Back in April I had the chance to go to the Ryobi headquarters with some other bloggers. I always LOVE seeing the behind the scenes of companies I work with. I am completely fascinated with how they come up with concepts and then make them a reality. It is the same reason I love watching Project Runway or any other creative reality show.
So before I tell you about this electric lawn mower, I want to show some pictures from that trip.
We got to meet and have lunch with the folks at Ryobi.
And then we went outside and got to try out ALL the outdoor products! There were three things that really stood out to me and those are the three things I chose to review here on my blog. The Pressure Washer I already wrote about, the mower is today’s topic, and the chainsaw will be next. I LOVE this chainsaw!
At Ryobi they have EVERYTHING they need. The have an in house marketing team where they design packaging and endcaps and shoot commercials, the lab where they make the prototypes, and a photography studio where they take all the pictures of the products. We got to talk to the people who design the tools too!
(Ryobi 20 inch 40V Lawn Mower)
Like I said before, one of the products that really impressed me was this lawn mower. It is powered by a 40V battery! No gasoline or oil to worry about.
I think it is part of my nature to be skeptical at first when there is a new idea thrown my way. When they were presenting this mower to us the dialog in my head went something like this:
“I don’t think a battery powered machine could ever be as powerful as a gas powered machine. I think it is going to basically be a glorified weed whacker (that is what I call weed trimmers…) and the battery would die long before I was done with mowing.”
One of the first questions I asked was how long the battery charge lasts. You see, I have almost a half acre of lawn. The battery charge should last about 40 minutes. I have the larger of the two mowers. It is a 20 inch. That helps too. I didn’t time myself when mowing like I wanted to. I got lost in “reviewing mode”. It took two charges to do my lawn. The 20 inch mower that I have has a spot for a second battery. So if I make sure and have two batteries charged and ready to go, I would just have to stop a second, and switch the two batteries.
If you have a small or medium yard this would be perfect. And if you have a larger yard like mine, make sure you have that second battery or even a third.
One of the things I loved was how easy it was to start. You push a button! No pulling a starting cord over and over. If you have back problems this would be a life saver. The brushless motor is quieter than a gas powered mower too . As far as if it is as powerful as a gas powered mower, I gave it the pinecone test. When I run over a pinecone with our gas powered mower it chops it up quickly and spits out little tiny pieces. So I ran over several pinecones with this and it did the same thing. I also let my grass grow out longer that I normally would for testing purposes (much to the dismay of my neighbors I am sure). And it cut it the same as our gas powered mower.
Another feature that I may have gotten a little too excited over was the fact that it folds up! You guys! I have a tiny house and and even tinier garage. The fact that it folds is HUGE! I can put it on a shelf and save precious floor space. Because it is plastic and not metal and not filled with gasoline, it is pretty light weight too.
Okay, I know that was a lot of info I just threw at you so I will break it down for you.
*No gasoline or oil.
*Starts at the push of a button
*Folds to store more easily
*Just as powerful as my gas powered mower
*Comes with a 3 year warranty AND if you register it they will add 2 more years making it a 5 year warranty
*Because it is electric, it can’t get wet. Try not to mow really wet grass or leave it out in the rain/sprinklers
*If you have a big yard you will need more than one battery
I have another maybe, sort of con. I wasn’t sure if it is because it is new and I feel protective over things that are new to me, or if it is because it is made of plastic instead of metal, but I felt like I had to be careful with it. Like I couldn’t bang it into the tree (on accident of course) or something of that nature.
I let my husband try the mower so I could have his thoughts on it as well. He agreed with me on everything BUT this. He said he didn’t feel like he had to be careful at all. So maybe it is just that I get panicky about new things at our house :)
So there you have it! If you are in the market for a new mower, you should consider this one. I mean come on, it passed the pinecone challenge ;) It is available at Home Depot. It may not be in all stores yet so check online.
*I was given the mower to review but all the thoughts and opinions are all mine!
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