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“One of the concerns I had was that we were giving up self-propelled, but the mower deck is so light that I actually find that I move quicker with the battery-powered mower...” See the full video at http://egopowerplus.com/pages/video-gallery
Jennifer, my old gas guzzler just died on me and I decided to give the EGO mower a try even though it is not self-propelled. Any chance EGO will give us a discount on the self-propelled version if we buy the EGO mower now and want to trade up to the self-propelled version when it becomes available? Thanks for checking with the powers that be...
P.S. I like EGO’s battery system so much that I’m getting the string trimmer and the blower also.
OK. I went and took the plunge. I recently became a seasonal sales associate for the garden department at The Home Depot in Rockford, IL (Store #1928). I looked at the EGO Power Plus equipment every day while at work and even had the opportunity to sell two of the mowers. One was to me because I just couldn’t wait to try one out. My first cut was through grass that was 6”-8” tall and it handled it with ease. I was bagging the clippings because I also wanted to pick up some of the yard debris from the winter. No problems at all on my flat back yard. However, once I got to the sloped side yard I struggled to get the mower with bag and grass clippings up that slope. The mower is a lot lighter than I thought it would be and probably won’t be a problem on the slopes when I’m only mulching but I’m at the 15 degree slope limit that EGO recommends not exceeding and I think it will still be difficult to push. The 4 Amp-Hour battery lasted about 40 minutes on my first cut, probably due to the tall grass that I was cutting. I put the battery on the 30 minute fast charger and put the 2 Amp-Hour battery that I got with the string trimmer in the mower and got about another 17 minutes worth of cutting. I took a 25 minute break and the 4 Amp-Hour battery was already fully charged. I put that one back into the mower and just about finished cutting my roughly 10,000 SF of grass area. I had to finish it with the recharged 2 Amp-Hour battery. Overall, I’m extremely happy with the way the mower cuts, starts, sounds, stores folded up, maneuvers around trees, shrubs and planters, and it’s fairly easy to push on the flat areas even when the bag is full of grass. NOT so much on the slopes. I’m 63 years old and I know it’s only going to get harder with age. Sorry for the long winded comment but I thought I owed it to all the baby boomers out there to give an honest appraisal. And now that I’m also selling them at Home Depot I feel I need to let my customers know the good and the bad with these. I DO NOT regret buying the mower and trimmer at all. They are both extremely well engineered AND manufactured lawn equipment. They are solidly built and seem to be very durable. The batteries and the chargers are the BEST in the industry that I have seen so far from any company out there. If the mowers were SELF-PROPELLED I’m sure I could sell a lot of them. For those who are considering buying one, wait until your local Home Depot is offering their 10% discount on all purchases when you sign up for their store credit card. It made my deal a little sweeter. I will let you all know how the next cut goes with the mulching on the slopes.
OK, here's my update on mulching without the self-propelled feature. As I mentioned previously, the mower is extremely light and maneuverable and made mulching very easy. I'm fairly fit but getting older and have trouble with my knees but I wouldn't need a self propelled EGO mower to take care of my flat front and backyards. My sloped side yard is a different story though. I definitely need a self-propelled feature to cut this 15 degree sloped area. I struggled to cut it diagonally pushing up the hill even without the grass catching bag attached. So I'm looking forward to the self-propelled EGO mower coming out soon (I HOPE!). I continue to be an EGO fan and do NOT regret buying both the mower and the string trimmer (so far). I still think the 56V lithium-ion battery system is the best in the industry. The charging units are also well engineered and built. Keep up the good work EGO and please keep us baby boomers in mind in your engineering.
Good day all!
Just to add my 2 cents to this conversation. I believe that I would sacrifice 5 to 10 minutes mowing time for a self propel feature. My back yard is flat, but my front yard is a rocket launcher. I've started cutting it "side to side" so I'm only dealing with the angle, which helps tremendously as I don't have to go uphill.
Now, for those that don't care, either way for self propel, it would be a negative to add it. It would add 5 to 10 lbs. to the mower weight, and added parts that may fail over time. That 5 to 10 lbs. of added motor and axel would feel like a bit to the ones that like to push without self propel.
EGO designed this mower to be SIMPLE, less things to go wrong, fewer moving parts and switches. I personally like that I can actually pick the whole mower up and carry it over my shoulders when folded up. Is that added weight and circuitry worth it? Maybe. I'm on the fence.
The Salesman at our Home Depot told me it was self propelled when I bought it, so when I got home and unpacked, you could have imagined my confusion when I was trying to figure out how to get it to work. :). I was a bit upset at Home Depot, but not upset at the mower. Honestly, it is so light that I thought that maybe it had one of those variable speed self propelled mechanisms, until I flipped it over and just saw that there were just wheels.
I have never had to mow my own lawn. I grew up in a townhouse so as a kid/teen I never had that chore. as an adult, I've hired a service to cut my grass. I hate the thought of dealing with the gas/gas mix issues of such mowers/equipment and the few times I have cut grass was with a corded electric mower which just seems silly to me (dealing with the cord all over the yard). I am looking at buying a new house. the house I'm considering has a relatively small amount of grass to be cut and is somewhat flat with a few bits of hilly ground here and there. I absolutely would prefer a self propelled option. I'm no engineer but the gears on the back axle and some circuitry probably wouldn't weigh that much. And with the technology available, having a manual switch (or electronic switch) to activate the self propelling motor seems fairly easy to accomplish. Until I buy the house I won't decide on what to buy but I've got a great amount of interest in the EGO mower as it is. Self Propelled would put me over the top on a decision for sure.
I have the string trimmer, hedge trimmer and the blower and love all three (although I am having an occasional problem where the blower won't start when I first try it out, but love the thing when it works).
However, I think I'll wait for the self-propelled version of the mower also. I have a very sloped back yard that I cut in multiple directions. I'm sure this would be a good mower for side-to-side mowing along the hill, but up and down is a no go. It is difficult enough walking up and down it the hill 30-40 times, let alone pushing a mower, or anything else.
My main concern is that EGO may change the battery technology by the time a self-propelled version comes out, which means my current batteries may not work in the mower to provide additional cutting time, when needed, and as back-ups. I'm not in a hurry for a mower, so I may just wait it out to see what happens.
Since I have a trimmer and am looking at getting the blower, I’d have extra batteries. So as an idea, EGO should consider having a second standard battery port that would power the self-propelled motor.
I'm already looking at pairing individual drive motors with internally gear-toothed drive wheels from different a vendor's self-propelled gas mowers (with the help of an engineer/tech friend at a local major-manufacturer OPE repair depot)--the motors are obviously NOT from an OPE manufacturer. But even with the PWM power controller module to provide variable-speed self-propulsion, and "stealing" the handle-mounted variable speed controller from one of the H*O*A mowers, I can do the whole thing for WELL under $100. And that's with TWO (2) independent drive motors (one for each wheel). The 56-to-24volt power converters are certainly cheap enough, and once I find small enough 48-volt drive motors even THAT won't be an issue.
I'm 60, just like a lot of the other posters here (I have other mobility issues, as well), so even the little "hills" in my Florida St Augustine grass present a challenge. And even though I JUST BOUGHT my mower, I have enough faith in the engineering design I've seen so far, that I don't mind risking my 5-year warranty, because I think the basic mower is going to WAY outlast the warranty. And If I can get self-propulsion installed in the next few weeks, I can justify ditching my exceptional (and very expensive) gas-powered machine, knowing the Ego electric will make up for my infirmities.
But my main purpose in saying all of this is that if I can do (what I think will ultimately be an impressive implementation) for well under $100, Ego should be able to do it (for a parts cost) even lower than that, and with much better overall product integration. And while it helps being an engineer, I'm sure each and everyone of you have looked at the simplicity of the Ego mower and imagined how easy it should be to make a self-propelled version.
Keep plugging for the new mower, Stan, and everybody else.
Before our Ego mower, every lawnmower we ever had was self-propelled too. Just like the Shark vacuum, the Ego isn't self-propelled because it doesn't need to be. And if they added self-propulsion, it would only make for a bulkier, heavier, less reliable mower that is harder to use AND has shorter battery life.
Self-propelled is a feature from last century that has no place in today's world of sleek lightweight products. Good riddance!
Oh, and I won't be selling my non-self-propelled EGO mower on craigslist, I'm going to give it to one of my kids who have a gas guzzler and get them on the EGO Li-Ion bandwagon. We need to teach our kids about the benefits of this great line of tools, if they haven't found out for themselves already.
Is it heavy when you push it?
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