Time for a Pro model with better suction - dual battery holders; more power; self propelled

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I'm sure many of you love your EGO mowers, but they are still not a perfect replacement for ALL types of grass/conditions. I have the 21" self propelled, and the weaknesses I see are the side/back discharge and a nice perfect cut without blades of grass sticking up where wheels have gone over. I just ordered the high lift blade on Amazon, to try.

That being said, I would pay $1000 for a Pro model with more power, dual battery holders (like the snow blower), self propelled and firmware updates.

Would you pay this much for a mower if it had no compromises?

From an efficiency standpoint, do any of you wonder why the blades are always running? Could this be done better to retain more battery?
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I'd like to see stoppage of a lot of new product development until Ego can get their distribution inventory caught up. I know what it takes to get new product to market having worked in both manufacturing environments and R&D side and it eats a lot of time from mfg side when a new product is close to moving into the production line. Just focus on getting orders of existing items filled, with a small cushion, and then new products can start coming in.
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Absolutely no way I would pay $1000.00 for a lawn mower.  They wear out too quick... I wear out a gas model over 8 years and an electric looks like around 4. 

BUT, my back yard is a lawn mower eating machine.  I don't expect any electric mower to hold up very well.  Too much plastic and smaller drive shafts from the electric mower.  I'm talking ALL.  EGO holds up as well as anything you would buy.
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Heck no, $600 is plenty, and for $400 I can live with whatever isn't perfect.  My wife isn't perfect but I found a way to live with her - lol
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You better hope she doesn't see and misinterpret that post...
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The new 20" self propelled model with the metal deck makes me scratch my head, unless the 21" is being discontinued. I know it has some pluses, but they don't seem too much different.
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Main difference is a brushless motor
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$1000 lawnmower, does that even exist? Excluding large format and/or industrial grade machines, of course.

No.

It would cost Ego a few dollars more to build a dual battery mower with a more powerful motor and perhaps a different blade, not a few hundred more.

As I said in my battery post earlier, things that ride the "tech wave" are expected to get cheaper with time, not more expensive, or at least offer improved performance or features for the same price.

I think the new steel deck brushless mower price point is pushing it, quite honestly. Battery packs are the most expensive part of a mower kit, and the batteries haven't changed. Brushless motors are no longer some wild new technology requiring deep R&D budgets and low production components, they're absolutely commonplace.

Im sure the manufacturing/logistics cost of TWO 5Ah 20" mower kits at retail is near double the manufacturing/logistics cost of one 7.5Ah 20" brushless mower kit, yet the retail price is almost the same.
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No, people buy a Tesla for the status symbol. There are less expensive options that also don't use any gas. 
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Oh you are so wrong on this. I have over 300 members in my EV group (mdvolt.org) and I meet and talk with many of them monthly. Plus, you can buy a used Model S for a reasonable price now.
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You are drinking espresso at the meetings.  Kind of proves Mike's point.
(jk)
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Ha ha... not really, just a twist on Cars & Coffee.
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Musk-aholics :-)

BTW, it's very rare to see a used Model S for sale cheaper than a brand new Bolt, Volt, Leaf etc., even with their recently reduced prices through Tesla's used car program. I'm pretty sure image has something to do with it.

Don't get me wrong, I wish I had a Model S in the driveway. I just can't afford it. I'll just have to save the planet with my lawn mower. :-)
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Then again, if you can afford a $1,000 mower, you could probably hire someone to cut your grass. :) My problem as that the people you try to hire, shave your lawn and have poor height controls on their commercial mowers.
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So let's talk about other compromises. When I first got the lawnmower, I put the power all the way to high just to see what would happen. Sure enough, the battery did about 2/3 of the front yard (1/4 acre lot). I have a small property on a slight grade, so even at 1/2 power, I cannot do the entire yard. Fortunately I have 2 extra batteries from the snow blower. So, I'm already invested pretty heavily in this. Does anyone else need to take a break to charge their battery before they can continue?
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Yes, sorry. I just got this, this season. Do you need to sharpen the blade every two weeks?
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I have an irrigation system, so my lawn is nice and sometimes thicker than my neighbors.
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Don't need to sharpen every 2 weeks but a sharp blade has been known to help run time and yours is surprisingly low so a sharpening may be something to try to help improve the run time.

And generally I do not think the SP system is a big power drain.

Whatvsize batteries do you use.
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I have the 7.5 and two 5's
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Well a 7.5 should be more than enough to mow a 1/4 acre yard

So you should look into possible causes for the battery drain.  Start with the blade sharpening and move on from there.
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Mean green push mower is 2400.00. so there ya go.... They do exist
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And Toro 22 inch commercial mowers are rumored to be $1200 at Plano Power Equipment.

As far as costs like that go, you may as well build your own lawn mower and battery packs and chargers  and customize them to your liking.

Also, I'm not paying that much for a 20 inch push mower, I could use that kind of money to convert my Toro 20333 (personal pace 22 inch) gas mower into an electric mower and get more productivity and better looks out of it.
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