I liken my purchase of he electric smoker last year to my reasons for considering an electric mower. It appears the commonality of buying the EGO products are that for eco friencly purposes, and getting away from gas in general. Yet like the electric smoker, electric lawn equipment seems to aspire to be like gas powered equipment. All the reasons I have read for why people purchases the EGO products do not resonate with my reasons. I simply want a self-propelled mower that runs quiet. That I can get from Briggs & Stratton's new quiet power technology (QPT) engine equipped on some mowers, or get a Honda mower.
Just looking at some comments here, people have returned their EGO equipment because it does not give them the same satisfaction of the tried and true gas powered equipment. Can someone correct me if I am seeing this from a limiting perspective? It would seem that some of you purchased EGO products with the expectation that you would get the same results as your gas powered equipment. It's a novel idea that has come along way, but in the end they are powered by electric. Like my expensive electric smoker it does what is supposed to do, no more. But it does not give the same results as my wood burning smoker.
As for reasons for ownership, My biggest reason was maintenance. At one point, I had 3 cars, about 5 motorcycles, a riding mower, a push mower, power washer, weed eater, a large tractor, a leaf blower, and a chain saw. The maintenance for all those was constant. CONSTANT. I just couldn't tolerate another carburetor to maintain. Even if I did everything right with Stabil in the fuel tank, I could generally count on at least one lawn appliance failing to start in the spring time. Then I had to take it apart, clean it, and 2 hours later I could mow my grass.
The Ego doesn't have that problem. Let it sit for 5 years....who cares. As long as the battery is maintained (which is basically automatic) you just plug it in 5 years later, push a button, and mow your grass. It starts each and every time, no hassle, no pull starter, no question.
If you need an analogy for how things will likely go, take a look at the RC hobby market right now. 15 years ago, EVERYTHING was Nitro powered. They required constant tuning, messy gas, cleaning after you run them, and you had to readjust the carb each and every time you started it. Now? We have Lithium Polymer batteries and brushless motors. Go an RC swap meet and just try to get rid of a nitro powered RC car. You can't do it. Nobody wants them. The brushless electrics are better in every way, and they start every time. In the next 10 years, I think lawn equipment will be the same way.
if you want a gas mower, buy it while you can. I don't think they'll be around all that much longer. After you have an electric mower, you'll wonder why you ever put up with gas in the first place.
(this whole rant comes from a guy with a Charger 392 in the driveway. I'm not exactly a big environmentalist)
I am trying to get my head around the concept of "the satisfaction of tried and true gas powered equipment". I suppose there is something about the sound of a gasoline (or nitro) fueled engine that will always appeal to me. But, I like my hearing and my self-propelled Ego is a real treat in the mundane often noisy world of lawn mowing. I too wanted a quiet mower and since moving to a larger lot size I needed a new mower anyway.
Why not give technology a try? Yes, batteries are expensive (we can only continue to hope they will come down in price). However, I did find a third party with new 7.5 Ah batteries (not warranted by Ego) and took a chance. Today, I also have the snow blower powered by two 7.5 Ah batteries. One battery from my lawn mower along with the other I purchased separately. Love that snow blower!
As far as the same results of gas versus electric I am not sure. I came from a small bit of lawn in a townhouse complex that I mowed myself (the "grounds" keepers there were really bad and killed everything they got near) and I never had to plow much as that was part of the townhouse dues, too.
If you are really unsure, get written return policy information from your dealer. If you can bring it back after you have tried it, then what is the harm in trying?
Unless you're mowing out in the country where the grass is 1' tall or more, I don't think power will be a problem with the ego. Parts of my lawn are thick and damp. The ego bogs just briefly, then adds a little more power to compensate. It seems like it never runs out of power.
The only downside is runtime and charge time. With a gas mower you can put more gas in and mow all day long. With the ego, you have to recharge, which takes half an hour. Or, you just buy another battery. Then you can mow all day long with the ego.
I'm struggling to find a downside here. The ego is literally better than my previous gas mower in every way. I wish it had the "personal pace" system like Toro does, but that's the only thing I miss about gas.
I don't think it is an eco solution because it takes electricity to charge the batteries and the batteries are made of toxic materials. It comes down to wanting gas like performance without the hassle. Convenience. Ego does this very very well!
One unexpected benefit is that this thing is extremely light and that surprisingly makes a huge difference in the ease of mowing. I will never go back to a heavy mower after experiencing this one.
Mowing at night is also quite peaceful.
Eco friendly was the last thing on my list.
I did it to get rid of that absolutely infuriating 100 foot long test of my patience! It literally took me as long to deal with the cord as it took to mow my lawn... with the Ego all charged up it takes about 25 minutes and with the corded mower it was more like 55 minutes. On a hot day I can almost get the lawn done before I have a chance to start sweating.
Since the Ego is actually good looking, light weight and FAST to use, the fact it stores vertically and allows me to keep it in my tiny single car garage is just icing one the cake. Thick, velvety-smooth cream cheese based icing. Not to mention, for me anyway, that a job is MUCH more satisfying to do when you're using nice tools.
My childhood memories of gas powered mowers and weed trimmers wasn't all that great. I grew up on 1.5 acres that needed to be maintained. I don't so much remember hating the smell, but I do remember my ears ringing after a 20 minute stint with the old 2-stroke Weedeater. And the gas-powered mower was a real treat to lug around, pushing it in and out of the ditch by the road and the walk out basement.
Wow thanks for all the great replies. Let me make it clear that this thread was not created to bash electric lawn equipment in general, and especially not to bash EGO products. I think that any company willing to create a section for those who are having problems with their products shows that they are committed to bettering the product. My reference to the electric smoker was to acknowledge that regardless of how good a product EGO makes, electric is not going to be for everyone. Any testimonials by those who use the products should be taken with a grain of salt since they may not meet the needs of others like myself.
I have no doubt that each of you swear by your EGO or electric lawn equipment for reasons given. The common theme as I pointed out in my initial statement and mentioned by SCDC is concerns for maintenance, noise and gas in some variation. No one individual’s circumstances or needs will coincide with another. For example, it was mentioned of the concern for breathing exhaust fumes. I have not been behind a mower that emitted fumes to a point of affecting me since the 70’s. Emissions on mowers and vehicles just don’t do that any longer, and if yours does then you have a pretty crappy mower or piece of lawn equipment being used.
Gas on average is very cheap in my state (less than 2 dollars), so I may spend 16-20 dollars during the cutting season for my mower, blower and weed trimmer. The cutting season on average lasts between late May and mid-September for Bermuda. Depending on the rain we receive, I cut once per week and if necessary which I hope for I cut twice a week during peak season that may last 3-4 weeks. Last year was the first in years that I actually had to cut twice a week. The upfront cost in owning a gas mower is apparent when fueling it, where the cost of owning an electric mower is on the tail end when a battery has to be replaced. As for other maintenance, regardless of equipment being used a blade will have to be sharpened or replaced at some point. Taking my mower into the shop is not done on an annual basis, even if I use it more. My 13 year old Troy-Bilt has not been in the shop since 2014 for any kind of repair. Anyone with a gas mower that takes more than 1-2 pulls to start either has a horrible mower are probably needs to get it fixed. The cheapy Troy-Bilt I have has needed to be pulled more than once on maybe 2 occasions since I’ve had it. As for neighbors, I live on a corner lot where my house is situated to where I virtually have no neighbors. Yet I am not going to be up before dawn, cutting in the wee hours or after dark anyhow, so there is that.
Again there are those who may find a need for electric equipment, and EGO is the best I have read about when it comes to making electric lawn equipment. But no matter how good the equipment, it is not going to be for everyone because circumstances differ, needs differ and in the end it is electric powered. Like my electric smoker IT DOES WHAT IT IS SUPPOSED TO DO. It is NOT gas powered equipment and no matter how well it is made, claims that it performs better than gas powered equipment is relative to what gas powered equipment is being compared. I am glad that EGO satisfies the needs of many of you. But people need to look at their individual circumstances and needs, not those of others who swear by the products.