Having this youtube engineer dissect Ego machines to see how reliable they can be expected to be.

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There is this youtube guy from Canada who does nothing but take apart all sorts of machines including power tools and dissects them to see how reliable or cheap they really are in areas that count such as connectors motors switches housing etc. I would like to have a flood of people message him to take apart an EGO machine so we can get the REAL story behind how reliable or "skookum" these machines really are. His videos are plentiful and very informative, to all you gear heads, machinists and engineering enthusiests out there, this is the channel for you. This is NOT an ad for his channel, again I simply appreciate how well he is able to find weak areas on even highly rated work tools and would like to see ego on his list, my efforts to get him to do it alone has been futile but maybe with your help he will listen. Thanks for your help ego community! . https://www.youtube.com/user/arduinoversusevil
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An EGO review buy AVE would be pretty hilarious.


I can give you a good idea of the failure points on most of the first gen tools.


Blower:
under heavy use (think turbo button for 2 hours straight) the motor controller will overheat and pop the 15amp fuse due to the increased loading on the MOSFETs ( I have not seen a blown MOSFET on these yet)

20 inch mower:The motor will drop its magnets on major blade impact this will result in a total loss to the mower as EGO's pricing on the replacement motor is completely rediculous.

12 inch string trimmer:
stupid bump feed system is stupid and unreliable. The motor controller is tuned a bit too conservatively and it stalls out easily

Chainsaw:
This is a funny one where the 16" has more problems than the 14"The thin kerf bar/chain that are in use are easily flexed and proper care needs to be taken when cutting otherwise the bar will flex, remove tension from the chain, and toss it off the bar

hedge trimmer:
No replacement blade available user is expected to sharpen themselves; however, the target market of the products is probably buying them because they are low maintenance and will never end up sharpening them.
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I guess i don't see the humor in your post. Please keep this constructive.
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While i agree the failure points would be prominent and hilarious...it would be great to see all the good things he can find with the machines as well. For all we know we might be chooching with some skookum electric motors we're not even aware of. I have a lot of faith in the quality of these machines (my business depends on them) but i would like to learn some non obvious weak points to keep an eye on so i can have them chooching for years to come.
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AvE is an awesome YouTuber! I've been subscribed to his channel for a while, and he's the only one I support through Patreon. And not just because he's Canadian. :-)

I've thought about him doing Ego stuff, but the things he does are either things he buys or things he's given. Since his techniques usually end up rather "destructive", good luck getting your stuff back! :-)
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Maybe Ego would like to send him a complimentary machine to review.... You know...to instill our faith further in their product. They claim that years of engineering went into their products... I say we let Ave prove them right! Especially since i just spent nearly $900 american pesos on their latest snow blower.
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If years of engineering went into Ego's products, how come they use substandard materials for components such as mower blades, and ESPECIALLY, the hedge trimmer blades?  (That question is rhetorical)
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It may be rhetorical... But substandard can be anyone's opinion. Yes i do agree the blades are somewhat softer of a metal compared to gas mower blades... But the design and weight of the materials used were definitely considered in order to meet energy efficiency goals and reduce stress to the motor. As for the hedge Trimmer not sure how they could improve it other than making an easy swap set of blades. Harder blades still dull down and chip so sharpening is pretty much inevitable with any system. Any one wanna petition for ego to make a twin blade lawn mower using the snow blower dual battery system? ✋
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Sorry Sparks, but I used a different brand of hedge trimmer for more than 10 years, ON THE SAME BUSHES, and when I sold it this year, following my purchase of the Ego trimmer, it still was sharp enough to cut well.  The Ego trimmer dulled horrificially in the first hour of usage and I have posted photos of that dulling, on this site.  

A harder blade need not overly heavy for an electric mower, Sparks.   Not sure what makes you think that a harder blade will be too heavy to be powered by an electric mower.   It's my contention that Ego should be responsible to its customers by providing them with DURABLE equipment.  Especially giving the high price--these are not bargain basement products available at a Harbor Freight.
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Maybe I need to figure out how to sharpen my Ego hedge trimmer, and I've never owned another one to compare it to (though I've used several others I didn't own or have to maintain). But after 3 years of biweekly use on about a dozen bushes, my hedge trimmer still cuts perfectly well. Guess maybe it's just a YMMV situation?
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David, I'm quite sure you have seen the photos I posted earlier this year of the blades on my TWO Ego trimmers, which exhibited a ton of wear after less than an hour of usage.  It's not like I've been cutting something I shouldn't.  Just bushes with limbs that OBVIOUSLY are within the cutting range of the trimmers.  If the branches are larger than the opening in the blades, there is no way for the trimmer to cut them.  While they had worn excessively in the beginning, additional wear over the intervening months has been minimal (thankfully).
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No these are not tools sold by the horrible fright
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Ok, so our good old Cantuckian youtuber AvE has a third powertool battery teardown video posted, this one looks at Makita after tearing into both DeWalt and Milwaukee batteries.

WARNING: If you've never watched any of AVE's videos before, it's full on SHOP TALK, meaning he's talking like it's a room full of cussin' truckers and swearin' sailers... the easily offended and/or any children might not want to be present! :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXf6yHIKdvQ#t=618.341

I have a feeling he'd be impressed by the skookumness of Ego's battery packs. :-)
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You ain't kidding about our friend ... F bombs are flying everywhere in this video!!!!!