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Have read many reviews when considering a battery mower and like Ego's product the best, but am disheartened of all the reports that mowers stop functioning when used in damp or wet areas.  One of your competitors seals the motor and components so this is not a problem, and would like to see Ego do the same so I can finally justify the purchase.  In many areas completely dry grass is very difficult to achieve, and mowing days are weather limited, so allowing damp or wet mowing is a must.
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I’m not aware of damp grass causing a mower failure. Ego advises against cutting wet grass and using a hose to clean the mower deck, but that’s just to keep people from thinking the mowers are waterproof.

Damp cutting conditions will not harm an Ego mower. As with any tool, storage should not be in a damp place.
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And like cutting damp grass with any mower you are going to need to clean under the mower to remove grass that is sticking to the mower and you are very likely to get clumping and thus not the most attractive results which many are looking for.  That said you can certainly mow damp grass as Blue stated.  I have without issue (other than the expected normal results of mowing damp grass).
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I'm not so sure it's "failure" as the mower simply ceases to operate for a period of time, and then may resume operating once it dries out.  Again, this is based on customer reviews I've read.  And in all honesty, if it is to be used outside at all, the parts that keep the mower running should be waterproof (a competitor that starts with "S" and ends with "L" has already done that).  Most people I know store their mowers outside in a shed to prevent grass smells (allergens) in their house, and you can't control humidity in a shed.  For the same reason many people hose off the deck and wheels to minimize the mount of grass on their stored mower.

So, again, a little thought on improving the product could go a long way.  I'll add to this that making the deck aluminum instead of steel so it won't rust in damp conditions, either use or storage, would be another leading-edge improvement (something I have on my 15 year-old gas mower, so not a new concept).
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Agreed, there’s always room for improvement. Ego is always looking for suggestions as to how they can refine their designs.

The ability to rinse out the mower deck is something people have been requesting since the beginning. Perhaps this is something they can design into a future version. With evolving specifications on outdoor electronics with regards to waster and dust tightness, perhaps this is a moving target? Just a guess, I’m no expert.

As far as shutting down in wet conditions, I wonder if they are overloaded and need time to cool? Wet grass bunching up under a mower puts a serious load on the motor, and the Ego mowers add power to compensate. Perhaps by the time the user feels the mower is affected it has overheated already? I’ve never had this happen so I’m not sure. I also have the older 20” mower which doesn’t vary it’s cutting power as much as the newer 21” mowers do.
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I haven't read many problems with water resistance in my three years posting here. I've been using the original 20-inch mower for that many seasons, including on grass that was wetter than I'd like it to be, as well as in a couple of light rains. And I do occasionally (carefully) hose grass off the underside of the deck. (I make a point of keeping the spray from the motor shaft.)

The motor might bog down a bit when the grass is really thick, but it just starts right up again.

Ego's mowers are at least ipx4 rated for water resistance. Sure, you don't want to store them outdoors uncovered, and you don't want to mow in a monsoon, but humidity, damp grass and some light rain just haven't proved to be problems.