Speed control stuck on fast- bagging issues

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I am 60 Yr old woman who purchased this mower for all the obvious reasons. I purchased the 21" self-propelled mower. The speed control is stuck on high, regardless of where the control lever is. I am having other issues with it not bagging my grass properly and leaving a mess on my just cut lawn. I would very much appreciate some feedback.
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I have this mower and senior to you by a year :.) Couple of basic questions. Do you mean the speed lever on the left has no affect on speed? For bagging, did you remove the mulching plug?

Mike
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Mike, Yes!  That is exactly what I meant and yes the mulching bag was removed. Thanks for your reply, BTW.
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Terry how long have you had the mower.
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Last night was the second time I have used this mower.  The speed control worked fine last week.
It was  "trashy"  last week with the grass not being thrown properly into the bag and leaving clippings on the mowed lawn. I don't know.  Maybe my lawn is too lush and thick for this mower?
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And if your mower is stuck on High speed that may be the source of the overloading as it is a bit fast when on hign.
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Mr. Engineering, it is the lever, for sure.  I am cutting at position 3, and since the speed control was stuck on fast, I pushed the mower without extra power. I did go back over and try to sweep up the clippings with an empty bag and that helped somewhat.  Just not as tidy as I would like.  I will check into the high lift blade.  This is all new to me as I have had a service before.  

Mr Champion, I do get enough grass in my bag, I had to empty it three times, and yes, it does a better job of vacuuming when I am in thinner grass, and perhaps I was pushing too fast .

I was hoping there was a way to fix the lever and motor.

I am resigned to taking this bad boy back to HD. ;(   Thank you, gentlemen for your quick and valuable responses.
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Any time Terry.  As it is an electronic control, replacement of the mower is probably the best bet. There is not tightening or adjusting that will do the trick.

Come back and let us know how things work out with the replacement.  
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Miss Terry (writing from the Deep South)

I'm a decade +3 years older and did not buy the Self-propelled because it would be one more thing to break and my yard is small (only uses about a half a charge to mow it all).   Plus, with my small yard and too much time on the internet, I needed the exercise!  

Mine is the LM2101 (21 inch non-self-propelled) and it's very easy to push even at my age.

It is important to keep the blade sharp and balanced...so before I used it, the sweet Ego Champions coached me and showed me the YouTube video on how to maintain/remove/sharpen the blade and what to buy to sharpen it.   

How to change the blade - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsZ272F001M

My mower takes a 14mm wrench to remove the blade turning counter-clockwise and sometimes using WD40 to get the bolt loose.  I use my drill and an Arnold blade sharpener bit to give it a little sharper edge:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Arnold-Universal-Lawn-Mower-Blade-Sharpening-Kit-490-850-0006/300615901

Some of us use WD40 waterproof lubricant or Lowe's Fluid film to keep the grass from sticking to the underside of the deck:  https://www.lowes.com/pd/Fluid-Film-11-75-oz-Fluid-Film-Rust-Corrosion-Preventive-Penetrant-Lubricant/50335157

These are also good to use to wipe down the mower.   

Washing the mower with a hose is NOT recommended because of the electronics.   You can use a wet rag, a curved scraper, a broom, blower, vac to clean out any stuck grass.

I don't catch my grass, but don't have a thatch problem with centipede in NFL.   I just do a second or overlapping pass if there are visible clippings left on the surface.

I LOVE my Ego Mower and the fun of mowing my own grass!   

I hope your replacement mower will give you years and years of satisfaction and joy!

Very best regards,

Sibyl
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Awesome info, Sibyl!!! :-)

Terry, she's right about keeping the blade sharp, it makes a big difference!
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Terry, in addition to the advice given, it's recommended that when cutting you are only taking the top 1/3rd of the grass blade. If your lawn is thick and lush and/or grows quickly, you may need to mow more often? The more grass clippings that are flying around under the deck the poorer the bagging performance will be. The 21" mower has a ton of power, so it may not show signs of stress even though the bagging operation is hindered.

Another thing to keep in mind; the more grass there is in the bag the less air flow there is, so as the bag fills up the collection performance will start to suffer. Make sure you're emptying the bag before it gets too full. You may be able to tell when this is happening by listening; the mower will get quieter as the bag fills up.

As mentioned, if the above doesn't improve the situation, the High Lift blade is designed specifically to improve bagging and discharge mowing. The battery won't last quite as long, but the mower will lift debris and clippings better when bagging.

Hope this helps! :-)

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