So...about this new "vent"

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When is EGO going to reach out to all mower owners and say, "guess what? We fixed that defective design where you couldn't use a hose to spray the bottom of your mower, by adding this nice little piece that covers it up perfectly AND improves lift!! Now, we're going to show you how to retrofit this onto your mower should you choose to! :)"

Just wondering.
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The area where the vent covers isn't an area where you would spray a hose anyway.  I hosed out my mower all the time, without the vent.  Not recommended if you can't control the spray and keep it in the deeper part of the deck, but I had no issues.  Just tip it right after cleaning and let the water drip out.  The insides windings of the motor are epoxy covered and can handle moisture, believe me, there is a lot of moisture in wet grass.
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Yep, it's pretty much a non issue that was blown up into an issue by speculation that exposed motor windings were somehow bad. My mower, like so many others, is doing just fine without the vent.

BTW, where did the "improves lift" come from? I'm not sure how anyone could think that little cover in the middle of the blade could have anything to do with the dynamics of the grass cutting cycle out at the blade ends? Lift comes from the blade geometry. :)
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I think there was a theory that it cooled the motor and allowed a slightly longer run time. Seems to sort of make sense, but not really. And still wouldn't generate more lift even if it were true.

I don't do it anymore, but used to pressure wash the underside of the deck regularly and never had any issues. I really believe that this was a cosmetic change to reduce the number of calls from unnecessarily concerned customers, not any actual vulnerability.
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Well, considering EGO themselves specifically said not to use a hose/pressure washer on the bottom of that thing, it would be REALLY nice to have another EGO rep come in here and say either (A) "We still don't recommend you do that, and here's how you can retrofit this piece" or (B) "we were overly cautious, it's okay to use a hose".

https://community.egopowerplus.com/eg...
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I had suggested refrigerating the batteries a while back, and Jennifer informed me that the engineers didn't recommend this because of condensation when using a cold battery in hot/humid conditions. Everything is sealed and moisture resistant, but not guaranteed to be completely waterproof if exposed to enough wet conditions.

I am guessing that the mower electronics are no different, which is why I stopped pressure washing. Maybe 99% of the time the moisture barrier will keep the electronics dry, but it's still best not to tempt fate and hope you don't find yourself in the 1% (or whatever the slim chance of the barrier failing is).

I seriously doubt that the cover makes much if any difference, or they would be sending it out to everyone to prevent warranty replacements. So the chance of a mower without the cover failing within 5 years is small enough that it isn't even worth the tiny cost of sending out a retrofit part.
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Note also that the newer mowers with the cover have a revised blade mount, which is not compatible with the older mowers, so neither is the cover.
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Hi everyone.  Thanks for all of your great conversation.  We still maintain that you should NOT hose out the underneath of the mower's deck and we do not have a piece to retrofit into the mower in order to allow you to do so.  This is not on our list of improvements for the mower at this time.  If you have the newer version of the mower (model LM2000-S) with the fan,  we still do not recommend cleaning the mower with water.  That fan is not a water tight fitting and was never intended to be one.  We hope this helps clear up your questions and concerns.

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