Im a big fan of my mower/blower but was a bit surprised to see how bad the blade looks already. Thanks!
I would think that blade is serviceable. Since the mower blade is so quick to change, but sharpening can take a good 15 minutes or so, I went and bought a second blade. I figure I'll have this mower for long enough that I'll eventually wear at least one blade out anyway, so I'll keep the second one sharpened at my convenience and switch them out once a month or so before a cut.
The photo of the blade makes me think the blade is perfectly fine once sharpened.
I found the link to my photos: https://community.egopowerplus.com/ego/topics/bought-hedge-trimmer-today-and-discovered-more-than-15...
there are several pictures in the thread. As noted by me, my old trimmer NEVER had to have it's blade sharpened, in over 10 years of use.
As the EGO products are made in China, or so I was told by CSR, it appears that they are using a cheap, substandard, untempered steel for blades on at least the mowers and trimmers. Guess that I'm done buying EGO until they address these blade problems. For my 21" SP mower, guess that I'll have to buy a new blade every year or so. Mower is great, blade sucks. Glad that I held onto my gas mower for serious cutting and lawn cleanup.
Too bad. Good product that they elected to cut corners on a cheap-o part that reflects poorly on the brand.
I used the Argo sharpener with a cheap Ryobi drill - worked great. You don't need a vice; I just held the blade down, overhanging my porch, with one hand and sharpened with the other. Simples.
If not German steel - then US Pittsburgh tempered steel.
I'd also like to see EGO offer an Anniversary or Jubilee model mower with a brushed stainless steel deck.
EGO mowers really are a boutique item for yard tool cognoscenti. So - they should offer upgrades for discriminating buyers. :-)