Not Cutting Very Well

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Hi this is my 2nd season with the 21” self propelled mower and it hasn’t been cutting very well. In fact I had to grab the lawn service my neighbor used to get my lawn cut evenly. Hopefully the next time it needs to be cut it will cut more evenly. What’s happening is there’s a lot of uncut grass vs cut grass when I mow. Is the Ego powerful enough to cut thick grass?

Any suggestions? Thanks!
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Have you sharpened your blade recently ?
How much length are you removing ?
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Hi haven’t sharpened the blade. Mowing about 2”. Thanks for the reply.
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Well I would recommend sharpening the blade. It is essential to a good cut. 
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Ok thanks. I’ll buy a new blade and get old one sharpened.
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Had a Toro self propelled and never sharpened the blade on bermuda grass and changed the blade one time just for the heck of it during the 12 yrs I had it and it always cut smooth. Ego started acting up after one season so I too bought another blade (high lift) and it's doing somewhat better. You'll probably have to buy a blade every season. 
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High lift blade
https://www.amazon.com/EGO-Power-AB2101-LM2100SP-LM2102SP/dp/B01N39KRRM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1...

Changed my world, even tho the steel is still way too soft, at least it LIFTS stuff off the ground to cut it instead of before with the regular blade it wouldn't even pick up leaves.
Here - read this - my mower sucks
https://community.egopowerplus.com/ego/topics/my-mower-sucks-and-im-happy-about-that
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Jack375 hope it’s not the RPM’s. I also have a level and sloped yard but like I said my first year with the Ego worked great.
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Jack the softer steel is the reason it needs consistent sharpening.

Also, many have reported sharpening new blades out of the box before installing them on the mower.
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FWIW, I always thought the blade's sharpness right out of the box cut just fine with my mower. I did need to sharpen it at some point and performance really increased after that. Better cut all the way for sure. And somewhat better lift, I felt. Sharpening the blade really takes little more than about 20 minutes from start of removing it from the mower to finish reinstalling it on the mower. I use one of those Smith sharpeners that Szwoopp linked to as well as a flat file to knock down some of the burrs before sharpening. Really an easy process with these somewhat soft blades.
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Just ordered a high lift blade from Amazon. This is very frustrating but hopefully this new blade will work. I had to borrow my neighbors Honda gas mower to get the grass back to normal.
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@bloomz thanks! I’m going to give the high lift a try. Hopefully it will work out better as I’m disappointed in the Ego this season. My 1st season which was last year I was totally sold out on the Ego cause it was fanatic. Even my neighbor commented if there was something wrong with my mower and offfered to let me use his gas mower and I did and it cut my grass nicely.
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