We introduced you to a new series this week named, After The Review. In this series, we’re taking a look back at some of the products we review and following up. Today, we’re giving you an update on the EGO 56V Lithium-Ion lawnmower which won our Techaeris Top Pick award.
I have to say that one of my least favorite things to do in life is mowing the lawn. There are a variety of reasons I hate it, two of which are having to gas it up and maintain the engine. So when my Toro gas powered lawn mower finally gave up on me, I decided it was time to look into an alternative lawnmower. Hating having to constantly buy gas, oil, and maintain the mower, an electric version appealed to me. I’d never really used one in the past and always thought of the ones that tether you to an extension cord. So when I ran across the EGO 56V Lithium-Ion mower I was very intrigued.
This mower promised over an hour of operation time which fit right into the time it takes to mow my 1/3 acre of grass. So here’s a quick update in each review category for the EGO 56V after 3 months and over a dozen cuts.
Design – Still a very nice design, while there is a lot of plastic, it’s robust and tough and is holding up. I like the integrated handle in the front but as I said before, it does get in the way of reaching certain areas. The ease of folding it up and storing it continues to be a major plus. One lever for height adjustment is just wondrous, love this feature!
Ease of Use – So simple to use and operate. No need to yank on a pull cord and yank and yank. Just push the button and pull back a lever and you’re going. It’s simple enough to start and operate that my seven-year-old son used it (with supervision). Three-way height adjustment fits most people from very tall to very short. I tend to keep mine in the middle.
Performance – The blade performance is still top notch, it’s sharp and does a great job. One area of performance I still am not liking so much are the front drive wheels. The drive wheels work well enough but being used to my gas mowers rear drive wheels, I sometimes forget to disengage the drive when making certain maneuvers. It’s not a deal breaker by any means, just something to be aware of and habits to change. I also love the mulching feature on this mower, it does a far better job of mulching than my Toro ever did. The mower also handles tall grass like a champ and small sticks are no problem.
Battery Life – When I first purchased this lawnmower I had my doubts I’d get a full hour out of its 56V battery. Well, I got the advertised battery life and in some cases more. Battery life is going to depend on a few factors. How long is your grass? How wet is your grass? Are you mulching or bagging? I mulch and I try not to let my grass get too out of control. I am still able to finish my entire lawn in just about an hour and have battery to spare. There have been a few occasions where some parts of the lawn needed a bit more attention, pushing me over an hour. Those times I still finished on one battery but exhausted it. It will be interesting to see how the battery holds up after a few years.
Price/Value – At $549USD it’s not cheap. But I still think there is a lot of value here. No need to buy gas, oil, spark plugs, or anything else it takes to maintain a gas-powered mower. The cost of charging your battery is minimal (someone on YouTube broke it down).
Wrap Up – I still highly recommend this lawnmower. It has its quirks and possible annoyances but overall it’s been one of the best purchases I’ve made.
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