self propelled mulching mower not mulching

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For 40 years, I never had a mulching "issue" with a gas-powered mower.  This year, I am using the 21-in, self-propelled mulching mower from Ego and am getting more and more disappointed with its results.  I mow every 4 days because 1) the lawn gets fertilized and, most times, it needs it and 2) by doing so, there is 'usually' less effort involved.  However, over the last couple of months, I generally have to go over where I mowed twice because it leaves a trail of grass (I call it 'clumping') and if I don't get rid of it, it will just show up as dead grass and kill what is underneath.  I sharpen the blade at least every 3 weeks, so that's not it....does anyone else have this problem?  The battery is strong, so time not an issue and I refuse to bag my grass...never did it, never will....I am open to suggestions?....I even tried the "lift' blade, and, while that cuts the grass better, it obviously leaves more grass because it is not considered a mulching blade...help?  Go back to gas?  Last resort....
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I have better results with the high lift blade, but anytime I cut the grass when it is at all wet I do have a similar problem. If you are already cutting with a sharp high lift blade twice per week, the only other things I could recommend are:
- Make sure you don’t cut early in the morning when there is dew on the grass or right after a heavy rain
- Slow up the pace a bit and overlap passes by a little more
- Try the side discharge chute (I was not a big fan before I accidentally knocked mine off and mulched it up)
- Put anti-stick wax or graphite coating on underside of deck and both sides of the blade.
- Last resort is to cross-cut at a high speed (or use blower) to disburse the clumps

If you aren’t happy with the results after trying these things, it might just not be a good mower for your grass type. You could try moving
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Mike, this video might also be a helpful reference: https://community.egopowerplus.com/ego/topics/my_mower_isnt_mulching_properly

If these tips don't do the trick, please give our service team a call. You can reach them at 1-855-346-5656 until 8pm EST tonight.