Nod at the screen if you’ve ever done any of the following:
- Flip your mower on the side and had it billow smoke
- Put 2-stroke oil or fuel in your 4-stroke mower
- Forgot to buy more oil or petrol just as you pull out the mower
- Tweaked something while yanking on a pull-cord
- Paid someone else because it’s just too messy, loud or painful to start
Well stop nodding at the screen like an idiot and take a look at EGO’s 56V battery powered mower. If you’ve been put off by feeble attempts at battery mowers before, try to keep an open mind. This is 56 Volts of power, over three times that of professional cordless circular saws, grinders and drills.
If you want to know every feature & specification about the mower, head on over to EGO’s website. Here is the important info and some of our key thoughts:
- $599 kit comes with mower, 4.0Ah battery and 80 minute charger
- Up to 45 minute run-time
- Sturdy mesh 60L catcher plus mulcher and side shoot
- 49cm(!) cut width
- No oil, petrol or fumes
- Super quiet – we didn’t feel the need for ear muffs
We love that is has a 49cm deck. It’s the widest of all cordless mowers, wider than my 4-stroke mower in fact. This really helps cut down the time it takes to do your lawn.
We also like how easy it is to set-up and use. You really need to watch the video to understand this. It folds up in about 5 seconds, and starts in 2. If you manage to stop it (because it will protect the mower and battery from abuse), you just won’t care because it takes 2 seconds to restart again.
What makes this setup special (and what makes us excited about the other EGO tools) is that the battery system is super advanced. The cells follow the ‘C’ shape of the battery, giving it greater surface area for cooling. Even better, every cell is wrapped in a ‘phase change’ material, an enclosed (and secret) substance that changes from solid to liquid at 50deg celsius. This means that heaps of heat is taken away from the battery as it’s being worked hard or charged fast (both of which heat the cells and reduce their life).
There are a couple of improvements we’d like to see.
- I feel like they could have easily put another hole or two in the sliding aluminium handle that would make the mower easier to use for the vertically-challenged folk among us.
- The safety bar on the main handle that you have to hold down can add to user fatigue. Especially when trying to use the mower one-handed in awkward spots etc.
The second one is really a safety feature that will probably become the norm, but as it is new to me, it annoyed me a little.
The most important thing about a battery mower is the power and runtime. This unit has plenty of it. It will struggle/stall if you run the blade into dirt, but that is to be expected. We think that it will last 45 minutes with a gentle cut, but probably closer to 30 if you’ve got some serious work to do. I’ve got a large backyard by modern estate standards, and it had more than enough juice for my block.
We think this is very well suited to small blocks, particularly in all the residential estates popping up. Go and check one out if you’re in the market for a mower, you won’t be disappointed.