We’ve been testing out some new EGO cordless lawn care tools that the brand boasts are powered by a best-in-class 56 volt lithium-ion battery. Their flagship tool in this line is the 56 volt push mower, model LM2001, which is said to be the most powerful rechargeable mower on the market.
EGO also says that theirs is the first cordless battery-powered mower to match or surpass the performance of premium gas-powered mowers.
The EGO mower has a 20 inch cutting width and is said to run for up 45 minutes with the included 4.0Ah battery. This mower is far from cheap with a street price of $499 so I was eager to see if its performance could match its premium price.
My primary concern was runtime, an area in which the Craftsman 40V mower I reviewed was somewhat lacking, but the EGO shined through with great battery life and a quick charging time.
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If you don’t read any further, know this: the EGO mower is the first battery-powered lawn mower to convince me that I really can survive without a gas-powered one.
- Powered by 56V Li-ion 4.0Ah battery (according to EGO, this is the industry’s most powerful battery)
- Fully charged in 30 minutes with included quick charger
- Up to 45 minutes runtime
- 20″ cutting capacity
- Single lever height adjustment
- 3-in-1 Mulch/Bagging/Side discharge modes
- Folds for easier storage
- LED Headlights (HEADLIGHTS! On a push mower?!)
- 5 year warranty
First Impression and Setup
I was impressed with the quality of this machine, even as I unpacked it from the box. The mower is mostly made of a thick, sturdy-feeling plastic that should endure many seasons of use. The EGO mower comes mostly assembled – all I had to do was put the bagging frame together.
EGO advertises this as a “3-in-1 mower”, as it is able to discharge clippings into a bag, mulch, or out the side.
The mower’s handle folds down and locks into place for storage, and this is done by working a single quick release lever and two locking clamps.
Once the handle is unlocked, it can be unfolded and clicked into 3 detents; 2 different handle heights and in a forward position for removing the bag or side discharge chute. The locking clamps release the telescoping handle to full length.
There are very clear starting directions near the bale handle and safety switch. This is helpful for new users, and for refreshing your memory after the mower spends a couple of months in storage for the winter.
EGO includes a quick charger that completely recharges the 4.0Ah battery in about 30 minutes. It can be charged to 50% within 15 minutes. EGOs 2.0Ah batteries, which are not included but available separately and as part of other kits, can be completely recharged in about 20 minutes on this charger.
On my first mow I intentionally cut my tallest and thickest grass at a low setting to see what my worst-case runtime would be. The mower ran out of juice in just 20 minutes. The great part about the quick charger was that I was able to get back to mowing around a half hour later. Fear not! The mower ran for much longer during all of the following mowing sessions.
EGO built the mower with an overload protection circuit to prevent damage to the mower or batteries. An LED on the back of the mower illuminates to warn the user when the overload protection kicks in. If the user doesn’t respond to the warning and the mower is still stressed for too long, it will automatically power down, after which it can be restarted after a minute or so.
I tested the overload protection functions when mowing through my thick overgrown lawn during that first torture test, but haven’t seen the overload warning repeated since.
After the first harsh test, I mowed normal length grasses at the middle height setting (3). In half a dozen mowing sessions, I have averaged 35-40 minutes of runtime each time. I have been ok with it getting 80-90% the maximum advertised runtime while still not babying the mower or watching my depth of cut or grass height.
A 2.0Ah battery (sold separately) provides roughly half the runtime as with the included 4.0Ah battery, and can be a great way to get a little extra mowing time to finish up a lawn. 2.0Ah batteries are also included with some of EGO’s other lawn and garden tool kits.
We have had some heavy rain and fast growth over the past few weeks and the mower has repeatedly performed very well. It cuts grass cleanly, and with plenty of power. It feels like a gas mower in every way, except for the noticeable absence of gas engine noise and smells. I can walk the mower at a brisk pace and trust that it will do its job without bogging down.
I have mostly run the mower in mulching mode, and have found that it works very well. The bagging mode also works predictably as expected, but I rarely bag grass clippings.
The biggest weakness to the 3-in-1 system is the side discharge mode. EGO has leveraged the rear discharge port to use with the side discharge attachment. This indirect route for clippings causes them to slowly accumulate and plug up to where I have had to stop and clear the chute multiple times while mowing.
I am content with mulching my grass and do not see the side discharge as a necessity. If you are dead set on a side discharge mower, you might find that having to frequently clear the chute would get annoying real fast.
Runtime and Charging
The quick charger is a great inclusion with the kit. The fast charging time means I won’t ever waste hours waiting for the battery if I forgot to charge it. After I run the battery down all the way, it can be ready to go again after just a short 30 minutes, which is plenty of time to go grab a drink or do another quick chore while waiting.
Potentially, runtime and charging times are so good that a user could run the mower almost indefinitely with a second 4.0Ah battery ($199). By the time one battery is completely drained, the other is fully recharged and ready to go as soon as you reach the charger.
The EGO 56V mower is the first battery-powered mower that I could see myself recommending to close friends and family without any doubts or hesitations. The runtime cannot match that of a gas mower, but the overall power feels very close and with little compromise.
I don’t feel burdened with runtime concerns, as the mower cuts consistently regardless of lawn condition – at least as long as I select the right cut setting. The quick charger mitigates almost any potential concerns about runtime, except possibly for anyone who needs to mow a very large lawn.
The LED headlights are a nice touch. I didn’t think they would be useful, but the extra light came in handy when I raced to finish mowing my lawn in the fading evening light.
Ergonomically, the handle is very comfortable and the dual height setting is appreciated. I also love how simple and sturdy the folding and telescoping handle mechanism is. This is a weak point on other mowers.
The biggest downside to the EGO mower is the price. At around $500 for the kit, which comes with the charger and battery pack, the mower competes with many premium consumer gas push mowers that are almost all self-powered and often built with excellent Honda engines.
Just looking at price, the EGO mower can be tough to justify, but the benefits of battery power are definitely worthwhile if you are looking for a quiet, low maintenance, instant starting, and reliable machine.
The EGO mower also builds value when purchased with the other 56V EGO tools in mind, as their batteries are all compatible across devices. Finally, the EGO 5 year warranty should provide peace of mind for a system relatively new to the market.
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Ratings Explained (24/25)
Ease of Use: 5/5
The mower is very easy to unfold, and has a clear starting diagram for new users.
Build Quality: 5/5
Excellent feeling plastics and sturdy handle construction. Firmly locking quick release levers and clips.
Large rear wheels aid in maneuverability, and 2 handle height levels further improve handling.
Cutting Performance: 5/5
Cutting performance is similar to that of a gas mower. Sharp blades made clean cuts.
Completely adequate battery life, made better by the fast turnaround via EGOs fast charger.
Battery runtime is great, partly because the charger does such a good job to provide speed charges. I waffled between giving runtime a 4/5 or perfect 5/5 rating, but decided to be a little conservative. I certainly wouldn’t complain if runtime was a little longer.
Thank you to EGO for providing the review sample unconditionally. Review samples are typically given away, donated, or retained for editorial and comparison purposes.