Poor Grass Discharge Design

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This is a great mower if you don't let your grass grow above 6", because it will mulch the shorter grass height with no problem.  If it rains frequently, and the grass grows 1/2" per day, and you don't have time to obsess over cutting your grass, then you will see grass cutting problems with this mower.  When I cut grass at 2 or 3, the grass always clumps in the grass discharge chute and blocks it, no matter if I leave it wide open ( Yes, I rigged the back flap to stay up, and no, the mulching plug is not inserted in the grass chute ).  When I called EGO support, they recommended spraying the grass discharge chute with Armortek lubricant spray.  Unless this is Miracletek lubricant, I don't expect much improvement.  Works great as long as the grass is short, but for $500+ this mower should have better tall grass performance.  If I mow at the higher mower deck elevations, the mower does not stall and die as much, but what a waste of time for a motor with the torque and power specifications as this one.  The grass discharge chute is a major design flaw, and this mower would be almost perfect if it could discharge the volume of grass that it can cut.

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does if help if you go slower and overlap a bit more?  are you going counter-clockwise?
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Love the counter clockwise point. Do we have to mow clockwise south of the Equator?
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Mowing clockwise or counter clockwise is surely much more of an issue with an aggressive pure side discharge design. We all know the logic here. I agree that there might be some advantage to counter clockwise with the EGO platform but suspect it is negligible at best.
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Lol, does a toilet flush counterclockwise south of the Equator?
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Concern about the fluid dynamics in toilets should focus on two factors: Down and out. Quickly and thoroughly. Toilet swirls are a fun 8th grade science topic but let's get back to mowers. Often the dialog is all about how it CUTS the grass.This makes me think about the lesson I got from a greenskeeper showing me the difference in appearance on the tip of grass blades cut with a reel mower vs a rotary. Basically shearing vs whacking. No one here seems to complain that the blade gives your grass a poor haircut. If kept sharp. It is the processing of the CUTTINGS that gets the lion's share of the disgruntled dialog. This topic is elevated with electrics. Now without going into great detail I think there is a very opportune challenge as our electro-landscaping evolves. What if we create a third motor scenario (or unique blade from aerospace engineers) that processes the clippings to everyone's huge satisfaction even with an early morning dew on them. In other words, step back from the familiar archetype of the 6HP gas mower deck and chute and look at this like the collective Apollo 13 genius trying to squeeze survival out of expiring batteries. I would be surprised if several of the key players (or upstart disruptors) are not peering into a novel approach as we speak. A patent coup? If not, a mandate from on high should identify the most open minded talent and fix them up with cool digs at least across town from Engineering World Headquarters. Away from the myopia of the "a priori" ("before", excuse me, I love this term from Bucky Fuller) mowing experience. The turbine revolutionized power generation and air travel. Mowing is fraught with risks and products are price sensitive but the optimist in me says there are marvels lurking just below the horizon ready to amaze.

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Huh??
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What type of grass do you have?   You might want to cut high first then cut again if your grass is really tough bladed fescue or other northern species of grass.

My LM2101 mower does a great job on my southern warm season CentipedeTM grass, which is a stoloniferous tender medium blade grass that doesn't thatch up too much.  

It only bogs down when I cut really long wild grass that has some tough fescue grass in it along the back edge of my lot near the city drain pond.  If I cut it high the first time, there is no problem.  

I like using the catcher better than the mulching feature, because unless I mow frequently or overlap or go over the grass a second time, the cut grass lies on top.  In other words, it doesn't mulch very finely.  

With my small yard, I don't have to empty the catcher but twice.  I line a large landscape shrub pot with a lawn/leaf bag and that makes it easy to empty.

Hope this helps!   
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It is southern Bermuda with plenty of wild grasses, that many people call weeds
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If you are trying to go from 6 inches to 3 inches cutting half the height you will likely have less than ideal results. Ego recomends cutting 1/3 the grass height.