Very unhappy with my EGO
Thought I would review. I'm very unhappy with my EGO.
I wanted to like this product, I really did!
So i went away for two weeks recently after cutting my lawn on the highest ego setting (LM2001E) which is actually really short. When I came back the lawn had put on a fair bit of growth, but then it is that time of year. Basically the entire time I was mowing the yellow 'overload' light is flashing. I get about 15 minutes of mowing before the battery runs out. I don't have couch grass or anything serious, its just the native grass that came...with the block. The other major problem with this mower is it does not have the power to discharge the clippings. If you use the side discharge chute or mulcher the deck just gets clogged with grass and the mower stalls. I either use the bag (with frequent emptying) or use an occy strap to hold it partially open for a rear discharge. Even then it still clogs up a few times during a standard mow. And if the grass is SLIGHTLY wet then I have to unclog the chute once every 30 seconds – its incredibly frustrating. So this mower cannot handle two weeks of lawn growth – in my opinion that makes it unfit for purpose. You could not reasonably be expected to mow every week. Of course nobody involved will take any responsibility for their crap product so I can either sell it or go to VCAT (court) where I have to pay $60. What consumer rights? I'm pretty furious that consumer rights are in such a dismal place in Australia and it pains me but I will have to stick with petrol mowers for another few years until Tesla drives battery prices down some more and battery mowers can be made more powerful.
"The Tesla of mowers"
I used to have an Enviromower which was pretty good, but I forgot to keep the battery charged up over the non-mowing season so when I used it this year, the batteries would no longer hold a charge. (They are several years old now, no complaint.)
I tossed up getting new lead-acid batteries for about $100, or leaping into the 21st century with a lithium-ion battery mower. After reading Choice and other online reviews, I went for the Ego LM2001E. It is AMAZING.
I have a 19 acre bush block with a large amount of grass to mow and no, I didn't mo...w the whole block with the EGO mower! I have a ride-on mower but also have an area around the house that I mow with the cordless mower, as our home runs on stand-alone solar power so I'd rather use free solar power than buy petrol to mow. Yesterday was my first use of the EGO mower, I can't believe how gutsy it is. I cut the area round the house in no time, then started off into the area I usually mow with the ride-on. longer grass was generally no problem, in a couple of thick long patches the mower flashed an orange light to warn I was over-doing it so I just slowed my pace a bit as I passed through the heavier sections,and it was great. When mowing heavier sections you can hear the motor speed up a bit, I believe it is electronically controlled to prevent stalling under heavy load. The mower really fills up the catcher, other mowers I have used tend to clog up the chute before the catcher is full. I now have a mountain of clippings for composting. I didn't time how much mowing time I got on a charge, but it was a long time. I was tired before the battery was.
- Verified purchase
Very happy with this mower! Purchased from masters. Cuts perfectly, light weight, easy to manoeuvre, plenty of juice from the battery.
Also grabbed the line brushless trimmer kit.
It does seem to get stuck cutting on number 1 setting, I just changed to 2. The led lights are super cool, it's ability to stand upright folded away is awesome. I hate mowing but with this mower, I want to cut grass everyday!!! The entire unit is made of plastic but it does seem durable and tough. Green accent colours make it look good, compared to ryobi which looks like a transformer. Highly recommended! Best feature, push button starts all the time every time. On sale at masters for 584! Got mine for 650.
Great Idea But Poor Execution
Just tried out my new EGO Power+ lawn mower. The idea is fantastic - Lithium Ion rechargeable battery, plastic chassis, it is light, quiet, relatively easy to operate. This model is the most powerful on the market at 56v. It's a pity it can't even handle a little moisture on the grass. I waited until it hadn't rained for a few days before trying it out to give it a fair chance. However, there was a bit of dew around. Still, the lawn was not wet to the touch.
Firstly, although I had the catcher bag in place according to the instructions, only...half the grass was going in there. The rest was balling up underneath. I managed to cut some quite long grass/weeds and continued around relatively shorter grass when it began to cut out. The power light flashes orange when tithe blades are being inhibited. Then it just stops. I turned it over and cleared all wet grass from underneath and right up under the blades but, it seemed to make no difference. That made me wonder if the grass had gotten into some hidden area under the blades that was causing to continue to cut out. I wasn't able to finish the job. I will try to continue next weekend. In the meantime, I went to EGO's website where there is a question and answer section. I thought I might be able to find out what was going on by posting a question. It seems that the questions are heavily vetted. I followed the instructions and kept my question very short. "I just tried out my new EGO Power+ LM2001E mower last weekend. Although it hadn't rained for a few days, I think the grass was still quite wet from dew. It started cutting out even after I removed the wet grass.."I had to verify by email to have my question published but later that day I received an email which read, "Our staff has read your question and values your contribution even though it did not meet all our website guidelines. Thanks for sharing, and we hope to publish next time!" Possibly EGO are afraid of criticism or any negative comments although my question was not particularly negative. I'm just looking for a way around this issue so I can use the product.
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