Too frequent maintenance required to keep 21SP mower in near-new shape

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I wheeled the 21SP into my shop to get it clean and resharpen the blade.  Total time was just over an hour.  It needs sharpening at LEAST 4 times as often as a Honda blade. 
Seriously.  More silent cursing of Ego for their materials choices.  So part of that hour, devoted to sharpening the blade was time I wouldn't have had to spend if the blade was made of a harder metal.  I KNOW that, because in decades of owning other mowers, I didn't need to sharpen the blade more than every couple of years, mowing the same lawn I have now.

The second process was laborious: removing caked on grass from the deck by: 1) gently spraying water to loosen the grass, using a spray bottle since Ego has declared this mower to wimpy to handle high pressure spray from a garden hose, 2) scraping, scraping, scraping with a heavy duty plastic brush, 3) wiping out all traces of grass from the deck, 4) drying the deck, 5) applying automotive paste wax, and 6) buffing the wax. I silently cursed Ego for making this mower to fragile to handle a quick hose-down like your typical mower.  I could hose my gas mower's deck out in less than a minute.  This makes the second time I've applied wax since spring time.

Here's what I'd like Ego to consider in forthcoming mower models:

1.  Switch out the materials used for the deck, as it's too flexible and too easily damaged, relative to the Xenoy decks that Honda used in their mowers for a time.  The Xenoy deck-types of mowers are essentially as rigid as a steel deck version.   The Ego mower is VERY flexible--not confidence inspiring and makes is harder to guide.

2.  For the love of god, use better (read: "harder") metal for your blades (that goes for the hedge trimmer blade, also).   I shouldn't have to sharpen a mower blade this often.

3.  Please make your next generation of mowers with enclosed "rigidity cells" on the bottom of the mower, so it's not so darn difficult and time consuming to get the underside of the mower clean.

4.  How about a stainless drive shaft?  The shaft rusts incredibly quickly, and severely.   C'mon guys, this thing is used OUTSIDE.  Don't make it out of plain steel.   Or at least PAINT it with appropriately durable paint, eh??

There are 11 triangular deep indentations that fill up with grass. Here's a photo of that section I think should be covered:

Finally, how about you speed up the motor so we get better lift and all around improvement in cutting, knowing that battery tech should improve enough that you will be able to provide run-times equal or better than those currently available.  ie, give us a bit of "future proofing".  And not to be forgotten--increase durability so that hitting objects that don't faze a gas mower, won't damage the Ego mower so badly that it needs to go in for repairs.   They  are not cell phones--a mower should be able to handle being cleaned by a garden hose and it shouldn't break if one hits a typical annoyance in the grass such as a sprinkler head or small rock or a root.  Just because it's electric, doesn't mean it has to be inferior in so many ways to a gas mower.

One more thing: to all you Ego denizens, if you don't like my opinions of Ego products, try to act civilized by not attacking me personally, eh?  You can state your case if you disagree, but you should be able to do that without personal comments.
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It takes me about 20 seconds to sharpen my blade. Ive gotten alot of practice by now :).so that part doesn't bother me
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Actually a well thought out post, of which EGO should look at for improving their product.  The blade, it doesn't take long to sharpen, but we've all complained about the metal hardness.
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Ive never complained about the hardness. :)
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Can't really disagree with anything you're saying Dave, however:

1. The driveshaft corrosion is just cosmetic, but a new mower shouldn't have rusty metal parts.
2. The deck flexibility could be a personal thing maybe? I don't have the 21" mower, but my 20" certainly doesn't feel too flexible.

The blades could absolutely be a better grade of steel. From day one people have noticed they need more frequent sharpening than what they were used to with their old mowers.

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