Is this EGO’s new cordless electric mower for 2020? The EGO 21 inch Select Cut Self-Propelled

Whether intentional or not, Home Depot briefly listed a never before seen “21 inch Select Cut Lawn Mower with Touch Drive Technology” .  While we’re unaware of public announcement from EGO POWER+, we came across a couple interesting pages online via Home Depot Pro that may very well be an upcoming new EGO Power+ mower about to hit the market. Details on this new mower are subject to change but below is what we can speculate from the information we know so far.

EGO is about to introduce to market a new 21 inch 56-Volt cordless electric walk behind mower with two significant features:

1. EGO Select Cut System – A multi-blade cutting system that allows you to not only allows you to run 2 blades simultaneously (think Honda Twin Blade here) but also allows for interchangeable blade at the lower level. From what we can tell the mower contains an Upper Blade and a Lower Blade. For the Lower Bade, it looks as if  you will actually be able to choose between two different style blades, an EDGE Premium Mulching Blade and a EDGE Tri-Cut Blade.

Still a little confused what Select Cut includes? Let’s separate this out better by presenting it this way:

  • Lower Blade Choice One – A Mulching Blade “for weekly mowing and gives you the run time and cut quality you expect from a high-end lawn mower”.
  • Lower Blade Choice Two – A Tri-Cut Blade that is a heavy-duty blade which turns grass into fine fragments.
  • Upper Blade – The EGO Edge Upper Blade is the “2nd part of the multi-blade system. This blade slices the grass the lower blade sucks up to enhance the cutting performance”.

2. Self-Propelled Touch Drive Technology – Put plainly for current owners of EGO mowers…no more single right-hand-only green handle making it difficult to control the mower from the left side of the mower. It appears to us that EGO has designed this mower to give you all the drive control at the palm of your hand across the entire bar with a scroll dial to adjust speed at the center.

Looking at additional features new to this mower, probably the design change that stands out most to us is the front lift handle. The handle has moved from the front-facing tip of the mower to the front-top of the mower. This subtle change is a fantastic design improvement in our opinion as owners of the previous model have complained that the front-tip handle created too much of a gap that prevented you from cutting grass all the way through at the front edge of the mower.

Other features of this mower listed on Home Depot’s page include:

  • Push button start
  • Self-propelled
  • 7 cutting heights maximum cutting height: 4 in. minimum cutting height: 1-1/4 in.
  • Using the power of the 56-Volt 7.5 Ah ARC lithium battery, you will get up to 60-minutes of run time on a single charge
  • Brush-less motor
  • Bright LED headlights
  • 21 deck
  • Variable speed: 1.1 MPH to 3.1 MPH
  • Compact storage
  • 3-in-1 function: mulching, bagging, side discharge
  • 3-position handle heights
  • 1-handed height adjustment
  • Grass bag capacity: 2-bushels
  • 5-year tool warranty, 3-year battery warranty

Below is an image of the specifications table that was pulled from the Home Depot page:

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We would like to reiterate that the specifications pulled from the Home Depot page could change from the actual product we see hitting the market. For instance the specifications for the LM2135SP says the kit includes two 7.5 Ah ARC lithium batteries. Given the price (also subject to change) shown with this model we’re leaning this is a misprint and the kit most likely only includes one battery.

If two batteries are indeed included with the kit, then there is the question of whether the second battery would be used as a backup spare or if both batteries are to be used at the same time similar to EGO’s current Peak Power mower. We’ll have to wait until EGO presents us with more information or Home Depot corrects the page before we find whether one or two batteries are needed for this mower.

Currently, Home Depot is listing two model variations:

  • LM3130SP – Tool Only – EGO 21 in. Select Cut 56-Volt Lithium-ion Cordless Electric Walk Behind Self Propelled Lawn Mower (Tool-Only)
  • LM2135SP – EGO 21 in. Select Cut 56-Volt Lith-ion Cordless Electric Walk Behind Self Propelled Lawn Mower, Battery and Charger Included

Before the pages disappeared, Home Depot Pro was listing the LM2130SP for $460 and LM2135 for $660. However, this price is subject to change. We’ve seen plenty of times where new products are given “placeholder prices” until the product actually becomes available to market.

So that’s as much as we know about EGO’s new cordless electric mower for the upcoming lawn season. If you have additional information to add yourself, please do so in the comments below. We will make corrections and updates to this page as more official information is provided by EGO and other reviewers.

Updates

Nov 2, 2019 – Reworded the article for improved clarity. Also removed links to Home Depot pages as those pages are no longer available.

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That EGO Power Self-Propelled Mower Is Finally Mine

For the past couple years I’ve had an obsession with battery-powered cordless tools. While I’ve bought a number of cordless power tools and even a cordless snow blower…what has been missing in my garage is an all-battery lawn mower.  For the past couple years, I’ve had my eyes on the EGO Power+ 56V Lithium-Ion Self-Propelled Mower.

The trigger for me to buy the EGO was Home Depot’s recent price drop of $100 on the LM2102SP mower which brings down the price from $599 to $499. There is some discussion whether this sale price is permanent or not.  Last year, Home Depot’s “New Lower Price” dropped the mower’s price by $50 only to go back to its original price within a month or two. I never saw a lower price for the mower at Home Depot the rest of the year.

This year, I didn’t want to take a chance so I bought the EGO mower in March with South Dakota snow still on the ground. The salesman at Home Depot said this was the first mower he personally sold in the 2018 season. Needless to say, I have at least a month to go before I see enough green on the lawn for the first cut of the season.

Before I bought this mower, I was considering a few others based on reviews I found online. One mower I was considering was from the GreenWorks Pro 21-inch 80V line (although the self-propelled version is a hard find). I also considered the Lowes exclusive Kobalt 80V Self-propelled currently priced at $549 (and as far as I can tell is actually a GreenWorks under a different brand name). Another mower on my radar is the Yard Force 22-inch Self-Propelled Mower running on a 120V Lithium-ion battery. Unfortunately, the Yard Force mower is so new that with so little reviews and at a steep price, my wallet said “no”.

For those of you that aren’t comfortable with buying a mower with a “polymer composite” deck, you should consider taking a look at EGO’s 20-inch lawn mowers with a steel deck. Both the 21-inch and the 20-inch mowers come with a 5-year warranty on the mower and a 3-year warranty on the battery/charger. When the weather gets warmer, I plan to review my new EGO mower in detail.

The Ryobi Electric Riding Lawnmower

A few weeks ago during my visit to the local Home Depot, I came across the Ryobi RM480E, an all-battery powered electric riding lawn mower. Ryobi claims that you’ll get up to 2 hours of run time or cut up to 2 acres on a single charge. This quiet, smooth battery powered riding mower houses three high-torque brushless motors to support the mower’s blades and drivetrain.  The RM480E’s uses four 12V lead acid batteries instead of lithium-ion which given the choice  and given the size of the mower  so they’re not lithium).

The mower itself has a 38 in. cutting width with a 12-position deck height adjustment. Cutting height ranges from a minimum measured at 1.5 inches to a maximum of 4.5 inches. The mower is capable of cutting in three modes: side-discharge, mulching, and bagging.

I have not reviewed the Ryobi RM480E myself, but overall the mower has received favorable reviews. However, most reviewers recommend that if you have around 2 acres or more you should stick with a gas mower. After 2 acres of mowing, the RM480E will likely require an overnight charge before you can continue cutting the rest of your acreage. The best Ryobi RM480E reviews I’ve read so far are written by Pro Tool Reviews as well as Paul Sikkema over at Today’s Mowers.  For the best video review, check out the review by Tools In Actions (embedded below).