Self propel delay on 20" steel deck

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Just bought my first ego mower a few weeks ago and have been impressed with everything other than the self propel feature. When I pull the handle there is a very noticeable delay before it kicks in and when I let go it locks up the rear tires for a few seconds making turning difficult. It also occasionally just completely fails to engage when I pull the lever. Is this all normal or is my mower defective?
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Posted 3 years ago

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Missed engagement can't be normal. If someone says so, that's a lie. I cannot speak for the dwell on engagement, but motors may accelerate at a ramp up rate so it is smooth and won't spin the tires. I don't know if this is what you are talking about.

I'd say you got a bum unit. Call ego about it. If they say take it to home Depot for repair, and you can return it. Return or exchange it, don't be waiting for 6 weeks for repairs on a brand new mower.
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I have missed engagement sometimes, too, after lock ups.
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My 21 inch plastic deck SP has a "delay" but like Jacob said I believe it is part of the electronics to ease the mower up to speed.
On the "lockup" this is a security feature to not allow roll back on a incline. If you disengage the drive just before you turn and allow a few inches forward motion the wheels will not lock. This takes some to get use to. Failing to engage...maybe something is broke in the drive train if the wheels were forcibly turned when in safety lock. I think this would require a great deal of force to break but possible none the less.

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