Not Ready for Southern Lawns

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This mower is not built for southern lawns, the wheels are too small even on the highest setting it is far to low for a turf grass where the wheels sink into the turf. The mower blade is made out of garbage metal and will not hold an edge. I cannot get more than 5 mowings without having to resharpen the blade which is ridiculous. The battery is good, the mower cuts well when the blade is brand newly sharpened and the grass is sparse, but at the height of the growing season we pride ourselves on a lush lawn and this mower is unable to handle it. In order to finish a 7,000 square foot yard I have to recharge the battery 3 times, thank goodness the battery recharges fast otherwise I am not sure how I would be reacting. You have a decent product, but one mower does not work on such different lawn types and maybe you should have held off until you were ready for a southern lawn.
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I live in the Houston area and have St. Augustine grass so I live in the southern part of the country with a southern lawn. Granted my yard is not as large as your lawn but the Ego mower works very well for me.
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Cutting off 4 inches of grass sounds like work for a string trimmer or sickle.

Yes you can certainly cut it with a gas mower and it will take it, doesn't mean it is the intended purpose of the tool.  And I have had gas mowers choke on excess input as well.

I do not think the problems have anything to do with Southern lawns or outdoor temperature. 
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2-4" is not the same as 4" all over.

Other threads discuss overheating, so maybe mine is a lemon and over-susceptible to heat; we do not notice this issue in cooler weather.  Consistent, two minute minimum recovery suggests that timing is by design.

My point remains that gas is far more powerful; I agree that gas can get bogged down as well, but it takes a heck of a lot more.
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Ok, so gas is far more powerful. You know that. Are you willing to work within the limitations of a battery powered mower so you don't have to deal with fuel, oil, maintenance involved with both of those? These mowers are pretty powerful. I recently, and on purpose, mowed soaking wet 10" tall grass in my backyard with my 21" push EGO mower set on height setting 3. When I took my time, and cleaned the underside of the deck frequently while mowing, and emptied the bag regularly, everything went very smoothly and the mower didn't stop. If I forced it in to a tall wet part of the grass and tried to go through quickly the mower would bog and stop with flashing orange light. Just like it's supposed to. 
Temperature and humidity probably don't have a lot to do with how the mower is performing. Especially if you stay within its capabilities. Try not to mow more than an inch off at a time. Work with a dry lawn whenever possible. I've mowed at 100F and the mower works just fine.
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I've been mowing in near-100-degree heat for three seasons now and have never had an overheating problem.
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Brian, I think the issue may be related to your use of the word “recently”. I’m not saying your 20” Ego is as powerful as your gas mower, but it sure sounds like it’s not as powerful as it used to be, or is supposed to be.

I forget now after reading through so much... do you have more than one battery?
Love the idea of the electric mower. Pleased to not need service except a blast sharpened. However, this mower does not have the power to get through healthy St. Augustine grass. My husband tried for a couple of years then had to go get a gas powered mower. You cannot set the height high enough or the wheels jus don't allow smooth action on such thick grass.
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If he tried for a couple of years, that must be the gen 1 20" mower, 600W motor with the 4.0 battery.  One technique I would suggest is to pull the mower backwards over the difficult sections.  I let the yard go for six weeks one time, and it was way over grown, so rather than put it at the  tallest height, then cut, then move down a notch, then cut; instead I drug the mower backwards over the entire yard, and then once that first pass was done, I was able to mow forward normally.

I have really health Zoisha in one part of my yard, and the first few times I tried to cut it, if I drove the mower forward, it would absolutely just stop dead in its tracks.  After cutting it down a few times, it was then short enough that I could run forward over it.  However, there are parts of my yard that when it gets over grown, I do what Ed said below which is to modulate the cut height by tilting the mower back.  Once the mower has made the first cut, you can usually go back and fourth to finish it up with the final cut height.
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Dear (a) Typical Engineer,

Your suggested time-consuming multiple-pass strategies only confirm the original poster's statement:  it's a nice piece of technology, but you have to want it; this just ain't a gas mower.
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I did find one help is to lift up on the handle. If you push down it simply bogs down, but with upward pressure on the handle it works much better.
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This technique applies to string trimmers too, if you have really tall grass weeks and drive it into the base of the grass, you will bog down and stop the trimmer.  If you attack it from the top and cut a little and then drop lower, you'll get to the base in no time.  Tilting the mower back on the first pass of the day is applying this same technique.