My first impressions of the mower, trimmer, and blower

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I bought the Mower, 15inch Trimmer, and Blower this past week, as even in winter it is 70 degrees here, and the grass had reached about a foot high. First thing I did was go around and hit some of the places with the trimmer I knew the mower would have issues. The grass was not very wet, only a tiny bit, just from weather changes, but not bad. The trimmer worked ok on its own battery, but I had issues with the bump feed. I had to hand feed it for the first couple times, then it would feed horrendous amounts. Now it seems to be ok, we will find out later.

So I mowed the lawn, and it had no issues with jamming up, however the wet grass formed a layer inside that I expected. Halfway through I flipped it over, kicked it all out, and started on my way again. One thing I did notice, is that its very prone to this issue. My other mowers have been snappers, which never seemed to have issues with this, and only needed to be cleaned out when I was done for the day. Now this is just because the grass was lively, and healthy. Not wet from weather, but more just wet from having good healthy rains lately so it was internally saturated. It was dry to the touch. It was however over grown, which I have never had issues with, I don't mow every 3 days, I mow every two weeks. So I had to clean it out twice, which is unusual for me to do, but it worked. I did notice it doesn't lift grass well at all. I mean at all, at all. I think its due to a poor blade design, or could possibly be due to the design of the cutting deck, not really sure. But some areas had to be mowed twice because the grass just doesn't lift well.

I also read that it cant be washed out... This is pretty new to me as well. My old mower I could spray all day with the garden hose on top of, under neath not a problem. Now I get this is an electric mower, however I think this is a lacking flaw. I know the directions say do not wash with a hose, but thats a pretty standard way of cleaning a lawn mower, at least for most people I know. Same goes for the trimmer, I think it would be great if I could just spray it down with a water hose.

So for mulching it says this :"For best mulching performance, set the cutting height to remove approximately one third of the grass blade length,ideally no more than 1 1/2” at one time." However the increments are in 1 inch, so you want me to cut at 1 and 1/2 inches increments, yet theirs no setting for this? Page 21 " For a healthy lawn, cut off only one-third or less of the total length of the grass. The average lawn should beapproximately 1-1/2 to 2 inches long during cool months, and between 2 to 3-1/4 inches long during hot months.If there is growth, the lawn should be cut in the fall." and page 22 "For best mulching performance, set the cutting height to remove approximately one third of the grass blade length,ideally no more than 1 1/2” at one time."

This handle on the front of the mower, wow does that impede cutting. In fact it kept me from cutting some areas that I normally cut just fine with a gas mower. Do we void the warranty if I get rid of that thing? It measures 8 inches from the edge of the blade to the end of the handle. 8 Inches is quite a bit in a corner.

Love the leaf blower, thing worked great. 

Trimmer worked ok, had the same issue I read about with the bump feed system. A couple of good feeds later it seems to be working flawless for now. If anything comes up I will be sure to post it. It is running just fine, great height, comfortable to use.

The charger, I don't feel like I need both, in fact I am pretty sure I don't. Which is ok with me, thats one less thing to worry about.

Needs either an edger attachment for the trimmer, or you guys should come out with an edger. Just a wheel would be fine that clips on the end. Whatever it may be, you guys should consider an edger.

I know, I am the worst when it comes to mowing. I don't mow as often as I should, I let things get over grown. It did manage to get the job done without any real hiccups. Just a couple of annoying things. It does fold up nicely. The deck cutting height should be  adjusted, even in the instructions it says to cut at a height the system doesn't allow you to. If you know it needs to be in half inch increments why was it not designed this way? Read pages 21 and 22 of your own manual.

All in all I am not sure if at 500$ I am completely happy with it, really I will use it for a couple months then report back. This is just first impressions.
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Doc, with regards to cutting 1/3 of the grass height up to 1-1/2", I think that suggestion is geared more towards how often you mow the grass, not the fineness/coarseness of the mower deck height adjustment.

Most will find a length of grass they are happy with, set the mower at that desired height, and then mow on a schedule that keeps the grass looking decent. Ego's suggested maximum cut would be targeted at mowing frequently enough as to not be cutting more than 1-1/2" at a time.

I wish I could get away with two week cut intervals! I have to cut once a week minimum. During wet periods I should probably cut more often than that.
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I am lazy, I wont mow more than every 2 weeks. In the summer when its 105 everything will be dead anyways. I don't water my grass in the summer, I am not after a pretty lawn. 

I guess I should mention, I could mis interpret or do things wrong, as I am not a lawn aficionado, I just want to have something I can walk on, that isn't dirt. 
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Oh one more thing I noticed, it has headlights, and the directions say to always mow when its well lit to avoid injury. Why put headlights on something if you don't want us mowing in the dark?
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Take a look at my picture. What time do you think I mow? I love mowing from 8 until midnight.
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Standard "Cover Your ___" statement. Ego is selling power tools in a lawyer-rich environment, they've gotta protect themselves against those who refuse to take responsibility for their own actions.

As far as mowing in the dark goes, it's a great convenience! The mower only lights up what's in front of it, so I wear a head light as well as using the mower's lights. It's not like the sun is shining, but it works and it's a nice option when the sun starts to set early as Fall approaches.
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I also wear a headlight. Best time to mow is when the family is sleeping.
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I had my mower act oddly a couple of times - like start and promptly quit.  I thought maybe the weather was too hot for the battery to operate and shut down.   After a couple of scratch  my head instances, there were no problems.   I love my mower and think it ever¥ bit worth the money.  Sharon Beasley in Oklahoma
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Hi Sharon, please keep us posted if you continue to have issues with your mower.  Sometimes extreme heat will affect the performance of your mower but we want to make sure you're getting the performance and power you've come to expect from your EGO Power+ mower.