Mowing report...

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We were on a 2 week trip and got home to a jungle in the back yard. I'd mowed just before we left but it's definitely growing season here in So Oregon. Got around to mowing it today. Some areas were close to 10" tall! 2 weeks! Not exaggerating. You can literally watch grass grow here. Anyway, I started out at height setting 4. I normally mow at 2 but didn't know how much it would bog down the machine, so started at 4. I now see where the comments about striping come from. At 4 there were definitely stripes of taller grass left behind. Not just an occasional clump or blade of grass, but an entire cut line. Note that I don't have the high lift blade because I always cut at setting 2 and never see striping. After mowing at 4 I re-mowed at 2, which I'd planned to do anyway, and the stripes went away. I used the bag and between the first cut at 4 and the recut at 2, I filled my yard waste bin 3/4 full. Not a huge back yard, but there was just that much grass. LOL
Oh, mower is the 21" non-sp with 5ah battery.
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Did you have to recharge your battery in between cuttings?

I've got the same mower/battery (21" LM2101) and love it!   Beautiful cut.  

Occasionally, if the grass gets tall between mowings, I have a line of clippings lying on top of the grass, but I just overlap my passes a bit.  

I've never used the catcher, even with leaves and I have a few thick big Magnolia leaves in one area that the mower chops nicely into the grass.   In the fall, I rake up thick patches of leaves before mowing for mulch.  But I have a small manageable yard - just the right size for an old biddy.

Just bought a couple of high lift blades, but haven't installed one yet.

Right now the dirty side of Alberto is sitting slap dab over us and watering our gardens liberally.   Likely, we won't be able to mow this week. 

Best wishes to all the Ego-maniacs and heroic Champions!   
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I didn't have to recharge the battery between cuttings. I get a full 45 minutes to nearly an hour run time on a fully charged 5 ah battery. My mower also seems to mulch well but I didn't want to leave a good 10" tall worth of grass as mulch clippings this time. I agree, mine also does a great job breaking down fall leaves into small enough mulch pieces.
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Our grass is mostly centipede with a bit of St. Augustine on the shady side between house and woods.   I've never had your 10" growth to deal with yet...but might break out the catcher if I do.  :8-)

It's a great mower and I baby it - treat it like it's a Ferrari and handle the battery like it's the Nuclear Football.  I keep the mower in the closed garage and the battery has a charging station in the house with my other batteries and chargers.   On the second year, so it's paid for itself now.
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My yard is some sort of Pacific Northwest Blend consisting of a couple of rye grasses and a couple of fescues. Along with the usual assortment of weeds and clover. LOL
I don't baby my mower, but I do take care of it. Keep the underside clear of buildup. Oil the parts that are supposed to be oiled, things like that. Mine is kept in an enclosed shed, and the batteries with chargers are kept in the garage. Neither are heated or air conditioned, but both stay slightly cooler/warmer than outside ambient. I'm into my second full season using it. I did buy it just before the weather started to change in late 2016 so there is a small amount of use in 2016, but most has been in 2017 and now 2018. Of course, it sits pretty idle for 4 or so months when the cold weather settles in.
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Great report, Mike! One thing we never seem to hear is people complaining about power with the 21” mower. It sounds like a pretty stout machine.
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I will agree with this. I've never owned an expensive gas mower, but the gas mowers I did own totally met my expectations in performance and how my yards looked. My 21" EGO is on par with those for sure. Maybe even a bit better. I've never had any second thoughts or regrets about buying it. Well, maybe one. Price on it went down $100 since I bought it. LOL. That's the way of technology though.