As with most things in life – gardening included – they say you shouldn’t let your ego get the better of you. However, in the context of Ego Outdoor Power Equipment we should perhaps make an exception. (Editor’s note: really? Oh come on!!).
Ego Outdoor Power Equipment is made by Chervon, a Chinese company with manufacturing plants in Nanjing, China, and Stuttgart, Germany. Their USP is making battery tools that are as powerful as gas ones. Many reviewers agree, giving their chainsaws 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Let’s dive down into the Ego brand in more detail by answering all the questions you have ever (or may never) ask about Ego power tools.
Who Makes Ego Power Equipment?
Ego power equipment is manufactured by Chervon, which is a Chinese company.
Chervon was founded 23 years ago by company president Peter Pan. The company does both OEM and ODM manufacturing. In addition, in 2014 they debuted the Ego self-branded line of tools.
Is Ego Made in The USA?
No. Chervon has plants in Nanjing, China and Stuttgart, Germany.
Is Ego a Chinese Company?
Yes. The Chervon Group, its parent company, is headquartered in Nanjing, China.
Are Ego Power Tools & Equipment Any Good?
Ego makes mowers, blowers, string trimmers, riding mowers, hedge trimmers, edgers, generators, chain saws, snow blowers, battery chargers and accessories. If you are looking for a switch from gasoline-powered engines and are looking for a company that offers many cordless power tools, Ego is an easy choice.
Ego is the powerhouse in the cordless OPE (outdoor power equipment) world. Their quality is top-notch, and they don’t believe in built-in obsolescence. Every one of their 2014 batteries will work in their 2021 equipment.
Ego is relentless in their pursuit of battery powered OPE perfection. They are constantly innovating and improving. They have a dedicated R&D department. Ego is in this game for good.
Which is Better Ego or Ryobi?
Experts say that the Ryobi batteries run very hot. They need hours to cool – before starting to charge. Once it was cool, the Ryobi 5.0Ah battery charged up in 3 hours. Eog battery compartments are air-cooled, so there is no cooling time needed. For the Eog 5.0Ah battery, charging time was 45 minutes.
Ryobi’s cost less. If your power projects are small, then Ryobi’s charge time is fine. You can do your project and then set the battery to cool and charge overnight. In this case, the extra cost of the Eog tool isn’t worth it.
However, if your projects are large, then the extra hours of cooling and charging a Ryobi battery might not be worth it. In fact, you may have to buy a second Ryobi battery to get through the project, which may make Ryobi’s cheaper cost less so.
Eog batteries have “Keep Cool Technology” so there’s no wait to start charging. Plus, they charge faster than Ryobi batteries.
If you have bigger projects (like a large yard), then the extra cost of an Eog tool is worth it for you.
Here’s a Ryobi versus Ego mower video.
Is Greenworks or Ego Better?
Greenworks was founded in Seattle in 2017. For a newer company, they have an impressive range of power tools. Here’s what the experts said about the two lines of tools.
As with Ryobi, the key differences between Greenworks and Ego are the battery run times and charge times.
Other differences are that the Greenworks line of power tools don’t share the same batteries, like Ego does. Also, Greenworks offers a 4-year tool and 2-year battery warranty. Ego warrants their power tools for 5 years and the batteries for 3 years.
Do All Ego Tools Use The Same Battery?
Yes. All batteries are interchangeable. This is a core strength of the Ego line.
What is Ego Power Plus?
Ego markets their Power+ line as the most advanced battery technology in the industry. The Power+ line is designed to be as powerful or more powerful than the gas-powered tool – without the noise, fuss, and fumes.
Can I Leave My Ego Battery On The Charger?
Yes. No harm will come to the battery.
Which Ego Battery is Best?
Be strategic in your battery buying. The best battery deals are bundled with tools. Some reviewers bought the self-propelled mower (although they like to push mow), so they could have the larger battery. Some Ego power tools are bundled with two batteries.
There’s no sense having batteries stacked in the garage. When you have a large and a small battery, you may not need any others. Then, just buy the tools – no bundled batteries.
As with all tech, often the best product is usually the latest product.
Older Ego batteries had a simple gauge that let you know when the battery was low – at 15% of charge. The light turned red when the battery was almost out. Reviewers complained that they needed a better gauge, so Eog built one.
Today, Ego is on its third generation of batteries. Starting with the 2.5Ah 56V battery and on up, these batteries have an integrated fuel gauge. They have 5 bars that display the charge. Experts say third generation batteries will last longer.
How Long Does The Ego 7.5 56v Battery Last?
Based on real-life reviewers, with routine use this battery has a life expectancy of around 3 years. For run time, experts say the Ego 7.5Ah 56v battery in a lawnmower lasted 1 hour 47 minutes. Here’s the review.
Are Ryobi and Ego Batteries Interchangeable?
No. Ego batteries are compatible with Ego power tools. Ryobi batteries are compatible with DeWalt, Milwaukee and Makita.
Why is My Ego Battery Flashing Green?
The blinking green light indicates that the battery has around 15% of charge left. A blinking red light means the battery is totally depleted. Flashing orange means the battery is getting hot.
How Do I Store My Ego Battery For The Winter?
Batteries are a little needy about temperature. They don’t like to be too cold or too hot. You will have to find a spot in your house or garage above freezing (32°F) and below 104°F to store your batteries and the charger.
Should I Buy an Ego Mower?
Before dipping your toe in the cordless water, consider brands carefully. Decide what power tools you use heavily and check out the brands. Which one rates best? Then, look at the whole tool suite.
Battery technology is evolving. Run time, charge time and lifespan boil down to money in – or out – of your pocket. Does the manufacturer invest in new tech?
For most households, the most heavily used go-to power tool is – the lawnmower.
Eog’s Power+ line of mowers are 20 and 21 inches wide and either push or self-propelled. New models have either 5.0Ah 56V or 7.5Ah 56V batteries.
Some Power+ mowers have a Select Cut™ multi-blade option. These mowers cut grass with two blades. Also, they come with blades for cutting, mulching, and bagging. Another Power+ feature is called Peak Power™. These mowers have slots for two batteries and combines their charge, so you can run longer.
Some self-propelled Eog mowers have a Touch Drive™ option. These mowers let you control the mower’s self-propel function with the touch of a dial.
How Long Do Ego Mowers Last?
The average lifespan of a battery driven lawn mower is 10 years. Lawn mower batteries are different – they only last around three years.
Here’s a review of an original Ego 20-inch mower four years on.
Do Ego Make a Riding Mower?
The Ego Z6 Power Turn riding mower will be available in stores in March 2021. This riding mower uses their 56V battery platform. The mower has space for up to 6 batteries. The batteries can be either 2.5Ah, 5.0Ah, 7.5Ah or 10Ah. It needs a battery combination of at least 15Ah to run.
The Ego Z6 ZT has a 42-inch steel deck with a 21 inch, 2-blade system. It has four independent brushless motors that are equivalent to a 22 HP engine. It’s top speed is 8 MPH. There are four blade speeds that are good for dry light conditions or heavy wet grass.
There are also three drive modes: Control, Standard and Sport. The Ego Z6 can charge all six batteries at once in just two hours with its 15-foot cord. It comes with LED lights, 10 deck height levels, storage compartments for your phone, comfortable seating, and a control panel with bluetooth, and plenty of information. Yes, it’s tricked out.
Can I Use An Ego Mower On Wet Grass?
Experts say yes. From the oldest model to the newest Select Cut™ multi-blade models.
Are Ego Mowers Brushless?
Most of the latest Ego Power+ mowers are brushless. There are three models that are not: LM2000, LM2100 and LM2100SP.
Are Ego Chainsaws Any Good?
Experts give Ego chainsaws high marks. Thousands of ordinary reviewers give the chainsaws 4.5 out of 5 stars.
What Features Are Unique To The Ego Chainsaw?
Ego chainsaws have an industry first tensioning system that will tighten the bar chain correctly. With an oversized knob, you can tighten the chain or take the cover off to change the blade.
Does An Ego Chainsaw Need Oil?
Yes! Both the bar and chain need to be lubricated.
How Do You Store Ego Tools & Equipment?
Ego batteries should be protected from extreme temperatures.
The tools themselves are lightweight and easy to store. Edgers, trimmers, pole saws, blowers multi-head systems can be stored upright on tool rack systems. Ego lawn mowers fold up and store upright, saving space in your garage.
At Take a Yard, we know it’s important to you (as it is to us), to try and buy American. However, Ego power tools could very well prove to be the exception to the rule.
Their range of tools with interchangeable batteries is excellent, and the batteries themselves are quick to charge and don’t run hot like some other brands. Users are happy with these tools too – giving them 4.5 out of 5 stars after purchase – so this is definitely a company we can stand behind.
Perhaps you should consider them as well if you’re keen to go green with your next set of power tools? The only downside we can see is the name. If you buy any of the larger tools such as the lawnmowers, your friends and family can rightly accuse you of ‘having a big ego!’. (Editor’s note: OK that’s enough, this article is over already!)