New 20" brushless mower vs non-brushless mower

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I've read just about all the posts on this topic of the 20" steel mower vs the 21" plastic deck mower:  LM2022SP vs LM2102SP.  I'm trying to figure out if it's worth the extra $250.  I'm not concerned about durability of the steel vs plastic - in fact I'm more concerned about the steel rusting over time.  I prefer the plastic/composite.  I'm mostly concerned about the brushless vs non-brushless motor (longevity) and the mulching ability of one vs the other.  Run time doesn't concern me that much because after 45-60 min, I'm happy to take a break!

Currently I have an older B&D 24V cordless that uses 2 lead acid batteries - been going strong for over 15 years (3 battery changes).  So the cheaper 2102SP might just blow my socks of compared to the B&D making this all a moot point.  I'm looking for something that mulches decent - doesn't have to be perfect and that I can go a little faster than I do with the B&D.  I have no idea what kind of grass I have but I live in Western Oregon - thin bladed grass.  And I don't want to worry about any maintenance on the motor brushes.

Also wondering if anyone knows what the LM2100-x version is for $649?

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For typical use, I think you'll be just as happy with the LM2102SP. While brushless motors in theory may require less maintenance and better longevity...I don't think the typical home owner will see the difference. Also, the brushless mowers are rather new in the EGO lineup, so there is no one here that actually knows if the $250 would make the difference. In the end, you know you best. Whatever you decide, either EGO should be a vast improvement over your 15 year old B&D.
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If you are purchasing from HD get the 2102SP and test drive it.  You have 90 days to return it and/or get the 2022SP if you don't like it for some reason.
I have the 2102SP and it has been great.  I really enjoy mowing with it.

Why the 2100-X is so expensive is unknown.  HD has some pricing that makes no sense at times.  With all of the kits, combinations and specials - some products just stand out like a sore thumb as an issue.  The $499 price on the 2102SP is a great deal - so go get yourself one !
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Thanks for the responses.  Can you also return the 2022SP within 90days?  I assume so even though you can only order online?
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The beauty of Home Depot is you can return HD online orders to a stick and brick HD store. I've done it a few times over the years. Just make sure you have your receipt with you when you return it. (The online one, printed out, is just fine.)
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Kevlin EGO is going to release some new mowers too. Something to keep in mind, but only bad thing is still no dates yet.
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Hang on to that old mower or don't sell it cheap. They don't make them like that these days and it can be converted to a generator.
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i am curious to hear more about  my old mower and why I should not get rid of it.  Despite it being underpowered that motor just keeps on ticking!  It's got to be close to 20 years old!
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My last mower (now my backup) was a 20” GreenWorks twin blade. It did great for me for something like 5 or 6 years, mowing about 10k and then 8k sq. ft. with the last ~year of that being a 1.5 cut (not quite double) due to double wide patterns.

I added a striping kit last year, as well.

It did just fine for me with no battery issues or drying or anything. I have a GreenWorks trimmer/edger, blower, and hedger as well and love them all! Electric is awesome.

Just recently (2-3 weeks back), I picked up a new electric mower, but this time opted for the 38” Ryobi riding mower. So far, it’s great!

All this to say, I love the electric stuff it’s nice how low maintenance it all is and I love never messing with gas cans, oil, etc. for the lawn equipment.