If you are debating between the self-propelled 21” EGO mower or the on fence about purchasing, this review may be very relevant to your decision.
I’ve been using the EGO 20” mower for about 3 years now and
love it. It’s so light and maneuverable
that I often forget I’m pushing a mower.
So you can imagine my reservations about getting a slightly larger, but
heavier mower. The new 21” mower is a
natural upgrade. Bigger cutting width,
more power and self-propelled.
Let’s first talk about the self-propel minimum walking speed. Almost all Self-Propelled mowers on the market are fixed speed (Cruise control) just like this EGO, so the experience will be about the same. I haven’t used a SP (Self-Propelled) mower in ages, so this is a unique experience for me.
Look at the picture below. I have a very steep lawn, so even when I cut it from side to side, it slopes enough in both directions that I’m always going uphill or downhill.
The natural walking speed for a person increases slightly while walking down a hill and slows down gradually as you walk up a hill. The self-propel function on this mower has a static speed, set by the lever. So just be aware that the speed will be static and you just need to keep up with it.
Video of walking up a hill at slowest speed.
The best advice is to take a little time as you are walking to find a good balance for the speed so that you do not feel like it is too slow going downhill and too fast going uphill. After I found a balance, I got a lot more comfortable.
Next up is the braking feature. At first I was having a bit of trouble backing up. The whole trick is to release the lever while moving forward just a little and it will unlock the brakes allow you to easily pull the mower backwards.
Video of going forward, releasing lever and backing up. You can see how the brakes will lock (for safety) if you don't move forward a little.
At first I wasn’t comfortable with the self-propel engage lever. Sometimes I would disengage the blade at the same time I released the lever (muscle reflex). After a while it became second nature and not a problem to use. As with anything, just give yourself a little time to get use to something new.
Aside from the issues I talk about, the self-propel option is a welcome addition to the mower. I do not feel as fatigued. When you are dreading those last few strips in the middle of the summer, that assist will be a most welcomed addition.
I could write a review that would bring images of Tanks, Horse Power, Roman Soldiers, but it would drag on. The cutting power of this mower was nothing short of amazing, spectacular. Look at this example of something I tried (don’t try at home). I decided to see if all of the talk about the new power was something of a gimmick, or noteworthy.
This mower had no problem, no slow down, no blinking lights. It simply bush-whacked this very thick weeded area that was also loaded with leaves and small bushes. I could hardly believe what I experience. Take a look.
When you hear the mower go into “GOD” mode (the mower speeds
up to compensate for the heavy cutting load), it really does give you a sense that
you can do more with it than you probably should.
Here is my lawn after. No stray weeds or grass. The mower did a fine job of giving a good even cut.
The mulching performance and ability to pick up debris from the lawn and “chomp” it up was very good. See this video example below.
I also used it on the very back of my lawn where there is no grass, but tons of acorns, leaves and weeds. Guess what. It left the ground looking clean, with a fine mulch. Took care of everything I could throw at it.
OK, I’m a harsh critic of these light metal blades that dull by just looking at them. That being said, the blade on this 21” was pretty sharp out of the box. After 2 hours of sticks, leaves, grass, small bushes, the blade was still damn near perfect. The blade was acceptably sharp.
I think that I can now put my gripes about the blade to rest.
Being that the size of the mower is identical to the one without the Self-Propel (SP), it maneuvers much like it. When using the Self-Propel, your turns are a little wider and if you don’t disengage the Self-Propel and move the mower slightly forward before making your turn, the back wheels will lock and cause some aggravation. All SP mowers do this, any brand. Just remember to move it slightly forward without the SP engaged and the wheels will free up to pull backwards.
If you are on the fence about whether you want to go with EGO or anther brand, better think twice. There is a reason that even Consumer Reports rates this as tops. It’s a powerful, fairly light cutting machine that is probably built well enough for commercial use.
· Powerful enough for the most demanding lawn
· Top notch build quality, nothing cheap about this mower
· Very good mulching performance
· Great run time, considering the power of the mower. Recommend the 7.5ah battery
· Robust and powerful battery design, all battery sizes fit all EGO products
· 5-year mower / 3-year battery warranty
· Easy to store, folds up into a compact form factor.
· Best customer service in the industry. Very active with the online community
· Heavier than a mower without self-propel· Self-Propel speeds can be a bit tricky to work with
* Please excuse any spelling or grammar mistakes.