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Alright, anyone have any practical experience?  I suspect my lawnmower is on its final season, and I’m considering switching over from gas to battery.  Might consider the same for the snow thrower as well.  I don’t quite know for sure, but my guess is my property is 1/3 -1/2 acre which would include the house.

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I imagine they're all pretty good nowadays but I love the Greenworks stuff from Lowe's. Half the sound, lightweight, no maintenance. Completely changed mowing the lawn. 

Just depends on how big of a lawn you have. Might want to check the various run times. Of course with a bigger lawn you can always just buy a couple extra batteries and rotate them out. 

But yeah. Highly recommended. 

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I hadn’t considered noise reduction when I initially thought of looking into this, but that discovery is another variable pushing me in the direction of battery.  The other unknowns that I’ve found out are lighter weights and, without dealing with gas & oil, these can be folded up and stored sideways in between uses.

Greenworks seems to be a pretty prominent brand, at least from what I can gather in the couple of hours of checking out different models and reviews that I’ve done.  But it looks like the more known brands (Toro, Makita, Honda) are coming out with their own battery powered grass guzzlers.

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I have a selection of the EGO stuff (Home Depot and other places). It's a 56V pack that comes in sizes from 2 to seven and a half Amps and they are all interchangeable on all the devices. I have  a  blower, hedge trimmer, chain saw pruner/weed whip. All seems to be well made stuff. I don't have the EGO mower (I'm too allergic to cut my own lawn anymore) but my next door neighbor does   he has a 1/3 arcre on a hill and it he's been happy with it's performance  though he usually does not cut it all at once. I've watched him out there and for sure it's still no match for a 5 hp gas mower when if he lets it overgrow - OTOH, it's very quiet.

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Yeah, they're great for light-medium work. Any long grass/weeds and they just won't be as good as gas-powered. I also think the EGO and Greeworks stuff are probably pretty evenly-matched. I just don't like to support Home Depot (EGO) so I always go to Lowe's (Greenworks). 

There is noise from the mowers but you have have a conversation with someone next to you without even raising your voice. Much quieter than gas-powered. 

Also, they have self-propelled versions now but you really don't even need it. They're light and similar to pushing a grocery cart. I'd rather save the batter life and push it myself. 

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3 hours ago, Yoda said:

I just don't like to support Home Depot (EGO) so I always go to Lowe's (Greenworks). 

Home Depot no longer sells EGO (although there may be some clarence items at select HD stores).  Lowes is now the main reseller along with Ace Hardware stores and Amazon. 

https://www.protoolreviews.com/is-ego-going-national-with-outdoor-power-tools/

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Beginning in December 2020, Lowe’s will be the exclusive nationwide home center to offer the top-rated line of EGO’s high-quality and innovative battery-powered mowers, blowers, string trimmers, hedge trimmers, edgers, chainsaws, and snowblowers.

I personally love the EGO tools and have several including the blower, string trimmer, hedge trimmer, lawn mower and snow blower.  The lawn mower replaced a gas powered Honda lawn mower that I hated...  I just never felt I got a good cut with the Honda mower and often had to double cut to get the result I wanted.  I don't have to double cut with my EGO, but do find with the single blade version I have that the mulching capabilities are not the best.  The current version of the lawn mower comes with two blades and the mulching has been much improved from what I hear.  May have to upgrade in a couple years.

The EGO snow blower is also great and is ultra quiet compared to my old gas powered Honda snowblower.  I wouldn't feel the least bit quilty starting it up at 5:00am to do the driveway before leaving for work.  You wouldn't catch me doing that with my old snow blower in fear of pissing off all the neighbors.  The one minor issue I have with the snow blower is it has a plastic scraper bar underneath to help clear a clean path, which it does a great job of doing.  However, it often catches on the seams in the driveway or sidewalk which can be very jolting when not expecting it.

All the other told have been great also.  Love the cordless hedge trimmer which makes that job much easier and safer.  No fear of accidentally cutting the power cord with it!

The only drawback or issue I have had with the EGO tools is one of my smaller capacity batteries has gone bad and only holds a couple minutes of charge.  In all honesty, I'm not the best at maintaining my batteries so I probably have only myself to blame for it shortened lifespan.  But they are costly to replace, so it's something I need to be better with.

Overall, I have been very happy since switching from my gas powered tools.

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3 hours ago, Yoda said:

Also, they have self-propelled versions now but you really don't even need it. They're light and similar to pushing a grocery cart. I'd rather save the batter life and push it myself. 

I agree with this.  My EGO lawn mower is self propelled, but I hardly ever engage it.  I find it very light and easy to push, so I don't often bother to use that feature. 

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3 hours ago, Yoda said:

Yeah, they're great for light-medium work. Any long grass/weeds and they just won't be as good as gas-powered. I also think the EGO and Greeworks stuff are probably pretty evenly-matched. I just don't like to support Home Depot (EGO) so I always go to Lowe's (Greenworks). 

There is noise from the mowers but you have have a conversation with someone next to you without even raising your voice. Much quieter than gas-powered. 

Also, they have self-propelled versions now but you really don't even need it. They're light and similar to pushing a grocery cart. I'd rather save the batter life and push it myself. 

 

19 minutes ago, MotownWebGuy said:

I agree with this.  My EGO lawn mower is self propelled, but I hardly ever engage it.  I find it very light and easy to push, so I don't often bother to use that feature. 

What kind of run time per mow / charge do you get?  If I just zip through my yard without bagging, I'm probably mowing around 75 minutes.  I'm getting a bit confused reading run times and using one or two batteries at a time.

22 minutes ago, MotownWebGuy said:

The EGO snow blower is also great and is ultra quiet compared to my old gas powered Honda snowblower.  I wouldn't feel the least bit quilty starting it up at 5:00am to do the driveway before leaving for work.  You wouldn't catch me doing that with my old snow blower in fear of pissing off all the neighbors. 

That type of quiet seems impossible.

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1 hour ago, MotownWebGuy said:

Home Depot no longer sells EGO (although there may be some clarence items at select HD stores).  Lowes is now the main reseller along with Ace Hardware stores and Amazon. 

https://www.protoolreviews.com/is-ego-going-national-with-outdoor-power-tools/

 

I literally was just at Lowes and noticed this. Wonder what happened to Greenworks? 

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58 minutes ago, Casimir said:

 

What kind of run time per mow / charge do you get?  If I just zip through my yard without bagging, I'm probably mowing around 75 minutes.  I'm getting a bit confused reading run times and using one or two batteries at a time.

I believe the stated run time on the mower is 60 minutes for a full battery charge.  My yard takes about that amount of time to cut and I have yet to run out of battery power before finishing.  Typically I have enough charge left to take out the battery and use it to power my blower to clean off the driveway and sidewalks.  I typically do not use the bag when cutting, except late in the season when I'm trying to pick up leaves in addition to grass clippings.  I mostly run it using the mulcher.

My mower came with one battery and my snow blower (which uses the same size battery) came with two.  So I have three batteries that I can switch through my mower if needed.  However, I haven't needed to do this as I've always finished with the first battery.

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1 hour ago, Casimir said:

That type of quiet seems impossible.

While the EGO snow blower is not a silent machine, IMO it is significantly quieter than my previously snow blower.  On a winter morning, I can hear people a street or two over snow blowing their driveway or sidwealks...  I'm sure the same can't be said of me when I'm out there now.

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28 minutes ago, Yoda said:

I literally was just at Lowes and noticed this. Wonder what happened to Greenworks? 

Some interesting stuff in the reports about it. Like almost every business you now have big consolidated multi-tier manufacturers vs big national retailers and every one is always looking for kind of synergy or a better deal. I didn't know before that Chevron is getting to be a big player in the business. Interesting choice for an oil company.

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10 hours ago, MotownWebGuy said:

I agree with this.  My EGO lawn mower is self propelled, but I hardly ever engage it.  I find it very light and easy to push, so I don't often bother to use that feature. 

Wait, don't you have a teenager who can mow the lawn?

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1 hour ago, Biff Mayhem said:

Wait, don't you have a teenager who can mow the lawn?

Yes, but mine is rather lazy and would have a tough time cutting it to my near impossible standards. I like crisp lines and a straight pattern in my lawn.  It's hard to accomplish that with one hand gripping a cell phone.

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28 minutes ago, MotownWebGuy said:

Yes, but mine is rather lazy and would have a tough time cutting it to my near impossible standards. I like crisp lines and a straight pattern in my lawn.  It's hard to accomplish that with one hand gripping a cell phone.

I have a neighbor who is lawn crazy so we have a fun competition. Before he retired, he would come home at lunch to mow the lawn just to beat me to it. So I upped the ante by purchasing a lawn striper. Game. Set. Match. 

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44 minutes ago, MotownWebGuy said:

I like crisp lines and a straight pattern in my lawn.

There is a sense of satisfaction afterwards when you can see lines and back and forth of two different shades of green (one cut into one direction and the other going to opposite direction).  If one doesn't strive for that, just get a bunch of goats to eat the lawn short.

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3 minutes ago, Casimir said:

There is a sense of satisfaction afterwards when you can see lines and back and forth of two different shades of green (one cut into one direction and the other going to opposite direction).  If one doesn't strive for that, just get a bunch of goats to eat the lawn short.

https://howtostartanllc.com/business-ideas/goat-mowing

 

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I just bought a battery-powered lawn mower and I used it a little bit, it's Tacklife 40V.    It did alright,  not blown away but I have a small Dearborn house with a pretty small front and back yard, I don't need a lot.   I think this will be fine as long as I don't let the grass grow too high.  It's not self-propelled but it really doesn't need to be because it's very lightweight. Trickiest part is turning, but I can live with that.   I am keeping my old gas-powered mower in case a job gets too big, but I like this, it's a basic lawnmower.   

 

 

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7 minutes ago, Motor City Sonics said:

I just bought a battery-powered lawn mower and I used it a little bit, it's Tacklife 40V.    It did alright,  not blown away but I have a small Dearborn house with a pretty small front and back yard, I don't need a lot.   I think this will be fine as long as I don't let the grass grow too high.  It's not self-propelled but it really doesn't need to be because it's very lightweight. Trickiest part is turning, but I can live with that.   I am keeping my old gas-powered mower in case a job gets too big, but I like this, it's a basic lawnmower.   

It sounds like self propel is a bit unnecessary given that the battery powered models are much lighter than the gas powered counterparts.

What's up with turning?

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19 minutes ago, Casimir said:

It sounds like self propel is a bit unnecessary given that the battery powered models are much lighter than the gas powered counterparts.

What's up with turning?

Like any other lawnmower, the wheels don't turn. You just have to tip it up on two wheels and manually turn it. Even easier with a lighter mower. 

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