EGO 56V Lithium-Ion mower review: Not at all what I expected

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EGO 56V Lithium-Ion

I didn’t think I’d be able to mow my entire 1/3 acre with a cordless electric mower, but it did it without a problem.

TA-ratings-98Let me start off this review by just saying. Finally! Something other than a smartphone, audio or computer product to review! That being said, the EGO 56V Lithium-Ion self-propelled electric lawn mower is the first product of its kind to be reviewed on Techaeris. Since my trusty old Toro gas mower lost its will to work properly, I have been on the hunt for a new mower. My first choice was a very expensive riding mower made by Cub Cadet but since I didn’t want to mortgage my home, I had to find lower hanging fruit. Through my internet searches, I discovered the EGO 56V Lithium-Ion mower and was very skeptical.

I’ve seen electric mowers that are tethered to an extension cord and frankly, that would just be inconveniently annoying to me. I’ve also seen cordless electric mowers but most of those were too underpowered to get through my 1/3 acre of grass. When I happened upon the EGO 56V Lithium-Ion mower I was surprised to discover a claimed battery life of 60 minutes. Now, I’m not a fan of dealing with gasoline and oil so the idea of a cordless mower that could give me 60 minutes of run time was appealing. So I researched the mower more extensively and finally decided to pull the trigger. Read on for the full review of the EGO 56V Lithium-Ion mower and see why I am awarding it a Techaeris Top Pick for 2017.

Specifications

The EGO 56V Lithium-Ion mower has the following features and specifications:

  • Self-Propelled
  • Torque of Gas
  • Up to 60 Minute Run-Time with 7.5Ah 56 Volt ARC Lithium Battery
  • Rapid Charger: Charges the 7.5Ah Battery (included) in only 60 Minutes
  • NEW 21” Deck
  • Variable Speed: 1.8 MPH – 3.6 MPH
  • Push Button Start
  • Compact Storage
  • Weather Resistant Construction (ipx4)
  • LED Headlights
  • 3-IN-1 Function: Mulching, Bagging, Side Discharge (chute available upon request)
  • 3 Position Handle Heights
  • One Handed Height Adjustment
  • Maximum Cutting Height: 4 inches
  • Minimum Cutting Height: 1 ½ inches
  • Grass Bag Capacity: 2 Bushels
  • Rear Wheel Size: 9 inches
  • 5 Year Warranty

What’s In The Box

  • EGO 56V Lithium-Ion mower
  • Grass Bag
  • Mulching guard
  • Rapid Charger
  • 7.5Ah 56-volt battery
  • Manuals and documentation
EGO 56V Lithium-Ion

I like the look of this mower.

Design

The EGO 56V Lithium-Ion mower design is actually what drew me to check it out in the first place. The rugged look and green, black, and grey colors are aesthetically well done and I may have overlooked the machine had it not been for that combination. The mower is water resistant (ipx4 rated) and the materials used for its construction are high-quality and look like they will stand the test of time and use.

One of the stand-out features of this mower is its ability to fold up and store away easily. It ships in the storage mode and is easy to fold up and stow away in a corner or shed. The handle at the front of the mowing deck is convenient for carrying it while folded. That very same handle does pose a bit of an issue and that is reachability. With that handle there, it decreases the reach of the blade by 4+ inches making it hard to reach some areas like under our playground equipment. That’s not a deal breaker for me as I still need to use the trimmer in those areas anyway, so a little follow-up with the trimmer is a small price to pay.

The mower also has several safety features built-in such as no start until the handle is fully extended and green locks are closed. The mower takes two steps to start, pushing the green button and pulling back the handle. The ultimate safety feature is, the mower will not start without the battery in it. So pulling the battery after every cut and putting it on the charger will keep curious kids from trying to operate the mower.

EGO 56V Lithium-Ion

There is a 2-bushel bag included but I just mulch.

The EGO 56V Lithium-Ion mower I purchased is the self-propelled version, they also make a push version if you want to save about $100USD. The drive wheels on this mower are on the back, which is a departure from my front powered wheels on my old gas Toro. This took some getting used to as you’ll have to let off the self-propel when pulling back on the mower to readjust or realign yourself. With my old Toro, I just tilted and pivoted on the back wheels. Again, not a deal breaker just an adjustment to make and an easy one at that.

The handle is adjustable to three heights and was perfect in the middle spot for me. I think taller and shorter people will find there’s an adjustment that will work for them. The height adjustment on the deck is also very nice. With my old gas Toro, I had to adjust each wheel individually to the height I wanted to cut my grass. With the EGO 56V Lithium-Ion mower, it’s just one lever and it adjusts all 4 wheels at the same time, really a time saver.

The grass bag is a 2-bushel bag, but just keep in mind, as it fills up, this will add weight and decrease your battery life. I always mulch my grass but I did use the bag for the first cut since my lawn was very overgrown. Overall (with the exception of the clearance at the front) the design is very aesthetically pleasing, well-built, ergonomic, and thought out very well.

EGO 56V Lithium-Ion

Fold it for easy storage.

Ease of Use

The EGO 56V Lithium-Ion mower is pretty much already assembled and super simple to use and setup. The only things you’ll have to do are charge the battery, install the mulching guard, or install the bag. The machine does have a side chute but the attachment is not included, though you can ask EGO to send it to you free of charge. Most people I know either bag or mulch so this is probably why the side chute attachment is not included.

Once you have the battery charged and attachments installed and are ready to mow, it’s super easy. No dealing with gas, oil or stabilizers. No dealing with pull strings or spark plugs. Just push the green button and pull back on the handle and you’re ready to go. One thing to note, you should start the mower on the driveway or sidewalk or if in the grass, tilt the mower up a bit so there is no resistance on the blade when you start.

Once you’ve got it started, you can set the drive speed of the self-propel with the throttle on the left and activate the drive with the green handle on the right. It takes a second for the drive motor to kick in and it works best if you’re already walking when you turn it on. If you’re standing still the motor kicks in and if you don’t move fast enough the wheels chatter. Overall this mower is dead simple to use, especially with no gas, oil, stabilizers or spark plugs to tend to.

Performance

This is another area where I was very skeptical with the EGO 56V Lithium-Ion mower, just how well could it cut my grass? As I said before, I have about 1/3 acre of actual grass to cut and the very first cut was unusual for me. I don’t let my grass get overgrown just because my kids like to play outside and I want to keep the grass manageable for them. Since I was away on vacation and it rained a lot of the time we were away, the grass became very long.

The first mow with the EGO 56V Lithium-Ion mower was a bit longer and more arduous than normal. I had to make several passes in areas of my lawn that tend to grow longer than others. What I found was that the EGO powered through everything never slowing down like my old gas Toro. I can’t count how many times my Toro stalled out under heavy load and the EGO just muscled through no problem. While this is a super plus in my book, the taller the grass the more you’re asking the mower to do the more it will affect the battery, more on that in the next section.

I found that the EGO performed extremely well in both bagging and mulching the grass and it out-performed my gas Toro by a longshot. You will see a battery decrease when you use the bag or if your lawn is extremely overgrown but that’s just expected.

EGO 56V Lithium-Ion

The deck height adjustment controls all four wheels.

Battery Life

EGO advertises 60 minutes on battery. My first cut I used a combo of bagging and mulching and my lawn was overgrown by triple what I normal let it go. My first cut I got just about 60 minutes on 1/3 acre of grass. I had to recharge the battery, which took around 40 minutes to fully charge with the included rapid charger and then I finished the lawn (total time to cut the lawn was one hour twenty minutes). My second cut I was able to cut the entire 1/3 acre in just over 60 minutes with the battery warning light coming on just as I finished.

My third cut was just over the Memorial Day weekend and it took just over 50 minutes and the battery did not have any low-battery warnings. The grass was nowhere near as long and just about where I would let it go before I cut it. Battery life is advertised accurately and I was even able to pull a bit more than 60 minutes out of it. You should be aware that batteries do lose their full charge over time and you will likely see less time per charge as you continue to use the mower.

EGO 56V Lithium-Ion

Dat battery!

Price/Value

The EGO 56V Lithium-Ion self-propelled mower is currently priced at $549USD at Home Depot. This price isn’t that far off from a comparable gas mower of the same quality, features, and craftsmanship. There may be a few cheaper gas mowers but then you must factor in the cost of gas, oil, stabilizers, and spark plugs. Researching online I ran across one user that estimated his cost to operate the EGO on a yearly basis was around $1.50USD.

There is the argument that the battery will start to give less charge as the years go by and that is true. A replacement battery for this mower will run you $398USD. So I will be curious to see just how long the battery will last, hopefully for at least 4 years. Operating cost aside the EGO does have another advantage over gas mowers and that’s it is more environmentally friendly footprint. While I do wish I could have gotten this mower for $499USD, I think the pricing is comparable and the value is there.

Wrap Up

This is easily the best walk-behind self-propelled mower I’ve ever used in this price range and I am thoroughly impressed by its performance and ability to complete my 1/3 acre lawn with ease. I highly recommend this mower to those looking for a cordless electric mower or for those who want a more environmentally friendly mower.

*We reviewed a retail of the EGO 56V Lithium-Ion Mower unit purchased by the reviewer.

EGO 56V Lithium-Ion mower

$549USD
EGO 56V Lithium-Ion mower
9.8

Design

10/10

    Ease of Use

    10/10

      Performance

      10/10

        Battery Life

        10/10

          Price/Value

          10/10

            Nailed it

            • Lightweight
            • Battery lasts 60+ minutes
            • Easy storage
            • Nice design
            • Better for the enviorment

            Needs work

            • Front handle on the deck keeps blade from reaching certain areas
            • Slightly pricer than a cheap gas mower
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