I am worried about getting the battery in and out, is there a handle for pulling up the battery, I have small hands. Not so strong.

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It looks hard to get the battery in and out, as the door on the battery compartment won't hold open, and I don't see a handle on the battery. I am 68 with small hands, that are not all that strong. This could be a dream mower if the battery is easy to handle.
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It would be easy to make a velcro strap that goes around the battery.. it would have to go around the top by the button.

There ya go ego. We need a battery strap.. do it.
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I too vote for a strap....


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It is easy. Just push the button and it jumps up at ya!
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I'm 58 with small hands, but still strong enough. The battery weight is heaviest for the big one, for an hour of mowing, but you could use smaller ones and switch them out more often, and they would be lighter for you. I suggest you go see this mower, try taking out the battery, so you can know for sure. I don't have any trouble with it. It's like a bag of sugar.
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Karen, good suggestion. Just know that the smallest batteries, the 2 and 2.5Ah, won't be able to drive the mowers to 100% of their potential. This might be an issue in thicker grass.
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My smaller battery on me tends to red light often, even before it is dead.
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I think the power draw makes it hard for the battery to measure the 15% remaining, or it may be related to the big rebound after resting. The mower does quickly turn to red light with a 2.5ah battery, but will keep running for another 5 minutes. When the light first turns red, stop and wait for a few minutes and it will be green again for a bit when you start again.
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This is for the 1st generation 20" mower, but should be similar for the other newer models.

Between the self closing door and the weight of the battery, I think the closed door contributes more to the awkwardness.  One solution would be to have a way to prop or hold the door open, which would then give you two hands to insert/remove the battery.  Actually here are three:

1) Use a stick to hold the door open.  You'll need to stay clear of the button so that you can operate it to release the battery, which is not a problem, just put the stick next to one of the door arms.  I think this is the best and easiest solution.

2) Use a clamp to hold the door open.  As some of these clamps require a lot of hand strength, I rated this as the 2nd best option.

3) Use gravity to hold the door open, e.g. insert remove your battery when the mower is in the stored position.  This would not work if you want to mow more than once.  I would rate this the last solution.





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Great ideas all, I will go and see the mower and check it out. I have a stick just like the one in the photo ditto for a box of clamps. Some of the easy ones may work. Thanks again!
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The smaller batteries are indeed easier to lift.


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True, but the single string batteries (e.g. 1P, or 2.0/.5) do not have enough power to run the high current draw tools, especially the mowers (not even the gen 1 600W 20" mower).  The mowers (and big tools) really need the 2nd/3rd strings of cells (e..g 2P = 4.0/5.0, or 3P = 7.5) to have enough performance, and the prevent early damage to the batteries.

Yes, the tool will limit it's current (via the built-in protection), but that's like a rev-limiter on a car, and if you drive your 4-cylinder around at red-line all the time, then you will eventually burn it out.
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A self supporting door has been on the wish list for quite some time now, and for just this reason. With the door constantly closing, dealing with the battery becomes a two-handed operation.
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Keep in mind, the batteries do have a bit of a "handle" built into them. The center green part, seen with the No. 1 written on it in the photos above, is curved down and has a bit of a grip to it. Get your thumb over that and your fingers opposite it, and it makes a narrow grip to lift with one hand. I don't own a 7.5 Ah battery, but on all the smaller ones it makes picking them up one handed fairly easy.

I'm away from my house right now, but I can take a picture when I'm home later today.
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Here are photos of the grip area on the front and rear of one of Ego's batteries:
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The photos are worth 1000 words.  Nice job.  
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Thanks! I should add, if someone doesn't have strong hands they probably still won't be able to lift one of the bigger batteries one-handed, but the built-in grip will at least help them get the battery far enough out of the mower to get a second hand on it.
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I SO appreciate my Luxury Problems these days......
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Theresa, which mower and batteries are you looking at? We can answer your question better once we have the specifics. In the meantime, here’s a video that night help address your concerns: https://youtu.be/FkLeSbSVnqY
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Interesting... the original 20" mower is extremely light, and with its oversized rear wheels is very maneuverable. I can't remember anyone describing it as difficult.

BTW, the 4Ah and 5Ah batteries weight the same amount. They each have the same number of cells, but the cells in the 5Ah have 25% more capacity.
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Well for most people and for myself 5 or 10 years ago, it would not be difficult to push.  But with my knees and back, yes it difficult.  Not impossible.  As I said I just have to get used to it, and perhaps use the trimmer in some of the steeper places.   The yard is too small for a self propelled mower.  The solution is not a different mower, but new knees.       
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Try pulling the mower backwards instead of pushing it forward; when I mow the lawn, half the time I'm pulling it backwards, especially in the tall over grown areas, and if the mower starts to blink orange, I'll stop forward progress rather than keep driving it forward and stalling it.
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I used to cut grass that way, but pushing forward I get some support for my back and knees from the handle.  Pulling no support and rather painful.

I haven't used this mower enough to know the tricks of it, but I found with side discharge gas mowers that they cut more efficiently pushing forward.  My guess is that it is probably due to the shorter exit path for cuttings from  the leading edge of the blade.  Going forward the grass from the leading edge of blade (relative to the mower direction) only has to travel about 90 degrees to exit  the deck, where going backwards it has to travel 270 degrees.  Going backwards I would note a row of cuttings on the left side of the mower's path.  The mower would clog much easier and one had to proceed slower in high grass.

With a rear discharge this would seem to be even more pronounced having a forward exit path of 180 degrees, and backward approaching 360.  But remember I was buying the cheapest and junkiest mowers available for the light weight.  The below deck aerodynamics of such mowers is probably poor compared to the Ego.  
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Oh, I have yet to get an orange light or even as much slow the mower down.  I had high grass but I knocked it down with the line trimmer, then did one pass with the deck set to the highest setting, then a second pass with the deck height on a mid setting where I will be using it in the future.  The mower handled it fine, and bagged all the grass.  I had nothing to rake.  I really have no complaints with the mower, but it does seem heavier and harder to maneuver than my old MTD.  Again it could be in my head, the Ego seems to be a much larger mower.  

I think my knees have hijacked this thread sufficiently.  
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A strap is an excellent idea!
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@egocentric...just an opinion, yeah Home Depot was "nice" but doesn't that really mean "Smart"?
Here's a recent experience I wrote a review about:

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We started looking at Home Depot, then I decided I would support a local business by going to Stover.

Turns out to be a huge mistake. The washing machine we bought my wife absolutely hates, and has complained about it every time she uses it. "See, look at this"

At 2 weeks into owning this dog, I went into the store and spoke with them about this, and asked if I could return it, and buy a higher priced model. I was told no. I wasn't asking for my money back (tho I could have so easily gotten a FULL refund from Home Depot had I bought there even 6 months later), but I just wanted credit on a higher priced model.

The answer was no, we don't do any returns. (read as: you're stuck with it)

So I don't know how many years I get to hear how much that machine sucks, thanks to their lack of decent service.

Huge mistake I made buying there. Better keep this in mind if you decide to "buy local".

I don't particularly like supporting big box stores, but the above experience shows me why they are killing smaller stores.

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I just came from HD where I decided to ask if there was anything in their computer about a soon to be released High Lift Blade, so the guy took me to the shelf where I told him I know 110% it was not there, then said if it's not available that means its not available.

A real DUH moment.

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Win some, lose some!   Ain't there, so it ain't available.  Computer inventory systems are over rated anyhow.  
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I do believe Ron Swanson has some advice for handling big box store employees:

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Ron Swanson is the BEST
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Isn't he though! :-)
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OK all, I bought the mower and have had no problems because I can use a stick to keep the door open and use both hands, also garden gloves have some grip as well. It is a big heavy mower but the controls for the speed are brilliant, I love the way I can turn it off when coming into a hard turn and then get it back on for mowing the up the hill or straight away. Thanks again for all the ideas. I am using the big battery that came with the self propel. It is a very long mower which makes it hard in a tight corner, but I am really happy with it. Much easier than my old Toro self propel.
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Exactly!
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Blue Angel,  great comment. I fully agree. Easy fix for customer satisfaction. One notch from being rude to a person that some hand issues..
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When you get older First World Problems become somewhat more meaningful.  
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Theresa, glad you took a chance and bought it. As you have discovered, you can handle the battery and mower so that's great. Seems like it's going to work out for you just fine.
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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and insights. We continue to relay your ideas and feedback.  

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