use it, doesn't mean the company doesn't make great tools. Shrug. As Szwoopp said, to each his own. Whoever gave it to you for a gift chose poorly "for you." They can send me one and I will thank them profusely and sing their praises for years.
Photo of Ken

Ken, Champion

  • 73,400 Points 50k badge 2x thumb
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.
Photo of Prairiedog

Prairiedog

  • 9,344 Points 5k badge 2x thumb
This ^^^^^^^
Photo of David Myers

David Myers

  • 208 Points 100 badge 2x thumb
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. 
Photo of Ken

Ken, Champion

  • 73,400 Points 50k badge 2x thumb
So basically you're sticking with the griping. Got it. Our mistake thinking you were asking for help.
Photo of Oregon Mike

Oregon Mike, Champion

  • 67,836 Points 50k badge 2x thumb
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. 
Photo of William E Hanson

William E Hanson

  • 19,376 Points 10k badge 2x thumb
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.