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mtn
mtn MegaDork
5/5/22 11:45 a.m.
TheTallOne17 said:

When I got my house with a relatively small yard I went for a plug in Kolbalt. The 13 Amp 21" for $200 and a 100ft extension cord is going strong 2 years later and will chew through just about anything; thick grass and weeds, sucker saplings up to 8 inches tall, its been a beast.

If you can deal with the slight inconvenience of cord management its well worth it. Though I would probably go battery powered for my weed eater if I were to buy today, as you move further faster with it

If I were to do that, I would want to engineer some sort of retractable extension cord off of a pole.

clutchsmoke
clutchsmoke UltraDork
5/5/22 12:00 p.m.

In reply to mtn :

Exactly. I already dislike mowing enough. Whipping around an extension cord would really increase my dislike. 

Oapfu
Oapfu GRM+ Memberand New Reader
5/5/22 2:29 p.m.

In reply to TheTallOne17 :

I was resisting the urge to brag about my 19-year-old electric mower with brushless motor and infinite run time.  I did try to turn it into a cordless once (and amazingly, only once) and the wheels are getting pretty wobbly.  Otherwise the only maintenance has been sharpening the blade and cleaning grass out from under the plastic motor cover every couple years. 

I do like simply flipping the mower over to get at the blade for sharpening, zero worries about oil or gas leaking out.

If I were buying a mower now, I absolutely would go with battery power over plug-in.  A 110V plug-in is limited to ~1500W or ~2hp.  Maybe there are non-USDM 220V mowers, but I'm pretty sure my mower has the type of AC motor which would not like to run on 2x its rated voltage. With fixed RPM and depth-of-cut, there are many times I have to use a glacially slow feed rate with 50% or less step-over to get an acceptable surface finish.

calteg
calteg SuperDork
5/5/22 2:41 p.m.

I just bough the 56v Ego push mower and I'm less than thrilled with it. 

We're a small house on .25 acre and it doesn't even come close to mowing the entire yard on one charge. I have the weed whacker and oddly I can weed whack the entire yard, then go back and mow the front on one charge. But if I try to mow the (admittedly larger) backyard on a fresh battery it only gets about 60% of the way through before the battery dies. The side discharge port is also hot garbage. Rather than have it eject directly out the side, it runs out the back, then makes a 90 degree turn, which is where all the grass piles up.  I was having to stop every 3-4 mins to clear it. 

On the upside, it is very quiet and I love that, sans fluids, it folds up vertically and takes very little space in my garage. I just don't think it's ready for prime time quite yet

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/8/22 2:31 p.m.

I figured that our Honda mower is worth $0 not running, so let me at least fix that. Plus I kinda restored it not too long ago by replacing some of the broken plastic guards. I even waxed it. 

I pared down my order to just the minimum: $20.48 for a Genuine Honda carburetor from Jacks Small Engines. Just the float was like $30.

Then add shipping, gaskets, oil and tax to total $43.55. I know you can get a carb via Amazon, but Jacks' site helped me figure out exactly what I needed, so they got the sale. Plus, small business and all that. 

Order placed close to 6 p.m. Thursday.

Parts delivered Sunday morning (today) via standard shipping.

Replaced the carb, and the mower fired on the first pull. Just mowed the front lawn: no leaks, no issues, no nothing. It idles and runs as it did before. 

Nick, thank you for the offer to try out your electric, but I’m now thinking/hoping that I can get another 20 years out of our Honda. 

Before I mow the back, I’ll change the oil, clean it up, and give it some loving. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/8/22 4:43 p.m.

Good as new. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/8/22 4:46 p.m.

PS: The oil smelled like gas–I know, shouldn’t be surprised–so glad I changed it. 

Nick Comstock
Nick Comstock MegaDork
5/8/22 9:07 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

I'm glad I'm not the only person to ever have waxed a lawn mower.  Until now I was too embarrassed to admit it in public wink

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/8/22 10:22 p.m.

Foaming degreaser followed by some some of this spray wax that I found in the garage. The mower seems to like it. 

docwyte
docwyte PowerDork
5/9/22 9:08 a.m.

18 year old Toro started on the first pull from winter storage this past Saturday...

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
5/9/22 10:24 a.m.

when the current Honda-powered mower E36 M3s the bed.  even with a good-running engine, the exhaust just plain stinks.

DrBoost
DrBoost MegaDork
5/9/22 11:23 a.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

Been doing this for years best push mower EVAR! and snow blower.

I'm now 1200 miles closer to you than I was a few months ago, no need for the snow blower, and on almost 3/4 an acre, the push mower isn't happening. I'm waiting for an electric rider that costs less than my daily driver. Maybe I'll make one? 
I currently have a Ryobi string trimmer and pole saw. I'm done with small engines. 

MattGent
MattGent HalfDork
5/9/22 4:15 p.m.

My current yard is on the small side but I went all-in on EGO maybe a year ago. Quiet, powerful enough, light, stores small on it's back folded up. Have grown to trimmer, edger, blower on all same batteries.  

They aren't heavy-duty but good enough for a suburban yard. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/9/22 6:02 p.m.

In reply to MattGent :

The fact that the Ego can park standing up really intrigues me. Unfortunately, I'd still likely have to pull a car out of the garage to park it. 

Toyman!
Toyman! MegaDork
5/9/22 9:03 p.m.
docwyte said:

18 year old Toro started on the first pull from winter storage this past Saturday...

This is where I am except it's a 11 yo cub cadet. The first time it doesn't, it will get replaces with something electric. 

tremm
tremm Reader
5/10/22 2:54 p.m.

I'm not real up to date about this stuff, but here's my two cents

I bought ego back when it was considered the best option. (I guess Ryobi came out a year or three later with their updated models).

Their warranty/CS is terrible, like previously mentioned. I would consider their stuff only as good as your credit card company's support. I believe they don't even have an email contact on their website. F rating.

I haven't had any real issues. The string trimmer line breaks frequently, even with different line. I wanted to warranty the head, but it is such a convoluted process that I'll buy one if it ever annoys me enough. I think the new trimmers are different models. I've seen complaints about the plastic heads wearing holes with the bump feed.

The products have been fine for suburban use.

Bottom line is: I don't regret buying them. But i expected a better company for the price point and an disappointed there. I wouldn't go back to gas.

​​​​​The batteries are almost prohibitively expensive. The 7.5ah may be $250-350. I plan to replace cells myself, or sell the lot before. I have a 7.5ah and 2.0ah. The fast charging is great. Never finding yourself out of gas is nice. Not maintaining 4 engines is nice. Not smelling gas and the noise is nice. In exchange, I bog down 0-2x per mow. Pulling out the blower multiple times a week for minutes at a time is nice.

​​​I don't know what the current tier list is of mowers looks like. 

I think Costco will double the battery warranty on greenworks stuff (8 years?). But i don't know if it's worth buying.

I guess I'd look into robotic. If I was old, I'd also keep a real close eye on weight, and look for narrower models; I know I've seen a 16" in the last few years. I've also heard fwd is easier to maneuver than rwd(?), and the use of casters, but i don't know if those are options in electric.

I don't really understand the time complaints. For me, I'd rather mow the lawn at 8am/7pm when it's cool & shady, and take an extra bit of time, while enjoying the lack of noise/exhaust/vibrations etc. It's kind of a nice relaxed slow pace; turn it on, set it to slow walking pace, follow it around for 20 minutes, come back with the trimmer. But the lawn is small.

I guess my ego stuff is like a second gen Prius. Good enough that I can't see a reason to upgrade until it wears out/costs too much to maintain. Maybe by the 6th gen stuff I'll be tempted.

Ashyukun (Robert)
Ashyukun (Robert) PowerDork
8/2/22 7:44 p.m.
clutchsmoke said:

In reply to mtn :

Exactly. I already dislike mowing enough. Whipping around an extension cord would really increase my dislike. 

I have on three separate occasions cut an extension cord in half on our corded hedge trimmer... there's no way I wouldn't do it at least once a month with a corded lawnmower.

Interesting that this thread popped up just a few months before I went looking to see if such a thread existed... 2 mows ago I ran over a branch with our 10+ year old Toro and it berked something up such that when I mowed last time I had to have the cover off and spent half the time manually fiddling with the choke/throttle. Was just going to take it to the small engine shop, but saw a few electric ones on the auction site I browse periodically and got to thinking that might be nice. Since it seems like our chainsaw may also have seized up and died, it might be nice to be able to get rid of the small gas cans and only have to worry about keeping a battery charged.

They have three 56-volt Ego brushless ones that I'm going to have to keep an eye on... 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/2/22 9:11 p.m.

In reply to tremm :

Thanks for the extra feedback.

I actually just finished mowing. The Honda is still chugging along with its new carb. But when it's time, it will be time.

Thanks. 

No Time
No Time SuperDork
8/2/22 9:24 p.m.

I tried to convince myself to go battery, but just couldn't convince myself. I have to keep gas cans for the snowblower and snowmobiles, so it's not like I could eliminate gas powered tools/toys  

After 14 years of abusing the last craftsman until the deck rusted through and flexes enough to let the blade touch the ground, I went back to gas. This time a  Toro with  the smart store feature.

 

Noddaz
Noddaz GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
8/3/22 8:22 p.m.

I was looking for a push mower recently.  And I was looking at electric.  But I bought a lightly used self-propelled Honda powered push mower for $30 at a yard sale.  So long live small ICE.

Ashyukun (Robert)
Ashyukun (Robert) PowerDork
8/4/22 2:14 p.m.

Aaaand all of the ones in that auction went for more than I was willing to pay. I'm also a bit wary of the Ego ones not having a side eject- that's how I run my gas mower 90% of the time (the other 10% is with the bag attached so I'm not blowing clippings into the pea gravel in the front beds or around the hot tub in back).

I'm thinking that for the remainder of this summer I may just see if one of the people who mows our neighbors' lawns will do ours as well and then take the mower in for service to decide whether to fix or replace it. 

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
8/4/22 5:00 p.m.

I went battery for the new hose.  The old house lot in Dallas was a city lot so I used an old school push mower (rotary blades).  I traveled so much for work the wife had landscapers out a lot.  So for the new house I went Milwaukee.  The two batteries mow the whole yard, weed eat it and blow off all the clippings no problem. I need to get an edger now....  

 

 

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