Which might be best for me - LM2101 21" (5.0Ah battery) or the LM2102SP (7.5Ah battery)?

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I'm thinking of buying either the LM2101 21" (5.0Ah battery) or the LM2102SP (7.5Ah battery), and I'd like the Community's sense of which would best fit my needs. (I've read enough of these conversations to know opinions are diverse on any given topic - so I'm especially looking for input from those whose needs, circumstances or experiences parallel my own.) This year I had most of my front yard landscaped into a large “free-form” garden. This leaves me with relatively small – but connected - areas of grass to mow; and with long stretches of curved molding that define the garden areas. While there aren’t “steep inclines” to mow, the area to mow is uneven in several places. I prefer to mulch (vs. bag) cut grass and leaves as it requires less effort and there’s no cost to recycle yard waste. I want a cordless, electric lawnmower for convenience and ecology. I’m 72 years of age and neither “running time” nor battery charging time is an issue for me; either the battery will outlast me, or I’ll need a rest!
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My backyard is very simialar design to what you described. The 2101 is light enough that you most likely be able to push the mower with no problems since you do not have major inclines. However the 2102SP offers a slightly better high lift blade that is supposed to mulch better. There is much discussion in the community about the effectiveness of the blade, so much that EGO has announced a new high lift blade that will be released in January of 2017. Since battery life and pushing is not critical I think the 2101 should work fine with the new high lift blade being released in January. Unless you need something ASAP it might be prudent to wait until spring time and see if EGO releases the 2017 mowers with the new blades.
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Eric, to my knowledge both 21" mowers come with the exact same blade (they both use the same replacement blade part number).

Ego will be releasing a high lift blade next year, but it is intended for bagging and discharge mowing, not mulching.
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Thanks for the update. With all of the traffic on the community I was not sure of which blade was actually on the 2101.
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No problem! :-)
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LilyJo, since you mention curved edges, you might even consider the original 20" mower. It is the lightest and easiest to maneuver of the Ego models, and might suit your needs if the self-propel feature is not necessary.
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I'm with BlueAngel and Eric here. I own 2101 mower and my yard is about 1/4 acre with curves and some inclines and declines. 2101 is light enough to easily maneuver. My neighbor (who has exact same size of the property and nearly identical lawn) bought 2102 so I had a chance to try it out. I found 2102 to be rather inconvenient (at least, for my purpose) because sometimes you literally have to run behind it. 5.0Ah battery is enough for me to completely mow my whole lawn without re-charging. On top of that, you will be saving $100.

Also, as Eric mentioned, it might be a good idea to wait until spring to see if EGO comes up with a new walk-behind model. On the other hand, EGO might be on sale during winter holidays. So it's up to you here - get it cheaper or get newer model.

Good luck and welcome to EGO community.  
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For someone with a larger lawn, having the larger battery might make sense whether or not they plan to push or propel.

Or someone (like me) who just wants the biggest battery just because. :-)
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Ok..ok I use SP on my small hills sometimes if I have had too much to drink. :)
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I would call you a liar
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To jump on the bandwagon and provide some insight, my yard is about 7000ft2. I bought the SP and have no prior experience with the previous model, but find the SP to be easy to use (as compared to a traditional gas), and (even so) very rarely engage the drive motor. I also get 2 mowings off a single charge of the 7.5 battery.


That said, I also bought the backpack blower (which came with a 5.0 battery) and have used that as well. Still, able to mow the entire lawn on a single charge with battery to spare.
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Totally get the SP, we all have this malady of getting older every year. 


Don't use the lever if you don't care to but it's darn nice to have it.

  And you don't want buyer's remorse in a year or two.
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Having owned and used the 20" for 2 years before upgrading to the 21" SP this year, my personal experience is that the 20" is much more nimble and maneuverable, depending how tight the bends in those grassy areas are. You won't notice much difference in the cutting width in a lawn that small, so that isn't a major factor.

It is worth noting that the blade motor on the 21" push model is 100w more powerful than the 20", but the 21" SP is 300w more powerful than the 21" push model. That can make a difference in very thick yards that are mowed pretty short (like 1.5" tall bermuda in the south).

If the 20" mower doesn't overload in thick grass, it's blade spins at a fixed speed that is slightly faster than the normal speed on the 21" mowers, so it will generally much better on average lawns. However the 21" mowers increase power as the blade hits thick spots that would slow it down, while the 20" will just bog down and eventually overload in those situations.

It doesn't sound like you have much use for the 7.5Ah battery, but I would definitely recommend the 5Ah battery in either mower unless you can get a really good deal on a closeout 20" kit with 4Ah battery.