Power Plus 21" self propelled mower uneven cutting

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I have had my EGO Power 21" see-propelled mower for two years now.  All of a sudden it's cutting unevenly when mulching.  During the heat of the summer I cut it on 4" to promote root growth.  Granted, I have what I call mutt grass, it's a combination of different grasses but my EGO use to cut so nicely.  I have tried a new blade, didn't help.  I tried sharpening the old blade, didn't help.  I love my EGO mower but basically I have to cut the yard twice to make it look nice and I don't have time for that.  Any ideas?
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Check the gears in the rear wheels for damage. They are plastic and mesh with a metal gear on the gearbox shafts. Mine eats these gears and I have replaced them numerous times. If the self propel pushes the mower more on one side it cuts unevenly
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My Ego hasn't cut well from the get go. It won't pull up the wheel ruts on one side. Find I have to mow clock wise. Tried high lift blade but no improvement and motor works harder, battery lasts less time.
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Bob, check that the wheel height adjustment is raising and lowering the front and rear wheels evenly. If the mower deck is not parallel to the ground the cut can suffer.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Mower Not cutting well..

Mower not cutting well. I bought the self propelled model and it leaves streaks of uncut grass everywhere. I have tried sharpening the blade mulching bagging nothing works. Still have streaks. I really want this mower to work for me. But I am having majors issues. I do plenty of overlap on passes and am cutting my tall fescue grass at 4. About every 5 days.
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Hopefully this helps. I've only had my mower for just under 3 months- LM2102SP. This past weekend was the first time I got the "mullet" cut. I always mulch cut on#3. It's been cool and wet the past week so my grass grew like crazy. My grass was too long to cut on 3 but I did anyway. The wheels pushed they long blades of uncut grass down pretty good and on the next pass these streaks didn't cut fully. I cut 3 days later and all was well again. My Honda did a similar thing with wet grass. My thoughts are the higher you setting the better opportunity to create the streaks by compressing the long grass.
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I was thinking when mulching with this 21" mower, since under certain conditions it has a lack of suction to raise the grass mushed down by the wheels and cut it properly, could a brush or comb be added to the front of the deck and right behind the front wheels to "dress" the grass before being cut?

Mike
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Mike, I have a feeling the brush might just push more of the grass down making it harder to cut?
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Yeah - after I posted I also though probably depends on which way the last cut was made.

One of many things I have learned here from the experienced members is for an even cut is a very sharp blade is especially important with this cordless mower. I now have a second blade and with a sanding flap can c/o and sharpen a blade in 5 minutes or less.

Mike
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In 50 +years I have never had a gas powered lawnmower have this problem. Its something Ego needs to fix if they want to stay in business.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Mower cuts at differerent height when using self propelled.

I have noticed that my mower tends to cut at different heights, dependent on if I am using the self propelled function.  My back yard has a slight grade to it.  When I'm going downhill, I don't use the SP, but do use it coming back up the slope.  I don't feel like it is an uneven blade, as the height is uniform for each pass I'm making.  After I am done cutting, I can really see a difference in the height of each pass I make.  Any thoughts???
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My front yard is a slope, my mower does this also.
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If you look at the mower when you activate the self propel function, it rises up and stays up until you release it.
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I'm having the same issues as others on Bermuda with the mower on it's lowest setting.  I end up with crop circles in my yard when going up or down hill.

This wasn't the case with my much cheaper gas powered mower.  What's the deal EGO?  You merged the few discussions that were just like mine into this one which appears to be a different issue.
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Level ground and crop circles.
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Slope and crop circles

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This is what my yard looks like after mowing.
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In the lower right corner of the mower you can see the front wheel adjustment linkage that connects the front wheel adjustment to the rear wheel adjustment. Only the front weight of the mower is on that linkage. Maybe this is why it holds up better but also that linkage is relatively large diameter. I do not know if it's hollow or not but it sure doesn't feel like it...

EGO's linkage system has to be done differently since it is having problems.
Do I need to take a video of me mowing my front yard up and down the hill with my parents 10-year-old John Deere to prove to anyone that it does not cut uneven or "stripe" my yard like my EGO????
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Well good luck. I can see no matter what anyone says to help, your just going to be rude. I don't have time to waste it on people like you.
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I guess since facts are rude, I'll just go back to being radio silent. I apologize to anyone if I'm coming off strong, but I don't feel that I am being rude to anyone. And I can see where truth and honesty with a stern voice can get you in trouble these days! Bye y'all ....

***Note to anyone else that reads this, good luck to you defending yourself and your claims on here. It just seems to piss people off and get you singled out....
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No one is saying your claims aren't true.
They are.
No one is arguing with you.
No one is saying your lying.
Everyone believes you.
You have a picture to prove it.

The lift design is apparently weak.

No one is ganging up on you.
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Nope, just it's just someone who's calling me rude and singling me out, because I called BS on their comment above. Which, by the way, is backed by a little truth...

I am very sorry to you and anyone else who though I was rude to them.
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Michael, if you put the mower on a hard flat surface like the cement slab in your garage, what happens if you push up and down lightly on the handle? Does it rock fore/aft?

If it does, and/or it lifts at the rear as you say when you engage the SP motor, the problem seems obvious; the height adjustment mechanism has some play in it and it needs repair.

In the mean time, you can try putting the handle on the highest height setting so that as you push the mower it lifts the rear, similar to what's happening when you engage SP. Note, if you use the grass bag the weight of the bag will affect this condition as it fills up and pulls down on the back of the mower.

If you are mulching, installing the grass bag with some dummy weight in it (leave mulch plug in) may help hold the rear of the mower down while using the SP. Doing this along with making a conscious effort to keep the back pushed down while pushing the mower may help. Perhaps lowering the handle could help there.
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Blue Angel, thank you for your input. I understand exactly what you're saying because I stated almost the same thing about the wheight of the grass bag in a closed thread topic on here.... Yes the adjustment linkage needs repair, but hence my hesitation to send it in under warranty when all they're probably going to do is put new same old parts it already had before and the problem will resurface. If that's the case I will wait until it breaks or my warranty is almost up. This to me just seems like a design issue that needs a re-design. When my mower is out of warranty, and if the warranty repair parts fail again, I will dig into the mower myself and see what I can come up with. That's how much I like this mower! I have bought broken mowers and repaired them for a hobby since I was 12 years old. And now I own a battery mower that I think could possible put me out of my hobby eventually, if they get everything right...
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Perhaps an off-season warranty repair could work without disrupting your lawn maintenance? Not sure where you're at.

Another thing to keep in mind, there are continuous improvements made over time to parts that are problematic. For example, the gears in the driven wheels have been upgraded to address an issue. It's entirely possible that the replacement parts for the height adjustment could have been revised as well. Just speculation on my part as no such announcement has confirmed this, but a repair could turn into a permanent solution.
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Thank you again, I fully understand. I am in Oklahoma City.
Yes when I do send it in, it will most likely be off season.
Earlier I stated that my mower is a first gen mower. I got it the summer they came out. I honestly expected there to be issues. I have been happy that there isn't any more issues than this. Other than one of the clips on one side of my battery door cover broke, which has absolutely no effect on the use of the mower at all.... I also was one of the lucky few that scored a highlift blade off Amazon a while back and I love it's bagging performance and I have seen no change in my runtime! I understand that manufactures can only test to a certain degree even though they try to cover everything, but real world use with different people will always show weak issues in anything.
A proud company understands this too and will look into their products and listen to their customers in which I'm sure EGO is doing, although they are rolling quite a lot of new things out rather quickly. But again, I understand that "you're" not a fierce competitor if "you" don't have a full line of products...
Things, improvement, and changes all take time.
Time will tell all here!
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Cheers!
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Have you tried the high-lift blade? I ordered mine a few months ago through Amazon and it made a huge difference for me. I mow my lawn at 4" and bag the clippings since this is my 1st season with sod. After this season, I'll mulch my clippings...

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