POLL: mower, battery door removal

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POLL: Is this a feature you would like to see Ego implement for future mowers?

Summary: mower battery door removal evaluation

Background:
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.

Discussion:
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.

Procedure:
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.

Pros:
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)

Cons:
Decreased ability for mower to survive a tidal wave event

Conclusion:
Ego, evaluate pros/cons of removal of the battery door assembly from future mower models.

Related Threads:
1) https://community.egopowerplus.com/ego/topics/mower-battery-cover

2) https://community.egopowerplus.com/ego/topics/i-am-worried-about-getting-the-battery-in-and-out-is-t...
 
3) https://community.egopowerplus.com/ego/topics/learning-to-l-e-a-r-n-or-teaching-an-old-dog-new-trick...





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Posted 2 years ago

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I like my mower, the battery compartment and lid just as it is. I would not change the design. I will not operate my mower without the battery cover.
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Why not just make the door where it will engage a simple lock when pulled up to the full open position and remain open until it is pulled back down?

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Agree with both of the above. I bag my grass and with the air leakage around the bag the mower usually ends up covered in debris. With no battery cover the compartment would end up filling with dust an debris.

The 100% solution is to make a door that stays open on its own, in my opinion. :-)
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As others said, removal would only be a first step to upgrading the hinge or adding a spring. Since the lid latches closed, a spring would probably be one of the more simple solutions

The most simple—yet somewhat unattractive—solution might be a self-stick 3m hook attached to the front of the battery cover and a cord or strap with hooks on either end to latch the door to the handle.

I wouldn’t run the mower without the cover.

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