Mower Showdown Sure to Come!

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Although I am a big Ego fan I have yet to bite on a mower. Power plus durability have kept me on the sidelines plus the lack of readily available spare parts.

A contender.....maybe the most challenging one yet is beginning to materialize and it uses old proven technology along with new. Parts are readily available right now.

Egos mowers have always been battery first.....the contender started as a gas model and was converted to use an electric motor. The new contender is an older design and parts are readily available except for the electric motor.

The big difference lies in the drive system. Ego uses a separate electric motor to drive the mower on power driven models.....the new contender uses a belt off the main motor connected to a slip style transmission....a very proven and easily repaired design.

I suspect the separate electric motor may be more efficient but the slip style may be a match or better for reliability.

The contender is heavy and truthfully nothing special when going head to head against top gas models but it is a simple proven and acceptable design overall. I would be really surprised to see the contender bring out a complete line of handheld battery tools that would rival Egos excellent line.

The coming 10ah battery gives me hope that Ego is on the verge of introducing a kick butt dual battery steel or aluminum deck commercial model...well one commercial guy can hope.

Jeremy
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You keep saying "contender".   What are u talking about?
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Jeremy, who's the contender?
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Sorry.....Toro.
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2kw brushless motor also.....top end power but should affect runtime.
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That's why I haven't bought a EGO mower. No spare parts available, and long repair times. I'm not keeping 2 mowers on hand just in case.

That platform Toro built the electric on (Recycler) seems pretty popular. I just feel better with Tons of Toro dealers around that parts could be gotten quick/repaired. I am considering this mower.

I been meaning to go talk to a Toro dealer about parts/service availability.

EGO has something coming next spring I think ;)
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I have all ego tools, but I'm leaning towards buying the Toro. The Recycler platform it's built on is already proven. Its basically a recycler mower with electric motor. Doing more research I seen it has most the same part numbers as the gas recycler version down to the same blade.
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"Doing more research I seen it has most the same part numbers as the gas recycler version down to the same blade. "

Nice.   Yeah thats exactly what you'd hope for.   And if it really does get decent support from the dealers it would be pretty compelling.   Its a bit like wanting a car that does what a Tesla does but being too nervous to buy it and then finding out that Honda and Ford are making them now too.   You are gonna go with the product that has a bigger support network.

Hope this causes Ego to start directing more resources into their Home Depot relationship so the servicing gets better. 

I'm happy with the tools for as long as they run and I can fix them or get them fixed in a reasonable amount of time.
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Repair times thru HD are dreadful and a disgrace.  I can't fathom why EGO hasn't solved this problem by now.  It is the worst aspect of owning EGO products.  My mower spent more than a month away, in another state, and came back unfixed, plus it had a new problem it hadn't ever had in 3 years of usage.   EGO sent me a new mower, but I had to 1)spend an hour dropping the mower off at the clueless rental department a few miles from me, 2) pick up a loaner--another hour, 3) numerous phone calls and was given conflicting info on the repair status--another 1+ hour, 4)pick up unfixed mower and get back my "inspection fee" which took 4 employees to handle.  YES.  FOUR--another hour or more, 5) return loaner--30 minutes 6) receive new mower and pack up defective mower and take to Fedex.  1  + hour.

Total time out of my life: 7+ hours.   Ridiculous.
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Tom, looks like 90% of the parts are available to order on theor website with diagram breakdowns of the whole mower.

The electric motor is available as a whole to order also roght now, the expanded parts diagram shows the parts but no pricing for single conponents on the motor. Not sure if they're available yet or if you will have to buy the whole assembly. Otherwise every other part is available to order.
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Ego needs to match that for all of their tools.  

Their innovative work in bringing lithium ion powered yard tools to market has been great for consumers but it looks like we are now moving into the phase where these things become more of a commodity.    Its gonna come down to which brand's products are easier to deal with on a whole life-cycle basis.

If Toro can bring the ease of maintenance and repair of the gas world over to the battery powered world, I'm not sure why people would continue to buy the proprietary brands.

That said, I don't see a Toro edger tool yet.  I needs my edger tool to lilve
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