New mower built over a year ago

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I just unboxed a new mower last night and the manufacture date on it says 3/2014. Is that common? I was under the impression that these mowers were popular and in demand, but apparently they are just sitting in stores for a very long time without moving. Now I wonder if my battery life is going to be less than normal because it's already over a year old and I haven't even used it yet.
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The first mower I bought and its battery/charger were all built 3/2014. All the tools I've checked had matching build dates on the bundled components. I ordered a chainsaw, 15' trimmer, and hedge trimmer online and they all shipped out of California with build dates from 9/2014 and 11/2014.

The good news is I finally found a helpful employee at store #6828 who went the extra mile to check into the build date on a mower, and the very first one she checked was built on 11/2014 and I told her I'd take it. She still insisted they have no way to find the serial numbers on their computer system, but she was willing to open boxes to check the dates.

When I got home and put it together I was pleasantly surprised to find this mower had improvements the older one did not have, such as a vent cover over the motor vents on the underside of the mower, and improved handle clamps for the extendable handle.



I still don't understand why they don't put that older inventory on sale so they can move it out fast to make room for the new stuff. They've been having a Black Friday sale for a couple of weeks and didn't mark any of the EGO products down except the 12" trimmer (which has been out-gunned by the new 15" trimmer) - what a missed opportunity, especially in the spring when everyone is getting ready for the long mowing season, and also because they could have undercut the new ECHO mower by a small amount as an incentive too.

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