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Hi been researching battery lawn mowers and I'm down to 2 including the Ego 80v self propelled. I'm not concerned about how long a battery will last to cut my lawn initially. I'm more concerned about how long the Ego will last. I'm willing to spend the money on the Ego but I want it to last. I've had gas powered mowers and they do last 10 years with maintenance and some repairs from time to time. How's the quality of the Ego? Will it last for a period of time or will I have to replace it in 5 years? Thanks!
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Hi macher,

As of right now, all anyone could do is speculate since Ego's products are only in their third season on the market, and lithium battery mowers are a relatively new product.

There have been electric mowers on the market for a long time, in one form or another, and they seem to last just fine. When I got my Ego mower in 2014 I sold my 10'year old corded electric, plastic deck Black & Decker mower to my neighbor across the street and he's been using it ever since.

After three trouble-free years of ownership, I don't see why my Ego mower wouldn't perform the same way.

The only real difference is the batteries; nobody really knows how long they will last. But once again, I'm getting into my third season and my Ego stuff is running like the day I got it. If you think about most heavy users getting 2-3 years out of a cell phone battery and charging it every day, that's about 700-1000 charge cycles. If we only charge an Ego battery once a week, 700 charge cycles would equate to over 13 years of use.

I'm fairly optimistic that my Ego equipment will last quite well. Time will tell. :-)
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My 20" Ego was one of the very first, and I've had it since February 2014. Because I like to keep my lawn short and you aren't supposed to cut more than 1/3 off when you mow, I typically mow twice per week from May to September, plus about once per week in April and October.

So I would say my mower has been used close to 100 times now. The deck is scuffed up and it has some scratches, but overall the plastic deck is holding up very well. I have not seen even the slightest decrease in run time with either my 4.0Ah or 2.0Ah batteries over two years, so the longest available real-world data would suggest the batteries and mower will hold up well beyond the warranty.

I upgraded to the new model this year, but my neighbor's gas mower died a few weeks ago so now my original Ego is on loan to him and being put to good use in their yard every week. Hard to speak to how well it will be working 8 years from now, but I have seen nothing to give me cause for concern.
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Thanks Dave. Does Ego make an 80v? And how would I know if needed an 80v?
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Thanks
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Thanks again David. Will using the spray void the warranty?
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Never had a self propelled mower. When the mower is off is it ok to push it without the self propel being activated? Don't want to hurt the self propel motor. When I fold up the mower I'm able to pull the mower like a suitcase on wheels.
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It's okay. I've had a gas Self-Propelled Lawnboy. And I have the Self-Propelled Ego as well. For the Ego, if the rear wheels feel like they won't move like the gears are engaged then move it the opposite direction then it should roll in the direction you were originally going.

I saw a reference to that before. And it's happened a couple times to me. But it is just in the design and is not an issue.

So you can move the mower forward and backwards without the self propelled function engaged. Plus you can use the self propel function to move the mower forward by pulling on the right handle/lever.
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Macher. I doubt it would any warranty. For the same reason that waxing a car does not void the warranty on a car. If you had to disassemble the mower to apply some kind of chemical, then yes I would think that could void the warranty. Possibly?

If anyone else wants to chime in... Go ahead.