EGO has announced new additions to their Power+ line of cordless outdoor power tools.
Here’s what’s new for 2023:
- Nexus Escape 400W Inverter
- 670 CFM Blower
- Multi-Head 16” String Trimmer with POWERLOAD
- 10” Telescopic Pole Saw
- 26” Hedge Trimmer
- 42” Zero Turn Radius Mower with eSteer
- Select Cut XP 21″ Mower with Speed IQ
- 21” Self-Propelled Mower with Touch Drive
- 21″ Self-Propelled Mower (LM2114SP) & 21″ Mower (LM2114)
Following is a quick overview of all the new tools, with more details to come. Let me know if you have any questions, and I’ll work to fill in any blanks as soon as more information is available.
(EGO is a ToolGuyd sponsor.)
EGO POWER+ Nexus Escape 400W Inverter (PAD5000)
The new EGO Power+ Nexus Escape inverter delivers up 400W of continuous power, and 800W of peak power.
Its single AC outlet delivers Pure Sine Wave power, which EGO describes as providing high quality, clean power for sensitive electronics. (A pure sine wave AC signal is indeed recommended for many types of digital electronics these days, over modified sine wave AC power.)
The EGO Nexus Escape also has 3 USB ports:
- USB-C PD
The USB-C PD port can provide up to 100W of power and can charge larger electronic devices.
EGO Power+ 670 CFM Blower (LB6703)
EGO has a new blower that can deliver 670 CFM of air at speeds of up to 180 MPH, and up to 80 minutes of runtime with a 4Ah battery (included with the kit).
EGO says that the blower is quiet, lightweight, compact, faster than gas, and powerful enough to blow wet leaves, caked on grass, rocks, and other heavy debris.
It comes with a tapered nozzle, which helps the blower achieve its 180 MPH max air speed, and has variable speed control from 250 to 530 CFM. I would presume that the performance is achieved via turbo mode, as with EGO’s other cordless blowers.
EGO POWER+ Multi-Head 16” String Trimmer with POWERLOAD (MST1603)
There will be a new Multi-Head kit that includes a 16” trimmer with PowerLoad tech. PowerLoad enables users to feed the cutting line with the push of a button.
The Power Head is compatible with all EGO Power+ multi-head attachments.
The 16” trimmer can run for up to 45 minutes with a 4Ah battery (included with the kit).
EGO POWER+ 10” Telescopic Pole Saw (PS1001)
The new EGO Power+ 10” pole saw features an industry-first LED cut line indicator, for more accurate cutting under dark, shaded, or low light conditions.
It features a telescoping carbon fiber shaft for total reach of 16 feet.
EGO also says the new pole saw has best-in-class weight that’s up to 30% lighter than other pole saws.
Tensioning is tool-free.
Users can expect to make up to 100 cuts using a 56V 2.5Ah battery, included in the kit.
EGO POWER+ 26” Hedge Trimmer (HT2601)
The new EGO 26” hedge trimmer features dual-action blades, a 5-position 180° rotating handle, industry-first carbon fiber rail, and it cuts at up to 3400 strokes per minute.
EGO says that the trimmer’s carbon fiber rail is strong, light, and durable, and is covered under a lifetime warranty.
EGO POWER+ 42” Zero Turn Radius Mower with eSteer Technology (ZT4205S)
EGO’s new zero-turn mower ”drives like a car, turns like a ZTR!”
It features the industry’s first eSteer technology, which is said to deliver ultimate control with the added added precision of a steering wheel.
The Z6 with eSteer 42” riding mower is said to pack the power of a 22 horsepower gas mower, but without the noise, fuss, or fumes.
It can cut up to 2.5 acres on a single charge with the four included 12Ah ARC Lithium batteries.
EGO POWER+ Select Cut XP 21″ Mower with Speed IQ (LM2167SP)
The new Select Cut XP 21” mower with Speed IQ self-propel technology digitally senses and adapts speed to your stride, no levers or dials to adjust.
The Select Cut multi-blade system delivers customizable cutting performance with 3 interchangeable mower blades.
This mower features the industry’s first digital display, which is integrated into the handlebar. The display provides real-time information – mower speed, battery charge status, and blade speed selection.
It delivers 8.3 ft-lbs of cutting torque – ”power and performance that exceeds gas-powered mowers.”
Runtime is up to 90 minutes on a single charge with 12Ah batteries (included in the kit).
EGO POWER+ 21” Self-Propelled Mower with Touch Drive (LM2125SP)
There will also be a new 21” self-propelled mower with Touch Drive, a self-propel drive system that is engaged with the palm of your hands, allowing easy control of the variable speed by scrolling a dial with your fingertips.
The mower delivers 6 ft-lbs of cutting torque and cuts for up to 60 minutes with a 7.5Ah battery (included in the kit).
EGO POWER+ 21″ Self-Propelled Mower (LM2114SP) & 21″ Mower (LM2114)
Lastly, there will be 21” self-propelled and non-propelled push mowers, both delivering 6 ft-lbs of cutting torque.
EGO says this exceeds gas performance, and without the noise, fuss, or fumes.
Runtime is up to 50 minutes on a single charge with a 6Ah battery.
The mowers have 7-position height adjustment, for mowing from 1.5 to 4”.
The self-propelled mower can be engaged with either hand using dual levers, and speed adjustment is done via a dial at your fingertips.
Just in time! I want a kit of the blower, trimmer and hedge cutters. Either that or kit of just blower/trimmer with battery(ies) and charger. Then a hedge cutter w/o battery. Oh Lowes….
(I’ve had GreenWorks for years and now not holding charges. Batteries are as much a tools so, I am not loyal to GreenWorks, and their battery mating mechanism has me not wanting ANYTHING made by them)
I gifted my original 2014 Ego push mower to my mom two years ago when I upgraded, and it’s still going with its 2014 battery. Ditto for the 15” string trimmer. She loves them!
Egos replaced all my yard equipment. I love it! The only gas powered equipment I have now is a power washer. How about an ego power washer? Then I will be 100% electric and 100% ego.
Agreed. Need a power washer!!
I might be replacing my ECHO 58 V system but I’ve been leaning towards the Dewalt flexvolt OPE and thier attachment trimmer kit.
but now I must say I’m a bit intrigued by this ZTR device. not even for the steering wheel but more for the idea of the 20degree slope. most ZTR devices say no more than 12 or so.
Approach angle makes a big difference. The Z6 feels like it can pull up a pretty solid slope head-on. Sidehill mowing, I would say 15 to 20 degree slope is pushing it.
I have had the mower go from 6% to zero almost instantly after making a run up a steep, short slope. Had to let it set for five minutes, then it registered 4% and could be driven back to the charger.
Does the Z6 “four wheel control” mean that it has 4 driven wheels (4 motors)?
How does the reverse “paddle shifters” work? Are they responsive like zero turn levers or does it cut power going forward and come to a full stop before reversing?
Does the “sport mode” lower the deck like a cars sport mode for better aero? 😉
I seriously doubt it has 4 driven wheels. Ego’s website mentions nothing about that, and if you look at the front wheels they appear to be standard casters with nothing to steer them, and the tires are the passively rolling ribbed type, not drive tires with traction tread.
I think this is just an updated model of the existing Z6 but with the new steering wheel control in place of the existing levers.
I too am curious just exactly how the reverse shift paddles work. I can think of a few different methods but all of them seem to give up something compared to the traditional 2 levers. I’m going to be interested to see how this works once some review start coming out.
There are bars connected to the front wheels that looks like steering control. My EGO doesn’t have anything like that on the front wheels.
The bars are connected to the deck and the frame, not the front wheels, looks like just normal casters, unless…. There are motors inside caster assembly to “turn” the casters in conjunction with the steering while like a cub cadet steering wheel ztr lol but I don’t think there’s enough room in there for a torquey enough motor for that 🤷
Agree on all points. EGO needs to go where Cub Cadet could not and enable 4 wheel steering with lap bars (no steering wheels!)
I agree that there may not be enough room inside the caster spindles for the size DC motor that would be needed to turn the wheels under a side load. If you have tried to turn the wheels manually you can see it takes a bit of force. However, EGO has been perfecting DC motor tech perhaps more than any other company so maybe they have cracked the code here.
Anyway, let’s hope they offer this tech in their lap bar zero turns and don’t keep it bottled up on this dopey ass steering wheel model.
I’ve been driving the two-handle control Z6 this year, and I can’t imagine this steering wheel offering any improvement over the level of speed and direction control that system offers.
The “Sport” mode is a travel-only (mower blades off) setting.
It appears to me that the Z6 has four motors. One for each wheel, and one for each mower blade. The mower speed is controllable, but that’s a baseline speed that can increase if the sensed load increases.
I’m curious about the new batteries. I believe it use to be 2ah, 2.5ah, 5ah, 7.5ah, and 10ah. So a 4 and 6 in there I wonder what the price differences will be and if they will be worth picking up?
I love my EGO tools, but I’m not a fan of the self-propelled function. The wheel is nice, but your palms pretty much always engage the self propel paddles and its too easy to accidently engage the thumb wheel.
It was only 2 and 4Ah in the beginning, then they brought 2.5, 5 and 7.5Ah. 10Ah followed shortly after, then 12Ah, and now it looks like a 6Ah is offered as well.
Overseas markets got a 6Ah battery when we got the 7.5, so assuming there are no new form factors:
Small 14 cell = 2 and 2.5Ah
Medium 28 cell = 4 and 5Ah
Large 42 cell = 6 and 7.5Ah
X-Large 56 cell = 10 and 12Ah
2, 4 and 6Ah batteries use 2000mAh cells. 2.5, 5, 7.5 and 10Ah batteries use 2500mAh cells. The 12Ah uses 3000mAh cells.
This is my understanding as well, and all 18650 cells. That seems to works well for them but I still hope to see 21700 someday, or maybe they’re waiting for pouch cells or the next technology to come.
Well they the parent company FLEX had Stacked Lithium
They are finally updating the Nexus escape from that GARBAGE escape 150, looks like the new one can charge an ego battery through USB-C? That will be nice, can charge it in a car, from a solar panel, etc
I believe so!
Interesting. Never saw a 4. I got a 2 or 2.5 with my Blower, the other one with my string trimmer, a 5ah with my first mower, and a 7.5ah with my second.
I want to know why ego won’t sell the roto cut ego branded attachment here in the states, I’d prefer using it to trim around the playground.
Liability or safety restriction are my guess. Same reason why we can’t get Stihl’s shredder blades here in the US.
You should be able to get one of these and replace the trimmer head. I’ve got one on the M18 trimmer and it works well though it’s heavy and doesn’t balance that great. Expensive too.
Yeah I’ve considered that but I do still use my string trimmer in some places. I guess I’ll have to decide.
I thought I’d dislike this article for the simple fact that I am getting sick of the push toward OPE. (Personal thing, don’t stop making this stuff on my account.)
But then I saw that steering wheel, and what it’s for. I thought “What were they thinking, putting a racing wheel on a Lawn Mower? Do they know how many accidents due to ‘Stupidity’ they’ll cause with that?” Then I realized… They’re reverse paddles, like a Tank’s T-Bar. It’s not a racing wheel, it’s a dashboard for all the settings, with control to make arcs by turning, or by hitting a paddle to shift one side of mower instantly into reverse, giving you the 0-Radius turn that a Tank uses. Which turned me from “What were they thinking?” to “Why hasn’t anyone done this on consumer or commercial levels before?”
Another eye-opening Article, Stuart! Thank You!
I’d have to try this steering-wheel zero-turn mower. It’s probably great – but it sure looks confusing compared to the dual levers almost everyone else uses (with a nod to Country Clipper’s joystick).
Dual lever steering is very intuitive. Shifting a paddle seems like a new skill you’d have to learn – and something that might slow you down during tight turns.
One potential drawback of levers that this idea might solve is that sometimes it’s hard to feel when you are skidding a drive wheel with a ZTM.
Usually this is when you try a sharp turn on a sidehill, while moving fast or when the grass is wet. While it’s intuitive to pull back on one lever while pushing forward on the other, if the wheel slips it just tends to feel like you need to pull back harder – meanwhile that wheel was already stopped and is now spinning backwards. Yet you continue to understeer until you cut power.
Presumably this steering wheel doesn’t let the drive wheels spin backwards without an intentional shift – and if you’re turning the wheel and your mower is still going forward… it’s pretty obvious you are skidding.
You beat me to it Jared, I was doing to say the exact same thing.
The dual-lever system that most ZTRs use is extremely intuitive, and it also gives you precise control over both wheels at all times. I’m a bit confused as to how this is supposed to work, it seems like that at least some of the control must be up to some kind of computer in the machine. I’m not sure how I feel about that, but I can’t rag on it if I haven’t tried it.
As for the skidding drive wheels, in my opinion that’s largely the consequence of tires without much traction. Most ZTRs have tires with non-aggressive tread. This makes sense in a way, I suppose, one might think that a less aggressive tread causes less turf damage. Personally I prefer to mount more aggressive tires. Yes, those do cause more damage to the grass *if* they slip. However, they are far less likely to slip than turf tires. They also feel a lot more confident on slopes. Turf tires are probably safer if you have a teenager wanting to hot-rod the mower around but I feel that more aggressive tires reduce slip for a careful operator because you feel the mower moving in a way you don’t want to go and you adjust accordingly before the slip occurs.
You nailed it. All the mowers I’ve driven have the factory turf tires. They don’t ever have much grip.
I presume they choose them for wear resistance. The tires on my 25+ year-old Yardman don’t look that much different from the Husqvarna I bought this year.
That’s a good idea actually – I might shop around for some better rubber. It’s really annoying to be cutting a side-slope and have your mower slowly drift down the hill.
Look at zero turn SW3200 Toro.I have one an front swivel wheels steer
That new inverter looks great. Finally, USB-PD Type-C in and out at 100W. The light looks useful too.
James (a different one)
Also looking forward to the 400W inverter with pure sine wave. I have the 150W inverter and it is not pure sine wave so I won’t use it on sensitive/expensive electronics. Depending upon price, this new model may allow me to better take advantage of my existing 7.5 Ah and 5 Ah batteries. The 4 battery model is just too expensive (even as a $500 bare tool). I have the little Ryobi 18V inverter as well.
The new pole saw has some pluses over my recently purchased Ryobi (RY40560, snagged from DTO for $90):
– Telescoping instead of fixed sections, although based on my experience with manual telescoping pole saws, I wonder how well the telescoping arm lock will last.
– 16 ft reach (vs 9.5 for Ryobi). However, I wonder how hard it is to control at 16 ft.
I don’t care about the light.
Probably will never see because it’s niche item, it but I really wish Ego would release a reel mower. I’ve replaced all my other OPE with Ego save for the mower. I’d love to, but I’m not willing to switch to a rotary and the current electric reel options on the market seem mediocre or insanely overpriced.
Ive seen one online that uses ego batteries, but again on the other side of the Atlantic.
Yeah, that’s the new Allett Stirling. It does look neat, but reviews of it are mixed at best. Love the idea of interchangeable cartridges but once you get the ones you want you’re in to the system for like $8k on the freedom side of the pond.
I’m reading the description and looking at the silver bars that extend to the zero turn mower’s front wheels…
Does this steering system actually steer the front wheels somehow?
They just passively flip around on my Husqvarna – like a shopping cart. All the steering is done my driving the rear wheels at different speeds.
If this “Esteer” actually has some degree of “four-wheel control” whereby the front wheels are steered – that would be neat. Just like a shopping cart, sometimes small precise motions on a ZTM are hampered by the front wheels spinning around to face the drive direction (imagine pushing a shopping cart forward, then back a few inches and forward again – when the wheels flip from one side to the other they tend to kick the front of the shopping cart to one side or the other).
I think those silver bars support the front of the deck and don’t connect to the wheels at all. To me it looks like the wheels just spin like your average caster wheel on most ZTRs, or a shopping cart, etc. I tried to see if there were other photos that might give a better idea on Ego’s website but these are the only ones there. Curiously though, the website mentioned nothing about “4 wheel control”. It mentioned the E-steer technology but said nothing about the front wheels being powered or steered.
They already have a Z6 model ZTR with similar specifications but with the traditional 2-lever controls. This seems like it’s the same thing but with the “E-steer” steering wheel controls instead of those levers.
Bah! Too bad. That seems way more likely though. Mention of “four-wheel control” got me thinking they found some way to steer the fronts too.
Now that I look at the photo again, I think you’re right and those bars are just hangers for the deck.
I am glad the blower specs are improving. I’m still for gas, but it won’t be too much longer before I get electric bc my Tanaka doesn’t have much life left
Nothing of note new, more bells and whistles. Where is a scarifier or verticutter? Rear roller mower?
Smart of Ego to steal the thunder of Milwaukee’s OPE pipeline today. Surprised Ego didn’t mention announce their top handle chainsaw. I thought I saw a leaked image of that somewhere. Probably slightly larger than the M18 one shown today, but must have more power, right? If/when it exists.
Also, that 400w inverter looks really nice and useful. Love USB two way charging.
How about an E BIKE.
Second that. I keep wondering why only Makita has one. I’d love to be able to use my two
5ah 56v egos or two m18 for 36v on a bike.
Review of ego snowblower from past winter. It does the job, but doesn’t throw snow far enough. I don’t think it threw 10 feet, in any of the snow conditions. Wet or light. Still like it, but don’t love it.
Speaking of Makita-only, I keep wondering when someone else is going to make a powered wheelbarrow or cart.
Damn, I’d been hoping they’d come out with a post auger. I have an Ego mower, hedge trimmer, and string trimmer, but being able to use my 10aH battery to build my fence would’ve been great. Currently Ryobi seems to be the only electric one rated for 8″ augers.
I agree, Ego should make one. But I used the Dewalt 60v mixer drill along with a 3/4” powerhead adapter for some post hole augers recently. Worked great. Needed to start with an 8” auger, then widened with a 12” auger. Also had an extension shaft to make 42” deep holes (frost line in MN).
Like Jared said, I am really hoping the “four-wheel control” makes it so that the front caster are no longer passive. This is what Cub Cadet has implemented in their Steering-wheel controlled zero-turns. It allows you to actually control which direction the front wheels are aiming. It makes slope mowing MUCH easier.
I think CC calls their’s Synchro-Steer… and they also claim “slopes up to 20-degrees”
If it is something similar… this will be on my list for next spring!
Hopefully they do one better than Cub Cadet and integrate 4 wheel steering using the existing lap bar. I don’t like the steering wheel and foot pedals for fwd/rev. The lap bar control is perfect and intuitive. Just add a couple small DC motors to turn the front forks in unison with the lap bars and you got a winner.
FOUR batteries? I understand the weight reasons for doing this. I would hope that an on-board charger that can charge the batteries in-situ is a consideration. Otherwise, managing that number of batteries through individual rapid chargers starts to twitch the PITA factor. Multiple removable batteries, sure, that’s good design, whether for versatility, extended run time, or failure replacement (Ego’s batteries are not cheap). Balance that with the convenience of a single plug on the rider as one of possible means to recharge without juggling batteries.
Both of their current zero turns can charge 6 batteries at once installed in the unit with an included fast charger. I’m sure the new one will do the same
Re. Ego 15″ string trimmer:
Dead Tool Guy,
My string is stuck inside the head. The YouTube video makes it look so easy to press the tabs and remove the spool head, but my hand is not big enough. The spool head measures 7.5″ from tab-to-tab. My hand is only 8″ from finger-tip-to-finger-tip. The pipe wrench doesn’t have a deep enough bite to reach the tabs. I’m new at this widowhood thing; what does an average-size woman with average-size hands do, other than just let everything go to seed?
I’m sorry to hear that. I’ve had difficulty with the same before, but was able to manage it.
If I’m your shoes, I would contact EGO. Their customer service might have advice for you, or maybe some tricks to pop the head open. And if not, maybe there’s some other way to help you.
I never can push the tabs in myself with just my hands, I push each tab in with a large flat head screwdriver usually then pry it off.
Rebecca, I have had the Ego 15” string trimmer with the PowerLoad head for a few years now. At times it can be difficult to pop off the head to remove stuck string, so as Mutombo suggested I use a screwdriver to pry one side then the other until it separates. There can also be times when feeding new string into the head requires a few tries. But once you get the string to pass through the head and have an equal length sticking out each side, press and hold the green button until all but a few inches of string, on each side, are left.
Rebecca, I’m in the same boat (new widow) and had that exact problem today with removing the cap to untangle the string. There was no way that I could reach both tabs. It was so frustrating. I found that I could press in one tab, pull the cap off a tiny bit on one side then press the other side and I was able to remove the cap. Getting it back in was equally as hard so I had to do one side at a time. I hope they address this issue as these are great tools for women as well. Best of luck in the future. This widow thing is not for the faint of heart.
“The Power Head is compatible with all EGO Power+ multi-head attachments”
Does that mean you can used the old style power head with new attachments and vise versa? Looking at the pictures the way they lock together looks very different.
John E Hare
Well I have a 42″ ego zero turn,cut the grass 3 times and the battery case cracked in half,had to take it back to Lowes ,then they ship it to Philly for service.after 3 weeks I got it back.if this is what electric cars will be like,they can keep their junk.They already changed the steering. NO ONE AROUND LOCAL FOR SERVICE,AND NO ONE AT EGO KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT THEIR MACHINES,Good luck ,I wouldn’t buy another one
I can’t believe they still haven’t come out with a backpack vacuum.
When EGO says “coming soon”, how soon do you think it will be available for purchase? I’m specifically thinking of EGO POWER+ Select Cut XP 21″ Mower with Speed IQ (LM2167SP). I’d hate to buy their best model today only to discover that I could have waited 2 weeks to get the newest model available. If their 2023 items like this one really get released for sale in 2023 it wouldn’t make sense to wait. Does anyone have insights on this?
If I had to guess, I’d say Feb 2023.
I want to see the string trimmer with bicycle handles like they sell everywhere else in the world.
I bought in right away. Blower, weedeater, and larger chain saw. 1 of 4 batteries are workin. Bought 1 very expensive battery. You can buy a lot of equipment for 1 battery.