Need mower with a 4 inch cutting setting

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The cutting height maxes out t 3.5 inch. I have tall fescue. InJuly and August. It needs to be as tall as possible to shade it's roots from the sun. During this time, it doesn't take much for the grass to shut down and go dormant. Having the ability to cut it higher would help with that problem. Who wants a brown yard?
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Rob does pose a good suggestion and problem.  Fescue in the south isn't very tolerant of the summer.  It is suggested to cut it 4" or higher, especially during dry periods.  It will die or brown out.  3.5" isn't bad, but it does expose the ground a bit much.      
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Thanks for seeing my point.  I truly love the mower and blower.  It didn't work out with the trimmer though.  Just didn't fit into how I handle my lawn.  With as much thought as I can see was put into all the Ego products, why would a height adjustment of 4 inches or more be left off the mower?  Tall fescue is a pretty popular grass type and dominant in my area of the country. I would think that Ego would have someone on staff that would know this or consulted with someone who was aware of all the grass types in their markets and their height requirements.

This comes to mind right now because we've had a week of 90 degree temps and guess what...lawn has brown sun spots.  It's not from a lack of watering.  The lawn is just too exposed when the sun is high in the sky.

I bought the mower and I plan on using it but when it comes time to make the decision again, I'm going to have to go with a manufacturer who gives me more height choices.

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Hi Rob,

I'm curious if the height adjustment can be "adjusted" or modified.  I'm sure there has to be a way to adjust it up 1/2" so that all settings are a 1/2" higher. I just am not in the mood to void my warranty by messing with it. 

I don't think they skimped on adjustments, just may need to modify them a bit.  Go a tad lower for the people who want the golf course cut, and a tad higher for the 4" fescue.  Adjust the lower and top end.  The rest is really just 1/4" adjustments for the remainder 3 settings.  I basically cut my front lawn which is a mix of centipede and Bermuda (until one wins over) on setting 2 and my back lawn which is a mix of weeds and whatever can grow in that shady mess on 4.  I've tried fescue, but in the south, it's terribly prone to summer disease and death.  Not pretty.  I've seen some people keep beautiful fescue lawns, but they have to be on top of it.

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My lawn is usually beautiful also but there's a little while during the summer that the sun just starts baking everything.  Being able to cut it to 4" won't solve all the problems but it would help. 

I'm starting to water less so that the grass' roots will have to go deeper to get water so it isn't so sensitive to drought periods. 

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I wonder if you could put on some larger diameter wheels, effectively raising the height up a little. 
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I thought about that.  not sure.
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https://community.egopowerplus.com/ego/topics/grass_height

I found this thread that's about a year old.  It is asking for the same thing I'm asking for now.  We are always told that we have great ideas and the idea will be forwarded.  Is any consideration actually being given to our suggestions or are any changes we see part of what Ego plans on doing anyhow?

This isn't some new tool like a snow blower we may want.  This is something we need to make the mower actually functional for a lot of us and needs immediate attention.  If the fix can be done with just larger wheels, why would we have to wait a year for a larger wheel design?

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Hello Rob,

I believe when you include the patent process, testing, safety testing approval by government entities, factory tooling, sourcing, (list goes on for what it seems forever) it takes a bit more than a year to bring something to market.  I know this because I am in the manufacturing industry, and we are hit with so many brick walls when trying to release a product that sometimes I wonder how the owner hasn't lost all of his hair and pushing daisies from the stress.

Of course I'm disappointed that no edger came out this year, but I understand that it is quite the process.  Hang in there Rob. 

The larger wheels is a very interesting idea, indeed.  Has me looking at wheels! 

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There's also the reality that a company always has to make a business case for a product release. As much as it seems so simple sometimes, to actually Engineer something and push it through all the levels of approval can be a long process that may or may not get the green light in the end.

I truly believe Ego IS watching this space very intently and listening to pretty much everything that's said here. If enough people show an interest in something I'm sure that idea gets an awful lot of consideration.

In the case of cut height range, there was another thread not long ago discussing the need for a 3/4" cut height for those who want a golf green cut. Knowing that, as well as that there are those who want a 4" cut height, maybe Ego can use that feedback to introduce a new mower with two different wheel diameters... one that accommodates each a low and high cutting range? Maybe this change could even be retrofitted onto the current mower?

One issue with larger diameter wheels that comes to mind is how it would affect vertical storage. A larger diameter rear wheel would tilt the mower at an angle when storing upright, which would be a big problem for someone like me who needs the mower to sit as flat against the wall as possible. Maybe this could be compensated for with a set of pads that could be attached to the other resting points on the back of the mower to level it out? Just an example of how a "simple" change can have other consequences. :-)
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You may be interested to know that our EGO POWER+ 21” mowers have 6 cutting heights, ranging from 1-1/2 inch to 4 inches. 
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Larger wheels would be nice! My mower bounces around a little in St. Augustine grass, it also needs to cut 3 1/2 -4 " to keep it from browning in the summer. I actually hang my mower to store it on a Kobalt K Rail system.
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I need to look into a storage system like that. My collection of Ego tools and batteries is beginning to outgrow the old peg board that came with the house.
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If I had to do it over I'd go with the Rubbermaid Fast track. It has a cleaner look, the mounting bracket srews into the wall and the rail slides over it. The attachments hold in place better. I put drywall screws into my to hold the hangers in place. It definitely cleans up the look of the garage. I like that the Ego mower has a handle that allows it to hang. Be sure that the hanger is in a stud or a tapcon into concrete, the mower is a little heavy.
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MC, I rented a water roller and rolled my lawn last spring. It made a huge difference in how bouncy the "ride" was. I did it right after a couple days of rain so the ground was a little soft.
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I bought a cheap rail system that works ok. I had to modify the hooks a bit since I'm up behind the garage door track.





I had to drill a small hole in the blower tube to hang it on the small hook.

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Nice! I have new sod, so I'll probably wait until next spring to roll it. Not a bad idea though, I have to check into it.
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careful.  If you live in the southeast and have the red'ish dirt, you have to be very careful about compacted soil. 
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Nope, all sand here.
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I'm Envious.  Red clay here.  Like trying to grow grass on a rock.