Lawn Mower Rear Discharge Door

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I enjoy my Ego self-propelled lawn mower. The only difficulty I have is bending over to open the rear discharge door after removing the bag to empty it. (yeah, I'm an old guy and it gets harder to bend over at my age...) As you can see from the pictures, I attached a 24" bungee cord to the door to hold it open while I am emptying the bag. Makes my life easier! Can Ego come up with a solution for this? (Give the R&D people something to think about...)



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I understand; getting there myself. I mulch most of the time, which is better for your lawn and the environment. Once you get the mulching plug in, it's good to go. My previous mower had a switch to flip from bagging to mulching instead of a removable plug that would be easier.
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Grass clippings that are mulched right into the lawn settle down onto the ground and decompose. As the clippings break down, they add nutrients to the soil. Nitrogen in particular increases with a mulched lawn. You need fewer chemical fertilizers when the mulched grass clippings are left in place. If you bag the grass clippings, you may need to add chemical fertilizers to boost the nitrogen levels in the lawn. For the best results, you should only remove one-third of the height of the grass. Cutting off more of the blade can stunt the grass and leave larger clumps that don't break down as well.

Time is a factor when deciding how to handle grass clippings, particularly if you have a large property. Mulching the grass clippings with a mulching mower means you save time when cutting the grass. You eliminate the need to stop and empty the mower's bag because the mower does all of the work. You also save time because you don't need to load the grass and haul it to a compost pile or curbside compost bin.
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The need to catch the clippings depends on the type of grass.   I never use the catcher in N FL with my Centipede grass.   But it doesn't tend to collect thatch like northern grasses.  Hot humid southern weather really does a number on the grass clippings.

If I ever let the grass get tall, and there are obvious surface clippings, I can go over the line of clippings a second time (not a problem with my tiny senior citizen low lot line yard) and they disappear.   Same with leaves.

Mulching with an EGO mower (which doesn't seem to have the revolutions per minute of the top of line gas mowers) doesn't seem to cut the clippings up as fine as a gas mower unless I go back over them.

That's my experience anyway.   
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Since I bought the dual battery self-propelled lawn mower, I noticed it did a better job mulching the lawn than my single battery self-propelled lawn mower.  I use two 7.5ah batteries. The dual battery lawn  mower has more power and torque which is needed to mulch the lawn correctly.  I have thick Kentucky blue grass which I cut at 3.5 inches.

EGO’s Representative sent this statement out some time ago regarding the dual battery self-propelled lawn mower.

Hello EGO Community! We’d like to take this opportunity to clear the air regarding our new Dual Battery Mower. Since there has been a great deal of interest and a bit of confusion surrounding this mower, let’s jump into the facts straightaway.

-This mower’s motor is brushless.
-This mower is rated at 1200W.
-This mower’s PeakPowerTM technology delivers more torque, longer run times, and a more efficient power draw.
-This is the most powerful brushless motor in the entire EGO Power+ mower lineup.



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Stephen - the bungee cord is a great idea!   

I also wish they would make the battery door stay open so you can install the battery without holding the door up with one hand.  

It's hard to get the battery door open sometimes so I have to put that expensive battery down (I treat it very carefully, like the nuclear football) and try to open the door with both hands.   When I finish mowing, I try to remember not to close the door all the way until it snaps, so I can get it open easily when I'm ready to mow again....maybe I could put a small piece of cardboard under the door instead. 

I love the way the battery pops up with the button, and wish the door would do the same.   But more mechanisms means more weight and more to break!   That's one reason why I did not opt for the self-propelled.
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Hi Sibyl, I think in order for EGO to meet the IPC spec for weather resistance that they try to meet they have to have a self closing lid. Otherwise people would leave the lid fully open and then that could invite all sorts of problems both for the consumer and EGO. I hope you are closing the lid fully (until it snaps) when using the mower. Probably no issue not snapping it closed if you are done and putting it away. 
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I baby my batteries too ... :-)
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Please understand that dropping the battery was not intentional. And while I may not appear to "baby" my batteries, I'm not careless with them. I don't worry about things like exploding batteries. Why? Because it's so rare as to not be a worry. Especially if I'm somewhat careful with them. Samsung cellphones aside. If I need both hands free for something I'm going to set the battery down. It won't hurt it. All my tools and batteries are kept inside and dry too. The reason these batteries cost as much as they do is all the engineering involved to make them safe and resistant to some abuse. After all they are used in yard equipment.
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Hi again Mike - Please know my comment was in no way an accusation.  

I love all you EGO Champions - you have taught me so much, supplied videos to give me courage and know-how to operate my wonderful LM2101 - change and sharpen blades, etc. - and for putting up with old lady questions and quirks, even my attempts at humor!  
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No problem Sibyl. Just trying to help people understand these batteries can stand a bit of abuse and sail along just fine.
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I should probably include that my experience building and testing lithium cells gives me an outlook on them that most people won't have. 
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Great Idea! I am surprised I did not think of it. I just bend over every time, and at 76 years old this idea will be back-saving. Kudos!!! The only time I use the catcher is in the Spring when, I am out of shape after Winter, the weeds are flowering, and I do not want the seed-heads to mulch on the lawn. Thank you for this lovely Christmas gift. I will be using my 24" bungee next year. :-)
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Am I on 'double secret probation?   I can't like some posts and no one can like mine.
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I can like your comments. And I just did! Don't know why you are unable to like some posts.
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It seems you’re very likable, Sibyl! I just liked you too. :-)