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After using this cordless EGO mower for a few weeks, it’s hard to make the case for returning to a traditional gas-powered version. I’ve used battery-powered mowers for years and the cutting performance has never really been much of an issue. If you mow once a week, just about any cordless model has the power to slice off the top 1/3 of new growth happening between Sundays. Still, the perceived lack of power in cordless mowers has tripped homeowners up for years, when really what they should have been disappointed in is the runtime. That’s what EGO solved here and it’s as much about the battery as it is about the mower.
This 21-inch, rear wheel drive walk behind comes with a pair of 56-volt batteries. And when you consider the drill/driver in your garage is probably an 18-volt tool, 56-volts sounds like a lot, right? And it is, but the critical part of the story is that each of those 56-volt batteries cranks out 5-amp hours, which is typically double what other batteries push out. It’s simple: More amp hours means a bigger fuel tank, which equals longer runtime. And this mower packs two of them in for maximum runtime of about 90 minutes. Fully charged I can cut my lawn, a job that takes about 90 minutes, using the rear wheel drive the whole time and the batteries never quit. There’s no stopping to recharge—there’s just quiet, efficient mowing.
The rest of the build is all about ease of use: one lever adjusts the height of all four wheels. A pair of locking cams sets the height of the handlebar. And when you’re done, that handlebar folds over, and you can store the rig up on its rear wheels to save floor space. It didn’t bog down on my lawn, and the adjustable rear-wheel drive speed is super smooth—but also it can make it easy for you to zip across your lawn too quickly, leaving clumps of un-mulched clippings behind so tweak the speed until you find a happy medium. The rear wheels locked up once or twice when I tried to back up, but they freed themselves. Because it’s so quiet you could get out there and mow, as I did, in the early morning and not wake the neighborhood.
The case for a mower like this is easy for most homeowners with less than an acre of grass. The price tag isn’t cheap, but it starts with the push of a button each time (no cord yanking!), requires zero maintenance beyond sharpening the blade, and is easier to store. Factor in the price of gas, and having to store and stabilize that, and all of a sudden, a mower that cuts for well over an hour checks a lot of boxes. —Sal Vaglica, Senior Editor
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