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Summary: mower battery door removal evaluation
A couple of customers have expressed dissatisfaction with the battery door design, specifically that it cannot be locked in the open position, and therefore takes two hands. Our more senior mower operators have stated that having both hands to lift and manipulate the battery into position would be helpful.
One potential down side is that the battery is exposed to more dust/debris; however, this should be a non-issue as the battery is already very robustly protected from dust/debris and minor water intrusion. The attached picture shows very little dust at the bottom of the battery compartment after mowing for about 45 minutes (bagging not mulching). The mower does not have active cooling, e.g. fan drawing air into the battery like it has during cooling, therefore, the potential for sucking in additional dust/debris is pretty much minimal.
For the 20" Gen 1 mower, tip the mower back (storage position); let the handle down and rest it on the ground; open the battery door; remove four #3 Philips screws which retain the pivot bar clamps; remove the entire door assembly.
Simplified design (less cost to produce mower)
Easier load/unload of battery (less operator fatigue and frustration).
Better ventilation of battery (lower operating temperature, increased longevity)
Potential for less heat retention in the motor chassis area (increased motor/system life)
Decreased ability for mower to survive a tidal wave event
Ego, evaluate pros/cons of removal of the battery door assembly from future mower models.