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Topic # 222939 4-Sep-2017 22:23
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This week I bought a cordless EGO (as in E GO) Power Plus 49cm battery electric lawn mower

I had been using a corded lawn mower, but it can't mulch and emptying the grass bag frequently when / if the grass grew quickly (and it rained) could take literally hours when mowing my 2023sqm section.....never mind the mowing part.

So I needed a mulcher. The last two petrol-powered mulching mowers I bought were about $800.....but both of them became frustrating to start. The attraction of an electric lawn mower is there are never any starting issues. It just goes. Every time. Instantly. Plus they make a lot less noise....and it costs about 64 cents in electricity (assuming 3.25 kWh) to mow the lawn.

The battery for the EGO is 4.0 Amp hours. The mower is 56volt, so has good torque. No problem mulcing dry kikuyu grass. If it's wet, like it was today, I just mowed half-widths and it was fine. 

 

The battery is supposed to last 45 minutes, but in the 15cm very damp grass I was cutting today, the battery would be in the last 20% in about 30 minutes. I was ready for that and had bought a second battery AND a rapid charger that can fill it up in 30 minutes, as it happens. 

So today I was finishing the 40% of the lawn I ran out of time cutting last week with the old mower...(hence a NEW MOWER).....and I was swapping the batteries every 30 minutes and as I would run low and pull the battery out, the one on the (optional extra) rapid charger was *just* finishing charging....and I only had to wait a minute at most if at all.  It went really smoothly.  

I had been concerned the batteries or the charger would get hot with repeated charging.....but no. Barely warm. The mower also came with a slow charger. That one takes 80 minutes, so when I was nearly done I ran one battery down half way to finish the job...and the other empty one had been on the slow charger for half an hour and was half full. That way I finished up with both batteries on 50%, optimal for storage. I had to think about for about 30 seconds, then actually doing it was no trouble. 

I'm impressed. The mower is relatively light. It folds up small. It's quieter than a petrol mower...and it mulched the kikuyu grass up so finely you'd have to get on your hands and knees to see the cut grass left in the lawn. Plus you can fold the mower up and stand it on one end to store it. Tidy as.

I paid about $1250 (Mitre 10) all up for the mower / battery / charger / a spare battery / optional rapid charger. That's a lot compared to the cheaper petrol mowers......but, as above, they end up being an unreliable pain in the arse in a variety of ways and ultimately poor value.

My previous electric mower was $279 plus a 30m extension cable.....was only ever intended to be temperary....and lasted 6 months until I got tired of emptying the grass catcher every 30 metres. I couldn't just let it throw everything out the back as that put it all right onto my shins.....and there are stones about. Plus I;d have had to find a way to lock the back hatch open. 

Anyone else got one of these? 


 




 



 





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  Reply # 1859978 6-Sep-2017 21:55
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Oh - I think this might be the right thing to replace my petrol mower.   A massive selling point is the stand up in storage!

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1860209 7-Sep-2017 10:56
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Thanks for the write up. I'm considering one of these as I've just moved from OS and bought a house and need a new mower. It would be easily enough to do our section on one charge. Would probably look to pick up one of the trimmers also.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1860265 7-Sep-2017 12:22
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2000m2 wow. I'd almost be looking at a ride-on! 


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  Reply # 1860298 7-Sep-2017 13:38
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Decided to pop in to my local Mitre 10 at lunch and see that they have just taken delivery of a new bundle. The standard mower retails for $799 and they are selling the bundle including the 33cm line trimmer (skin only) for the same price of $799. Skin only means that it is the tool only without its own battery or charger. It looks like you can pick up the 2.5Ah battery that would normally come with the trimmer for ~$170 so not bad considering the trimmer normally retails for $449 on its own.


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  Reply # 1860299 7-Sep-2017 13:39
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I have the line trimmer and can thoroughly recommend it. Pretty cheap too, once you're invested in the battery/charger system.


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  Reply # 1860329 7-Sep-2017 14:12
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Thanks for the write-up. Did you look at other electric mowers e.g. Stihl or Makita? If so interested to hear why you picked this one.


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  Reply # 1868055 18-Sep-2017 14:18
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To follow up on this thread. I went and bought the EGO kit that I had mentioned earlier in the thread.

 

What I bought was

 

  • 49cm Mower as per the OP
  • 33cm trimmer (skin only as part of the deal). The two above were $799
  • Leaf blower. The leaf blower was $449

So all up $1,248. I bought the leaf blower as well because I needed one, and it would give me the 2.5Ah battery to also use on the trimmer.

 

My first impressions

 

Mower, great. Cut long wet grass with ease and mulched well. I too prefer not to use a catcher.

 

Trimmer, works great very powerful. However the ergonomics are poor. It was designed for basketballers with very short arms. I'll play around with the handle poistion or even experiment with a home made harness to try to make it more comfortable

 

Blower, WOW!. Increadible performance for a battery powered blower. I had a 240V AC blower years ago that was absolutely useless. I changed that for a petrol blower which was sold on when I moved country. This EGO blower is equal in performance to the petrol blower I used to have and so much easier to use. I really surpassed my expectations. You do have to use the turbo mode however as without it the performance is nothing special.

 

My process. Run the trimmer around the yard first (about 30mins). Pop the 2.5Ah battery back on the slow charger to top it up and run the mower around the yard. I reckon I'll get 2 cuts between charges for the 4Ah battery but my lawn is not that big. Then used the blower after the battery was topped up to tidy up the driveway, decks etc...

 

I'm very pleased with the purchase so far.


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  Reply # 1868155 18-Sep-2017 17:27
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Can you tell me which M10 had the EGO kit? I was looking at this lawnmower in M10 Petone Wellington at the weekend but they didn't have the kit offer or at least I didn't see it and no mention on their website.

Been thinking about the Stihl Rma 510 also but if I could get the EGO kit price it might help me make up my mind!

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  Reply # 1868170 18-Sep-2017 18:26
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Mitre 10 Manukau had them last weekend. I don't know what stocks remain now.


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  Reply # 1868200 18-Sep-2017 19:26
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evileric: Been thinking about the Stihl Rma 510 also but if I could get the EGO kit price it might help me make up my mind!

 

The Hawkes Bay home show had a Stihl stand, IIRC they had $50 off the current price (I was looking at the 410 - $899 is the current special).

 

I like the idea of the mulching blade for a more economical mulching, although not keen on the idea of changing a blade over when I want to mulch vs cut and collect.  (Although I try to avoid cut and collect).

 

That and I haven't made up my mind with 36V vs 56V yet.


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Reply # 1868212 18-Sep-2017 19:53
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Stihl have a deal until the end of this month where they will include a "free" battery with the mower (valued at $265) The 410 is $899 and the newer 510 is $960. I like the look of the 510 because you don't need to change the blade for mulching and it's got a bit more grunt (and importantly looks more badass) and newer is better right ;)?




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  Reply # 1876418 2-Oct-2017 22:50
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I've mowed my lawn a few times with my EGO mower now. I always mulch. 

In the long, wet grass I had to do half rows...and every 100m or so stop the mower, tip it over, and wipe out the gooey grass muck out of it. This is where an electric mower really works as you can stop it instantly with the touch of a button....and start it instantly when you've wiped it out. In these conditions the battery lasted about 30 minutes.....which was how long it took the (optional) spare battery to fully charge on the (optional) fast charger I bought. Much cleaner and faster than messing around with petrol. Just lift the lid, pull one battery out and pop the other in. I also swapped the battery 5 times.....but each took barely a minute to do the swap and put the other on the fast charger.  

In shorter, more dry grass I easily get 45mins of cutting time and I don't need to clean the cutting bay out more than once or twice for the entire lawn....and only had to swap the battery 3 times. 

So not much different to any mower.......it's faster and more efficient to cut shorter, more dry grass. :-) 

The battery is 4.0Ah...and the voltage is 56v. So that should be 224 watt hours. If I understand that right, a full battery is giving me just under 1/4 of a kilowatt and it lasts 45 minutes. So if I swap batteries 4 times, I'm using a kWh....and that costs me about 20 cents. Separately, the mower has a peak speed of 3300rpm. 

Maybe a real electrician can check my math. 





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  Reply # 1877514 4-Oct-2017 22:16
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Thanks for the reports.

 

I've also been considering this mower but I'd like to have the option of side discharge. Some of what I've read suggest that this model does have a side discharge option but, looking at the machine in Mitre 10, it didn't look like there was any way to add a side chute.

 

As you have the actual machine, can you confirm if it is able to discharge grass out of the side and, if so, if that function works reasonably well? For much of my mowing, I don't need to collect it, so a side discharge would be useful though my current petrol mower is forever blocking up at the side discharge opening, especially if the grass is the least bit wet. I suppose I could use mulching, as an option - does that work OK with damp grass?




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  Reply # 1877542 5-Oct-2017 00:38
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sofistek:

Thanks for the reports.


I've also been considering this mower but I'd like to have the option of side discharge. Some of what I've read suggest that this model does have a side discharge option but, looking at the machine in Mitre 10, it didn't look like there was any way to add a side chute.


As you have the actual machine, can you confirm if it is able to discharge grass out of the side and, if so, if that function works reasonably well? For much of my mowing, I don't need to collect it, so a side discharge would be useful though my current petrol mower is forever blocking up at the side discharge opening, especially if the grass is the least bit wet. I suppose I could use mulching, as an option - does that work OK with damp grass?




There is a side shute insert. You just pull the mulching blocking insert out of the back and slide the side shute in. Or use the grass catcher bag and frame.




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  Reply # 1877551 5-Oct-2017 02:39
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I’m on 2,700m2 and I’d never go back to a push mower, but this bad boy would be my lottery replacement:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-38-in-Battery-Electric-Riding-Lawn-Mower-RY48110/300246266

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