Electric lawn mower recall. Kobalt 40V Mower Vs. EGO 56V Mower: Which One Wins

Kobalt 40V Mower Vs. EGO 56V Mower: Which One Wins?

EGO Power is a heavyweight name in the cordless mower market. The brand manufactures a range of self-propelled and push lawnmowers for residential use, some of which are comparable in runtime and performance with gas-powered counterparts. Kobalt is Lowe’s in-house brand of power tools, and it includes lawnmowers cheaper than EGO. But are they worth it? Check out how the Kobalt 40V mower vs. EGO 56V mower compares.

Kobalt 40V Mower Vs. EGO 56V Mower: Side-by-Side Comparison

EGO 56V and Kobalt 40V are two self-propelled lawnmowers ideal for yards up to half an acre. However, a lower-capacity battery pack makes Kobalt a much better choice for smaller yards. Beyond battery capacity, each model comes with advantages and drawbacks. In a quick overview, here’s how the two compare:

Kobalt 40V MowerEGO 56V Mower
Best for Yards up to ¼ Yards up to ½ acres
Operation mode Self-propelled Self-propelled
Cutting width 20” 21”
Adjustment options 7 7
Cutting height 1-3/8” – 3-3/4” 1.5″- 4″
Waste management Mulching, bagging, side discharge Mulching, bagging, side discharge
Battery 40v (5.0Ah) 56V (7.5Ah)
Runtime Up to 30 minutes Up to 60 minutes
Motor type Brushless Brushless
Headlights No Yes
  • Up to 40 minutes runtime per charge.
  • Mulch, rear bag, and side discharge grass.
  • Mows up to 0.5 acres.
  • 7-position single lever.

Kobalt 40V Mower Vs. EGO 56V Mower: What’s the Difference?

EGO and Kobalt are two of the most popular brands of battery-powered lawnmowers. Machines from both brands are suitable for residential use, with different results due to build quality and performance.

After a 2017 Kobalt 40V mower failure, thousands of units were recalled due to potential fire hazards. Lowe’s – or rather Hongkong Sun Rise Trading, the company that used to manufacture Kobalt and Greenworks mowers – improved the model, and a new 40V mower is now available on the market.

EGO Power has never made safety recalls on its products. The EGO 56V lawn mower is one of the most popular options, the battery pack offering longer runtime than similar machines. Power is also excellent with this mower outputting gas-like performance. Before buying either one, here’s a detailed comparison between the two.

Deck and Cutting

A major difference between the Kobalt V40 mower and the EGO 56V mower is their deck size and cutting performance. The former comes with a 20-inch deck and is ideal for lawns between ¼ and ½ acres, at least on paper. In reality, it is only great for lawns up to ¼ acres due to a lower-capacity battery and relatively short runtime.

The EGO comes with a 21-inch deck and is suitable for larger lawns. One extra inch of cutting swath also means you can complete the chore faster. However, an inch difference can also put Kobalt at an advantage if you have an awkwardly shaped lawn or need to fit the mower in narrower spaces.

Beyond the deck size, EGO has the upper hand in terms of cutting performance. The mower’s multi-blade system enhances cutting efficiency and delivers gas-like performance. Kobalt has a single, dual blade that also cuts grass effectively but could struggle with tougher types of grass, such as zoysia, Kentucky bluegrass, or Bermuda. EGO also does a better job of cutting wet grass than Kobalt.

When buying a lawn mower, you should check the cutting height range and adjustment levels. These factors are crucial because each type of grass requires a specific cutting height during the growing season and another one during the period of dormancy.

The Kobalt 40V mower features seven height adjustments and a cutting height range between 1.375 and 3.75 inches. EGO 56V mower also offers a similar number of height settings, but the range goes from 1.5 to 4.0 inches. This difference makes Kobalt a slightly better choice for warm-season grasses – this turf type requires shorter cutting heights. If you like to keep the grass longer, you can’t go wrong with the EGO.

Power and Runtime

Cordless, battery-powered lawnmowers are often frowned upon due to their limited runtime. Indeed, they might not be ideal for commercial use or very large yards. Everyone else might do fine with such an option, especially if you get a powerful battery pack.

EGO 56V mower comes with a 56-volt, 7.5Ah battery that delivers up to 60 minutes of runtime. That’s how long it takes to mow a ½-acre lawn. Sure, you may not get exactly one hour, but this mower still delivers more runtime than Kobalt. With its 40-volt battery, Lowe’s mower has a runtime of under 30 minutes. This means you’ll either have to buy an additional battery or take frequent (and long) breaks.

If you want a Kobalt mower with a longer runtime, you should opt for the Kobalt 80V mower, which offers up to 60 minutes on a full charge. In addition to longer runtime, EGO also offers a faster charge. Its 56V battery charges in about 145 minutes, but Kobalt’s 40V requires around 150 minutes of recharge.

The battery capacity – 7.5Ah for the EGO and 5.0Ah for the Kobalt – also makes a difference. The higher amps per hour output impressive torque. Combined with the multi-blade system, the EGO can effortlessly cut through rough or wet grass. Not so with the Kobalt, which struggles with rough or wet grass.

Both lawnmowers come with interchangeable batteries within their ecosystems. So, you can use batteries from compatible tools, such as hedge trimmers or leaf blowers, on the mower as long as they have the same max voltage. By doing so, you get more uninterrupted mowing time. You can also save by buying a bare lawnmower and using a battery pack that you already have.

Waste Management

From a waste management standpoint, both mowers offer mulching, bagging, and side discharge. However, they accomplish each function differently – and EGO does it better. This mower’s advantage is the multi-blade system and the additional blades provided in the pack, each designed for a specific waste management function.

In total, EGO 56V comes with three specialized blades for mulching, bagging, or increased runtime. The deck’s multi-blade system also includes a standard blade that is mounted first, and then the specialized blade goes on top.

The mulching blade is designed to shred grass blades into fine pieces. Likewise, the bagging blade presents a wider surface designed to lift and suck grass clippings right into the rear-mounted bag. Kobalt doesn’t come with any specialized blades. It only has one standard blade that does a decent but not an exceptional job.

Kobalt tends to bag more grass than the EGO when using a standard blade, but it stands no chance when the EGO uses the bagging blade. Kobalt also tends to detect a full bag before the bag is actually full. So, you’ll have to stop and empty it more frequently than you would with EGO.

Build Quality

When looking at Kobalt vs. EGO, another noticeable difference is their construction. The former has some plastic components, but it is essentially made of alloy steel. EGO is made of ballistic-grade plastic, which is admittedly durable but not as durable as metal.

The surprising thing is that EGO is actually heavier and seems more stable than the Kobalt despite its plastic construction. Design elements and features thought to improve user experience also add to EGO’s appeal. These features include headlights, which make it easier (and possible) to mow in low light conditions, seamless adjustment of the handle height and cutting deck, and a battery housing that is easy to access. With only one hand, you can extract and replace the battery. The battery’s housing enclosure is also transparent, making it easy to keep an eye on the charge indicator lights.

Kobalt doesn’t have any of these clever features. Its battery indicator is not visible unless you open the housing lid. The handle has several positions but comes with an adjustment knob rather than a lever. Turning it makes position adjustment less intuitive. The same applies to the cutting height adjustment, which is easier on EGO.


If there’s one area where the Kobalt 40V mower outshines the EGO 56V mower, it has to be the attractive price tag. Bought new, this self-propelled lawn mower costs around 250 or even less on the used market. EGO 56V costs about 549 without a battery and charger. The 7.5Ah battery will set you back another 359, while the Rapid charger is another 140.

A good way to save on EGO’s battery is by choosing a lower-capacity 56V battery. The battery bundle and the charger are available for around 200, but you can expect only 2.5Ah of capacity. The mower can also use 4Ah and 5Ah batteries, provided they have 56V of power.

Kobalt 40V Mower Vs. EGO 56V Mower: Which One Is Better?

Finding a good battery-powered lawn mower is challenging, but EGO 56V is proof that battery tools can deliver gas-like performance. This lawn mower has everything from a generous cutting deck size to an improved cutting system, outstanding mowing performance, to seamless usability. It can tackle all types of grass, including wet turf. One-hand battery extraction and lever handle adjustments enhance maneuverability and ease of use. Undoubtedly, this mower is the best you can find, but you’ll have to pay for all these features.

The Kobalt 40V mower can be a good alternative if you’re on a budget. Sure, it won’t deliver jaw-dropping performance, but it does its job. While ease of use could be improved, this mower is made almost entirely of metal and is easy to maintain. It also folds to compact dimensions for seamless transport and storage. Bought new, this lawn mower is about two times cheaper than EGO. Just remember to check the serial number if you decide to buy it used. Lowe’s recalled the 2017 version of its 40V lawn mower due to fire hazards, but nobody guarantees that all owners returned or repaired their units. Overall, EGO is a safer and better option.

Kubota Mower Recall for Riding Mowers

A Kubota mower recall has the company voluntarily recalling 9,500 Zero Turn Riding Mowers due to a fire hazard from a leaking carburetor. The models affected were sold nationwide from February 2008 through December 2008. Owners of these machines should immediately stop using them until they have been inspected by an authorized dealer and a free replacement carburetor has been installed.

Kubota Mower Recall

Manufacturer: Kubota Manufacturing of America Corp., of Gainesville, Ga.

Product Name: Kubota Zero Turn Riding Mowers

Model Description: The recalled riding mowers are propelled by gasoline V-twin engines and have 48-inch, 54-inch or 60-inch wide mower decks. The mowers come with adjustable roll bars and have 22 or 27 horsepower engines and are bright orange with KUBOTA decals on both sides behind the driver’s seat. This recall includes the following model numbers: ZG222(serial numbers 10002 through 13673), ZG227 (serial numbers 10002 through 12957), ZG327 (serial numbers 10004 through 13318) which can be identified by the model designation and serial number on the data plate located on the right side frame, either before the mower deck or immediately after the mower deck.

Hazard: The carburetor can fail allowing fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard.

Sold at: Authorized Kubota dealers nationwide from February 2008 through December 2008 for between about 7,600 and 10,000.

Recall: Kobalt Max Model KM2040X-06 & Greenworks G-Max 40v Push Mower Failure & Repair

Remedy: Owners of these machines should immediately stop using them until they have been inspected by an authorized dealer and a free replacement carburetor has been installed.

For additional information please contact Kubota Tractor at (800) 752-0290 anytime Monday through Friday.

Clint DeBoer

When he’s not playing with the latest power tool, Clint DeBoer enjoys life as a husband, father, and avid reader—especially the Bible. He loves Jesus, has a degree in recording engineering, and has been involved in multimedia and/or online publishing in one form or another since 1992.

Clint’s career has covered nearly the entire realm of audio and video production. After graduating at the top of his class with an Associates Degree in Recording Engineering, he began working for the famed Soundelux studios in 1994, one of the largest post-production companies specializing in audio for feature films television. Working on a myriad of feature films, Clint honed his skills as a dialogue editor, foley editor, and sound designer. Years later, he moved into the expanding area of video editing, where he served as the company’s senior AVID video editor for three years. Working for such clients as Universal Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Paramount Home Entertainment, NASA, Universal Studios, Planet Hollywood, SEGA, NASCAR, and others, Clint DeBoer dealt extensively with client management as well as film video editing, color correction, and digital video MPEG compression. He also carries several THX certifications (Technician I and II, THX Video), and is ISF Level II Certified. After founding the CD Media, Inc. publishing company in 1996, he went on to help start or grow several successful online publications, including Audioholics (as Editor-in-Chief for 12 years), Audiogurus, and AV Gadgets. In 2008, Clint founded Pro Tool Reviews followed by the landscape and outdoor power equipment-focused OPE Reviews in 2017. He also heads up the Pro Tool Innovation Awards, an annual awards program honoring innovative tools and accessories across the trades. Crediting God and his excellent staff for the success of what is now the largest power tool review publication in the industry, Clint DeBoer hopes to see continued growth for the company as it rapidly expands its reach. Pro Tool Reviews critically reviews hundreds of hand tools, power tools, and accessories each year to help inform users about the best and newest products in the industry. Reaching everyone from the construction industry professional and tradesman to the serious DIYer, Pro Tool Reviews helps tool consumers shop better, work smarter, and stay aware of what tools and products can help put them at the top of their game.

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Snow Joe recall announced for cordless lawn mowers due to laceration hazard

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Snow Joe lawn mower recall overview:

Snow Joe is recalling more than 26,000 of its Sun Joe Cordless Lawn Mowers in the United States and Canada as the mower blade can detach unexpectedly, posing a laceration hazard.

The company posted the recall notice Sept. 1 to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

The recall applies to Sun Joe Cordless Lawn Mowers models 24V-X2-17LM and 24V-X2-17LM-CT, which have blades that can detach unexpectedly.

“Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lawn mowers and contact Snow Joe for instructions on how to determine whether their lawn mower is included in the recall and if so, instructions on how to inspect and secure the lawn mower blade,” the recall states.

About 26,300 of the mowers are being recalled in the United States, and about 350 in Canada.

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According to the recall, the firm has received 31 reports of either the blade or the bolt securing the blade on the recalled lawn mowers detaching. No injuries have been reported so far.

The company is not currently facing legal action over the recall, but Top Class Actions follows recalls closely as they sometimes end in class action lawsuits.

Sun Joe lawn mowers were sold nationwide

The mowers were sold online at www.amazon.com, www.homedepot.com, www.walmart.com and www.snowjoe.com and in hardware, electronics and department stores nationwide from June 2020 through July 2022 for between 190 and 350.

They can be identified as Snow Joe is printed on the side of the mowers and on the mulching bag.

The recalled 48-volt mowers have a 17-inch cutting width. They are light green and black in color, measure 44 inches tall by 19.5 inches wide and weigh about 35 pounds. The model and serial numbers can be found on the white label on the ejector flap.

The news comes after MTD Products Inc. recalled Craftsman 30” Mini and Troy-Bilt TB30 riding lawn mowers that can pose a low-speed crash hazard after failing to brake.

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