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Old 04-15-2021, 07:21 AM   #21
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I have had the EGO SP with the 7.5ah battery for 4 full years. Cuts well and the battery lasts the whole yard unless I try to cut too low with the mulching attachment on but that would be my fault not the mowers. The extra $100 for the SP motor is worth every penny to me. I would buy another one if it broke but it shows no signs of doing so.
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I have had the EGO SP with the 7.5ah battery for 4 full years. Cuts well and the battery lasts the whole yard unless I try to cut too low with the mulching attachment on but that would be my fault not the mowers. The extra $100 for the SP motor is worth every penny to me. I would buy another one if it broke but it shows no signs of doing so.
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Self Propelled. It was in the thread title and my post was directed toward the OP(original poster) so I thought the abbreviation was warranted.
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For a small yard, the battery mower is a good choice. As suggested buy into a brand where you can use common batteries for other yard equipment like blowers or trimmers. Batteries are the major cost item, so shop around for a deal. I guess self propelled is nice if your yard is not flat, and is also nice to make it little easier to mow up hilly areas.


Your old gas mower is probably fine if you do a little maintenance. You can sharpen the blade, or just replace it with basic hand tools. If it has been sitting for long time with gas in it, the gas is probably bad and the carb is gummed up. Put fresh gas, clean or replace the carb (hint cheap replacements on ebay), change the oil, and that mower will be good for many more years for less cost than a new battery mower.


Just as a note: last year I picked up 2 old mowers on the road for free pickup. Got them tuned up and running good, made $100 profit for maybe 3 hours work total. Nice little cash bonus. Those small gas engine mowers are near indestructible and usually die of neglect rather than actual part failure.
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Self Propelled. It was in the thread title and my post was directed toward the OP(original poster) so I thought the abbreviation was warranted.
Ah thanks. My next mower will have this. I have some inclines that are challenging without it.
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Every time I go to Home Depot, I walk past the battery-powered mowers and think I need to make the change from gas to battery. I watch videos on YouTube of all the reviews. I have even saved all my HD gift cards (nearly $300) from several Christmas' for when I will purchase one.
Two things hold me back. My yard is pretty large with heavy grass, so I'm sure it will take 2 batteries or a recharge delay. It takes me about an hour to mow it with gas powered. But my biggest hesitation in switching is my loyalty to my 28 year-old Toro Super Recycler. It still does a fantastic job mowing and starts on the first or second pull every time. I replaced the electric start so now I don't even have to pull start it. I clean the carb every 2 years, sharpen the blade a couple of times each season and it answers the call every time I open the shed door. I feel like she would be insulted if I brought home a battery mower. Plus I inherited it in 2005 after my FIL passed, so DW is happy that I take good care of it.
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Every time I go to Home Depot, I walk past the battery-powered mowers and think I need to make the change from gas to battery. I watch videos on YouTube of all the reviews. I have even saved all my HD gift cards (nearly $300) from several Christmas' for when I will purchase one.
Two things hold me back. My yard is pretty large with heavy grass, so I'm sure it will take 2 batteries or a recharge delay. It takes me about an hour to mow it with gas powered. But my biggest hesitation in switching is my loyalty to my 28 year-old Toro Super Recycler. It still does a fantastic job mowing and starts on the first or second pull every time. I replaced the electric start so now I don't even have to pull start it. I clean the carb every 2 years, sharpen the blade a couple of times each season and it answers the call every time I open the shed door. I feel like she would be insulted if I brought home a battery mower. Plus I inherited it in 2005 after my FIL passed, so DW is happy that I take good care of it.
Well, I was lucky that the battery mower was handed to me essentially free. Otherwise, I wouldn't have switched.

I kept the gas mower 3 years "just in case." Never used it, so I gave it away.

But I understand your hesitance. Just stay the course if your old mower is working. They are making improvements in the battery tech every year. When the time finally comes (it was a rusted deck on my first mower which lasted 22 years), then you'll be ready to make a decision.
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Well, we did a little more research and ended up buying a Toro battery powered Recycler. We have always had a Toro, so this is not much of a switch. I like that it has a metal deck, not plastic like so many of the others. We unboxed it and set it up. The only thing not great about it is that it lacks a side chute option. I'm pretty jazzed. The instructions recommended changing the blade each year, did not mention sharpening the blade. The blades are inexpensive. Our previous Toro was leaking oil, wouldn't easily start with either the pull or the electric start. We had to plug in the electric starter to get it started, and it was stalling all the time.

On Wednesdays, the day before trash day, a local guy with a truck and trailer comes around and picks up scrap metal-we just have to leave it out. My husband flagged him down and he wanted to take our old mower, even though we hadn't bothered to clean it. So now we have a new mower, and a place where it fits in the garage. I spent today washing half of the garage, setting up a charging station, then we set up the mower.
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Greenworks 80V Lithium-Ion 21" Self Propelled Mower With Two Batteries and Charger on sale right now at Costco.com for $499. Might be less $ at warehouse
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The only thing not great about it is that it lacks a side chute option.
My 21" SP gas-powered Toro w/Briggs & Stratton engine isn't powerful enough to 'mulch' my lawn, so a side-chute is a must-have feature if I ever get around to buying a new mower. I've been pleased with my current mower although it's a tad under-powered.

I like my suite of EGO tools (blower, string trimmer, hedge trimmer). There has been no noticeable degradation in battery capacity despite many recharge cycles over the years. I'm skeptical whether a battery-powered mower can do the job, but I'm keeping an open mind.
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We looked at that too. The reviews for the Toro were better. We'll see how she runs tomorrow.
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Greenworks 80V Lithium-Ion 21" Self Propelled Mower With Two Batteries and Charger on sale right now at Costco.com for $499. Might be less $ at warehouse
Thatís a good price. Just the batteries alone would cost $400. The problem with Greenworks is that they make 40V/60V/80V tools and the batteries are not interchangeable between voltages. So my 60V Greenworks leaf blower canít share a battery with this mower. Ego makes it easier by standardizing on 56V for all of their tools.
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Greenworks 80V Lithium-Ion 21" Self Propelled Mower With Two Batteries and Charger on sale right now at Costco.com for $499. Might be less $ at warehouse
That's the package I bought last year. I think it's only available online.
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That's the package I bought last year. I think it's only available online.
I also bought it online last December for $449. I hope to use it some day, snowing today in CO
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I have the EGO LM2135SP self propelled mower. With the 7.5AH battery I can mow our nearly 1 acre yard and still have 2 bars left when I'm done. Part of our yard is sloped making the self propel a necessity, but even on the flat parts I do most of my mowing one handed. I let the mower do the work and just follow it around the yard. It's a nice walk once a week or so. It's every bit as powerful as my old Honda HR214 mower, just without the hassles of gas, oil, and noise.

As has been mentioned before you're buying into a battery system when choosing these machines. I also have the EGO leaf blower, string trimmer, chainsaw, four chargers, and an assortment of batteries. I can swap batteries between machines as needed and never run out of power.

My tiller and snow blower are the only gas machines I have left.
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Every time I go to Home Depot, I walk past the battery-powered mowers and think I need to make the change from gas to battery. I watch videos on YouTube of all the reviews. I have even saved all my HD gift cards (nearly $300) from several Christmas' for when I will purchase one.
Two things hold me back. My yard is pretty large with heavy grass, so I'm sure it will take 2 batteries or a recharge delay. It takes me about an hour to mow it with gas powered. But my biggest hesitation in switching is my loyalty to my 28 year-old Toro Super Recycler. It still does a fantastic job mowing and starts on the first or second pull every time. I replaced the electric start so now I don't even have to pull start it. I clean the carb every 2 years, sharpen the blade a couple of times each season and it answers the call every time I open the shed door. I feel like she would be insulted if I brought home a battery mower. Plus I inherited it in 2005 after my FIL passed, so DW is happy that I take good care of it.
I have a that Toro also (well, old school pull starter and not self-propelled) and .4 acre. It is super reliable and I have the same concerns about replacing it. I've owned it probably 15 years, since my Honda died.

Hard to replace something that works so well. It has never been in the shop and never failed to start on 1 or 2 pulls.

And though improved, sounds like battery mowers have a way to go to equal the flexibility of a gas mower for my lawn size.
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And though improved, sounds like battery mowers have a way to go to equal the flexibility of a gas mower for my lawn size.
It is kind of like the EV (automobile) discussion. For those not affected by range issues, they are great and wonder why people worry.

I see something similar here. I've got a suburban lot with only a front yard. Battery is absolutely fine. Over 4 years, my mower only died once and that was because I was trying to get 4 cuts out of one charge. So, I'm a battery convert. I love the quiet and lack of fumes.

Yet I can see why some people can't reliably use E-mowers and that's fine.
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I bought an inexpensive brand from Home Depot 5 years ago and it works as well as the day I bought it. Its a 40v 16 inch Sun Joe and has a 40 minute runtime. I bought an extra battery(refurbished) off EBay for $30 and it does just as well as the battery that came with it. I really didn't need an extra battery as I have a patio home on a small lot and it takes just 20-25 minutes to mow. I got it in case the mower/brand becomes obsolete making batteries hard to find later. Anyway.....I've been pleased with my purchase and if it goes out tomorrow I got my money's worth out of it. Paid $250.


Got the same SunJoe 2 years ago, paid under $200 on a special promotion. Charge lasts long enough to mow either front or back, so it gives me an excuse to stagger them. Works great for my relatively small mowable area.
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Every time I go to Home Depot, I walk past the battery-powered mowers and think I need to make the change from gas to battery. I watch videos on YouTube of all the reviews. I have even saved all my HD gift cards (nearly $300) from several Christmas' for when I will purchase one.
Two things hold me back. My yard is pretty large with heavy grass, so I'm sure it will take 2 batteries or a recharge delay. It takes me about an hour to mow it with gas powered. But my biggest hesitation in switching is my loyalty to my 28 year-old Toro Super Recycler. It still does a fantastic job mowing and starts on the first or second pull every time. I replaced the electric start so now I don't even have to pull start it. I clean the carb every 2 years, sharpen the blade a couple of times each season and it answers the call every time I open the shed door. I feel like she would be insulted if I brought home a battery mower. Plus I inherited it in 2005 after my FIL passed, so DW is happy that I take good care of it.
For people who don't mind doing the maintenance that a gas powered mower requires they work perfectly fine. I regularly maintain my riding mower. But, I also have a cordless weed whacker and an electric chainsaw and have no interest in gas models of those tools.

My GF (who now lives with me) had a battery push mower specifically because the didn't want to deal with engine maintenance, mixing gas, etc. She's now the person who uses the riding mower on our large property but I'm the one that maintains it.
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Greenworks is offering 20% off mowers today, including sale items. Here is one example:

https://www.greenworkstools.com/pro-...-mower-2531802

With the discount it comes to $240. That’s cheaper than just buying the battery that comes with the mower.
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