NEW EGO tools for 2016!

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We're pleased to announce the newest lineup of EGO tools for 2016.  Many of you already found them on Homedepot.com but we wanted to officially welcome these new tools to our family!

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Awesome, Jennifer! I'm excited to see the aggressive pricing as well!

The self propelled 7.5Ah mower kit seems like a great move! Is it the first cordless mower to offer self propulsion?

That new blower looks incredible... and I like how Ego says straight out that it's the most powerful cordless in the industry!
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If we get 6" of snow in December here, it's usually melting sometime around the following April.  Well, except for this past winter - that El Niño kept things so mild this season it was almost scary!
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Hi Rob,

I do realize that western NC can get some decent snows, especially North West of Charlotte. 

I love snow, so living down here is sort of a drag.  For me, the colder the better.

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I am in central NC. We get pretty descent snow but nothing like the mountains in the west.
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Man... I turn my back for a few hours and one of the most entertaining conversations ever takes place. :-)
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Hello Jennifer,I'm new here, I own the leaf blower and the hedge trimmer, love them both, plenty of power. I would love an extended hedge trimmer, maybe 72 inches and also an edger, long handle walk behind with two wheels like the electric ones but cordless.
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Those all look great. Any upgrade plan for early adopters? I'd love to upgrade to the new mower and blower.
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I've really enjoyed my 20" EGO mower this past year, and I think it's great.  That said, I'd also be interested in upgrading to something with the wider cutting path.  I'm just waiting on pins and needles for the EGO Snow Thrower with that 7.5 AH battery.  I've been happy so far with the Greenworks 80V snow thrower, but their quality doesn't match EGO's quality.  Thanks for putting out great cordless products and helping us leave gas behind.   
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I'm interested in seeing the cutting performance with the slightly slower rotational speed of the blade.  I'm curious if the blade will stay sharper because of this.
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The blade speed is slower because regulations of tip speed in feet per second. The blade is longer so rpm must be reduced.
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Won't the cut be affected?  Couldn't it make the mulching less effective with the slower rotation?

I'm no mower expert, but don't commercial mower blades rotate faster than those made for residential use.  Don't those mowers in turn generally do a better job of mulching because of that?

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Tools In Action uploaded a video showing off the new mowers and blower:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYlYQM7in98

And for those of you who may have missed it, here's the intro video for the new 16" chainsaw at GIE+EXPO 2015:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wZZyRVvgkg

Note: the price Barnaby quoted for the 5.0Ah 16" chainsaw kit was $399, but it's actually $299 at Home Depot:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/EGO-16-in-56-Volt-Lithium-Ion-Cordless-Chain-Saw-CS1604/206587968

And just for the heck of it, here's the Self-Propelled 7.5Ah Mower kit for $599:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/EGO-21-in-56-Volt-Lithium-ion-Cordless-Self-Propelled-Lawn-Mower-LM2102SP...

The 5.0Ah Push Mower kit for $499:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/EGO-21-in-56-Volt-Lithium-ion-Cordless-Lawn-Mower-LM2101/206515766

The bare Self-Propelled Mower for $429:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/EGO-21-in-56-Volt-Lithium-Ion-Cordless-Self-Propelled-Lawn-Mower-Battery-...

The bare Push Mower for $379:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/EGO-21-in-56-Volt-Lithium-Ion-Cordless-Lawn-Mower-Battery-and-Charger-Not...

And last but definitely not least, the 2.5Ah 530 CFM Blower Kit for $199:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/EGO-110-mph-530-CFM-Variable-Speed-Turbo-56-Volt-Lithium-Ion-Cordless-Ele...

Also note, there's a new 2.5Ah 15" Brushless String Trimmer kit available for $199 (a smoking deal!):

http://www.homedepot.com/p/EGO-15-in-56-Volt-Lithium-Ion-Cordless-Brushless-String-Trimmer-ST1502-S/...

I think 2016 is gonna be a good year for Ego!  :-)
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The 15" 2.5Ah trimmer kit is now In Stock:

http://m.homedepot.com/p/EGO-15-in-56...
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So you already have TIA... I should have known :D And so far you were right, 2016 is being a good year for EGO so it appears. I'm a happy man.
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The new tools look great, but what about the snow blower that's supposed to be coming out in 2016? Will we see it before winter is over?
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Hey Jen, my "newly turned 40" brain just produced something resembling an idea. I know!

What if Ego was to publish all video content on their YouTube channel? That way all the dinosaurs who don't subscribe to Facebook (and who shall remain nameless) can simply subscribe to the Ego channel on YouTube and be privy to all these nifty updates?

It would also get the videos more widely viewed, especially if they are tagged well.
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I meant to say, YouTube in addition to Facebook. :-)
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+1 for Youtube!

-1 for Facebook
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Ah, good call.  I forgot that if you don't have Facebook, you probably can't see the video.  Here's a link on YouTube to see it: https://youtu.be/VmYmYQDlhTg

Our YouTube channel is found here as well: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-J2ywb-mrnnB0ordKWk_Vw
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Haha, I like it!
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That's great news Jennifer.

I am looking forward to understanding how and if the 21" mower will provide even better performance and reliability than the original 20".

I understand the benefits of the extra cutting width, larger battery capacity and the self propelled option; but I would like clarification if the reduced RPMs from 3300 to 2800 will affect the quality of the cut and mulching ability.

I would also like to know if the strength of the deck housing has been improved as we have been having a regular break down at the height adjustment rod. This has created an uneven deck from front to back and overall lower cutting heights. Please see the attached photo...

Also please let me know when the new products will be available in Langley, BC, Canada.

I look forward to a reply when possible.
Thanks kindly,
Steve
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Hi Jennifer,

One other thing...you indicated above...
  • 21" Self-Propelled Mower (Kit comes with 7.5Ah battery and standard charger)
I think that there is an error with that description...on the website it indicates it comes with a quick charger.

Smiles,
Steve
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Sorry had to post my O2 that I use outside.
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Need to cut the trees too, mow and weed wack first in order to get to chicken coop.
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Exciting news for sure. But I have to admit I have a bit of mower and blower envy now...if only for the new styling, LOL.
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You're not alone, Glen, that's a nice looking mower for sure. And that blower! I almost don't care if it's any better or not! :-)
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Are the new mowers brushless?
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Hi Troy. The 21-inch mowers do not use brushless motors, and here's why: Each EGO product has a motor specifically designed and optimized for that product. Through much research and testing, we’ve determined that our demanding performance specifications for EGO POWER+ lawn mowers are best met by our specifically engineered DC brushed motor. One notable result from our ongoing tool-specific optimization is that that the motors in our 21-inch series have higher wattage than the motors in our 20-inch mowers. Yes, we have developed brushless motors for other EGO POWER+ products. This is because we determined that there was a performance advantage in including brushless motors in those applications.
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Thanks Jennifer!
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I'm honestly feeling like I've been ripped off now. I purchased the lawnmower blower and trimmer not too long ago, heck I've already had to have the lawnmower replaced on warranty. And now this comes out at the same price range I paid...it's kinda making me sick to my stomach.
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Glen, you'll have to do an "unboxing" video! C'mon, all the kids are doing that these days! :-)

On a more serious note, I hope you've let your lawn go wild for a few weeks so you can give us some good feedback about how the new mower does vs. the older model.

Darn it! When I say older model I'm referring to my own... I hate that! Just keep telling myself, it's just a lawnmower, it's just a lawnmower...
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I can definitely post some pictures and a review, we'll see about a video. re: my lawn, it was cold and rainy last week. Grass is only marginally wild so probably not a significant test for the mower.
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Robert, I know how it feels when you buy one model and a company comes out with a different model or new. It's happened to me with other companies too. But that should be looked at as progress. In a way it would suck if the company didn't come out with new products... That would be a stagnant company.

But that is how the world works. Buy a car, a new car comes out. Same thing with electronics, and outdoor power equipment.

I have the original 480 CFM blower and I don't really care about the new blower because mine works just fine.

It might alleviate some of your frustrations about the mower. Because several people have said the original 20 inch mower has better mulching capabilities. And it is quite a bit lighter too.
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Agreed...but you would love the new blower... Far superior. L am going to be selling the old one and getting another for our biz. Now the old one is a drag to use.
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LOL agreed!  I got the new 530 CFM blower, and when I tried using my old blower it felt almost painful.  It took me 2 days to sell it on Craig's List.  ;)  
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Any news on a bladed edger?
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So you feel an edger is needed on a regular basis for your type of spreading grass. He's what we do: We use a Ryobi edger or a manual edger  at the hard surfaces initially to establish a clean edge and we use a manual edger for the garden beds. Then every time we mow the lawn we use our line trimmer horizontally, then vertically to maintain a sharp clean edge. Works like a charm. You just need to perfect the skill of vertical line trimming. The 15" EGO line trimmer will do the trick. I have been using the Core Outdoor Power brand line trimmer for the last 3 years because it is more of a commercial type but I am planning to try the newer 15" Ego trimmer to see if it can do the job.
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Hello Steve!

I've tried that, but a string trimmer just slaps around the talons of my grass and shreds them.  It isn't really healthy, nor productive.  When I had my gas McClane edger (before the carb rotted out), I kept a perfectly manicured lawn, with very little effort.  Trying to use a string trimmer to edge is a frustrating experience!.  It would work fine on non-vine type weeds and grass though.

The Edger also digs into the ground giving you a beautiful "cut".  With a trimmer, the soil will eventually work it's way on top of the solid surfaces and it is ugly.

Thank for the tips though.  I'm sure when you head north of North Carolina, it works fine!
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This is the Ryobi cordless bladed edger that I have and it does a pretty good job.
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I've looked at that one since I do have the batteries. I'm getting desperate!
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It has a 9" blade and actually has quite a bit of power.
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I second that...I am sure it would be a big improvement over my Ryobi which is the best lithium powered edger out there thus far.
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Hi...I am in the market for a new mower and have been waiting to see how the new 5.0 ah battery would be rolled out into new product. So, now I know that HD will be selling the new 21" cut mower with the 5.0 ah. The HUGE question I have, is what is the approximate difference in run time between the new 5.0 ah vs the old 4.0 ah battery? The specs I am reading indicate the exact same performance of up to 45 minutes run time on both versions! However, charge time is 40 minutes vs 30 minutes on the older batter. My obvious question is why would I purchase the new 5.0ah version vs the old? Some assumptions here: First of all, I get that the new mower is 21" vs 20"...I do not care about this. Also, I assume that HD will be selling the old version at a discounted rate, so I'm sure there will be a significant price differential...who knows how much, $100 or more I would guess. Bottom line, my hope is that the 5.0ah battery would be the perfect sweet-spot, allowing some more run time, but if it only gets the same run time, I just don't see the point in paying more for it.
Thanks so much for any help in advance!
Jeff
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The new mower uses a bit more energy due to it's larger blade so run time is about the same as the 1st gen model. The main reason to spend the extra money is because the larger battery will give you longer run time for all the other tools.
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Jeff, the run time performance of the new 21" mower is an unknown as of right now. How it relates to the 20" model is not yet known.

Ego has provided this run time chart in the manual:



I would bet the reason they are breaking it down like this is because performance will vary depending on the load placed on the mower and they would like people to better understand this. The older model claimed 45 minutes of run time, which was true for some light duty applications, but many people found that in heavier mowing it was only lasting 30-35 minutes.

Given that the new battery has 25% more stored energy, the blade diameter is only 5% larger, and Ego has two more years of experience with optimizing their products, I would bet fairly confidently that the run time of the new 5Ah 21" mower kit will exceed the performance of the current 20" 4Ah kit.

If I had to guess, I would bet that Ego is being conservative and taking the "under promise and over deliver" approach.

As far as your situation goes, if you comb through these pages you'll find some great run-time estimates you can use to see how the 20" mower would apply to your needs. If it looks like the 20" mower and 4Ah battery are enough to get the job done, then paying for more capacity might not be necessary. If it sounds like it might be a close call, stepping up to the newer model might be the right move.

Until we get some user feedback and product reviews it will be tough to make a more accurate recommendation.
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That is a very helpful and well thought out reply, blue angel, and I greatly appreciate it! Yeah, I think I will just wait and see how things shake out before I need to start cutting the grass again... I can make a decision then based on pricing, availability and any new feedback on performance.
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Sounds like the right approach. Let us know how it all works out!
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Canadian update for everyone: 

Almost everything in kit form will be in stores.  Bare tools will be online only.

The 21” lawnmower (both push and self-propelled) will be available in April of 2016.

The 530CFM blower will be available in February of 2016 along with the 15” String trimmer with a 2.5Ah battery.

It looks like the 16” Chain Saw will be online only at this time but we do not have a firm date of availability yet.

We do not have pricing available for these tools yet but homedepot.ca should be updating their site in the coming weeks with those details.
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Great to hear...I look forward to seeing the Canadian pricing as it relates to the dropping loonie to green back.
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What is the run time advantage with the new 2.5 Ah battery in the 15 in. string trimmer Model # ST1502-S? Are there any other differences between Model # ST1501-S  and Model # ST1502-S besides the new battery? I'm trying to assess whether the current $40 price difference between the 2 models at Home Depot is worth it.
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Dan, based on battery capacity I would expect about a 25% advantage in runtime for the new 2.5Ah kit.

Whether or not the price difference makes sense for you will be your call. Most people see about 25 to 30 minutes of steady trimming time with this trimmer using the 2Ah battery, but this varies up and down depending on how hard you are working the tool.

The 15 inch trimmer puts out a ton of power and if you're really working it hard, like cutting through tall overgrown grass or light brush, you will drain a battery pack fairly quick. With light duty trimming the battery will last much, much longer, especially if you get good with the variable speed trigger and only use as much energy as required.

If you have a small to medium sized yard and don't see spending much more than 20 minutes or so trimming at full throttle, you will probably be pretty safe buying the cheaper 2Ah kit. If you think you require more run time than that the 2.5Ah kit is probably your best bet.

Remember also that all Ego batteries and tools are compatible, so if you already have another tool and battery in the Ego lineup you can easily swap batteries out and you can be nearly continuously trimming, using one battery while charging the other. With three batteries and two chargers going, you could trim pretty much as hard as you want non-stop.
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Thanks for the reply Blue Angel. Reading between the lines, I gather that the 2.5Ah battery is the only difference between the 2 models. If figured as much but had to ask. If the new model was still at the original $199, I would consider the price differential to be reasonably in line with the added value. At an additional $40, I'm not so sure that the price/value equation balances out.

I have a small yard so the 2Ah battery may well be plenty (especially with the remarkably fast charge time I've read about and seen with the Ego product line. (A head-to-head shoot out between Ego and Echo batteries and chargers that I saw on YouTube was really impressive.)

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Sounds like you're on the right track, Dan!

Yeah, Ego really did a nice job on their battery/charger system. Refreshing to see a company that doesn't take the quick and cheap route to getting something on the market.
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Oh, I forgot what might be the most relevant piece of info on the 2Ah battery, that I can offer anyway. It takes me about 20 minutes to cut my lawn with the 20" mower, not including the trimming. Using just a 2Ah battery I can actually cut all of my grass.

I need to qualify that by enforcing that my lawn is not exactly the thickest lushest lawn, not by a long shot... so someone with thicker grass might only get 15 minutes out of the 2Ah battery cutting their lawn... as usual, your mileage may vary.

A long winded way of saying that there's a decent amount of juice even in the smaller 2Ah pack when you're using it in the trimmer.
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You are correct, the 2ah battery is amazingly usable!  But your rather "bald" lawn sort of explains your lack of interest in the edger  :)
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Ouch!!!!

Time to start overseeding! Gotta justify more tools, lol!
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Lol... Yeah, that comment was a little below the topsoil. Hahah. Sorry. But, you get snow!

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