Mower users- will I miss self-propelled if I go with push?

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I'm thinking of replacing an older (14 year old) self-propelled gas lawnmower as the drive wheels are no longer available and the height adjustment lever has broken. I'm considering the Ego but I was wondering if anyone who had a self-propelled mower previously misses that function? My lawn is fairly small and flat, but with a heavy gas mower, the self-propel feature is really nice. Will I miss it with an Ego?
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I had only ever used self propelled mowers prior to getting the Ego mower early last year. I was surprised when I realized that it lacked this feature, but quickly realized that it simply isn't needed because it take so little effort to get such a lightweight mower moving on level ground. You might notice when starting up a hill, or if you are used to having self-propel pull you up a steep hill, but otherwise the mower handles about as well without assistance as a heavy self-propelled mower.

One important consideration is that a self-propelled mower is no help when turning around a corner or pivoting to make the next pass. This is where I really appreciate how light the Ego is, as it pivots and maneuvers on two wheels infinitely better than my heavy old 15-year-old Honda mower.

If you have a long, straight, wide open yard with lots of steep hills, you will probably miss having a self-propelled mower more than you would with a typical residential yard that has islands and requires lots of pivoting and turning to mow completely. I would much rather have the light weight of my Ego than a heavier mower that offsets its bulk with self-propulsion.
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Thanks David. I was hoping that was the case. My SoCal yard is probably around 4000 sq ft, mostly flat with island obstacles. Takes about 30 to 40 minutes to mow currently. Do you see a compelling reason to opt for the newer larger capacity battery version?
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Hi Glen,

I too, had a self-propelled (LawnBoy) mower with an electric start that died and I made the decision to go with the EGO mower fearing I would regret not having the self-propelled feature.  I have 10K sq ft of grass to cut, with a lot of landscaping to maneuver around AND about a third of the yard on a steep hill (~15 degrees).  On the flat areas it easily out-maneuvers the LawnBoy.  On the hill I still wish I had the power assist to go up the hill, especially when I'm bagging in the fall to mulch/collect the leaves.  For the rest of the season it's the best lawn mower I've ever owned.  I'll never go back to a gas powered one.  Who wants to keep changing the oil, spark plug and air filter every season, dealing with gas, pulling on the starter cord (OWW! my shoulder hurts just thinking about it), breathing in exhaust fumes, having your ears ringing from the noise and needing 2 people to lift it into the trunk to take it to my Dad's to cut his lawn too.

I have the 4AH battery that came with the mower and a 2AH one that came with the 12" string trimmer that I bought at the same time.  Between the 2 batteries I can cut all day long if I use the fast charger that comes with the mower, stopping only to walk back to my charging station in the garage to swap out batteries and also to get a drink of water before mowing on.

You may be right on the cusp of needing to recharge the 4AH battery with 4K sq ft because that's about how much I can cut with mine, but part of that is the HILL.  If yours is all flat I would think you could do your whole lawn on one charge.  A lot depends on grass height, time of season, how thick the grass is, if it's dry or damp, how sharp you keep your blade, etc. 

I really think you'll be glad you make the switch to EGO just because of their battery and charger technology.  They are WAY ahead of the rest of the pack when it comes to their engineering and design.  Also, their customer service CANNOT be beat.  Hope this helps!!!

Stan Fayfar
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Stan, I'm planning to buy the blower at the same time so I would have a small second battery to finish the lawn, if necessary. I think I'll go for it this weekend, I'll let you all know how I like it. Thanks!
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Glen, with extra 2AH battery you get with the blower (if you buy the kit and not just the tool) you won't have any trouble cutting your size lawn.  Good luck!  You won't be disappointed!!!

Stan
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I'm almost 65 and purchased an EGO mower back in April. I got tired of the lawn service not showing up when scheduled so I decided that I wanted to be able to control my own destiny concerning lawn care. I had a self propelled mower previously and have found the EGO to be far easier to operate than the gas self propelled mower. I don't think you will be disappointed with the EGO.
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I too was looking for self propelled but also think it is not needed for Ego because it is so easy to push. Only thing I don't like is the length of the front to blade so it is hard to cut close to something but it is really only a minor issue. Love the mower.
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So, I ordered the mower and blower at HomeDepot.com this morning for an afternoon pickup. It's supposed to be ready for pickup within a couple hours and they are supposed to email when it's ready. I didn't hear from them by 5:00p so I called the store. The customer service person apologized because the items were ready for pickup at 1:00p and for some reason the automatic email didn't go. I rushed down to the store, luckily it's only 10 minutes away and pick up both machines. I unbox them and start charging the batteries, so far so good. While I'm waiting for the mower battery to charge, I'm checking over the mower and putting the bagger together. I notice the safety key isn't in place, hmm, I wonder where it could he? I check through the box carefully but it's nowhere to be found. UGH!

I call Home Depot and they tell me they can order me a replacement or I can exchange the mower for another one. I ask if maybe I can just grab a key from another box instead and lucky for me, they said that would be ok. When I get to the store, I find that the floor model has a key so I ask if I can just take that one and they agree. The key shows a bit of wear but it works fine so for now, I'm a happy camper.

So, how does it work? I have to say, I'm quite impressed overall. I do miss the self-propel a little but in the grand scheme of things this mower works well and is easy to use and as others have said, its very easy to make turns and change direction. It got dark before I could finish my lawn so I was even able to try the LED lighting system. The lights are quite satisfactory although a slightly wider beam pattern would be better. Otoh, I won't be mowing in the dark very often.

Anyway, thanks to all for your insight. It was very helpful in making my decision to buy the mower. 
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Glad you were able to get a replacement key at the local store; it would be torture to have a charged battery in a new mower ready and waiting for its first trip across your lawn, only to be left waiting for a replacement key to arrive!

The lights aren't much help if mowing in pitch darkness, but I have found them quite helpful when I mow in the evening and the sun sets just a few minutes before I am able to finish the entire lawn.

Enjoy playing with your new toys!
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I love my ego 56 volt 20 inch mower the 7.5 amp battery ads in an excellent cut time
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Thanks for the update, Glen, and glad to see everything is working well!

As far as cutting in the dark goes, I find the headlights on the mower work well but I get everything I need by wearing a small head light myself. That way I can see whatever I'm pointed at.

So was the 4Ah battery enough to finish your lawn, or did you need to use the 2Ah as well?
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So, I can confirm the 4Ah battery is more than enough for my lawn. I mowed the whole lawn today and the battery was still "green". 
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Same is true for me, the 4Ah is all I need.
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Thanks for the update, Glen. Nice to be able to put a cutting area to the run time.

I think you'll enjoy having the smaller battery, especially if your Ego tool collection grows. It just fits the smaller tools better (in my opinion) and still offers great run time for those with modestly sized yards.
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The old gas mower got through most of the lawn on Thursday before it broke so I only needed to mow the final 1/3.
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I have a non propelled EGO then next year got the self propelled one, as it takes over an hour to do my lawn and I am not getting any younger. Keeping first one as a  spare!  If you have tiny yard you may not need self propelled if you are young and fit or just fit!
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I have this malady of gettind older each year.
Id rather have the SP and not need it (yet) than not have it and, you know.
(I use it all the time, on a flat yard)