1. A true mulching blade ( I know we've been told that it is a mulching blade but it needs improvement. My mower leaves standing individual blades of grass-maybe this is the lack of lift at it's highest setting an my mower will also hold grass until I stop to make a turn and drop it)
2. Modify the area up front where there are several inches of plastic with the handle that prevents the mower from getting into corners.
3. Lower and increase the cutting height by a half inch.
4. Have the mower increase it's blade speed with thick grass and lower it when the mower senses less resistance. This may increase battery life.
5. I like the design but I prefer a little more traditional mower design. ( I trust your design team as the current one is very nice, Color choice are a little off though. The grey is bit too bright.
6. Please, Please keep the headlights. No other push mower has them and they are great when you get caught out late.
7. Increase the cutting path from 20" to 22".
8. Sell the mower with at least the 5.0ah battery but keep the price at $500.
9. Make an attachment for a striping kit. I miss being able to use my striping kit from my old gas mower.
10. Have the new mower ready by next Spring. I get the feeling that's when a new one is coming with new competition entering the market.
2. Agreed on the front handle. Maybe if the main handle could latch securely down to the deck somehow (instead of just locking at the rear joint), the main handle could serve as a sturdy front handle when folded, eliminating the need for a handle molded into the deck?
3. Seems reasonable and doable, just extend the range of adjustability.
4. There are a few other mowers that claim to vary blade speed with load. Ego's Engineers could study that feature and determine whether it's valuable in real world mowing situations.
5. Personal preference. I like the Ego design, especially compared to some of its competition. The Ryobi looks plain wierd to me, and the Echo looks like your Dad's lawn mower.
6. Agreed 100%! How about adding reverse lights too!
7. A 20" deck is fine for me, kind of a sweet spot between cutting capacity and storage.
8. It would make sense. Batteries become cheaper to produce every year and the competition is already offering very competitive product. Example; Makita and other power tool companies are now selling 5Ah battery packs for not much more than their 3Ah packs sold for just a few years ago. Price is what will sell a product like lawn mowers.
9. I've never had grass nice enough to worry about striping. Jealous!
10. We can hope! I still think overall the Ego mower is a pretty fantastic piece of equipment, and considering the competition which has entered the market SINCE the Ego's introduction, I would say it's faring rather well.
At some point Ego will release a new mower, but who knows when... it's only been out for a season and a half. I don't think they would want to create a "smart phone" type of situation where people feel their purchase will be obsolete in a year's time. It's a lawn mower, after all. :-)
"5. Personal preference. I like the Ego design, especially compared to some of its competition. The Ryobi looks plain wierd to me, and the Echo looks like your Dad's lawn mower"
* Amen, it looks OLD!
"8. It would make sense. Batteries become cheaper to produce every year and the competition is already offering very competitive product. Example; Makita and other power tool companies are now selling 5Ah battery packs for not much more than their 3Ah packs sold for just a few years ago. Price is what will sell a product like lawn mowers."
* I think the price should drop with time, not go up. If anything EGO could probably trim a little fat from the retail price and thus increase market share.
My personal want is not necessarily a self-propelled, but intelligent propelled. It assists, especially when going up steep hills. 7.5ah battery should easily help with that feature, but I'm sure it would eat run time back to 4ah times. Which is fine with me. My front yard is like a rocket launching pad. When I cut the outer perimeter, I'm in a sweat after a few laps, then I go side to side so I don't have to climb the hill.
5. And what's wrong with our Dad's mower? :) Us old guys like traditional looks!
1. I'm not sure there needs to be a new model to see a premium mulching blade, nor that a new model would come standard with a better blade. Maybe if they decided to add a premium version alongside the current model it would make sense. I think most people would rather get the mower for a lower price and upgrade the blade separately if and when they decide they need better performance. If the blade has to be lightweight, then a strong lightweight alloy must be used (titanium?) in order to make the design bigger and more complex. I think such a blade would be at least double the price, but even so I would line up to buy two.
2. Ahh, the handle. Such a love-hate relationship! I love it when I'm storing the mower, and hate it when trying to cut about a dozen tight spots in our yard. I would love it if they found a way to keep it, but move it away from the cutting deck.
3. If wider height adjustment came on a new model in the form of a modified height selector plate, I really hope it would work on the current model. Again, probably would require stronger metal to pull off.
4. Variable speed (auto or selectable) has come up before, and I definitely think the design team is going to make this happen in the next model/version.
6. Headlights are amazing. The more the better!
7. 20" is already pretty good. 22" would be as good or better than most gas engines, but requires a more powerful motor, heavier blade, bulkier design, etc. I can't see bigger than 21", and 20" still seems impressive to me.
8. You can get the current mower from Midwest Mower with the 5Ah battery, but it's $600. I don't think we'll see a new or updated model with bigger battery for $500. But we can hope.
9. Earlier in the spring Ego posted something about attaching a mat to the handle to hang down and drag the ground. Surely this would be a universal product and not an Ego- specific attachment?
10. If it's a premium model to be sold alongside the current one, next year seems possible. If not, I can't see a refresh happening within 3 years of release. I'm not holding my breath for a new mower until 2017.
I don't foresee Ego's existing competition releasing revised mowers next year since most of them have been on the market for less time than the Ego has.
@ D. C.
Titanium? Noooooo! This is a lawn mower, not a fighter jet! :-)
Seriously, I'm not even sure a light weight blade would be a benefit. Once the blade is up to speed its weight really doesn't matter (from a motor performance standpoint anyway). What does matter is the blade's cutting efficiency and aerodynamics.
If you look up pictures of mulching blades you can see they are quite often very aggressive looking, with lots of cool features to lift, direct, and re-cut the clippings. They appear to be very aerodynamically inefficient, but in a traditional gas mower that is less of a concern.
The next time you hear a gas lawn mower running, listen closely to the sounds it makes. There are two very distinct sounds, one being the sound of the engine's exhaust and the other being the "propeller" like sound of the blade; it literally sounds a lot like a prop airplane, and that sound is almost as loud as the engine's exhaust.
With a battery electric mower like the Ego (and others as well) the engine noise is completely absent, replaced with a soft whir from the electric motor. This leaves only the sound of the blade spinning through the grass. This sound is MUCH reduced from gas mowers, and I believe it is largely due to the blade cutting through the air much more cleanly.
I'm sure the blade on the Ego mower is the result of much more thought and Engineering than we might give it credit for. It does a remarkably good job of cutting given the low noise level it generates. It is very likely that the final design was chosen based on a combination of cutting performance and efficiency, as the latter is critical with battery operated equipment, and this statement likely holds true for any battery mower today as well as into the future far enough to where run times are no longer a concern.
@Blue Velvet: I think a battery powered jet fighter would be quite stealthy. It would just weigh so much it would be a flying bomb. :)
On a more serious note, a high lift blade would eat at the battery run quite a bit so you are correct about that. I'm still thinking with the 7.5ah mentality.