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I would have loved to give this new improved mower 5 stars but it is failing in one critical aspect...it is mulching poorly. This is an important feature of the way we care for lawns as mulching provides many positive benefits for a healthier lawn. I can't understand why this mower is not able to mulch as effectively as the previous model. From the first cut on dry grass only cutting off 1/2" - 1" I found the clippings building up on a row on the left side of the mower on the top of the grass. I have re-sharpened the blade to no avail. It seems that the change in the decks underside shape has effected the mulching dynamics.
We have a second SP mower coming this week and I look forward to seeing if it produces the same or better results.
Please let me know if others are having a similar problem or any ideas how this can be corrected.
Now for the good news...this mower looks like it is built to last with it's much heavier duty construction. We look forward to seeing how it stands up to 25-30 hrs/week of operation. The longer lasting battery is great, added height adjustments are nice and the self propelled feature is very helpful. There is no question that this new model is much improved over the last and should provide a longer life of service for our business needs.
Hopefully this is an anomaly of some sort!
Keep us up to date with the performance of your first mower as well as how the second mower stacks up. Really dumb question... was the mulching insert installed? I know, I know. I'm just wondering why a strip of grass trimmings would show up along one side of the cutting path?
Either way, thanks for the review! It's comforting to hear the build appears to be up to your commercial standards. Hopefully it lasts well for you and your crew.
Also nice to hear that the mower is available in Canada now! :-)
Have you seen this review from WorkshopAddict. A recent review... Apparently on mulching of the 21" Self-Propelled Lawn Mower by Ego.
Maybe there is a difference between your mower and theirs or a difference in the grass? I was trying to see grass being left behind in the video.
The 20" does a much better job even though it tends to leave individual standing blades all over the place.
Since I was short on time and wasn't taking much height off I cranked the SP speed up to about 75%. No uncut blades, but when I looked back I could see clusters of poorly mulched grass grouped around every other stripe.
I've never seen this at my usual 50% SP speed, so at least for me it seems that it only happens over around 3mph. Keep it down to 2.5mph and it should be fine.
I finally got my 21" SP. unlike the standard 21", I didn't get any unmulched lines with the SP. I was cutting a fairly thick spring Michigan lawn at about 50% speed.
I'm very happy with the SP's performance so far!!!
I think the lower blade RPMs on the 21"is probably the cause of this unfortunate problem. Also note that the mower blade is always kept sharpened and the mulching plug is inserted properly.
It would be nice if someone at EGO would respond to my ongoing concerns about the mulching problems but they have been silent. Is a fix possible? How about that other blade that is available in Europe? If that allows the grass blades to be lifted more effectively to be re-cut that might be the solution to the mulching problem.
Other than the mulching deficiency; this mower has lots of improvements over the 20" model that make it superior.
First, we are looking into bringing the accessories that are Europe-only to North America. Your views and desires have been heard loud and clear. We closed the topic because we don't have an update, for now, and it's not really productive to just say "we want it" 100 times. We know you want it. :) It's not as simple as just shipping a box over and handing them out. We hope you can understand that setting up anything in North America takes time (regardless of our retailer of choice).
Second, we're sorry to see some of the mulching challenges you are experiencing Steve. Our 21" mower has been reviewed by quite a few third parties (Consumer Reports, Pro Tool Reviews, etc.) and we know you all look at their reviews. This mulching challenge is certainly news to us. We're keeping a close eye on this but for now, no changes are being made. There haven't been any running changes to the mower either so there's not a next generation of this mower vs a 21" mower that came out a few months ago.
Steve, we're going to contact you offline to try and figure out if there is anything else we can do to help ease your issues.
BTW...I paid just over $1000 cdn for the SP mower to have shipped (included $60 shipping costs...no free shipping here) from HD Canada to my home. That's a lot of $$ for a non-mulching mower eh!
I replaced an old HONDA gas, quadra cut HRX217, that did two things better. 1 created very fine clippings, small, and had superior lift. We have straw, small twigs, and fine wood mulch that get into the grass. The old mower would lift these up and mulch or bag them. NOTE: the HONDA would also leave a line behind, especially when taller and wet.
The Ego will not lift any of these off the grass, this is a little annoying. However, it performed well enough, I like the feel, quietness, and no more gas, so I plan to stick with it. It is a very nice machine, well built. It would be great if a better mulching blade could be designed that provided more lift.....
I have a lot invested in the EGO brand...3x 20" Mowers (2 now in poor shape from wear & tear),
2x 21" SP Mowers, 2 old blowers, 2 new blowers (great improvement), 1 - 15" line trimmer (not using-not as good as our Core Outdoor Power trimmer- except they seem to be out of business...so let's say it's a back up or will be returned) & 1 new hedge trimmer (like very much after first day of use). We also have a lot of batteries... 4x 4ah, 5x 2a/h, 2x 2.5a/h & 2x 7.5 ah.
What to do?
On a side note, I also received the 530CFM blower + free battery yesterday. It is awesome!! It is so much better than the 40v Ryobi blower. There is really no comparison between the 2 as far as I'm concerned. Love the speed control personally, much better than variable speed trigger to me. Turbo mode is a beast!
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