No one seems to be able to make a good standalone mulcher
that works great. I have most of the EGO tools except the chain saw and snow blower but love them all.
Your blower is fantastic but now I need to have a really well designed mulcher w/bag to use to clean up my yard work (leaves, twigs, etc.). This would be a really good addition to your EGO lineup in my opinon since people really don't want to haul around electrical extension cables around the yard and mess with gas operated equipment.
Anyway I was just wondering if you folks were thinking of tackling a project
I am hopeful.
I realize a high quality blower with vacuum mulching - and using a high quality high carbon SHARP impellor - can't be manufactured for $150-200, but if you made one, and did it for under [hopefully :-)] $300, it would immediately become the Rolls Royce of blower/vacuum mulchers & immediately outsell the competition. At a good price point, your battery technology combined with high quality construction features would immediately render the competition's cord and gas units obsolete. My only extra expense would be a second battery. I have to drive to a park or forest to collect my leaves, but even if I was still on my property in CA, I would need portability. With the B&D unit I was severely limited by the power cord and trying to vacuum and mulch was truly a PITA! And....it had a cheap, non-sharp impellor and bag construction that was not up to the pressure created by the unit's power and would tear at the bag to strap locations. Your unit would address these concerns, I'm sure. Make the impellor easily removable for sharpening.
It's hard to fathom why a company such as yours with so many fine garden implements has missed the boat for so long in not coming out with a high grade, ie very high speed, stainless steel sharp impellor, with large capacity very durable collection bag, unit. Many folks need portability due to the size of their properties. And being a combo, I can quickly blow leaves into a pile in a park or the woods and then vacuum mulch them.
There's also the issue of cost of having to use two separate units to accomplish the mulching chore. If someone's situation has them using a blower + a large fixed mulcher, the cost is much greater than if you made a high quality combo unit. This isn't rocket science; it comes down to the decision-makers getting off their collective duffs and simply go forward with making this type of unit, which would lead the industry. I, like I have to assume many others feel the same way, do NOT want to use a gasoline powered unit. Technology has evolved way past the need for this once functional but now antiquated technology, lead in large part by yourselves. Please....pull the rag out and make this unit ASAP, and when you do, let me know where in the Greater Vancouver area of BC I can buy it! Thanks.
The only difference between what EGO should make and the B & D unit is the power source.:-)
Air direction is the same passing through the impeller and works just fine in the mulching form. For mulching, the expended air along with the mulched leaves are simply put into the bag as opposed to directed to the atmosphere. To convert from blower to vacuum mulcher, you simply remove the protective shroud over the air intake and attach the vacuum tube here. Connect the bag to the air outlet after removing the blower tube and you're ready to go. Couldn't be simpler. :-)
B&D's has two speeds, low and high but both work for mulching. The difference is you can use the lower speed for working around living plants you don't want to disturb or harm.
I don't buy into the idea of the current battery not providing enough power for a long enough period of time as they're used to power lawnmowers and snowblowers which require far more power than a leaf mulcher!
The only issue as I see it, and I'm an engineer too, is that the current cordless blower cannot be modified to the multi-use platform we see in the B&D unit......it has to be a completely new design to make it the multi-use tool it needs to be. EGO is considered an upscale model and with the technology, both in multi-use design as shown by B&D for a long time now, and battery design from EGO leading the industry, there is no reason why the marriage of design and battery power can't be put into production asap. Basically copy B&D's design with enough changes to not run afoul of any patents of course. I can't imagine EGO isn't aware that they're losing a market share to B&D and other manufacturers by not having a combo unit of their own. Knowing your competition is the key to success and their units are filling a niche in the market for a blower/vacuum mulcher, however NOT a portable version that isn't gasoline powered.
I'm on edge of my seat about to buy a new vac/mulcher. Can't decide if I want to go the WORX corded one again, or get a battery powered one like Black-n-Decker's and then have to deal with another type of battery (I already have an EGO blower, mower, and string trimmer).
If EGO made a vac/mulcher I'd buy it in a heart-beat - even if it was a dedicated vac/mulcher. If EGO has plans to make one, it would really be nice to know before I can't wait anymore and end up wasting my money buying something else. Thanks!
Please, Ego, use your considerable expertise to make a mulcher-vac up to the capability of the Toro 51619 corded unit!
I started this thread and it's been long enough for Ego to have designed and produced what the people want. I've lost interest in waiting and bought the corded Black & Decker vacuum/blower/mulcher. It doesn't have the freedom of a battery unit so getting shredded leaves for composting has unfortunately become a two step procedure: gather the leaves at the park and bring them home to mulch.
I don't need any other powered garden tools but if I did, I wouldn't buy EGO due to their lack of caring regarding what the public wants that happens to be the logical solution to the issue. I just got sick and tired of waiting on a corporation's dragging their feet on making a sound business decision.
Snooze you lose.
I certainly agree with you regarding not making a brand new product whatever it may be just because one or a few want it, but that's not the case here. What we want is just another version of a product that's already in the marketplace - separate blowers & mulchers - and obviously doing very well by the fact they're continuing to be produced. What I've suggested is merely a 'variation on a [existing] theme'. It would fill a need in the market that's only competition currently for sale, is a gas powered unit which I won't use.
Now having made my point, the only caveat to this unit not selling at the retail level would be its price point. I would and I believe others would as well, be willing to pay a premium for this unit being the only style - battery powered - on the market. That does not mean we'd pay a huge premium. If would have to be reasonable to the buyer/end user while rewarding EGO for producing a high end product that's unique to the marketplace.
I've successfully argued against all reasons given here by a few folks why this unit shouldn't or can't be produced. To me, these are lame arguments contending I haven't thought through all aspects of producing this unit. I have, so I conclude these folks do not have marketing experience or are EGO sympathizers attempting to derail this thread I started. Knock yourself out folks, I can counter any counter argument you or EGO can come up with. :-)